Doctors banned from practice elsewhere land jobs with state

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Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 5:34 am, Mon Apr 28, 2014.

They lied, stole and ultimately confessed to felonies committed to satisfy their drug addictions that in other states cost them the privilege of practicing medicine. The federal government even banned the two doctors from billing for Medicaid services because of their crimes.

But in New Mexico, Drs. Ralph Hansen and Keith Levitt have found welcoming homes and a revival of their careers. The state government, fully aware of the doctors’ pasts, gave them supervisory jobs with the agency that provides and oversees care of indigent patients.

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  • Staci Benni posted at 7:22 am on Thu, May 1, 2014.

    Sta Benni Posts: 172

    The actions of this administration fro m hiring correctional workers who lie to hiring chief of staff who lie is outrageous. I hope the Democrats will back someone who has a chance to win--not just anohter recognizable name. I am sure there are doctors who do not have these drug issues that could have been hired. And the state should have another look at its pay scale. IT is still hiring people at $7.hr and even middle management is only making $30,000 to 50,000/year. Why such inflated salaries for the higher muckety mucks?

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 10:30 am on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    The president did not hire these idiots, nor did the governor of any other state. Susana Martinez, governor of NEW MEXICO hired them.

    As a lawyer, the governor should know better than to hire convicted felons (drug abusers, multiple counts) to treat our citizens, whatever income level they may be.

    However, I see she has restricted these rehabilitated drug addicts are limited to family planning, screening for sexually transmitted diseases, breast and cervical cancer screenings, immunizations, low-risk prenatal care and other services: (school health systems, a program for children with special health care needs and the Supplemental Food for Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC).

    Ah, Susana! Always thinking of the children! Always remembering what it was like to struggle! Making things better for New Mexicans!

  • Patrick Pickens posted at 5:30 pm on Mon, Apr 28, 2014.

    Patrick Pickens Posts: 2

    This details underlying how this latest exposure of graphically inept administrative misconduct- which I contend has occurred in violation of the public trust- is 100% consistent with my concerns about issues in Arizona. As is, public health officials who willfully contribute to clearly unlawful practices which occur at the expense of NM's taxpayers, to the direct detriment of some our state's most at risk populations. As much as I might want to lay the blame on Martinez, etc., I also feel compelled to remind my citizen peers that we the people are in position to exercise our powers, if we actually opt to take non-vilent/lawful action in a context of communicating with our elected reps, and any other body of authority that is obligated to meet our expressed concerns, and may apply.

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 12:09 pm on Mon, Apr 28, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341

    Bottom line good doctors do not come cheap unless you are on Obamacare then sucks to be you![tongue]

  • Cathy McManus posted at 10:08 am on Mon, Apr 28, 2014.

    CMcManus Posts: 40

    This is Susana Martinez's world. She is corrupt and only hires corrupt people to manage the state. A recent poll revealed that only 20% of New Mexicans are at all happy with this state. This story about hiring Doctors that are criminals on record is a great example. If this state paid people what they are worth, we wouldn't have such shortages in all fields. We need to replace Martinez and her administration if we want to move forward!

  • Jay Shapiro posted at 6:00 am on Mon, Apr 28, 2014.

    jayshapiro Posts: 29

    Only in NM can criminals masquerading as doctors find taxpayer supported positions. Yup, the Land of Manana is also the land where rules and credentials do not matter but connections do. NM has genuine medical problems but ignoring the law is not the way to fix those problems.

  • Tim R. Herrera posted at 5:55 am on Mon, Apr 28, 2014.

    timrherrera Posts: 15

    This is not surprising at all. Brad McGrath was the same individual that was getting reimbursed by the State of New Mexico for commuting to work to Santa Fe from Roswell. That this Administration continues to employee this corrupt little man is a disgrace. Especially at his generous salary. DOH still continues to operate at a corrupt level second only to the PRC. It is easy to see him hiring Doctors, if they deserve to be called that, that are as corrupt as himself. What happened to cleaning up the corruption in State Government Governor Martinez? The more things change the more they stay the same certainly rings true at DOH while the poor citizens of New Mexico are the ones that ultimately pay the price.

  • Lynn Osborne posted at 2:22 pm on Sun, Apr 27, 2014.

    Lynn Osborne Posts: 2

    Let's connect some dots here: Brad ["Brad McGrath, Gov. Susana Martinez’s interim Cabinet secretary of the Department of Health, wrote: “Dr. Levitt would be the sole community physician and sole source of medical oversight of essential Public Health services in the community.”......"] Yes, Brad asks the State of NM to hire convicted drug abuse and fraud felons who have their licenses to practice medicine revoked.

    Good old Brad also says how HARD it is to get doctors here:
    [New Mexico has struggled to recruit and retain qualified physicians to provide care for patients in its public health programs in rural parts of the state, McGrath wrote in the letter......]
    And in the next breath ol' Brad justifies the hiring for these felons by stating that's it's only poor people, after all, who will receive the 'services' of these criminals [“Nearly all clients who receive clinical services in public health offices are low-income,” McGrath wrote in the letter to the federal government. Approximately 70 percent of them are uninsured and 20 percent of the patients are covered by Medicaid.]

    Our NM state government is badly disconnected from the actual population who live here. What NM needs is government which address the critical issues of drug abuse, poverty and education with intelligence, insight and compassion; not an administration which hires felons to run our county medical clinics who were men convicted of faking prescriptions to provide "recreational drugs" for themselves, their cronies and families.


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