This is a great in depth long article but well worth reading.  I included just a few paragraphs below and this is a big problem with doctors who have sanctions and either known or unknown to those look for backgrounds on them hire them imagefor drug trials which have had some nightmare results.  As of last week too, you could even find the doctor from Dallas coming back from Africa with the Ebola infection listed as still practicing in Dallas and taking new patients. 

One thing to note as well that all sanctions are not the same either while one might be minor and one might very serious too and then we had the bogus sanctions against a doctor in Missouri with the medical board there who basically accused the doctor of doing a good job, go figure that one out.  Here’s where the VA hired a doctor that was banned in New York to practice in Florida.  Again I’m not diving in here but it is what it is and the charges in New York were serious. 

Top Doctor For Miami VA Healthcare System Lost Medical License in New York, Had Issues With Florida Board of Medicine, But On the Internet He Still Works and Takes New Patients in New York With Plenty of Insurers…

Look at this link below…according to the site the facility still has some fake spinal screws available:)

Operation Spinal Cap-Former Owner of Orthopedic Hospital Admits He Bribed California State Senator Calderon-Hospital Closed And Sold But Still Listed on HealthGrades

Again this is a good in depth read on a few doctors here and all the details that go with it.  Remember too that Healthgrades and Vitas get their records they publish from state boards, so tuck that thought away.  On the other hand just brace yourself for the exciting Sunshine report so you can see the $15 gift from a drug company a doctor may have received…lol.  This is how bad the news can be today as it’s as obnoxious as the Medicare Payment data base the media tossed out there, I would rather see data on bad guys doing trials rather than what umpteen doctors received from Medicare that were not out of the ordinary.  BD 

At around 7 p.m. on February 28, 2003, a 66-year-old woman showed up at the Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, a small Californian town not far from the Mexican border. She was seen by one of the doctors on duty in the emergency room that night, a man named Michael Berger. He learned that the woman, identified as “B.P.” in a later investigation, was in pain. A cramping sensation in her right thigh was radiating down her calf. Records show that she had a weak pulse in the same leg, and was short of breath. Her right foot felt numb.

Berger had options. He might have reviewed B.P.’s medical records, or tried to reach her primary care doctor to learn more about her history. He might have ordered an ultrasound or an x-ray. Either scan could have revealed the blockage in the artery in B.P.’s right leg. But Berger didn’t do those things. After consulting with a colleague, he sent B.P. home, with instructions to rest, drink plenty of fluids and take painkillers and blood-thinning meds. When she returned to the ER two days later, her leg was pale and cold—too far gone to save. She was flown to a larger hospital in San Diego, where surgeons removed the limb above the knee.

Berger’s career did not improve much afterwards. One day in 2004, he turned up for work impaired, a situation he blamed on taking sleeping pills. Other problems were noted when his employers asked a team of doctors to review his performance: failing to properly monitor patients after prescribing them dangerous drugs; prescribing excessive amounts of painkillers to his wife; a series of incidents while driving, which may have been related to his own drug use.

In 2008, the Medical Board of California put Berger on a seven-year probation. It was an unusually lengthy sanction, and it included limits on his ability to prescribe narcotics, and a requirement that he take regular blood tests to check for drug abuse. By then his career as an ER physician was effectively over: The California Emergency Physicians Medical Group, which employs ER doctors at Pioneers and dozens of other hospitals across the state, had handed him an indefinite suspension. Already his mid-60s, you might imagine that Berger would have taken these sanctions as a cue to slip into retirement.

But that’s not what happened. Instead, Berger secured a position at the helm of two high-stakes, high-tech cancer therapy trials. Dozens of patients with life-threatening cancers were entrusted to him. So was the responsibility for carrying out the complex procedures used to test the therapy. When the company involved—Immunovative Therapies—announced the first of these trials, its CEO enthused about the therapy’s potential to eliminate “every last” cancerous cell. In a photo accompanying the press release, members of the trial team stand in pristine white lab coats outside a building of concrete and tinted glass in Carlsbad, California, where the patients would later be treated. Next to the beaming CEO is Berger, wearing sandals and medical scrubs, a stethoscope slung over his shoulders.


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