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Clark Kauffman

Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

Small Iowa car dealer battles auto giant to remain a GM franchise

By: - July 5, 2021

A long-simmering dispute between General Motors and a northwest Iowa auto dealership that’s fighting to retain its GM franchise is headed back to court. The dispute centers on an obscure Iowa law that discourages auto manufacturers from terminating franchise agreements with Iowa dealers for breach of contract or poor sales, particularly if those dealers contribute […]

Mail-order pharmacy sues state licensing board over hormone sold to Iowans

By: - July 5, 2021

A mail-order pharmacy is taking a state licensing board to court in a dispute over the way it makes and distributes a hormone sold to Iowans. In May, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy imposed a $25,000 penalty against Texas-based Empower Pharmacy and placed the company’s Iowa license on probation for three years. The board alleged […]

Unidentified doctor who poses ‘high risk’ to the public continues to practice

By: - July 2, 2021

An unidentified emergency room physician who allegedly caused the death of a patient in 2017 has continued to see patients with no restrictions on his license while posing a “high risk” to the public, according to the Iowa Board of Medicine. The physician, identifying himself only as “Dr. John Doe,” took the Iowa Board of […]

Iowa nurse accused of running an illegal, unlicensed assisted living facility

By: - July 1, 2021

A central Iowa nurse is accused of attempting to exploit a potential gap in state regulation by running an illegal, unlicensed care facility in Des Moines. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the City of Des Moines are suing Sutton Senior Home, a corporation run by Anne Porter, a registered nurse from Ankeny. […]

Car dealer who defrauded customers sues DOT for ‘financial harm’

By: - June 30, 2021

A former western Iowa car salesman accused of theft and fraud is now suing the state for interfering with his ability to continue selling cars. In 2018, Robert Adams, then the owner of the Adams Motor Company dealership in Denison, was charged with 11 counts of first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree theft, and one […]

Jobless Iowans who contracted COVID-19 continue to be denied unemployment benefits

By: - June 29, 2021

Iowans forced out of work after being sickened by COVID-19 continue to be denied unemployment benefits by the state, while those who voluntarily quit their jobs due to the risk of contracting the virus are collecting benefits. Under Iowa law, workers can often collect state unemployment benefits after quitting a job due to intolerable or […]

Only 12% of Iowa nursing homes meet vaccine standard

By: - June 28, 2021

Only 50 of Iowa’s 409 nursing homes are reporting that three-quarters or more of their workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19, newly disclosed records show. That means 88% of Iowa’s nursing homes have yet to meet the industry’s stated standard of having at least three-fourths of their workforce vaccinated against the virus. Earlier this month, […]

Judge: Iowa-licensed surgeon can’t bill Medicare due to tax evasion

By: - June 28, 2021

A surgeon who was granted a license to practice in Iowa last year has been denied the opportunity to bill Medicare for his services due to multiple felony convictions tied to tax evasion. Federal records show that last year, Dr. Edward Joseph Silvio Picardi applied to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for re-enrollment […]

School district refused to let domestic-abuse victim return to work

By: - June 13, 2021

An Iowa school district acted unreasonably when it refused to let a teacher who had been the victim of domestic abuse return to work without first seeking counseling. The school district’s actions resulted in the teacher losing pay and employment, even though she posed no threat to anyone at the school, the judge found. Mara […]

Licensing board restores doctor’s prescribing privileges

By: - June 11, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has restored the prescribing privileges of a doctor accused last year of inappropriate pain management. In May 2020, the board entered into a settlement agreement with Dr. Ted P. George, a 66-year-old Iowa-licensed physician who practiced family medicine in Pocahontas, Iowa. The Board had alleged that George failed to provide […]

Staff vaccination rates in Iowa nursing homes as low as 47%, despite deaths

By: - June 11, 2021

Even in Iowa nursing homes where a half-dozen residents or more have died of COVID-19, the percentage of workers who have been vaccinated against the virus is as low as 47%, newly disclosed records show. Although state public health officials have said they’ve never collected data on the staff vaccination rates in privately run nursing […]

Iowa obstetrician who abandoned patient ordered to pay $2,500

By: - June 10, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has ordered a Cedar Rapids obstetrician to pay a $2,500 fine for abandoning a patient he left under anesthesia. According to the board, Dr. Jason A. Rexroth, a 49-year-old physician who practices obstetrics and gynecology in Cedar Rapids, engaged in professional incompetency on April 30, 2019. On that date, Rexroth […]