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Regulators have suspended 12 more providers in California, bringing the total this year to 85 fewer doctors who can legally treat injured workers in the state, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation announced Tuesday.
The suspensions are in line with A.B. 1244, which went into effect Jan. 1 and now requires the division’s administrative director to suspend any medical provider, physician or practitioner from participating in the workers compensation system in cases that involve criminal activity or inability to perform duties safely, among other requirements.
Of the latest round of suspensions, nine providers were suspended for fraud or criminal actions and three for administrative reasons, the division reported.
Among the suspensions:
• Paul Richard Randall a health care marketer and owner of Summit Medical Group in Orange, California, who pleaded guilty in in 2012 to federal charges for his role in a spinal surgery kickback scheme.
• Harold “Harry” Persaud, a physician from Westlake, Ohio, who was convicted in October 2015 of health care fraud and money laundering.
• Jeremy Goodwin, a physician in Mt. Shasta, California, who had his license revoked Sept. 8 for violating terms of his 2014 probation from a disciplinary action by the Medical Board of California, which found him guilty of gross negligence for his treatment of a patient who died one day after receiving an excessive dosage of the opiate drug fentanyl.
• Christopher Dean Owens, a San Francisco physician who lost his license to practice medicine in California in July for self-administering illicit drugs.
• Guven Uzun, a Marina Del Rey, California, physician who lost his license in July for violating the terms of his 2011 probation due to charges of negligence and falsifying medical records.
• Farhad Hafezi, a physician in Covina, California, who was convicted on felony charges of sexual assault involving a minor and is now a registered sex offender. His medical license was revoked by the Medical Board of California in 2014.
• Troy Ericsen Palmer, a Chino, California, physician who surrendered his license to the Osteopathic Medical Board of California in April after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.
• Keith Robert Deorio, a Santa Monica, California, physician who had his license revoked by the Medical Board of California in July after repeated violations of the Medical Practice Act.
• Christopher Allen Scott, a vocational nurse in Palm Springs, California, who had his license revoked by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians in January following findings that include the alleged use of controlled substances.
• John Thomas Moranville, a Lafayette, California, physician whose license was revoked by the Medical Board of California on Aug. 18 following an evaluation finding that he suffers from an illness that impairs his ability to practice medicine safely.
• Joseph Struzzo, a Cathedral City, California, physician who had his certificate revoked by the Medical Board of California in August following an evaluation finding that he suffers from an illness that impairs his ability to practice medicine safely.
• Adly Ayad Azab, a physician in West Covina, California, who had his license revoked by the Medical Board of California in August following an evaluation finding that he suffers from an illness that impairs his ability to practice medicine safely.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law on Tuesday that will require that medical providers who have been convicted of fraud are suspended.