Willmar chiropractor disputes findings of state board that led to suspension – West Central Tribune

WILLMAR

— A Willmar chiropractor has been suspended from practicing for at least the next year.

Dr. Jon D. Haefner of Meridian Disc Institute received a three-year suspension of his license and a $10,000 civil penalty in an order approved Feb. 3 by the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

According to a settlement agreement with the board, signed by Haefner and a representative of the board, the suspension of his license could be stayed after one year if he complies with requirements of the agreement.

In an email statement Monday, Haefner said he disagrees with the information, including “several misstatements and inaccuracies” contained in the agreement.

“My intent as a health provider has always been to provide equitable access to proper health care for my community regardless of race, religion or financial resources,” he said. “I want to be clear that the resolution has only been accepted as an alternative to a lengthy and costly litigation process that would have resulted in a further delay of care for my patients. My patients have been and will continue to be my top priority.”

The agreement alleges that Haefner provided work release slips to nearly 100 patients without adequate examinations or follow-up.

It also alleges that he did not cooperate with the board’s subpoena for his records.

As a result of the agreement, Haefner’s license was suspended for three years, but he may petition to have it reinstated after 12 months. During that year he must receive passing scores in three courses. One is about professional ethics and another about ethics and boundaries. The third is the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Special Purposes Examination.

In addition, he must complete at least 10 hours of one-on-one remedial education in health care documentation.

After three years, Haefner may petition to end the suspension of his license if he satisfies the board’s requirements.



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