Subject Numbers Regarding Health Provider Authorizations
Authorization No. 131501-9B
June 1, 2015
Pursuant to Workers' Compensation Law § 13-d(5), the Chair of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board (“Board”) has exercised his authority to revoke Dr. Monica Mehta’s authorizations to treat injured workers and to perform independent medical examinations (“IMEs”) in the New York State workers’ compensation system effective February 20, 2015. Dr. Mehta's last known business address is 8 Glenview Drive, Warren, New Jersey 07059.
The revocation is based upon Dr. Mehta’s submission of Board forms for reimbursement purposes for care and treatment rendered to workers’ compensation patients following her Temporary Suspension effective February 6, 2015 (see Subject Number 046-753), Consent Order (BPMC No. 14-269) issued by the New York State Department of Health, State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC), effective October 31, 2014, the findings of the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, and the results of the Board’s independent investigation. Investigation has revealed that in at least one workers’ compensation case and on more than one occasion and involving multiple medical service dates, Dr. Mehta submitted for reimbursement purposes Board forms containing her signature for care she rendered following a Temporary Suspension effective February 6, 2015. Investigation has also revealed that Dr. Mehta was subjected to a Censure and Reprimand, a license condition prohibiting the practice of medicine in the State of New York without prior approval from the Director of the Office of Professional Medical Conduct, and a $3,000.00 fine. This was the result of the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners’ finding that Dr. Mehta knowingly prepared written statements containing false or misleading material information and submitted those documents to an insurance company on three separate occasions, resulting in a one-year stayed suspension and probationary term and a $10,000.00 fine. Investigation has also shown that Dr. Mehta provided the Board with correspondence stating her intentions to bill claimants directly, or to send the claimants’ medical bills to collection proceedings, in connection with medical care she provided related to work injuries, in violation of Workers’ Compensation Law § 13-f(1).
Dr. Mehta is permanently prohibited from rendering treatment and care to injured workers and from performing IMEs. Consistent with Subject Number 046-753, reports submitted by Dr. Mehta for treatment services rendered prior to February 6, 2015, are valid, but are invalid for any services rendered on or after that date. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Mehta for treatment services rendered prior to February 6, 2015, should not be denied due to the temporary suspension and subsequent revocation of her authorization. Reports submitted by Dr. Mehta for IMEs performed prior to February 20, 2015, are valid, but are invalid for any IMEs rendered after that date. Requests to cross-examine Dr. Mehta for IME services performed prior to February 20, 2015, should not be denied due to the revocation of her IME authorization.
Any questions regarding the authorized lists should be referred to the Medical Director’s Office at 1 (800) 781-2362.
Robert E. Beloten