Richard William Hertle, MD License # 35 052179
Nature of Complaint
The physician has a history of substance abuse since about 1994 when he was self-prescribing Percocet. The physician entered intensive outpatient treatment and he was monitored by the Physician’s Health Program in Pennsylvania from about October 1995 to October 1998. In or about August 2008 the physician relapsed into Opioid usage until about January 2009. The physician entered into a Board-approved treatment provider on or about March 22, 2009 and was discharged treatment complete on or about May 19, 2009 and the diagnoses of Opioid Dependence and Major Depressive Disorder, recurrent in full remission. At the Board’s request the physician has been evaluated and determined to be found capable of practicing according to acceptable and prevailing standards of care, subject to certain conditions.
In lieu of formal proceedings, the physician has entered into a Consent Agreement with the State Medical Board of Ohio in which the physician’s certificate to practice medicine and surgery in the State of Ohio shall be Restored. The physician voluntarily agrees with the Board that his medical certificate shall be subject to various Probationary terms, conditions and limitations including and not limited to the following.
The physician shall not request termination of the Consent Agreement for a minimum of five years; nor shall he request modification to the probationary terms, limitations and conditions for at least one year. In the event the physician appears to have violated any term or condition of the Agreement, the Board reserves the right to institute formal disciplinary proceedings.
- The physician shall be subject to Monitoring of Rehabilitation and Treatment including drug associated restrictions and sobriety.
- The physician shall be subject to Drug and Alcohol Screens which shall be conducted through a Board-approved drug testing facility and collection site.
- The physician shall be subject to Mental Health Treatment. The physician shall be subject to a Monitoring Physician who shall monitor the physician and his medical practice and review patient charts.
- The physician shall be subject to participation in a Rehabilitation Program such as AA, NA, CA or Caduceus.
- The physician shall maintain continued compliance with the terms of the Aftercare contract entered into with a Board-approved treatment provider.
- The physician shall be subject to Required Reporting including to all employers or entities with which he is under contract to provide health care services or is receiving training.
The Agreement is effective December 9, 2010.
February 10, 2010 – Probation Modified
The State Medical Board has approved the monitoring physician and the frequency and number of charts for review have been established.