Sunday, January 17, 2016

Medical board reinstates doctor's prescription privileges.

 Note: This post is the regular update for the bi-monthly regular meeting of the Mississippi Medical Licensure Board.  The agenda and video for most of the meeting are posted below.

The Mississippi Medical Licensure Board voted unanimously to reinstate prescription privileges of Dr. Roger Collins.  The board agreed to stay suspension of his license two years ago if he agreed to surrender his DEA number for Schedule II, IIN, III, and IIIN drugs for two years.  The 2014 agreement allowed him to ask the board for reinstatement of prescription privileges after two years if he met certain conditions.    He was required to complete medical education courses in ethics, record keeping, and proper prescribing of controlled substances.  Dr. Collins met those conditions. 

Dr. Collins admitted he was wrong for the actions that led to the 2014 consent order. .  He said he only wants the ability to write prescriptions on a "very limited basis" until his patients can see a specialist or when they need prescriptions for short-term use such as sudafed. He said he had no intention of writing prescriptions on "an ongoing basis from the standpoint of pain at all" (8:13).  Board member Dr. Randy Easterling told Dr. Collins that he hoped he had "changed" because "you're name was always on the PMP's" (Prescription monitoring program).   Dr. Collins replied "This experience has imposed a certain amount of hardship on me. I'll agree that I've learned alot from it." He said the mandatory courses were "beneficiary to me" and that he wished the board could make them mandatory for students in medical school.  Dr. Collins has practiced medicine for nearly forty years. 

Other actions by the board:

*No reports were provided by the committees listed on the agenda.
*Mississippi Pharmacy Board representatives presented an update on their prescription monitoring program to the board. See part I of the video posted below.
*The board agreed to an order with Dr. Lindsey Bayer that revoked his license to practice medicine in Mississippi. He is a resident of Gadsden, Alabama. See part III of video.
*Personal appearance by Paul N. Madubuonwu, MD, Cleveland, MS- applicant for license: Olivia Jones Taylor of the Aaron Henry Community Medical Center attended the hearing with Dr. Madubuonwu. The center serves Coahoma, Tunica, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, and Tate counties. Ms. Taylor said the center hoped to hire Dr. Madubuonwu as a phsycian to serve its patients.  See part III of video (Warning: It is hard to understand him.)

Dr. Madubuonwu failed to pass step 3 and 4 of clinical skills. His most recent attempt to pass those sections was in 2009. Dr. Madubuonwu states he came to America (Don't even make that joke.) after practicing in Nigeria for years. He said it wasn’t easy for him after running private hospital in Nigeria it wasn’t easy to transition from years of practice there and then to take the test here. He passed parts 1 and 2 then entered into residency. He completed the residency program. He said the clinical part of the exam was difficult as he had not practiced for several years. He said the best thing he could do was work in education at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He authored three books.

He obtained a limited license to practice medicine at Parchman (Under Wexford's sponsorship).   However, MDOC changed medical providers and the new company would not allow him to practice medicine without a full medical license. He also said he developed a protocol to treat spice where none existed and shared it with doctors at UMMC. Ms. Taylor lobbied the board to grant limited privileges as there was a "critical shortage" of recruiting physicians to serve at health center.

The board granted him a limited license to practice medicine but strongly urged him to pass the board exams.

*The Mississippi Council of Acupuncture Advisers asked the board to remove the requirement that a patient obtain a physician's referral before seeking acupuncture services. However, Dr. Randy Easterling said that referral was required by statute and that only the legislature can change the law.


Note: Apologies for the poor quality of the sound.  Mikes are seldom used at these hearings and there are few places where one can place place a camcorder in the room.  It also doesn't help that the bathroom is directly on the other side of the wall.  There is the nice, loud sound of running water that lasts for two minutes each time the toilet is flushed.    The "Reinstatement" video is actually Part II of the videos shot. 













41 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is one doctor I will not be going to. Shouldn't be able to practice at all.

Anonymous said...

I've gone to him for years. One of the best general practice docs in town.

Sactimony Hiding Behind That Rock Over There said...

2:35 can we assume you'll never return to a restaurant where the bar-tender has been released from prison for marijuana possession and two of the waitresses have convictions for bouncing checks and DUI? Getcho sanctimonious ass outa here forthwith!

Anonymous said...

When do the pharmaceutical salespeople involved with this get their licenses back?

Anonymous said...

He should not be a doctor.

Anonymous said...

