Things appear to be getting hot over at the Starship LSBME

It appears the life forms there don’t quite know what to make of the Borg.

Sex, lies and audiotapes oh my!

320x240We’re still trying to get our ducks lined up on this so we won’t be shooting first and asking questions later.

sop

36 thoughts on “Things appear to be getting hot over at the Starship LSBME”

  1. This is what I can say right now – there is at least 2 lawsuits going on between the LSBME and a Doc they suspended involving conflicts of interest in the enforcement division.

    This could be a case of some quacks doing the sour grape thing or the board crushing some Docs who spoke out.

    There is a website out there – acually two though one has been shut down by court order. I’m not ready to link it just yet but because it is a matter of public record involving ongoing litigation I’m not opposed to it showing up in the comments either if the parties involved want a fuller discussion in advance of a more detailed post.

    sop

  2. “This Dr. Borg”‘s response follows. Please draw your own conclusions based upon the facts:

    “Posted above Opinion of Louisiana Medical Board re Walter Borg, M.D. is on Appeal.

    On January 15, 2009, Cecilia Mouton, M.D. – Investigator for the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) has been served with the lawsuit alleging inter alia Investigative Fraud, and serious Conflict of Interest. Filing this lawsuit was a culmination of our long term efforts to expose the serious misconduct of the Investigator, and attempts for its cover up (see http://www.ceciliamouton.com).

    On February 17, 2009 LSBME has issued a Notice of Opinion and Opinion 07-A-011 (posted by Brian Martin here). According to the Opinion Dr. Borg’s Louisiana License has been immediately suspended for the period of 2 (two) years, and put on probation for 5 (five) years. However, the enclosed Notice of Opinion stated that within 30 days of the date of the Board

  3. Thank you for the explanation and I assume Dr Sarkassian is doing likewise based on the copy of the letter to his lawyer I received that was written by a Doc who retired from the NIH.

    I’ll be honest and say the website left me with questions, such as the role played by Jack Stolier in Dr Borg’s suspension.

    Obviously I’ve seen enough to keep interested, just not enough to draw any firm conclusions. Thanks for stopping in with the additional info.

    sop

  4. I’ll be honest and say Adams and Reese left me with questions. How do Adams and Reese play into this problem. They seem to be in the middle of everything wrong in Louisiana.

  5. Here is how Adams and Reece factor into it: They represent both the LSBME and HCA, which just so happens to control Tool Lane. I wonder when was the last time that a Tulane doc who was in good standing with HCA was actually charged with anything by Mouton. I know of many patient complaints filed against Tulane physicians with the LSBME that never saw the light of day. Yet many of these patients would prevail in malpractice law suits against the same docs. Now not every patient complaint is going to rise to the level that the LSBME needs to take action, but I know of 2 cases where the docs lost in civil court and where subsequently convicted of criminal acts. The goat ignored the patient complaints on both that were being sent to her by more than one of the victims. Anyway, don’t believe anything you hear on the intrenet, right? But then just do this one thing: Count the number of Tulane physicians WHO WERE SUPPORTED BY THE HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION that were disciplined by the LSBME. Oh and no cheating, it can’t be someone the feds alerady had a beat on. Here’s a clue: its less than one and equal to zero.

    Also, I have no idea about Dr. Patel personally, but are you to tell me that the LSBME did not receive multiple patient complaints in the years that led up to his conviction? Same thing goes for Palazo (sp?). That just doesn’t make sense.

    No I am not a physician that was wronged but I did work at Charity for a very long time, first on the floor and then in administraton, and I know how the game is played. We all cringed when we had to appease one of those Tulane shmucks that came across the street and acted as if they were better than everyone else. I swear you couldn’t get one to so much as smile at a patient’s family member even if they had been waiting all day to talk to the “doctor”. Hey I have two kids of my own and this kind of thing wears on you after a while.

    Those who worked at Charity for any appreciable amount of time know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m retired now and don’t give a damn anymore but these old eyes have seen a lot.

