Joshua Cho, the author of the popular healthcare book “Patient Revolution,” belatedly admitted on his Facebook page that he had his U.S. chiropractic license nullified last year.
His online posting came one year after California Board of Chiropractic Examiners revoked his permit, and one day after Korea Biomedical Review reported about it on May 27.
This paper earlier confirmed the license nullification by checking with the Californian government that the Board of Chiropractic Examiners received a complaint in February 2018 which alleged that Cho was convicted of insurance fraud. In August, the board got rid of his license. (Related article: ‘Patient Revolution’ author had chiropractor license revoked in the US)
On his Facebook, Cho said the news report was right and that he could not treat a patient until August 2020 due to the two-year nullification of his chiropractic license.
|Joshua Cho's violations and disciplinary action revealed by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners in California. (Credit: Board of Chiropractic Examiners)|
According to the board, Cho was convicted of a crime related to the duties of a chiropractor and insurance fraud. He was also convicted of “unprofessional conduct and commission of acts involving moral turpitude, dishonesty or corruption.” He knowingly made or signed a document related to the practice of chiropractic, which falsely represented the facts and participated in the act of fraud, the board said.
‘Poor response to insurance fraud made things out of control’
Choi acknowledged that the license nullification was a “strong disciplinary measure” and the reason he faced such action was “poor filing of medical records.” Cho had been working as a chiropractor in Orange County, Calf.
|The Facebook page of Joshua Cho, the author of the popular healthcare book “Patient Revolution,” says he cannot treat a patient until August 2020 due to the two-year revocation of his chiropractic license.|
“The number of insurance claims for a traffic accident patient in 2016 did not match the actual number of treatments, and this became a problem,” Cho said on Facebook. “I poorly filed the medical records and took the matter too lightly, which made things beyond my control. The Board of Chiropractic Examiners issued a disciplinary action for it.”
Cho went on to say he accepted the board’s decision that his license can be reinstated after two years, following a review. He emphasized that he did not face a jail term or a penalty.
On his posting, Cho used the expression “medical license” rather than “chiropractic license,” explaining that American disciplinary actions can be divided into “probation” and “revoke” (revocation).
“Unlike probation, which still allows patient care, ‘revoke’ (revocation) is a stern measure that prohibits patient care. Depending on the level of discipline, the license can be reinstated after one year, two years, five years and 10 years. The highest level of discipline is a permanent revocation,” Cho said. “In my case, my permit can be reinstated two years on the condition that I fully receive education for maintenance and patient care medical ethics.”
‘I will keep sharing information, developing good products’
Cho apologized for “not maintaining a high level of morality” but said he would continue to speak in public or write a book in Korea because he had no legal issues.
His book, “Patient Revolution,” earned criticism from physicians for inaccurate and distorted information. He admitted that he could not disclose what happened for two years because he was dishonest.
Noting that his posting did not aim to make excuses or clarify facts, Cho said he worried that his wrongdoings could hurt the value of functional medicine.
“I’m worried that my case could damage the works of functional medicine experts who have strived to study hard and provide patient care in a barren medical environment for functional medicine in Korea,” he said. “I am so sorry for not being able to stop headwinds and failing to become a respectable leader.”
Cho added that he would concentrate on studying functional medicine deeper for the next year and regain the license for patient care in time.
“I will also continue ‘information delivery activities,’ allowed by Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and develop good products under Philosophy Nutrition brand,” he said.
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