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cottonbrain
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He comes before the attorney general in a week or two and has posted an open letter asking for support.

Is there a thread about this somewhere?

If not, you can see his letter and help him by sending a letter of support. He is my LLMD and is brilliant.

Scroll down to his post of May 7

http://lymemd.blogspot.com

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Abxnomore
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It was posted but it was moved to general and closed twice.

http://flash.lymenet.org/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/3/35060

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Tincup
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Cotton...

Unless the original date for his disciplinary conference was changed, it is scheduled for this Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 9 AM in Baltimore.

If both sides don't come to a resolution that day (generally that means he surrenders his license to avoid prosecution or the other side gives up and goes crawling away) an evidentiary hearing would typically be the next thing scheduled.

In my opinion (ongoing and still), that blog needs to be shut down before it gets him in more trouble. Some had questioned me as to why I keep saying this, thinking it was harmless.

In a right and just world it would be harmless and I would applaud it, but not in Maryland and not in this case.

I found the quote from the Board of Physicians about complaints, and where they can come from in order to be used against doctors.

"Complaints may be received from patients or their family members; health care providers and institutions; local, state or federal agencies, other boards; or the Board may initiate complaints based on reports in the media or other publicly available sources of information."

Oh, and while I am thinking about it and to correct a previous post... I'd said that Dr. J in NC, after all the problems he had with the medical board, once it was said and done he was then hit with "a million or more" dollar lawsuit by the insurer.

I couldn't remember the exact amount at the time, so wrote it conservatively, knowing it was at least a million.

A few nights ago I happened to see the figure while researching something else. It wasn't $1 million dollars.

It was $100 million dollars!

Since an insurer was the one that filed the most recent complaint against Dr. J in Maryland it is very possible the insurer will do the same thing again here (sue him), especially if the multiple charges of not adhering to the "standard of care" are upheld, which I expect them to be.

The insurer would be looking to get their money back that was paid to this (Maryland) Dr. J for treatment.

From what I remember some patients of NC Dr. J said the insurer demanded their money back from them too, but don't quote me on that.

Just be aware and be prepared. And say a prayer or two.

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thanks, Tincup, for the great info.

I was formerly a patient of Dr J in NC and Blue Cross refused to pay my claims for his service, even though I had a PPO plan. then they refused to pay my new claims until they had clawed back the amount that they had previously paid for my visits to Dr J.

I called the NC state inssurance commission and was told that an insurerer can demand paybacks forever...even after twenty years they can demand that you repay them for claims they paid 'erroneously.'

Tincup, how do we find out what happened with Dr J of Maryland this morning?

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Tincup
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Such a hassle for you cotton. So sorry to hear that!

And yes, the insurers are allowed to bore holes in your head, beat on you and tumble you off every cliff they can find, forever and ever. I believe they get bonuses for who makes the most clients scream and cry.

As for the charges in this case...

Typically, they will publish some thing in a document or newsletter concerning the case and any updates that evolve- usually within a month or so, but not always. It is not much info though. Here is an example, with the name removed.

Case Name: xxxx M.D.
Case Numbers: xxxxx
Date of Action: March 10, xxxx

Reprimand; two (2) year probation with terms & conditions. The Board found that the physician failed to meet the standard of quality care, failed to comply with drug dispensing requirements, and failed to maintain adequate medical records.

They could also update his license profile and/or issue an "alert" that they would post publicly.

And we don't know if the conference was postponed (what I'd do in this case, and as we've done in other cases). They spent 9 months from issuing charges to this conference date, so maybe they won't allow a delay.

Especially since some people are getting down on the Board for taking too long to push cases through and there is an effort to speed them up.

Of course he may post on the blog again letting people know what is going on? Or, if he has an attorney, he may be required to not say anything.

If I hear/see anything I'll let you know. Likewise?

Hoping he is ok, for sure. Keep fingers crossed!

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I am reposting this update from July 2, with permission from a fb support group for Dr J.:


"UPDATE ON DR J's COURT HEARING:
Just got off the phone with Dr J, he called me as he was signing the final papers.. I'm happy to let everyone know that all of Dr. J has been given 1 year probation along with a sanction, with the approval to continue practicing with the agreement that he must:
1. He must provide proper documentation for his rational for prescription of medications
2. Must provide documentation that his patients have seen X amount of doctors previous to him and document any type of referrals he makes
3. Properly organize any monitor patients on IV antibiotic treatment.