    I just wonder what Jindal would answer if he was on Larry King Live or on some other national stage and someone asked him “Uh PBJ, how is it that Louisiana is the only state where such a blatant conflict of interest is allowed wherein the same law firm that represents the hospitals also represents the medical board?” Think about it, he would have no answer. And with all the news on health care reform, plus his dismal performance after the SOTU still fresh in everyone’s mind, he would be perfectly cast for one of those Southwest Airline commercials,

  6. LATEST NEWS:
    On March 11, 2009, Dr. Monica A. Borg has filed w/NOLA CDC 2 requests for Depositions:
    1- for Dr. Cecilia A. Mouton of LSBME and
    2 – Cecilia’s boyfriend, Attorney Jack Stolier, of Sullivan, Stolier, and Resor, LLC.
    The depositions are to be taken to file the responsive pleadings in the matter of LSBME and Dr. C. Mouton vs. Dr. Monica A. Borg. The Palintiffs have filed on 02-20-09 the Petition for Preliminary Injunction and Permanent Injunctive Relief
    (1) “ORDERING that the unlawfully registered domain names ‘www.ceciliamouton.org’ and ‘www.ceciliamouton.com’ be immediately cancelled, and
    (2) PROHIBITING the defendant from stalking or harassing Dr. Mouton or her family in any matter whatsoever”.
    Attorneys for Palintiffs:
    Richard C. Stanley, 8487
    W. Raley Alford, III, 27354
    of STANLEY, REUTER, ROSS, THORNTON & ALFORD, 909 Poydras, Ste, 2500, NOLA

    On 03-12-09 Dr. Monica A. Borg has faxed to the Plaintiffs’ Attorneys’ notices of depositions, as below:

    TO: Cecilia A. Mouton, MD. (Plaintiff)
    LSBME
    630 Camp Street; New Orleans, LA 70130
    Office Phone: (504) 524 6763
    THROUGH HER COUNSEL:
    Richard C. Stanley, Esq.
    Stanley, Reuter, Ross
    909 Poydras St., Ste 2500, NOLA
    Fax: (504) 524 0069

    PLEASE, TAKE NOTICE that Monica A. Borg, M.D. (Pro Se) will take the deposition of Cecilia A. Mouton, M.D. of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, for all proper purposes of establishing facts necessary to respond to Plaintiff

  7. LATEST NEWS:
    On March 11, 2009, Dr. Monica A. Borg has filed w/NOLA CDC 2 requests for Depositions:
    1- for Dr. Cecilia A. Mouton of LSBME and
    2 – Cecilia’s boyfriend, Attorney Jack Stolier, of Sullivan, Stolier, and Resor, LLC.
    The depositions are to be taken to file the responsive pleadings in the matter of LSBME and Dr. C. Mouton vs. Dr. Monica A. Borg. The Palintiffs have filed on 02-20-09 the Petition for Preliminary Injunction and Permanent Injunctive Relief
    (1) “ORDERING that the unlawfully registered domain names ‘www.ceciliamouton.org’ and ‘www.ceciliamouton.com’ be immediately cancelled, and
    (2) PROHIBITING the defendant from stalking or harassing Dr. Mouton or her family in any matter whatsoever”.
    Attorneys for Palintiffs:
    Richard C. Stanley, 8487
    W. Raley Alford, III, 27354
    of STANLEY, REUTER, ROSS, THORNTON & ALFORD, 909 Poydras, Ste, 2500, NOLA

  8. On 03-12-09 Dr. Monica A. Borg has faxed to the Plaintiffs’ Attorneys’ notices of depositions, as below:

    TO: Cecilia A. Mouton, MD. (Plaintiff)
    LSBME
    630 Camp Street; New Orleans, LA 70130
    Office Phone: (504) 524 6763
    THROUGH HER COUNSEL:
    Richard C. Stanley, Esq.
    Stanley, Reuter, Ross
    909 Poydras St., Ste 2500, NOLA
    Fax: (504) 524 0069

    PLEASE, TAKE NOTICE that Monica A. Borg, M.D. (Pro Se) will take the deposition of Cecilia A. Mouton, M.D. of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, for all proper purposes of establishing facts necessary to respond to Plaintiff

  9. Therefore, on 03-12-09 at 2:42 pm Attorney for Plainitiffs (R. Stanley) has filed at NOLA CDC:
    MOTION FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER “restraining the Defendant, Monica A. Borg, from further acts of harassment and/or threats of violence, and for an order that Defendant, Monica A. Borg, is not to come within 150 feet of the Plaintiff, Cecilia A. Mouton, M.D.”

    In the following paragraph, the Motion states:
    “This morning, counsel for Dr. Mouton spoke to Tammie Holley, the FORMER COUNSEL for Dr. Borg and Mrs. Borg. Ms.Holley advised the undersigned counsel that she was invoking Rule of Professional Conduct 1.6(b)(1) because she reasonably believed it would be necessary to disclose certain information to Dr. Mouton and her counsel in order to possibly prevent actions that could lead to reasonably certain bodily injury. IN PARTICULAR, Ms. Holley advised undersigned counsel that the Borgs had previously appeared in her office (on 02-19-09), at which time Mrs. Borg appeared to be under the effects of mood-altering substances. According to Ms. Holley, BOTH THE BORGS appeared EXTREMELY AGITATED and EXPRESSED EXTREME LEVELS OF ANGER at Dr. Mouton… Their statements and conduct, taken in conjunction with the other erratic behavior witnessed by Ms. Holley, led Ms. Holley to believe that physical harm could result to Dr. Mouton if the Borgs acted on their impulses.”

