A Fargo doctor will agree to be permanently stripped of his North Dakota medical license for sloppy handling of addictive painkillers and overbilling the state’s Medicaid program, his attorney says.
Dr. Rodney Lee wrote prescriptions for narcotics for his patients in good faith and for medically justifiable reasons, Lee’s lawyer, John Goff, of Fargo, wrote in a letter to a state administrative law judge who is handling Lee’s case.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, August 09, 2008
Nurse practitioners at RapidCare clinics are seeking to continue practicing after the suspension of the clinics’ owner.
A hearing is scheduled next month for Dr. Rodney Lee, whose license was suspended by the North Dakota Board of Medical Examiners.
Investigators checked a drawer at the RapidCare clinic in Fargo last month after they were told a patient had been given a bottle of methadone without a prescription, court documents show.
The office manager at RapidCare told investigators Dr. Rodney Lee ordered her to give the drug to the patient, an affidavit supporting the search warrant says. The drawer was searched June 26.
About 20 patients of a doctor accused of improperly handling narcotics joined him at a news conference to show their support.
The state Board of Medical Examiners suspended Dr. Rodney Lee’s medical license last week for sloppy handling of narcotics, letting assistants fill out drug prescription forms for patients, and accepting unused drugs from his patients and keeping them in an unlocked drawer.
Lee runs Rapidcare Clinics in Fargo and Grand Forks, and in Moorhead and Detroit Lakes in Minnesota. He said he has about 600 patients dealing with pain and other doctors are afraid to prescribe narcotics for them because they fear discipline.
July 23, 2008
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