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Doctor seeks hearing over license suspension

Published 10:13am Thursday, May 2, 2013

The doctor who was the physician for the Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center in Ironton has requested a hearing to get his medical license reinstated.

“Late today we received a request for the hearing,” Joan Werhle of the Ohio Medical Board said.

In April the medical board suspended the osteopathic medical license of Adam P. Hall, D.O., 39, of Powell. Hall was the physician at the Pinnacle Wellness and Longevity Center, 407 S. Third St., Suite B, Ironton.

That clinic’s files were the subject of a search warrant in March. The center had been the focus of an investigation by the office of the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine for the past year.

The suspension came after the board determined “there is clear and convincing evidence that he has violated the Medical Practices Act and his continued practice presents a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public,” according to a medical board release at the time of the suspension.

The suspension was based on allegations that Hall only worked three or four days each month at the center and that he would “routinely stamp and/or pre-sign blank prescription slips for office staff to subsequently complete at a later date in order to provide patients with drugs, including controlled substances, prior to Dr. Hall’s return the following month,” the release stated.

Hall had 30 days after the suspension to request a hearing. That deadline was Wednesday.

The next step is for a scheduling letter to be sent to Hall and his attorney, Douglas Graff of Graff and McGovern LPA in Columbus, to determine a date that matches the schedules of both parties.

The medical board will be represented by the attorney general’s office.

“His suspension remains in place until the board renders a final decision,” Wehrle said. “There is no disciplinary action at the hearing.”

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