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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. 046-1190

Removal of Dr. Azu A. Ajudua

Authorization No. 130554-9W

Date: July 29, 2019

Pursuant to Workers' Compensation Law Sections 13-d(2)(a) and 13-d(5), the Chair of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board has exercised her authority to remove Dr. Azu A. Ajudua's authorization to treat injured workers in the New York State workers’ compensation system effective July 25, 2019. Dr. Ajudua's last known business address is:

204-12 Hillside Avenue
Hollis, New York 11423

Investigation has revealed that the New York State Department of Health, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC) has issued Order # 18-156, wherein Dr. Ajudua agreed to surrender his medical license in full satisfaction of the charges against him, including that on or about May 17, 2018, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, he was convicted of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a felony, in violation of New York Penal Law §155.40(1), and Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a felony, in violation of New York Penal Law §155.35(1), in that on or about and between May 22, 2014, and December 31, 2016, he caused to be submitted reimbursement claims to Medicaid, indirectly through Healthfirst, which falsely represented services were provided consistent with all rules and regulations when in fact the claimed services were medically unnecessary.

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

Dr. Ajudua is prohibited from rendering treatment and care to injured workers, and from conducting reviews of records regarding variance requests pursuant to 12 NYCRR § 324.3(b)(2)(ii)(a). Reports submitted by Dr. Ajudua for services rendered prior to July 25, 2019, are valid, but are invalid for any services rendered on or after that date. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Ajudua for services rendered prior to July 25, 2019, should not be denied due to the removal of his authorization.

Any questions regarding the authorized lists should be referred to the Medical Director's Office at 1 (800) 781-2362.

 

Clarissa M. Rodriguez
Chair