Harlem Doctor In Fight Of Her Career Over Vengeful Insurance Company: “This Is A Professional Lynching”
After an anonymous complaint was made against one NYC doctor eight years ago, the Office of Professional Medial Conduct (OPMC) is now trying to revoke her license. Dr. Delys St. Hill has served in her field for 28 years with no complaints or problems but after one unsubstantiated incident she could lose it all.
St. Hill received a letter last Friday requesting her appearance at a hearing or else she would face public exposure which could lead to being blacklisted in the industry. The doctor is being told she must report to court to fight claims that she allegedly held on to and manipulated faulty records of nine patients involved in car accidents in 2007, but she told the New York Daily News that the OPMC is an “over-zealous” watchdog and she did no such thing.
But is the price to fight the watchdog agency more than the veteran physician can bear?
She believes the anonymous accusations stem from auto insurance companies that did not want to refund her for seeing the patients. St.Hill said the companies are also part of a larger problem of retaliation acts of insurance companies to take down doctors they do not want to pay.
“There’s never been a single malpractice claim against me in 28 years. But now, because of some spurious claims that aren’t even true, I may lose everything,” St.Hill said told the Daily News. She must now choose between spending big bucks to protect her business or risk losing her license.
The 55-year-old mother of four has until tomorrow to decide what action she will take. Come the end of the week, OPMC will post the allegations on its website which is made visible to all insurance companies. The NY Daily News reported the posting will scare off insurance companies from working with her.
“This is a lynching — a professional lynching,” said St.Hill.
OPMC has had their eyes on the doctor since 2008, two years before she’d even been made aware of the claims. In 2010, the agency contacted the doctor’s billing company in search of records on the patients.
“My office manager told me what OPMC wanted, and I told her to write a letter saying we would cooperate fully,” said St. Hill. But the office never heard back from the agency until 2014 when a letter would tell St.Hill she was under investigation.
St.Hill says the investigation has been flawed since its inception as the agency has only been going off of partial billing records and not her inclusive charts.
The biggest issue? St. Hill no longer possesses the records. State law requires doctors to destroy patients’ records after six years, a law St. Hill abided by.