THIS IS A HUGE VICTORY! All of Dr. J's lyme disease related charges were dropped and the state attorney recommended that the medical board take an education course on Lyme disease, which is a HUGE step for the lyme disease community!!!!!!

Dr. J's lawyer has also set up a trust fund to pay for the enormous amount of debt from this case. He is asked for donations (they go DIRECTLY to his trust fund for this case). Please mail any checks to: (Dr's First name)(Dr's Last name), MD trust fund
15245 Shady Grove Rd.
Suite 315
Rockville, MD 20850

I will also be setting up a Go-fund me account that will go directly into the trust fund as well. This will be up later this week. Please help Dr. J from this enormous headache that he has gone through to help lyme disease patients. He has done so much for us its the least that we can do!

This is a great success for the lyme disease community because WE WON
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If you would like more details on how the trial went, I can provide them in a personal message. I don't want to go into detail on all the politics but thank you everybody for your support! Dr. J will still be treating Lyme patients!!"


Note from Dekrator48: I don't have the trial details, since this message is being reposted from someone on a fb group.

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poppy
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This is great news from Maryland. I was afraid to read the outcome, and delighted to find out my worst fears were unfounded. And loved that comment from the AG about the board needing a course in lyme. WONDERFUL!!!!
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Bravo! Sometimes you have to buck the system to change the status quo and take the risk that comes with it. Sometimes there are those that are too invested in the status quo. I don't see it working so well, after all these years.

Good for Dr. J for having the courage to do what he did. This is a victory for all LLMD's and for all lyme patients.

[ 07-03-2015, 01:35 PM: Message edited by: sixgoofykids ]

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However, the posts that should be deleted are those rants against a good doctor who has helped so many. Those are not needed or wanted and only hurt our cause.
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Abxnomore
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If anyone has an agenda or is so out of step with the times that they can't accept change and they must bad mouth and predict doom and gloom based on their own personal bias and if those opinions interfere with others expressing their opinions, then I agree.

Expressing opinions, disagreement or support is one thing but ranting and raving and pushing one's agenda for their own purpose is another matter.

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Robin123
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Everyone, I invite you to read #4 Terms & Conditions for posting on Lymenet. It says there shall not be attacks on users here.

I think what expressing our opinions means, to address issues without attacking users. I hope that makes sense - thx - Robin

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Robin123,

I did NOT attack Tin Cup in any way. I disagreed with her and mentioned a prior disagreement regarding the same topic. I did this to show my agreement with the person who posted about Lyme MD whose post has subsequently been deleted.

Since you thought to "edit" my post, I will now delete it myself since it no longer has any bearing on the discussion.

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Tincup
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Hey Cotton,

I stopped by last night just to let you know I haven't heard anything official yet, and yes, it was before the moderators edited and removed posts by the DC folks. And no, I didn't report the posts. They were so bad I just laughed. Anyhow...

If I see any official updates I will post them at the Dr. J pages on the Maryland Legislative website. Right now the Board doesn't have May's sanctions listed yet, so it may be a while.

I've just posted info about his need for funds to pay legal bills from Dekrator's post above and will update again if a Go Fund Me page is started.

Look on the menu to the left to see his name (alphabetically). His related info is there, including the facts that OverTheRainbow (aka Nvrgiveupx4) mentioned she wanted to see.

https://sites.google.com/site/lymelegislation/home

Thanks to the moderators for being on top of the situation!

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Please read Dr J's July 7 2015 blog entry:


http://lymemd.blogspot.com/

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Excellent and it goes to show that those who are bold can sometimes effect change. WAY TO GO!! It's time for LLMD's to stop running scared.

Thanks for posting this.

[ 07-07-2015, 08:19 PM: Message edited by: Abxnomore ]

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I'm so happy to see this! I just started seeing him a couple months ago. I was afraid they were gonna shut him down too.

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After reading lymemd.blogspot.com yesterday, it sounds like it went as well. Dr. J keeps his license and will be able to continue treating patients. Hooray!! A big win for the lyme community and especially Dr. J!!

The are so many more doctors out there fighting the same fight. It seems that everyone knows a doctor that needs help. I personally am trying to help my own doctor. The need seems overwhelming. Is there any way that we can all band together to help them all at the same time?

This disease is so hard to battle and now we fight for the right to see doctors that are allowed to treat it. What can I do?

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Abxnomore
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Why aren't all the LLMD's banding together to protect their own interests? I thought that was part of the reason why ILADs was started.

[ 07-10-2015, 06:17 PM: Message edited by: Abxnomore ]

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