LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel together with Michigan's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs today announced a settlement agreement with Sparrow Carson City physician Raymond Allard for multiple violations of the Public Health Code. Allard did not contest the violations and sanctions were subsequently made on his medical license.
Allard was accused of the following:
- Failing to meet the standard of care in performing surgical procedures, which resulted in high infection rates among his patients; Failing to properly diagnose and treat the infections; Failing to properly maintain patient charts; Exhibiting disruptive behavior; and Crossing boundaries with patients and staff.
Michigan's Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery approved the settlement on August 1, putting in place a strict limitation on his license that requires Allard have direct, on-site supervision while practicing. For the limitation to be removed, the Board has ordered he complete the following within one year:
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- A comprehensive clinical competency assessment through the Center for Personalized Education for Professionals (CPEP); A satisfactory psychiatric evaluation by a provider or entity pre-approved by the Board and be deemed safe to practice medicine; A professional boundaries course through CPEP and achieve a grade of "unconditional pass"; and Pay a $1,500 fine.
Allard was also placed on probation. If Allard completes these steps within one year, his license as a physician will be automatically reclassified to a full and unencumbered status but he will still be required to have his professional practice reviewed for one year. If he fails to complete the requirements set by the Board, Allard would then have to petition the Board to have his license reclassified and prove his ability to safely and competently practice medicine and explain why it is in the public's best interest to allow him to practice.
"We count on health care providers to hold themselves to the highest ethical standards and provide proper and compassionate care to us and our loved ones," Nessel said. "This settlement gives Dr. Allard an opportunity to get the assistance he needs to provide that care and take the necessary steps to ensure patient safety."
"LARA remains focused on ensuring that our licensed health care professionals comply with state law," said LARA Director Orlene Hawks. "We appreciate Attorney General Nessel's partnership with our department during the course of this settlement."
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