Me and my family have been going to Roger for 25 yrs. He was and is our primary Doctor, who treated us for everything from the common cold to heart disease & cancer.
If we needed to be referred to a specialist he would do it. His recommendations were always good.
I never new about his present problems with the med board. I don't know the whole story, but we don't intend to change Doctors.

Anonymous said...

Dr Collins was our doctor for years , he is a good doctor and I love him! I had to go somewhere else when he could not prescribe because I have to have my Meds but I do not take addictive type meds, I take high blood pressure meds and so I started going to Madison Family clinic, although they file insurance and Dr Roger does not( I wish he would) I will go back to Dr Roger . My kids love him and so do I. He is personable and I can talk to him and he takes his time and explains everything. If you don't know him, don't comment as this is his livelihood and he has suffered enough. Good GP!

Anonymous said...

Before we moved we used Roger. I have never heard a negative comment from one of his patients. I don't know the details of his errors, but Roger always did right to me.

Anonymous said...

many, many small town docs in "family" practice write far too many scripts, particularly pain meds. a member of my family got hooked on pain meds by an overly sympathetic doc; when the pain pill police warned him [he was doing it with a lot of pts], he got scared and cut a bunch of pts off cold turkey with no referral to competent med care. the result was a disaster for my family member and others. I doubt this doc can prescribe any narcotic pain meds, at least I hope not.

Apple a day said...

Great news. Dr Collins was my doctor for years. He was a great doctor and glad to see him back working!

Anonymous said...

I'm a physician and Dr. Collins is my doctor. I am aware that the executive director of the board targeted Dr. Collins for prescribing reasonable medications for 3chronic pain patients. After Dr. Collins transferred those patients to the care if a "pain clinic," they remained on the same medications. The director told Dr Collins his documentation was poor but would not allow him to remediate with a documentation course.

If this medical board was interestedi in protecting the public, they would revoke the license of a prominent oncologist with 2 DUI arrests. Or the license of a psychiatrist with disabling mental illness. Roger is a compassionate and competent Docto

Anonymous said...

I wonder if there was more than one "patient" making the above testimonials?????......

Anonymous said...

Dr. Collins is the best doctor in the Jackson area. Saved my husband's life! He is smart, caring, and we are glad to have him as our family physician.

Anonymous said...

Lemme see @7:09....You are a "doctor" and you go to a guy that is not residency trained or Board certified for your health care when almost every other doc in Jacktown has been through residency training.

Anonymous said...

Roger is one of the best diagnosticians I've ever met. This was a shake-down by someone in a position of power against a sole practitioner who did not have the protection of a hospital or large medical group to have his back. Nothing more, nothing less.

Anonymous said...

Anybody that thinks the medical board isn't beyond politics or petty grudges has another thing coming. The board is filled with arrogant and pompous morons that want to be gods.

This is why Mississippi can't have nice things

Anonymous said...

I no longer live in Jackson, but when I did I used Dr. Collins for many years. I first saw him when he was in practice with his brother by the old "Jitney Premier" and continued to see him when he moved over by the bowling alley. I think his brother left to work for MEA at that time. I was always very pleased with Roger's care and thought that he was an excellent doctor.

Anonymous said...

They treat doctors fairly but if you are a nurse or hospital, good luck. They will shut your business down.

Anonymous said...

It is appalling how sheepish people can be over a doctor minimally qualified to treats cuts, bruises, sniffles and perhaps the flu. If this man is treating people for cancer and cardiovascular disorders, it needs to put to a stop.

I've had some serious health problems, including cancer and blood pressure issues. No way I would seek treatment for those conditions from a doctor such as this, nor would I let an MEA or equivalent attempt such treatments. In fact, an MEA doctor ran tests that indicated one of my problems and immediately sent me to a specialist.

As far as handing out pain meds, there are some cases there should be no limits if the patient is in fact near death. In other cases, is a doctor like this qualified to determine who has legitimate pain or who is simply an addict? I think he is not. He needs to be limited to hand out bandaids and cough drops.

Anonymous said...

10:48 Board certified? You do realize that such a designation is not required to be a physician? In fact there are lots of excellent physicians who are not board certified in their areas of practice. Its a test and not determinative of a persons ability to practice medicine. Millions of people relied upon non board certified doctors because these tests were not around until the last 30 years or so.

And what residency did Collins do? I'll say that if he's been practicing internal medicine for 25 years...he's probably learned more from that than any residency can teach.

As we lack qualified competent doctors I am glad he is back and able to fully practice medicine.

