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N.C. Medical Board reprimands Charlotte pediatrician

Dr. Kent Seitz, a Charlotte pediatrician who currently practices addiction medicine, has been reprimanded and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine by the North Carolina Medical Board in connection with “unprofessional conduct.”

According to a consent order, signed by the doctor and the board president in mid-March, Seitz left undated, pre-signed prescriptions with a staff member who later completed them for patients when the doctor was not in the office.

An “outside medical expert” who reviewed records for three of Seitz’ patients at the request of the medical board found that Seitz’ treatment of two patients was “below the accepted and prevailing standards of care” in the state. The expert “expressed concerns” about the third patient’s care, the consent order said.

All three patients were under ongoing treatment for opioid dependence with buprenorphine, a medication used to help people reduce or quit their use of opiates, such as heroin and morphine. All had routine urine drug screens, but the expert said Seitz didn’t always document the results in the patients’ records.

By signing the consent order, Seitz resolved the matter without having a public hearing.

In a prepared statement Wednesday, Seitz explained that “emergencies do arise and in that event, a staff member may have had to correct a prescription or give a prescription to a patient so that they would not become sick. However a prescription was never given without a case discussion via phone between the staff member and the doctor.”

“Dr. Seitz was both cooperative and transparent with the board,” the statement said. “The practice has not taken this reprimand lightly and has implemented new policies and procedures in place to assure compliance. This was a reprimand that is getting spun into a story and Dr. Seitz would much rather focus his time to practice medicine.”

Seitz, who received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1974, works at Advene Health Group, 1421 Orchard Lake Dr. Advene’s website says it is a “provider of culturally sensitive mental health and substance abuse services.”

Karen Garloch: 704-358-5078, @kgarloch

Statement from Dr. Kent Seitz’ office:

Rather than spending time to defend himself Dr. Kent Seitz chooses to focus his time and energy on his patients (sic) care. There are a few points that Dr. Seitz would like readers to be made aware of.

▪ Dr. Seitz is very qualified to practice addiction medicine as he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

▪ Dr. Seitz is not currently practicing pediatrics; he practices addiction medicine.

▪ Unfortunately, emergencies do arise and in that event, a staff member may have had to correct a prescription or give a prescription to a patient so that they would not become sick. However, a prescription was never given without a case discussion via phone between the staff member and the doctor.

▪ Therapy is a requirement for our buprenorphine program. Our therapist address (sic) and discuss all positive drug screens prior to the client being seen by the doctor. The therapist then consults with the doctor. The toxicology reports are never not addressed.

▪ Dr. Seitz can assure you that our patients receive the proper care and monitoring through our program. We have a strong satisfaction rating with our patients and we strive to exceed that expectation on a daily basis. We are constantly being told how we go above and beyond by our patients to help them get their lives back on track.

▪ Dr. Seitz was both cooperative and transparent with the board. The practice has not taken this reprimand lightly and has implemented new policies and procedures in place to assure compliance. This was a reprimand that is getting spun into a story and Dr. Seitz would much rather focus his time to practice medicine.

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