The Third Department, in a full-fledged opinion by Justice Lynch (too detailed to fully summarize here), determined petitioner chiropractor was not entitled to a hearing before the Workers’ Compensation Board removed petitioner from the list of authorized medical providers. Petitioner acknowledged taking payments directly from a supplier of medical equipment, which is a violation of the Workers’ Compensation Law. Petitioner’s only argument on appeal was his entitlement to a hearing before removal from the list. After analyzing the applicable statutes, the Third Department determined, absent any contested facts about the statutory violation, petitioner was not entitled to a hearing:
… [W]e agree with respondent that the chair [Workers’ Compensation Board] has authority independent of the CPC [chiropractic practice committee] to conduct an investigation, find that the provider is disqualified from rendering care under the Workers’ Compensation Law for statutorily specified acts of misconduct and, upon such a finding, remove the provider from the list of authorized chiropractors (see Workers’ Compensation Law § 13-l , ; see also Workers’ Compensation Law § 13-l  [g]). * * *
In an instance where questions of fact attend the asserted charges of professional misconduct or incompetency, a hearing would be in order. Here, however, petitioner has admitted and documented his receipt of payments from [the medical equipment supplier] for treatment rendered to workers’ compensation claimants in direct violation of Workers’ Compensation Law § 13-l (10) (g). Under these circumstances, no hearing was warranted and respondent’s decision to remove petitioner from the list of authorized providers was not arbitrary and capricious. Matter of Levi v New York State Workers’ Compensation Bd., 2022 NY Slip Op 06850, Third Dept 12-1-22
Practice Point: In the absence of contested facts about whether petitioner-chiropractor violated the Workers’ Compensation Law by taking payments directly from a medical equipment provider, the Workers’ Compensation Board properly removed petitioner’s name from the list of authorized providers without first holding a hearing.