Date: July 24, 2013
Pursuant to Workers' Compensation Law Section 13-d(4), the Chair of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board has exercised his authority to temporarily suspend Dr. Charles Ricciardelli's authorization to perform independent medical examinations in the New York State workers' compensation system effective July 25, 2013. Dr. Ricciardelli's last known business address is 503 Grasslands Road, Hawthorne, New York 18977.
The Chair's designee's investigation revealed that the Department of Health, Bureau of Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC) issued BPMC Order #12-266, effective December 13, 2012, wherein Dr. Ricciardelli was charged with one specification of professional misconduct. He did not contest that specification and therefore was penalized with a censure and reprimand, a $1,000 fine, and ordered to complete a mandated twelve-week alcohol highway safety school program. The professional misconduct referred to in the Statement of Charges included, having been convicted in Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Bucks County, of driving under the influence and being incapable of driving safely.
Therefore, the Chair believes that Dr. Ricciardelli may be guilty of misconduct.
Dr. Ricciardelli is prohibited from performing independent medical examinations of injured workers while his authorization is temporarily suspended. Reports submitted by Dr. Ricciardelli for independent medical examinations performed prior to July 25, 2013, are valid, but are invalid for any independent medical examinations performed on or after that date. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Ricciardelli for independent medical examinations performed prior to July 25, 2013, 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 Director's Office at 1 (800) 781-2362.
Robert E. Beloten