For Immediate Release - December 29, 2004

State Board Revokes Quincy Physical Therapist's License

State Board Revokes Quincy Physical Therapist's License

The Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals ("Board") recently revoked the physical therapy license of Paul J. Desjardin of Quincy for a five-year period.

Desjardin violated the terms of a March 2003 consent agreement by continuing to treat patients and bill for those services while his license was suspended, as proven by his submission of numerous claims to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Desjardin also failed to provide the Board with names of prospective Board-approved physical therapists who would supervise his billing and therapy utilization practices during an 18-month probationary period.

"Agreements reached by the Board and its licensees are binding and it's expected that the terms of those agreements be adhered to," said Anne L. Collins, Director of the Division of Professional Licensure.

Desjardin's license was revoked effective October 7, 2004. He may apply to the Board for reinstatement as of October 7, 2007, with the understanding that the Board reserves the right to place conditions on Desjardin's license should it decide to reinstate.

The Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals licenses over 18,100 occupational therapists, physical therapists and athletic trainers throughout the Commonwealth. The Board received 27 new complaints and resolved 57 complaints during fiscal year 2004, which resulted in eight consent agreements, the voluntary surrender of four licenses, the revocation of four licenses and issuance of one stayed license suspension.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating and renewal of approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.