  10. Dr. Monica Borg believes the deposition of Dr. Mouton would cause the only “harm” to the Plaintiff. And for sure, Dr. Mouton believes the very same!
    Therefore, it is easier for Dr. Mouton to fabricate accusations and file MOTION FOR TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER, in lieu of being deposed.

  11. Okay, I’ve been reading with interest as I have a friend who is a radiologist in Jefferson Parish and for a while now he has been telling our group how corrupt Louisiana medicine is. So like sop, this definitely has caught my interest. And, until now I was content to just read and quietly lurk. But after reading MLYALE’s two most recent posts, I just had to say that quite frankly, that restraining order is such a bunch of crap. Look at the date the request for deposition was filed and then look at the date they responded with a restraining order.

    Even [url=http://www.zacharybass.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/mrmagoo.jpg]Mr. Magoo/url] can see through that nonsense.

  12. March 13, 2009
    Via Fax (electronic receipt on file)
    Richard C. Stanley, Esq.
    Stanley, Reuter, Ross
    909 Poydras St. #2500
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    Fax: (504) 524 0069

    Re: LSBME & C. Mouton vs. M. Borg No. 09-1884 CDC, Orleans Parish
    Deposition of
    Cecilia A. Mouton, M.D. and Jack Stolier, Esq.

    Dear Mr. Stanley,
    In response to your previous correspondence, and in compliance with the enclosed order signed by Judge Bruno (enclosed) please be advised about the following:

  13. They can’t refute the charges that they billed for lab work they could not have done and did not need to be done and that they retaliated against patients who filed complaints.
    They want to accuse the accusers instead. Fine, but can we let them do it somewhere else?
    They went to Yale, as they continuously remind us. Let them find or create a blog about the alleged victimization of Yalies by Tulanians. This is not that place.

  14. Who’s getting slabbed here? I agree with Brian to an extent, but then again, it is kind of interesting.

    I’ve done just enough medical malpractice work to know the truth with these institutions is not always what it appears to be.

  15. There are transparancy issues here with LSBME that cause me some heartburn. There are some other things as well.

    So how do you get any answers. Put what you can find that is on the public record on the record and hope the interested parties can fill the gaps.

    We’ve never pretended to be journalists and lord know our readers shouldn’t consider us as such but I made the Borg’s an offer to guest post their entire story which I believe goes back to 2002.

    I want to be clear – I told Mrs Borg this offline I thought their strategy was high stake/high risks. That said I’ve heard enough of their story to know having the LSBME investigator personally involved with their attorney raises all sorts of red flags. The timing of the relationship I think will be key.

    I once said there were times moderating Slabbed was a burden. Here on the day before corporate taxes are due I’ll reiterate that in spades. My gut tells me to let the Borg’s have their say – and if the LSBME and/or Ms Mouton want space here to tell their side we’ll be just as accomodating and our readers can make up their own minds.

    sop

  16. Sop wrote:
    “The timing of the relationship I think will be key.”

    Well… in fact, it is!
    Sullivan, Stolier, and Resor represented Drs. Borgs from 2002 until 2008.
    First LSBME investigation (by Mouton, “personally involved” with Jack Stolier) was in 2002-2003. Legal charges exceeded $150K, and needles to say – Dr. Borg lost this case.
    Then both Mouton and Stolier got divorced from their spouses (public records on http://www.ceciliamouton.com).
    Second LSBME investigation took place in 2006-2009.

  17. To Brian Martin: It sounds like you have some serious Ivy League envy. Are you serious? I work for L.L. Hospital and was involved in a review of medical documents and billing. Get this straight:

    There was no improper billing or excessive lab orders.

    Look we have no dog in this fight but fair is fair and the truth is the only thing that should determine what the outcome is. And those are the objective facts. It sounds to me like you have some type of academic Napoleon complex. What does it matter where they were trained? As if having gone to Yale is a bad thing. I was educated at U of LL right here. I was recruited to work at a hospital in Tempe, should I be worried about them being biased against my Lafayette education?

