Dialogue Volume 15 Issue 1 2019 - Page 43

DISCIPLINE SUMMARIES DR. ADEL ABDUSELAM ABDURAHMAN PRACTICE LOCATION: Sault Ste Marie AREA OF PRACTICE: General Surgery HEARING INFORMATION: Admission; Agreed Statement on Facts; Contested Penalty On February 9, 2018, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Abdurahman committed an act of professional misconduct, in that he has engaged in an act or omission relevant to the practice of medicine that having regard to all the circumstances would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable, or unprofessional. The agreed facts established that Dr. Abdurahman entered into an Alternative Payment Plan agreement whereby he agreed to provide services to designated hospitals in northern Ontario in exchange for annual lump sum payments. The agreement was entered into by the Ministry, the OMA and other parties to bring surgical services to under-serviced areas of the province. Between January 1, 2015 and October 6, 2016, Dr. Abdurahman was providing general surgery services at Riverside Health Care Facilities in Fort Frances, Ontario under the terms of an Alternative Payment Plan. The Agreement provides physicians with an annual lump sum payment in exchange for providing general surgery services at the hospitals covered un- der the Agreement. The Agreement specifically pro- hibits physicians who have entered into the Agree- ment from submitting claims or accepting payment from the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (“OHIP”). In contravention of the agreement, Dr. Abdurahman submitted OHIP claims in the amount of approxi- mately $200,000 for services he rendered at hospitals who were not parties to the agreement. These hospi- tals were between 1000 and 2000 km away from Fort Frances. On many claim dates, Dr. Abdurahman was the only on-call surgeon at Fort Frances and would not have been able to attend Fort Frances within a reasonable time period if required. When the billing irregularities came to light, Dr. Abdurahman asked the Chief of Staff to retroactively alter the on-call schedule to cover up his unauthorized absences. ORDER The Discipline Committee ordered: a nine-month suspension on Dr. Abdurahman’s certificate of registration; a reprimand; successful completion of the PROBE course in ethics and professionalism; five years of clinical supervision following return to practice, with a focus on OHIP billings, and re- assessment to follow; a fine payable to the Minister of Finance in the amount of $35,000; and payment to the College for hearing costs in the amount of $5,500. For complete details, please see the full decision at www.cpso.on.ca. Select Find a Doctor and enter the doctor’s name. APPEAL On August 15, 2018, Dr. Abdurahman appealed the penalty decision of the Discipline Committee to the Divisional Court. Pursuant to the terms of Dr. Abdu- rahman’s undertaking to the College of July 4, 2017, the decision of the Discipline Committee remains in effect despite the appeal. On October 16, 2018, the Divisional Court dismissed Dr. Abdurahman’s appeal for delay, with costs. DR. ALEXANDER MICHAEL ALEXANDER PRACTICE LOCATION: Toronto AREA OF PRACTICE: General Practice HEARING INFORMATION: Admission; Agreed State- ment of Facts; Joint Submission on Penalty On September 25, 2018, the Discipline Committee found that Dr. Alexander committed an act of pro- fessional misconduct, in that he has failed to main- tain the standard of practice of the profession, and in that he has engaged in conduct or an act or omission relevant to the practise of medicine that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional. The agreed facts established that, following an assessment of his practice that occurred in 2013, ISSUE 1, 2019 DIALOGUE 43