KEROACK'S PRIVATE PRACTICE

KEROACK'S PRIVATE PRACTICE. Looks like "Dr." Eric Keroack resigned his post as head of the federal Office of Population Affairs because the Massachusetts Office of Medicaid is investigating his private medical practice.

MassHealth officials aren't releasing the details on the investigation. The AP reports that his private practice is based in Marblehead, MA. And indeed, that's the address on his state registration: 14 Willow Rd., Marblehead, MA. But when I called the phone number listed with that address, I got what was clearly a home answering machine, not a doctor's office. And a simple reverse-phone lookup shows it is indeed a residential address -- not a private medical practice.

So where is Keroack's private practice that is under investigation, if not in Marblehead? The address listed for his practice by the hospital he's affiliated with, North Shore Medical Center, is 103 Broadway, Revere, MA. This is the address of one of the outposts of his crisis-pregnancy center chain, A Woman's Concern.

The AP report implied that, because Keroack's practice is supposedly located in Marblehead, where there is no branch of A Woman's Concern, that the Medicaid investigation into Keroack's "private practice" is not an investigation into his crisis-pregnancy center. Seems to me that could be wrong, and it's possible the investigation -- and Keroack's subsequent resignation -- are related to his affiliation with the crisis-pregnancy center.

Related: Legal Momentum sent a pregnant woman into A Woman's Concern and documented her experience.

Update: Planned Parenthood reports that Evelyn Kappeler, the current Acting Deputy Director for Population Affairs, will be replacing Keroack.

--Ann Friedman

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