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Hearing Examiner Recommends Suspending Doctor's License

Sherry Young

  The hearing examiner for the West Virginia Osteopathic Board of Medicine has recommended suspending the license of a doctor accused of failing to meet care standards.

The Register-Herald reports that on June 2 hearing examiner Jennifer Taylor recommended suspending Dr. Michael Kostenko's license for no more than five years. She also recommended that Kostenko be prohibited from practicing medicine in West Virginia during that time.

Taylor accused Kostenko of prescribing controlled substances without proper documentation about examinations, diagnoses, bases of treatment and treatment plans. She also says Kostenko failed to meet the standards of care in treating three patients who died from drug overdoses.

Taylor submitted her recommendation after reviewing findings from Assistant Attorney General Jennifer K. Akers and Kostenko's attorney.

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