The Medical Board of California has reprimanded a Fresno psychiatrist for poor record keeping but found insufficient evidence of negligence in his treatment of a patient who killed himself a day after the doctor discharged him from a hospital four years ago.
The board said Dr. Latif Ziyar’s treatment and discharge of the 65-year-old patient, identified only as J.H., was within the standard of care. The man had been admitted to Community Behavioral Health Center in northwest Fresno in April 2012.
Ziyar’s record keeping also largely met the standard of care, the board said. However, he failed to clarify the patient’s medication history in light of contradictory entries in the medical record, the board said in its June 10 decision to reprimand the doctor.
The board said Ziyar has taken steps to improve his medical record keeping and probation was not necessary.
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Ziyar has completed a record keeping course, said his lawyer, Dr. Marvin Firestone of San Mateo.
Said Firestone, “It was a travesty that this case went as far as it did.”