State suspends psychologist Philip A. Hirsch's license for non-authorized prescriptions

March 6, 2009

The Washington Department of Health (DOH) indefinitely suspended psychologist PHILIP A. HIRSCH’s license to practice for unprofessional conduct. According to the Board’s documents, in March 2005, Hirsch faxed a pharmacy a prescription refill for the antidepressant Lexapro for a patient, without authorization from a credentialed health care practitioner to do so; between May and July 2005, Hirsch signed and faxed prescription refills and sent them to requesting pharmacies without the authorization of a credentialed health care practitioner. Twice in August 2006, the DOH sent Hirsch a request for copies of the complete medical/counseling records as well as the medication and employment contract and other data relative to a psychiatrist who had allegedly treated the patient while allegedly employed by Hirsch. Hirsch requested an extension to provide the data and it was granted but then he never provided the data or otherwise responded to the DOH.

(Stipulated Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Agreed Order, In the Matter of Philip A. Hirsch, Lic. No. PY00001117, Case No. M2007-11239, State Department of Washington Department of Health Examining Board of Psychology, March 6, 2009.)

Ben Scammed
2010-08-03 13:55:17
Philip Hirsch did far more than heinous things than this, such as running a sham clinic with fraudulent billing practices. He also failed to pay his unwitting employees and the other physicians he had brought into the practice. No one knew that this "new" clinic he had set up was just a front, and that as soon as the insurance checks hit his bank account he shut it down and left everyone unpaid and out of work. This man is terrible, and yet he still runs a business as a "consultant". He should be in jail.

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