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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. 046-1096

Temporary Suspension of Dr. Ramkumar Panhani

Authorization No. 199398-9W

Date: August 31, 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. Ramkumar Panhani's authorization to treat injured workers within the New York State workers' compensation system effective September 1, 2018, through and including March 31, 2019. Dr. Panhani's last known business addresses are:

215-33 Jamaica Avenue
Queens Village, New York 11428

and

1295 Northern Boulevard
Manhasset, New York 11030

The Chairís designee's investigation revealed that Dr. Panhani (1) had failed to submit full and truthful forms and bills for filing with the Board regarding three claimants, in violation of WCL § 13-d(2), and (2) purported to supervise an unauthorized physician during a time when he was not present in the office suite where the services were rendered, in violation of WCL § 13-b(1)(c) and Ground Rule 11.A.

Therefore, the Chair believes that Dr. Panhani may be guilty of misconduct pursuant to WCL § 13-d(4) and that such misconduct would detrimentally affect the quality of care provided to injured workers.

Dr. Panhani is prohibited from rendering treatment and care to injured workers while his authorization is temporarily suspended. Reports submitted by Dr. Panhani for services rendered prior to September 1, 2018, are valid, but are invalid for any services rendered during the time period from September 1, 2018, through and including March 31, 2019. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Panhani for services rendered prior to September 1, 2018, should not be denied due to the suspension of his authorization.

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

 

Clarissa M. Rodriguez
Chair