For immediate release: September 23, 2019 (19-104)
Contact: Sharon Moysiuk, Strategic Communications Office 360-549-6471
Public inquiries: Health Systems Customer Service 360-236-4700
State revokes, suspends licenses, certifications, registrations of health care providers
OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health has revoked or suspended the licenses, certifications, or registrations of health care providers in our state. The department has also immediately suspended the credentials of people who have been prohibited from practicing in other states.
The department’s Health Systems Quality Assurance Division works with boards, commissions and advisory committees to set licensing standards for more than 80 health care professions (e.g., dentists, nurses, counselors). Information about disciplinary action taken against medical doctors and physician assistants can be found on the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) website. Questions about WMC disciplinary actions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about health care providers is on the agency’s website. Click on “Look up a health care provider license” in the “How Do I?” section of the Department of Health home page (doh.wa.gov). The site includes information about a health care provider’s license status, the expiration and renewal date of their credential, disciplinary actions and copies of legal documents issued after July 1998. This information is also available by calling 360-236-4700. Consumers who think a health care provider acted unprofessionally are also encouraged to call and report their complaint.
In August 2019 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the medical assistant phlebotomist credential of Margita Schulz (PC60683520), who misused a legend drug without a valid prescription.
In August 2019 the Pharmacy Commission entered an agreement with pharmacist Laura L. Fletcher (PH00041360) under which she surrendered her credential. Fletcher worked as responsible manager of a pharmacy where inspectors found numerous violations related to issues including filling prescriptions improperly, having only one pharmacist on duty when four pharmacy technicians were on duty, and inadequate records, training, and labeling.
In August 2019 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the chemical dependency professional credential of Kevin D. Cole (CP00000495), who didn’t abide by probationary terms requiring him to submit evaluation reports, complete continuing education, and reimburse the program for $2,000 in costs.
In August 2019 the secretary of health suspended for at least three years the registered nursing assistant credential of Carmelita Renee Manuel (NA60884415). The state Department of Social and Health Services, which determined that Manuel neglected a vulnerable adult, placed her on its long-term care abuse and neglect registry. That prohibits her from being employed in caring for or having unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.
In August 2019 the secretary of health indefinitely suspended the registered nursing assistant credential of Sarah Beth Wasco (NA60858357), who didn’t fulfill a requirement to enroll in a substance abuse monitoring program.
Out of State
Florida: In August 2019 the Dental Commission revoked the dentist and dentist moderate sedation with parenteral agents permittee credentials of Liem Duy Do (DE00008159, CS60302995). Do submitted Medicaid claims for dental services Medicaid didn’t cover, and received at least $1 million from Medicaid to which Do wasn’t entitled.
Utah: In August 2019 the Veterinary Board indefinitely suspended the veterinary technician credential of Dean Carl Ehrman (AT60445874), who didn’t complete the required amount of continuing education.