An Omaha-based speech pathologist has surrendered his license in Iowa after a state board accused him of documenting services for times he was not present. The Omaha World-Herald reports Branden Mays worked for a company that served nursing and rehabilitation centers in western Iowa. After he was terminated from his job, the company reimbursed the facilities more than $20,000 because of Mays’ questionable treatment records.
The paper says according to the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology, the documents recorded problems with record-keeping and billing in 2011. Mays documented providing services at centers when he was not present. He was clocked into centers in Iowa while providing services for another employer in Nebraska. He also billed for treatment of a patient who had recently died, but no clinical notes for those sessions were found in the patient’s medical records.
As part of an agreement the Iowa board approved in March, Mays voluntarily surrendered his license, which the documents say has the same effect as a revocation. He agreed not to practice speech pathology or represent himself as an Iowa-licensed speech pathologist. Mays is one of three speech pathologists licensed in Iowa to be publicly punished by the board in the past five years.
Mays may request reinstatement of his license after a year. Mays’ license in Nebraska expired in December, according to state records.