State board sets hearing for FM chiropractor

Published: 2010-03-10 20:51:31
Author: Joe Benedict | Fort Madison Daily Democrat | February 12, 2010

Peggy Booten, a former member of the Fort Madison School Board, has been sent a notice of a disciplinary hearing from the Board of Chiropractic of the State of Iowa.

Documents provided by the board's website said Booten was licensed as a chiropractor in the state on March 7, 2003. However, the license expired on Aug. 6, 2006. It was two years later in May of 2008 when the Chiropractic board administratively opened a complaint against Booten.

The board did so because it was believed Booten was taking in new patients and operating with an expired license to do so. The factual circumstances listed in the board's documents say on Dec. 20, 2008, Booten was accepting new patients and patient records show she had performed chiropractic care on patients while her license was inactive.

A review of patient records also shows Booten was using another chiropractor's provider number to submit claims for services. The documents do not say which chiropractor's number was used.

The board will discuss three counts with Booten, who can bring a legal representative at 2 p.m. on April 14 in the Lucas State Office Building, room 526 in Des Moines. The first count is Booten has represented herself as a chiropractic physician when her license was on inactive status.

The second count charges her with falsification of client records, which stems from using the other chiropractor's number for claims. The third count is for practicing with an inactive license. All three charges are violations of the Iowa Code.

Booten will be able to respond to the charges in person at the hearing. Iowa open meetings laws give her the choice of whether the meeting will be open to the public. The Iowa Attorney General's Office will represent the public.

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