Michigan suspends orthopedic surgeon's license after complaints of high infection rates, failure to exercise due care

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The state of Michigan has suspended the license of Raymond Allard, MD, Lansing State Journal reports.

The orthopedic surgeon previously practiced at Sparrow Carson Hospital in Carson City, which CMS warned in 2018 was at risk of losing its Medicare partnership due to high infection rates.

In February of that year, after several patients complained of infections and pain after knee surgeries performed by Dr. Allard, he waived his hospital privileges.

A state disciplinary board found in 2019 that Dr. Allard violated the state's Medical Records Access Act and limited his ability to practice medicine until he fulfilled certain requirements, which included completing a clinical competency test and undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

With his limited license, Dr. Allard had been practicing as an urgent care physician, according to LSJ.

However, earlier this year, the state filed an administrative complaint against Dr. Allard after he allegedly refused to provide a patient's medical records — one of the requirements of his limited license.

The state has since suspended the physician's license, the news outlet reported, claiming that he never requested approval of a supervisor or filed reports of unemployment and repeatedly tried to kiss a patient, among other allegations.

A second complaint was filed by the Michigan attorney general's office June 18 after more former patients notified investigators about their experiences with Dr. Allard, which range from allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour to failure to exercise due care.

The surgeon's attorney filed a response to the complaint and requested a compliance conference.

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