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Langan v. Board of Registration in Medicine (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-103-17)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   SJC-12242   MICHAEL L. LANGAN  vs.  BOARD OF REGISTRATION IN MEDICINE.     June 13, 2017.     Board of Registration in Medicine.  Doctor, License to practice medicine.  Practice, Civil, Action in nature of certiorari.     Michael L. Langan appeals from a judgment of the county court denying his petition for relief in the nature of certiorari from a decision of the Board of Registration in Medicine (board).  We affirm.   Background.  Langan is a board-certified physician in geriatrics and internal medicine.  In 2008, after he had tested positive for various controlled substances, he and the board entered into a letter of agreement, under which he agreed to certain conditions in order to continue practicing medicine, including refraining from the use of alcohol and controlled substances without a prescription and submitting to substance use monitoring by Massachusetts Physician Health Services (PHS).  The letter of agreement provided that violating its terms would “constitute sufficient grounds for the immediate suspension of [Langan’s] license,” and that Langan had a right to an adjudicatory hearing as to any violation found by the board.   After Langan entered into the letter of agreement, PHS reported three positive tests, at low levels, for ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and ethyl sulfate (EtS), two alcohol biomarkers.  The board took no action at that time.  In June and July, 2011, however, Langan tested positive for the same biomarkers, at higher levels.[1]  As a result of these positive tests, PHS requested that Langan undergo an inpatient evaluation, and the board asked him to enter into a voluntary agreement not to practice pending completion of such an evaluation.  Langan refused at first, causing the board to find him in violation of the letter of agreement.  Langan then underwent the inpatient evaluation in September, 2011.   On February 1, 2012, Langan, represented by counsel, signed an addendum to his letter of agreement requiring, in particular, that he “participate in a minimum of three (3) 12-step meetings per week” and “submit proof of said participation to PHS.”  In October, 2012, PHS reported that Langan had misrepresented attending meetings.  In November, 2012, Langan again tested positive for EtS and EtG.  Langan entered into a voluntary agreement not to practice and was asked to produce documentation that he had attended all required meetings.  He did not do so, and in February, 2013, the board determined, based […]

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