2012-07-13 / Top Stories

Doc On Probation, Loses Medicaid Rights

By Howard Schwach

A Belle Harbor doctor who practices endocrinology in her Brooklyn office has been placed on probation by the New York State Department of Health and excluded from taking Medicaid patients, official records show.

In March of 2012, Dr. Jane Schlecker was put on probation by the DOH after signing a consent agreement in which she accepted a three-year probation period in return for not being brought up on charges of “inappropriate contact” with a patient in her Brooklyn office called “Patient A” by the state. She is charged with having this contact with Patient A “on more than one occasion.”

In the specification of charges drawn up by the state, Schlecker is charged with “committing professional misconduct by practicing the profession of medicine with negligence on more than one occasion.”

Although The Wave knows the identity of Patient A and has spoken with her, we are withholding her name because of the nature of the charges.

Schlecker’s probation runs through March of 2015.

On May 27, 2012, after investigating the charges brought by the state, the New York State office of the Medicaid Inspector General excluded Schlecker from accepting Medicaid patients under a state statute that was passed to protect against fraud and misconduct.

A spokesperson for that state agency declined to discuss the case or how long the exclusion would last.

Calls to Schlecker’s office in Brooklyn went unreturned.

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