    As far as Slabbed not being the place for it? Are you delusional or just misinformed. You have no idea how this effects the insurance industry. Let me ask you something Brian Martin, do you think this type of thing at the LSBME is only isolated to the medical field? Man have you got another thing coming. The way I see it is that this is the perfect storm. This exposure would never have been possible if the Borg’s were not outsiders who were not willing to be intimidated into leaving. I do not know every detail but you brought up the lab billing so I am just going to say firmly they have done nothing wrong based on all the records we reviewed.

    And let me tell you it was not fun but it had to be done. But think of all the money this is costing the state? The consensus was that the Borg’s were not guilty and it wasn’t even close. The next thing that someone said to me is this was such a waste of time and money. Who’s to blame for that, the Borg’s or the LSBME? Let’s see if you, Brian Martin, can give an objective answer. Or is it the Borg’s fault because how dare they come to Louisiana with that Yale education! I swear, I’ve never heard of such a crime! You know what, I ‘ve already have given away too much of my anonymity here, but whatever, at least I will be able to look at myself in the mirror.

    And I didn’t read all of MLYALE’s posts but I did see the name Tammie Holley and some of what she says. Okay, all I will say is that Tammie Holley’s reputation is rather concerning and I am certain that other attorneys reading this who know her would agree if assured anonymity. Here but go check for yourselves. Just go and google all the claims she made about Dr. Anna Pou. Now because I do not have direct information about that case I don’t know what happened or did not with that whole mess. But I can tell you one thing, Tammie Holley, despite all her vitriol, never filed a single lawsuit against Dr. Pou and I would venture to guess she wasn’t responsible for any settlements either. Here is why it is a kicker, Ms. Holley will now defend Dr. Pou and it is not based on any new “facts” that have come to the surface since then. This attorney’s word should be taken with enough salt to fill a bathtub. An attorney friend on St. Charles states that there is a recording of Tammie Holley a former client has made recently that is unbelievable when listened to. I don’t know what will come of this but, I’ve known him for 10 years and he has always been a straight shooter, and if he says it is incriminating enough to have her thrown in a jailcell, I believe him.

  18. TAMMIE HOLLEY!!!

    Oh my, you’ve got to be kidding. Cecilia and Jack must really be scrapping the bottom of the barrel. Hahaha. This is too much!

    Someone should look up why she left nursing.

  19. Convincing Brian is the least of your worries guys. I did that quick google and found your articles Michael. Great stuff.

    Our readers so interested can google this string:

    “Tammie Holley” “Dr Anna Pou”

    Of course what Charlie Foti did Dr Pou bordered on the criminal IMHO and of course there was Ms Holley like a fly circling a piece of dog crap.

    Google just the name and click a few times and you find this:

    http://www.mayitpleasethecourt.com/journal.asp?blogid=931

    When I arrived at work this morning, I found the following email in my inbox. I called and spoke directly with Tammie Holley, and got her permission to post her email, slightly edited, here. From what I can tell, Tammie’s need is real, and her email legitimate. She reports that she rode out the hurricane on the 14th floor of a condo complex, but when the levee broke, she left town for a friend’s place in Lafayette. If you’re looking for a way to help directly, read on:

    “I am Tammie Holley, a downtown New Orleans attorney desperately trying to establish a Lafayette, LA office as quickly as possible. I need a web site named something like Tammie Holley, LLC or the like. I need to market in the Lafayette area, in any medium; I use radio in New Orleans and record my own ads. I have very little start-up capital, so unless you can donate 30 -60 days of service to my firm, please disregard this request.

    It appears Ms Holley may still be hurting for money.

    sop

  20. I am a patient of Dr.Borg and so is my handicapped son. We have been seeing Dr.Borg for over 2 years now. Neither of us have had any tests ran that weren’t required for our rare endocrine disease. As a matter of fact, I saw another Lafayette endocrinologist who ran extensive tests and still couldn’t diagnose our condition. We have never been treated badly or have had any problems with Dr.Borg or his staff. They have actually helped us tremendously when no other endocrine doctor could even find out what was wrong with us. I have insurance with a very reputable insurance carrier, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and they have never even questioned the amount of tests or any procedures or visits for Dr.Borg. NEVER! I hope that the truth comes out and the people going after the Borg’s with malicious intent are taken down and shown as the frauds and trash that they are!

  21. I would love to be there for both Dr.Borg and his wife. Please call me if you need a character witness or if I can help in any way possible. I think that this is just another scam being ran by our corrupt government agencies. I cannot wait until the truth comes out and you are able to practice again.

