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St. Ansgar doctor removed from probation early by medical board


This news story was published on December 26, 2017.
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DES MOINES – A St. Ansgar family medicine doctor connected to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa who was disciplined by the Iowa Board of Medicine has been removed from probation early.

Kelly D. Ross, M.D., a 62-year-old Iowa-licensed physician who practices family medicine in St. Ansgar, Iowa, had the terms of an order terminated by the Iowa Board of Medicine on September 15, 2017.  He is listed as on staff at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa and Mitchell County Regional Health Center.

On March 6, 2014, Dr. Ross entered into a combined Statement of Charges and Settlement Agreement with the Board. The Board charged Dr. Ross with violating the laws and rules governing the practice of medicine in Iowa when he failed to provide appropriate pain management to multiple patients in St. Ansgar between 2006 and 2013.

Under the terms of the March 6, 2014, combined Statement of Charges and Settlement Agreement, the Board issued Dr. Ross a Citation and Warning and ordered him to pay a $5,000 civil penalty. The Board also prohibited Dr. Ross from prescribing, administering or dispensing controlled substances for the treatment of chronic pain and ordered him to complete a Board-approved professional ethics program and medical recordkeeping course. The Board also placed Dr. Ross on probation for a period of five years subject to Board monitoring, including prescribing audits.

Recently, however, the Board noted that Dr. Ross has fully complied with the terms of the order. The Board noted that Dr. Ross paid the $5,000 civil penalty and successfully completed a Board-approved professional ethics program and medical recordkeeping course. The Board also noted that Dr. Ross has fully complied with the terms of his probation, including prescribing audits.

On September 15, 2017, the Board voted to terminate the terms of the March 6, 2014, combined Statement of Charges and Settlement Agreement and Dr. Ross’ Iowa medical license is returned to its full privileges, free and clear of all restrictions.

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