December 15, 2016 - As a result of the Goldman hearing held by the Board in conjunction with its regular meeting on December 13th, the license in Prosthetics which had been suspended four months earlier was Revoked. A panel of the Board including all active board members came to that decision after deliberation on 12/13/2016; the Order becomes effective upon mailing of the Findings and Order to the subject.
"Based on consideration of all the evidence and the testimony heard, reviewed and considered, the Board finds that Mr. Kuehn’s conduct as evidenced in the exhibits and testimony is a violation of the law and rules cited, constitutes a departure from or failure to conform to minimal standards of care for the profession, that he engaged in activities that sought to meet his personal needs at the expense or detriment of health care recipients, and that his practice was not in accordance with prevailing professional standards or guidelines," according to the findings in the formal document.
A Goldman hearing establishes a record of procedural matters and substantive information documenting the basis for a state of Ohio agency's adverse formal action against a license or licensee when the subject has not requested a formal hearing on the charges. As the Order issued notes, the subject nonetheless has a right to appeal the Board's action by filing a Notice of Appeal within fifteen (15) days.
August 8, 2016 -- A Meeting of the Board was held by teleconference on this date, pursuant to the authority granted by Ohio Revised Code Section 4779.29, which provides that "If the board determines that there is clear and convincing evidence that an individual licensed under this chapter is engaging or has engaged in conduct described in division (A) of section 4779.28 of the Revised Code and that the license holder's continued practice presents a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public, the board may suspend the individual's license without an adjudicatory hearing. A telephone conference call may be used for reviewing the matter and taking the vote."
Findings contained in the Notice and Order state that the licensee was the subject of a complaint filed by his employer with the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics; that the complaint alleged and provided documentation that the licensee solicited a professionally inappropriate romantic and/or sexual relationship with a patient; that the licensee admitted to the conduct and was terminated from employment on that basis; that the licensee failed to respond to ABC's notices of the complaint and request for response; and that such as well as other conduct alleged constitutes "A departure from, or failure to conform to, minimal standards of care of similar … prosthetists … under the same or similar circumstances …," and that his "continued practice presents a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public, and thus that his license to practice should be suspended immediately, subject to the protections and provisions of Ohio law."
"It is thus hereby ORDERED that: The license issued to JEFFREY KUEHN, LP. 61 is hereby IMMEDIATELY SUSPENDED ."
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