Date: May 5, 2014
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. Albert Chang's authorizations to treat injured workers and to perform independent medical examinations in the New York State workers' compensation system effective May 5, 2014. Dr. Chang's last known billing address is Virtual Radiologic Professionals, Po Box 904246, Dept. 7067, Carol Stream, IL 60122.
The Chair's designee's investigation revealed that the Department of Health, Bureau of Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC) issued BPMC Order # 13-345, effective October 30, 2013, wherein, Dr. Chang did not contest the charge of having been convicted in the Superior Court, County of Napa, California of alcohol related reckless driving. Dr. Chang was penalized with a censure and reprimand as well as a $2,000 fine.
Therefore, the Chair believes that Dr. Chang may be guilty of misconduct, and that such misconduct would detrimentally affect the quality of care provided to injured workers.
Dr. Chang is prohibited from rendering treatment and care to injured workers and from performing independent medical examinations while his authorizations are temporarily suspended. Reports submitted by Dr. Chang for services rendered prior to May 5, 2014 are valid, but are invalid for any services rendered on or after that date. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Chang for services rendered prior to May 5, 2014 should not be denied due to the suspension of his authorizations.
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