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Addiction treatment doctor gets restricted license

CONCORD — The state medical board has agreed to issue a restricted practice license to Anton Heins III, whose license was suspended in February 2010 after an investigation into allegations that he prescribed suboxone to too many patients, for cash, and maintained poor records.

Prior to the suspension, in August 2009, Heins entered a plea in Merrimack County Superior Court to unsworn falsification, for submitting a false claim to the state’s Medicaid program. The charge was based on evidence he double billed for initial consultations — collecting the full fee from patients and billing Medicaid.

The doctor, then 63 and living in Amherst, was sentenced to 30 days in Merrimack County Jail, with another five months of suspended jail time. He was fined and ordered to pay restitution to patients and Medicaid.

 

In July 2010, he was barred by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from participating in Medicare and any other federally funded health program for at least five years.

 

In February 2010, he resigned his Massachusetts license, and in December 2010, he entered a settlement agreement with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services in which he agreed to pay $40,000 for allegedly improper billing to MassHealth.

In April 2011, he surrendered his license to practice in New York rather than face disciplinary proceedings there, and in March 2012, he surrendered his DEA license/registration.

During these years, when his New Hampshire license was suspended, it expired. Heins applied for reinstatement in January 2013. Following hearings, investigations, assessments and completion of certain requirements, a basis for issuing a restricted license was established.

Heins must adhere to a specific set of requirements that include: hiring of a full-time office manager knowledgeable about opioid addiction treatment; operating only one commercial office location; abiding by the Affiliated Monitors, Inc. compliance plan and contract with the New Hampshire Professionals Health Program, and monitoring by the NHPHP or its equivalent for as long as he continues a New Hampshire practice.


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