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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. 046-815

Temporary Suspension of Dr. Koock Elan Jung’s
Authorizations to Treat Injured Workers and to Perform
Independent Medical Examinations
Effective July 27, 2015

Authorization No. 117083-6B

Date: September 21, 2015

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. Koock Elan Jung’s authorizations to treat injured workers and to perform independent medical examinations in the New York State workers’ compensation system effective July 27, 2015. Dr. Jung's last known business address is 597 Bay Road, Queensbury, New York 12804.

The Chair’s designee’s investigation revealed that the New York State Department of Health, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC) has issued Order # 15-156 and Order # 15-181, wherein Dr. Jung could not successfully defend against at least one act of misconduct, including touching the hand of, rubbing the knee of, hugging, slapping the leg of, and squeezing the hand of patients he knew had been sexually abused, inappropriate sexual commentary to patients regarding “self-touching”, inappropriate advice to a patient regarding sex with her husband, inappropriately revealing information about one patient to another patient, prescribing medications without adequate basis, prescribing Suboxone to patients without properly educating them regarding risks/benefits of the medication, and failure to maintain accurate medical records, resulting in the penalty of a six (6) month suspension, the sanction that he must complete a clinical competency assessment, and a thirty-six (36) month probationary period, during which he may only practice medicine when monitored by a licensed physician, board certified in an appropriate specialty (“Practice Monitor”), and he must successfully complete continuing education programs in the areas of physician/patient boundaries, appropriate prescribing of controlled substances, and record keeping; and such conditions have been modified to extend his suspension to an eighteen (18) month period, and that a written report of his completion of a clinical competency program must be provided to the Director of OPMC prior to his returning to the practice of medicine.

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

Dr. Jung 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. Jung for services rendered prior to July 27, 2015, are valid, but are invalid for any services rendered on or after that date. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Jung for services rendered prior to July 27, 2015, 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
Chair