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The Tennessean
State medical board takes action against pain doctor, psychiatrist
Improper narcotics prescriptions, billing bring action
February 22, 2014
By Tom Wilemon

803 Meadowlark Ln, Goodlettsville, TN - former "practice address" of psychiatrist Abul Kasem Fakhruddin

803 Meadowlark Ln, Goodlettsville, TN – former “practice address” of psychiatrist Abul Kasem Fakhruddin

A Nashville psychiatrist accused of overbilling Tennessee’s Medicaid program has surrendered his license, while a Lebanon pain doctor has had his suspended for improperly prescribing narcotics.

The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners took actions against Dr. A K Fakhruddin, the psychiatrist, and Dr. Nii S. Quao, the pain doctor, at its January meeting, according to a disciplinary report released last week. The board reprimanded a total of 21 physicians from statewide for infractions ranging from failing to maintain continuing education credits to gross health care liability.

The board disciplined Fakhruddin after the Tennessee Attorney General investigated him for submitting claims to TennCare that were not backed up by medical records. Fakhruddin reached a settlement agreement to pay $325,758 to the state and closed his practice last April. He then voluntarily surrendered his license.

Quao was investigated by the board for treating patients with methadone from a Lebanon clinic that was not registered as a narcotic treatment program. Methadone is a synthetic opioid used to treat people with addictions to heroin and other narcotics.

The board in its order also said that Quao prescribed controlled substances to a former employee with whom he was having an affair.

He owned and operated a pain management clinic in Lebanon that was granted a permit to operate in 2012. That license expires on Friday.

Quao agreed to surrender the permit to the Tennessee Department of Health. His license was suspended for 60 days, and he must complete a training course on medical ethics. He also may have to pay up to $15,000 to cover the cost of the state probe into his actions.

Once he meets the requirements of the state order, his medical license may be placed on probation for up to two years.