  22. 2 Slidell clinic owners charged in ‘pill mill’ scam
    By Jeff Adelson, The Times-Picayune
    April 10, 2010, 9:45PM

    The owners of an alleged “pill mill” in Slidell have been charged with conspiracy to distribute methadone in a scam that involved bringing people from Kentucky to their clinics so they could sell them drugs.

    Michael Leman, 44, and Stephen Lyon, 45, have been charged with federal complaints related to the Slidell clinic, as well as clinics in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    According to court documents, Leman and Lyon established Urgent Care Services in Slidell and in the other states as a way to distribute drugs and pressured doctors and other employees to prescribe methadone, hydrocodone and other controlled substances. They also recruited patients from Kentucky, bringing them to the clinics from about 2004 to 2007, according to the criminal complaint that charges them.

    The complaint cites “numerous sources” including interviews, surveillance and other investigative techniques, and states that employees, doctors and corporate officers of Urgent Care Services “were working together in an organized manner to recruit residents from the Commonwealth of Kentucky to be patients” to the clinics. Organizers would pay the recruits a $450 to $500 fee for each visit in exchange for a portion of the drugs procured, according to the complaint.

    The document alleges that employees at the clinics set up by Leman and Lyon would do only a cursory examination of the patients and would, in some cases, prescribe drugs to multiple patients who came in with the same MRI results as evidence of their ailments.

    The complaint noted that neither Leman, described as Urgent Care Service’s owner, nor Lyon, described as its chief executive officer, has a medical background.

    “In fact, both of them had most recently worked as managers of fast-food establishments,” according to the complaint.

    Several doctors and employees told investigators that they were uncomfortable with the way the clinics were being run but were pressured into looking the other way, according to the complaint.

    The clinics provided the pills “regardless of these individuals’ needs for legitimate medical treatments due to the Kentucky resident’s willingness to pay exaggerated office visit fees in order to obtain methadone tablets,” the complaints allege. Some employees were aware that MRI results provided by some patients were fraudulent, according to the document.

    A clinic worker who has also been charged with conspiracy to distribute methadone, Tonia Snook, 33, allegedly had connections in Kentucky and began the process of bringing patients from that state to the clinics.

    Lyon of Louisiana and Snook of Mississippi were arrested in Kentucky last month and Leman of Louisiana was arrested in St. Tammany Parish earlier this week.

    Jeff Adelson can be reached atmailto:%[email protected] or 985.645.2852.

    Update on the Starship LSBME: Pill Mills had Endorsement of Mouton and the LSBME

  23. Does anyone know what ever happened to these cases? The website has been shut down. Just curious if Dr. Mouton is still up to her old tricks.

  24. Dr. Mouton has been even more vicious and vindictive than ever. Need to read the article in LA medical news that stated that Louisiana leads the nation in the sanctioning physicians, meaning the LSBME and its investigative unit has maliciously hurt more Physicians than any other state in the union, with absolutely NO improvement in healthcare. The “Board”, pawns of “Dr. Mouton” have been cited in a study done from 2004 – 2006 where it was found that in over 60 cases of Physicians either being suspended or stripped of their licenses that their rulings were arbitrary and overly harsh and unneeded. This is a travesty, an abuse of power, and this needs to be stopped. And to think that it is our taxspayer dollars that goes into paying for her legal defense. Definitely keeps Adams and Reese in business.

  25. Tried to obtain licensure in that state recently. They went through all my medical records.. then had the nerve to force me to undergo an “evaluation” to see if I was “impaired”. Long story short, the 7 “approved facilities” are all in cahoots with the PHP there. And guess what? I was labeled an ADDICT. Been taking these meds for YEARS, with no complaints, no problems. Yup. Moved my whole family there, and now this. Goodbye Louisiana. And you wonder why you have a doctor shortage. SCAM.

  26. The most corrupt board in the nation is Louisiana. They are especially suspicious and hard on mid-level providers and the doctors that support them. If you are an MD and you supervise PA’s, NP’s or Midwives you can expect a visit from the investigators at any moment. They will come in under the guise of making sure all the rules are followed. Then if they find one thing wrong, no matter how small, the MD, mid-level and their attorneys will be before this board. It is terribly corrupt, un-necessary, and decreases the number of professional willing to work in the state ; especially in rural areas. Shame on the state for allowing this board to run unbridled. It wasn’t always this way but it is now. Someone ,please stop this sinking ship from capsizing.

    1. You are so right. Look at the investigations of non physicians governed by the LSBME. They harass, intimidate, threaten and revoke mid level providers at an all time high. A state with as dismal a record as Louisiana should welcome these providers. Instead they are constantly being investigated by the LSBME as well as their supervisory physicians. The LSBME should be sued to oblivion for their corruption.

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