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    Current Hearing Schedule*

    NameHearing Date(s) 
    Dr. Jon V. BarnesMarch 29, 2021Notice of Hearing

    *This schedule is subject to change

     

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    Member: Dr. Jon V. Barnes
    Referral Date: August 4, 2020
    Hearing Date: 
    Monday, March 29, 2021

    A Panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee considered the Registrar’s Report, issued November 19, 2019, against Dr. Barnes.

    After making reasonable efforts to consider available relevant documents and records, including Dr. Barnes’ submissions, the Panel is of the view that Dr. Barnes may have committed an act or acts of professional misconduct.

    Therefore, under the authority of section 26(1), paragraph 1 of the Health Professions Procedural Code , being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Professions Act, 1991, the Panel decided to refer specified allegations of professional misconduct of Dr. Barnes to the Discipline Committee of the College of Optometrists of Ontario, as follows:

    1. From in or about 2008 to in or about 2017, Dr. Jon Barnes submitted, to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan, improper claims for insured services and false claims for services that were not rendered to his patients. By doing so, Dr. Barnes has committed an act or acts of professional misconduct as provided by subsection 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code, being Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c. 18, as defined in Ontario Regulation 119/94 , under the Optometry Act, 1991, S.O. 1991, c. 35 (“Ontario Regulation 119/94”):

    a. paragraph 1.14 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, in that:

    i. Dr. Barnes failed to maintain the standards of practice of the profession related to record keeping, including in relation to Optometric Practice Reference, 5.1 Patient Record;

    b. paragraph 1.24 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, in that:

    i. Dr. Barnes did not maintain the required records, including, but not limited to, the day sheets, as required by section 8 of Part IV of Ontario Regulation 119/94, as well as the information required to be included in patient records at subsection 10(2) of Part IV;

    c. Paragraph 1.25 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, in that:

    i. Dr. Barnes falsified records relating to his practice,

    d. Paragraph 1.26 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, in that:

    i. Dr. Barnes signed or issued, in his professional capacity, certificates, reports or similar documents that contained statements he knew or ought to have known were false, misleading or otherwise improper, or omitted statements or information that he knew or ought to have known should be included;

    e. Paragraph 1.28 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, in that:

    i. Dr. Barnes submitted or allowed to be submitted accounts for professional services that he knew or ought to have known were false or misleading; and

    f. Paragraph 1.39 of Ontario Regulation 119/94, in that:

    i. Dr. Barnes engaged in conduct or performed an act that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonable be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable, unprofessional and unethical.