Two very different portraits were painted recently of Dr. Salomon Melgen, the Harvard-trained ophthalmologist. At his sentencing hearing, Melgen was painted by prosecutors as a greedy doctor willing to subject his patients to painful treatments that were medically unnecessary so that he could bill Medicare. Melgen's defense team said that portrait was a false one and insisted that the doctor is devoted to his patients and had helped many to regain sight after other physicians had given up on them.
The New York Times and media outlets across the nation recently spread the news: the sprawling, months-long federal corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez is over. The powerful New Jersey pol was defiant and relieved after the judge declared a mistrial because the jury was deadlocked.
The doctor is almost 85 years old and just now stepping into retirement. But it’s not a willing step; the rural family doctor is being forced into shutting down her office by New Hampshire’s Board of Medicine. The board questions decision-making and other fundamental aspects of her work such as her record-keeping.
The list of requirements to be licensed as a doctor of medicine in the state of New York is, at the very least, extensive. The New York State Education Department's Office of Professions goes on at length about the requirements, types of licenses, verification process and much more.
If you brought the entire county to New York City, the residents of Carroll County, Tennessee, would fill slightly more than half of Yankee Stadium. But the people there aren't these days interested in trips to baseball venues. They are instead worried that one of the few doctors working in their rural area might be taken away from them by the federal government.
Doctors' lives are filled with a variety of stresses. Though they often counsel patients to minimize stress in their lives, physicians are themselves often caught between competing pressures to meet the needs of patients, their own families, business interests and regulators.
If you drive north of New York City for a little more than an hour, you will arrive in White Plains. A doctor in the affluent suburb has had his offices there and in Mount Kisco shut down after his medical license was suspended.
For a doctor, receiving a letter about a complaint from the New York Office of Professional Misconduct (OPMC) can be a distressing situation. It indicates a patient was unhappy enough with the services provided that he or she filed a complaint. Furthermore, it indicates an investigation process is about to begin.
It is virtually guaranteed that every doctor has at least once gone online to check out ratings assigned to them by members of the public. For many patients, these ratings provide valuable feedback about whether a physician is capable, friendly, extraordinary, etc.
About an hour south of New York City, a pediatric surgeon is facing some of the most serious accusations a doctor can encounter. The 71-year-old New Jersey surgeon is accused of improperly touching a teenage patient, according to news reports.