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Disciplinary Action Detail

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Disciplinary Date: 08/12/20
PT/PTA Name: Andrea Berkenbaugh, PTA
Violated Law: W. Va. Code §30-20-19 et. seq., W. Va. Code R. §16-1-8.4, and W. Va. Code R
Violation: IN JUNE 2019, THE BOARD RECEIVED A COMPLAINT FROM AMEDISYS AGAINST MS. BERKENBAUGH CONCERNING HER IN-HOME HEALTH VISITS AND CONFORMING RECORD KEEPING. THE COMPANY HAD RECEIVED COMPLAINTS FROM PATIENTS AND/OR PATIENTS' FAMILY THAT SOME IN-HOME THERAPY VISITS DID NOT OCCUR OR THAT THERAPY WAS NOT PROVIDED DURING SUCH VISITS. THE BOARD INVESTIGATOR INVESTIGATED THIS MATTER AND SUBMITTED A REPORT TO THE BOARD. THE BOARD CONCLUDES THERE IS PROBABLE CAUSE THAT MS. BERKENBAUGH BREACHED APPLICABLE LAWS IN THAT SHE FAILED TO MAINTAIN ACCURATE PATIENT AND/OR BILLING RECORDS, OR THAT SUBMITTED DOCUMENTATION TO HER EMPLOYER FOR IN-HOME VISITS THAT DID NOT OCCUR. . MS. BERKENBAUGH HAS DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS THAT SHE ENGAGED IN ANY UNPROFESSIONAL OR UNETHICAL CONDUCT. THE BOARD AND MS. BERKENBAUGH HAVE RESOLVED THIS MATTER THROUGH THE USE OF A NEGOTIATED CONSENT AGREEMENT AND ORDER.
Penalty: BERKENBAUGH'S LICENSE SHALL BE SUSPENDED FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR. BERKENBAUGH SHALL NOT PRACTICE PHYSICAL THERAPY EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY IN THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA, DURING SUCH PERIOD OF SUSPENSION. BERKENBAUGH SHALL ENROLL IN AND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE SIX (6) HOURS OF BOARD APPROVED COURSES IN ETHICS AND SIX (6) HOURS OF BOARD APPROVED COURSES IN DOCUMENTATION AND BILLING. THESE HOURS ARE IN ADDITION TO WHAT IS OTHERWISE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN LICENSURE AS A PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT DURING THE CURRENT REPORTING PERIOD AND SHALL BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE ONE YEAR SUSPENSION. AFTER THE ONE YEAR SUSPENSION BERKENBAUGH MAY BE REINSTATED AND SHALL BE PLACED ON PROBATION FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR. DURING THIS PROBATION PERIOD, BERKENBAUGH IS PROHIBITED FROM PROVIDING IN-HOME HEALTH CARE.
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