[M]any of us know Kim Rotchford and his family. Rotchford is known as the physician who has taken into his care people with chronic pain or addictions for which others may have no good answer. He takes cases that others would choose not to take.
He is also the local physician who has put his time and his expertise into the service of our homeless and dispossessed through the founding and volunteer staffing of the JC MASH free medical clinic. Other docs help out, but everyone knows that clinic is the product of Rotchford’s calling to help the down and out.
We know that Rotchford and his family have been good citizens and good volunteers in this community for many years. Without pre-judging the investigative findings, we believe that Rotchford deserves the benefit of doubt from the justice system and from us as he proceeds into the legal ordeal ahead.
Unfortunately, taking cases that others choose not to take is often enough in itself to get yourself investigated. And of course all of Rotchford’s pain patients are now out of luck.
Those of you who think we need more government healthcare might keep in mind that when the feds can’t prove a case for drug distributionthey often fall back on Medicare fraud, which appears to be the impetus for this investigation. That is, they argue that billing Medicare for pain scripts DEA cops don’t think patients need becomes a criminal offense. That kind of intimidation will only get worse with more government oversight.