INDIANAPOLIS — A proposed settlement by Dr. William Hedrick was rejected by the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana in a hearing Thursday morning, according to area media.
Dr. Hedrick, of the Centers for Pain Relief in Northern Indiana, offered to give up his license to practice medicine for two years and voluntarily be on probation for four subsequent years.
Seven people died while under the care of Dr. Hedrick. He also reportedly billed Medicare $100 million between January 2010 and August 2012. Hedrick was paid out $7 million.
The state filed the formal complaint against Dr. Hedrick on Dec. 21, 2012, after filing to have the doctor's license temporarily suspended on Dec. 3 pending the outcome of the hearings with the board.
The complaint claimed that Dr. Hedrick's pain therapies and drug mixing practices were unsafe, dangerous and therefore, posed a risk to patients.
Dr. Hedrick was also accused of engaging in procedures that are "inconsistent with patient benefit, but consistent with financial gain for [Dr. Hedrick]."