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New York State
Workers' Compensation Board
OFFICE OF THE CHAIR
328 State Street  Schenectady, New York 12305
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo


Subject No. 046-1020

Temporary Suspension of Dr. Karen May Nickell

Authorization No. 212521-9W

Date: January 17, 2018

Pursuant to Workers' Compensation Law Section 13-d(4), the Chair of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board has exercised her authority to temporarily suspend Dr. Karen May Nickell’s authorization to treat injured workers within the New York State workers’ compensation system effective January 15, 2018. Dr. Nickell's last known business address is:

1330 Route 31
Macedon, New York 14502

The Chair’s designee’s investigation has revealed that the New York State Department of Health, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC) has issued Order #17-362, wherein Dr. Nickell agreed not to contest the Second Specification, including that she failed to maintain a record for each patient which accurately reflected the evaluation and treatment of the patient. This resulted in a limitation on Dr. Nickell’s license to preclude diagnosing, treating, operating or prescribing for any human disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition and/or permit only practicing as a Coroner in the State of New York.

Therefore, the Chair believes that Dr. Nickell may be guilty of misconduct, and that such misconduct would detrimentally affect the quality of care provided to injured workers.

Dr. Nickell is prohibited from rendering treatment and care to injured workers while her authorization is temporarily suspended. Reports submitted by Dr. Nickell for services rendered prior to January 15, 2018 are valid, but are invalid for any services rendered on or after that date. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Nickell for services rendered prior to January 15, 2018 should not be denied due to the suspension of her authorization.

This suspension remains in effect until further notice. Any questions regarding the authorized lists should be referred to the Medical Director’s Office at 1 (800) 781-2362.

 

Clarissa M. Rodriguez
Chair