By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
The Washington Department of Health Medical Quality Assurance Commission issued an ex parte order of summary action, suspending the medical license of a Gig Harbor, Washington psychiatrist following his arrest for allegedly making death threats and threats to bomb the Molina Health Care’s facility in Bothell. The summary suspension was sought by the Attorney General’s Office and granted three days after his arrest. It will be effective pending further action.
Police allege Dr. Said Farzad M.D. threatened employees of insurance provider Molina Health Care. In a series of phone calls in April and May, Farzad complained about paperwork problems associated with his patients, and then began threatening to shoot employees. He was arrested by Bothell police the following day.
The commission has the authority to take emergency adjudicative action to address immediate danger to the public, health, safety or welfare and according to the Summary Action Order, the commission findings of fact established the “immediate danger to the public health, safety, or welfare if [Dr. Farzad] has an unrestricted credential.
Allegations made by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission are as follows:
Respondent [Dr Farzad] made numerous calls to the Molina HealthCare (Molina) Prior Authorization Department located in Bothell, WA between mid-April and early May 2014 regarding problems processing paperwork submitted for patient claims. Respondent would identify himself by name and provide his National Provider’s Identification when making calls to Molina. Respondent’s calls became progressively more abusive and aggressive.
On May 2, 2014 Respondent left a voice message calling Molina employees “bastards” and Idiots.” Respondent went on to say that Molina’s business will end and he threatened a lawsuit against Molina.
On May 5, 2014 Respondent placed four telephone calls to Molina employees. The employees’ caller ID function identified all calls as coming from [redacted] Respondent’s cell phone number. Respondent was frustrated regarding a medication denial for one of his patients. During the first call, Respondent became upset after several minutes and asked the employee how he would feel if he came to the Molina office and “start shooting everyone.” The employee hung up the phone.
Respondent immediately called Molina back at about 1530 hours and spoke with a different employee. Respondent identified himself and said that he was “homicidal.” Respondent explained his frustrations with Molina and said that he wanted to murder everyone with machine guns.
After that call terminated, Respondent called back at about 1533 hours and talked to a third employee. Respondent told that employee that he would come to Molina with machine guns and shoot everyone.
After that call terminated, Respondent called back at about 1536 hours and talked to a fourth employee. Respondent repeatedly told employee his intention to kill everyone. Respondent threatened, “I am five minutes away from Bothell and I will bomb you when I get there,” “I have a gun, I want to shoot your director,” and “I will kill everybody including that idiot [supervisor].”
The Bothell Police Department conducted an investigation and determined that there was probable cause to arrest Respondent on four counts of Telephone Harassment – Threat to Kill (Class C Felony) and one count of Threat to Bomb (Class B Felony)…Respondent claimed that he only made one call to Molina and that he did not make any threats.
The Order cites the alleged violation establishing cause for the summary suspension under the mental health provisions of RCW 18.130.170(1)
He also had two additional complaints noted in the findings of fact involving alleged boundary issues with patents.
Dr. Farzad elected to contact local news station KIRO for an on camera interview to voice his version of the events.
“I have absolutely no memory,” said Farzad at his home in Gig Harbor. “I still don’t have a memory that I have said something.”
Dr. Farzad said he has had repeated confrontations with Molina over denials to cover anti-depression medication he has prescribed to patients at his Tacoma office. Instead of supplying the more up-to-date prescriptions he wants, Dr. Farzad said the company has paid for older, much cheaper drugs that he considered outdated and dangerous.
During the alleged heated telephone call, when Dr. Farzad said he was homicidal and made a threat to bomb but he claims: “I lost it at that point, she just argued with me. I think I said certain things that I’m blocking right now. I blocked that part.”
The video interview with Dr. Farzad can be watched HERE.
By Darren Smith
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