Democrat & Chronicle
Pittsford psychiatrist disciplined over records
By Patti Singer
October 6, 2014
A Pittsford psychiatrist will retire the same day a state Department of Health ruling prohibits him from treating patients because of issues about records.
Dr. Aaron Satloff will end his practice on Nov. 1, according to his attorney, Jules L. Smith of Blitman & King. That is the same day the department’s Board for Professional Medical Conduct is precluding Satloff from “all patient contact and practice of medicine … .”
“He had indicated he was retiring,” Smith said. “He told (the board) he was retiring Nov. 1. They made the order effective Nov. 1.”
Satloff is 79.
Smith said Satloff had health problems unrelated to the investigation into his record-keeping. “He’s getting to the point where he wanted to wrap up his practice,” he said.
Satloff did not contest the charge of failing to maintain accurate patient records. The state also alleged negligence on more than one occasion in relation to records for three patients treated by Satloff for several years, one dating to 1995. According to the state order, the three patients were no longer being seen by Satloff.
The state claimed that in two cases, Satloff failed to perform or document adequate initial assessments or evaluations, failed to coordinate or record management of the patients with other providers, and failed to keep records that accurately reflected care and treatment of the patients.
In the third instance, the state claimed failure to perform or document the initial assessment and failure to keep a record of treatment, and failure to obtain or document adequate information on which to base a diagnosis following an initial evaluation.
Satloff is a member of the Rochester General Hospital Medical and Dental Staff, according to a spokesman. He can admit patients to the hospital but can not treat them there. This was in place before the sanctions.
Satloff is volunteer faculty at the University of Rochester Medical Center, according to a spokeswoman. He has “refer and follow” privileges at Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals, which means that he doesn’t admit but he can refer a patient in need of admission to one of the faculty and follow that patient upon discharge. That will stay in effect until his retirement.
The Board for Professional Medical Conduct provides a timetable for transferring records and notifying insurance plans when a practice closes following action against the doctor’s license. Among the instructions, Satloff has 15 days from Nov. 1 to notify all patients of the limits or end of his practice and has to refer all patients to another licensed physician.