Mt. Pleasant physician disciplined by Iowa Board of Medicine
A Mt. Pleasant physician recently entered into a combined statement of charges and settlement agreement with the Iowa Board of Medicine following allegations by the board of failing to appropriately diagnose and treat a patient with a ruptured appendix.
Dr. Kent Metcalf, D.O., agreed to the disciplinary order late last month, according to a press release from the board of medicine.
On Jan. 11, 2013, the board ordered Metcalf, 43, to undergo a board-approved confidential comprehensive clinical competency evaluation.
At the direction of the board, Metcalf completed a board-appointed confidential comprehensive clinical competency in at the Center for personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP) in Denver, Colo., on March 22, 2013. The board of medicine’s report said the CPEP indicated that the respondent demonstrated areas of educational need and recommended that Metcalf participate in a structured, individualized education program.
Metcalf was ordered to pay $2,500 civil penalty. He was also placed on five-years probation subject to conditions that he establish a board monitoring program with the Iowa Board of Medicine.
Under the board practice-monitoring program, Metcalf must submit the name of an Iowa-licensed, board-certified physician to serve as the practice monitor. The practice monitor will meet with Metcalf regularly, review selected patients records, ensure that Metcalf provides appropriate care and treatment to patients and engage in a quality improvement process that addresses the area of needs identified by the CPEP.
In addition, Metcalf must establish a worksite-monitoring program with the board, submitting for board approval the name of a physician who regular observes and/or supervises Metcalf in the practice of medicine. He also must pay the board $100 each quarter to cover the board’s monitoring expenses.
Metcalf can seek termination of the terms and conditions of probation after one year of full compliance with the order. Early termination is at the sole discretion of the board.
This is the second time recently that Metcalf has faced disciplinary action from the board, according to the order. On April 19, 2012, he entered into a similar statement of charges and settlement with the Iowa board. At that time, the board alleged Metcalf failed to provide appropriate obstetrical care to a female patient in Mt. Pleasant in December 2007. Metcalf was issued a citation and warning and was ordered to pay a $2,500 civil penalty on the 2012 charge.