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SWCB Announces Changes to Treatment Authorizations:

 

The New York State Workers' Compensation Board last week announced three revocations and one suspension of the authorizations of New York physicians to treat injured workers.

 

SWCB Chairman Robert Beloten said he temporarily suspended the treatment authorization of Dr. Lesly Germain, of Warsaw, N.Y., effective on Oct. 7.

 

Germain did not contest an order issued by the state Department of Health Bureau of Professional Conduct charging him with negligence on more than one occasion. His medical license was suspended, stayed with probation for five years. Germain's license was permanently limited to preclude the revision of total joint replacements, regardless of whether the surgeries are performed by Germain or other physicians.

 

During the probation, Germain must be monitored by a board-certified, licensed physician.

 

The board revoked the authorization of Dr. Robert E. Rivera, of Yonkers, N.Y., effective Oct. 7. The State Board for Professional Conduct said the New Jersey Board of Professional Medical Examiners suspended Rivera's license following his arrest on Feb. 17, 2012, for possession of bomb-making chemicals and assault rifles.

 

SWCB revoked the authorization of Dr. Stephen Lauterbach, of Utica, N.Y., effective Oct. 7.

 

Beloten said in a regulatory notice that Lauterbach did not contest a finding by the State Board for Professional Conduct that Lauterbach is a "habitual user of alcohol." His medical license was suspended for three years, stayed for a five-year probation.

 

SWCB temporarily suspended Lauterbach's authorization to treat injured workers on Nov. 26, 2012.

 

Beloten also revoked the treatment authorization of Dr. Loubert Suddaby, of Orchard Park, N.Y.

 

Suddaby did not contest a charge of negligence on more than one occasion issued by the State Board for Professional Conduct on Sept. 26, 2013.

 

Suddaby's license restrictions require the presence of a chaperone during examinations of female patients. He also must be monitored by a board-certified, licensed physician.

 

Questions should be directed to the SWCB Medical Director's Office at 800-781-2362.

 

The announcements are here.

 

Source: SWCB