College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia

Sung Soo YOON (02641)

Date of action: November 19, 2011

Description of action taken

The Inquiry Committee initiated an investigation under s. 33(4) of the Health Professions Act in response to information obtained during the investigation of another matter on August 8, 2011. Following the investigation, the Inquiry Committee determined under s.33(6)(c) of the Act to seek a Consent Order under s.36 of the Act with terms that would ensure that the Registrant does not repeat the conduct.

Reasons for decision

The Inquiry Committee determined there was evidence that the Registrant:

  1. used the Medical Services Plan (MSP) billing provider number of another registrant of the College;
  2. renewed his liability insurance on August 9, 2011 and knew or ought to have known, that he was practicing without mandatory liability insurance from May 19, 2011 to August 8, 2011;
  3. failed to establish and maintain, as required by the CTCMA, a 'Registrant File' containing continuing education documents, documents showing the number of patient visits per month or year of practice, liability insurance, and copies of the CTCMA registration renewal and other CTCMA correspondence;
  4. failed to maintain complete clinical records for patients such as a diagnosis, medical history and proper treatment notes; and
  5. failed to ensure, by signing the clinical record, that the treatments they provided to patients at a school clinic could be identified.

Action taken

The Inquiry Committee passed a motion to seek a consent order under s. 36 of the Act. The Registrant agreed to give his undertaking and consent to:

  1. refrain from repeating the conduct to which this matter relates;
  2. a reprimand for practicing without mandatory liability insurance and for improper billing of MSP;
  3. pay a fine in the amount of $1,000.00 for his professional misconduct as it relates to practicing without mandatory liability insurance and engaging in improper billing of MSP;
  4. pay the sum of $515.23 towards the CTCMA's costs of investigation as calculated in accordance with the tariff of costs established under s. 9(1)(v.1) of the Act.