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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. 046-831

Temporary Suspension of Dr. Peter F. Rizzo’s
Authorization to Treat Injured Workers
Effective November 2, 2015

Authorization No. 185062-7W

Date: November 6, 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. Peter F. Rizzo’s authorization to treat injured workers within the New York State workers’ compensation system effective November 2, 2015. Dr. Rizzo's last known business address is 77 Pond Field Road, Bronxville, New York 10708.

The Chair’s designee’s investigation has revealed that the New York State Department of Health, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC) has issued Order # 15-225, wherein Dr. Rizzo could not successfully defend against at least one of the acts of misconduct alleged, including treatment of patients that deviated from minimally accepted standards of care in that he failed to properly evaluate and appropriately treat patients, and/or failed to adequately document the evaluation and treatment performed, resulting in the penalty of a Censure and Reprimand and a thirty-six (36) month probationary period, during which he must complete a Clinical Competency Assessment (CCA) at Albany Medical Center, he must work with a Preceptor to develop a remediation plan which addresses the deficiencies/retraining recommendations identified in the CCA, he may practice medicine only when monitored by a licensed physician, board certified in an appropriate specialty (“Practice Monitor”), and he must successfully complete a continuing education program in an area or areas as directed by the Office of Professional Medical Conduct.

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

Dr. Rizzo is prohibited from rendering treatment and care to injured workers while his authorization is temporarily suspended. Reports submitted by Dr. Rizzo for services rendered prior to November 2, 2015, are valid, but are invalid for any services rendered on or after that date. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Rizzo for services rendered prior to November 2, 2015, 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
Chair