Given the elevated workers’ compensation costs associated with providing and/or contesting ongoing medical treatment, specifically pain management, we must often rely on treating physicians to follow the Hippocratic oath . Two recent suspensions of Lexington physicians shows us that the oath is not always followed.
Today, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure (KBML) has suspended Lexington physician Dr. James H. Heaphy for over-prescribing controlled substances. Dr. James H. Heaphy, an internal-medicine specialist, was found “to have a pattern of prescribing controlled substances for long-term use and in combinations favored by drug abusers.” Investigators also determined that records and patient charts submitted to the KBML had been altered. Click here to read the complete Lexington Herald-Leader story on Heaphy.
Last week, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that the KBML issued an emergency order to stop Lexington physician Dr. Charles G. Grigsby from prescribing controlled substances. The Herald-Leader reported that investigators found “Grigsby’s pattern of issuing prescriptions, specifically pain pills, is ‘haphazard’ and ‘constitutes a danger to the health’ and safety of many of his patients . . .” Click here to read the complete Lexington Herald-Leader story on Grigsby.