NY Psychiatrist Clifford Jacobson, Surrenders License after 40 years, Disciplined 3 times & felony conviction

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Democrat and Chronicle
Brighton psychiatrist to surrender medical license
By Patti Singer
March 6, 2017

Clifford Jacobson

Psychiatrist Clifford Jacobson

A psychiatrist who practices in Brighton is being disciplined for the third time by the state Department of Health and will surrender his medical license March 31.

From March 7 until then, Dr. Clifford Jacobson no longer can prescribe controlled substances. He also will have to submit to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) a weekly log of all medications he prescribes.

Jacobson did not contest the charge of having practiced with negligence on more than one occasion, according to the OPMC.

Jacobson declined to comment.

Asked whether the license surrender was because of the cumulative discipline against Jacobson, state health department spokesman Jeffrey Hammond responded with a statement:

“In determining an appropriate discipline, consideration of all relevant factors is taken into account by the Board for Professional Medical Conduct, including prior disciplinary actions.”

In 2002, Jacobson’s license was suspended for five years after he pleaded guilty to mail fraud. The state charged that Jacobson fraudulently billed Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance by inflating the time he spent with patients or submitting claims for procedures he did not perform. The suspension was stayed, and Jacobson was put on probation for five years, according to the state’s OPMC. Jacobson completed the terms of the order in April 2012.

Jacobson’s sentence on the felony conviction included a $50,000 fine and $786,585.72 in restitution.

In March 2013, Jacobson’s license was suspended for 36 months after he did not contest the charge of negligence on more than one occasion. Again, he received a stay, and he was placed on probation for 36 months and fined $10,000. He was permanently prohibited from practicing pain management and treating attention deficit disorder. He also was barred from prescribing Schedule II opiates and buprenorphine and naloxone. He had to keep a prescription log that identified every patient who received a controlled substance, and he was required to implement a psychiatric electronic medical record.

In the current charges, the OPMC alleged that Jacobson failed to document an adequate medical history and/or failed to document appropriate medical indications for controlled substances for three patients from December 2009 through March 2015. He also is alleged to have diagnosed and/or treated a patient from November 2013 through September 2015 for post-traumatic stress disorder and/or generalized anxiety disorder without documenting adequate medical indications for the diagnoses. He also allegedly failed to document appropriate medical indications for controlled substances prescribed to the patient.

Jacobson was licensed to practice in 1978.

NY Psychiatrist Clifford Jacobson