On Beacon Hill: St. V’s doc fined for pot violations, Chandler backs oral health push, McGovern on GOP’s anti-LGBT move, and more

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From State House News Service

St. Vincent doctor punished by state board for pot violations

From a May 20 release to SHNS by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine (BORIM):

At its meeting May 19, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine took disciplinary action against the medical license of William Ortiz, M.D.

The Board reprimanded Dr. Ortiz, a nocturnist at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, after he agreed in a Consent Order that he had been disciplined by the State of Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine for having engaged in unprofessional conduct; specifically, issuing medical marijuana certificates to 59 patients over the course of two days and keeping incomplete records for those patients.

A fine of $2,500 was also imposed. Dr. Ortiz, who graduated from New York Medical College in 1996, has been licensed in Massachusetts since 1999. He is also licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Maine.

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Sen. Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester, speaks on behalf of a new dental care/access initiative.

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Sen. Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester, speaks on behalf of a new dental care/access initiative.

Sen. Chandler backs push to increase dental care, access

It can take patients in need of oral care weeks or months to make it into Lisa Emily Simon’s dental chair, a time period when they are often saving up money and determining when they can miss school or work to make their appointment.

“And through it all, they are in pain,” said Simon, who practices dentistry in safety-net clinics and teaches oral health policy and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. “Preventable, ceaseless pain.”


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