Anonymous said...

@7:32 is right. If you are an advanced practice nurse trying to practice like a physician, they will shut you down. Damn them and their medical schooling, internships, residencies, and boards. An online APN program is just fine to open a clinic.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if any members of the State Medical Board or licensing committee have consultive businesses offering services similar to what Collins was alleged to have needed reeducation in. If so, that would be a grave conflict of interest and moral hazard.

Anonymous said...

administrative punishment is totally outside due process. the board can do anything it wants.

I'm a physician said...

@8:00 and 7:32-I wouldn't let an ARNP with an online degree treat my dog.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there something on tv last night about a doctor that did about the same thing just on a larger scale?

Anonymous said...

It never fails to amaze me that members of the public, like some of the above commenters, feel qualified to decide whether or not Dr. Collins is a good doctor. @1048, Dr. Collins' experience is far more valuable than much residency training. Residency training was not the standard for a GP when Dr. Collins began his practice.

@539, your opinion doesn't matter.and it is not only family practice docs who have been writing prescriptions for opioids. Hospitals punish doctors who get bad customer surveys, even if the complaint is from a drug addict patient who is mad that the doctor didn't give them narcotics. It's also difficult to determine whether or not a patient is in pain, no matter what you specialty, because people
Iie constantly. Perhaps we should institute lie detectors? Most doctors, including Dr. Collins, want to help people. Unfortunately, patients can be miserable, entitled jerks. Who lie to get drugs.

Anonymous said...

4:57 PM, people on here do not have to be qualified to whether Dr. Collins is a good doctor. The Mississippi Medical Licensure Board did that. I think I will take their word for it rather than an anonymous person on here that might be the doctor in question.

Anonymous said...

The medical board licensed Dr. Collins, so then he must be a good doctor, by your logic. You are a sanctimonious know-nothing.

Anonymous said...

@548, your use of grammar leaves much to be desired. Since you can't even write, I don't know why you would feel competent to determine whether or not Dr. Collins is a good doctor. Did your Ouija board tell you?

Anonymous said...

9:48, no the Mississippi Medical Licensure Board did that.
It is a sure sign of someone who knows he is full of bullshit when the only argument they can come up with is one about grammar. Be sure to check if the periods are in the right place.
Bet you didn't notice you forgot the : in both of your posts. Must make all of your post bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Guys like Roger Collins are part of the reason why the general public thinks you need a 64 gallon container of cough syrup when sick, 120 norco 10mg when you get a headache, and 2mg of xanax three times a day when you get upset. He sucks and is a hard act to follow.

Anonymous said...

Just another doctor trying to make a few extra $ off his patients and got caught.
Sometimes when this happens it pays to look into who owns the local drug store.

Anonymous said...

Roger, in my opinion, is the most caring Dr that I have ever visited. I am glad that this is over for him and hope him many more years practicing medicine. Thank you Roger for all you have done.

Anonymous said...

@1001: what an ignorant comment. why don't you explain that unfounded and malicious insinuation? You're out of your mind.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Collins was unfairly targeted. Btw, if you want to know who actually benefits from writing pain medications, check out the rule that any Mississippi doctor who is treating chronic pain for six months must refer the patient to a "pain clinic." Wow, wonder who benefits from that?Sonw of the posters have no idea about how things work at the medical board.

Anonymous said...

The Mississippi Medical Licensure Board did not take his prescription privileges away because he was doing too good of a job. From the looks of things his ethics wasn't really up to snuff or he wouldn't have been required to take a course. Sounds like he was forgetting to keep records on some prescriptions. Bet that was because he was so busy being a good doctor.
Lets recap. No ethics, sloppy record keeping, and a poor history of prescribing controlled substances. That is what I look for when I need to go to a doctor.

Anonymous said...

#354: how do you determine whether or not he is ethical? I have yet to see any evidence that he is not. In fact, there is nothing to support any of your claims - just curious where you are getting your information?

Anonymous said...

7:14, maybe people are getting their information from the Mississippi Medical Licensure Board. The board seems to think the doctor needed a course in ethics, he was required to take a course in ethics. He wasn't asked to teach a course in ethics. Notice the difference?

Anonymous said...

Dr Collins is one of the smartest men I have ever met, and the best and most knowledgeable Doctor I have ever been to.

Anonymous said...

@1041, I wouldn't count on the medical board being too ethical.

Anonymous said...

@1041, I wouldn't count on the medical board being too ethical.

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