Judge reverses decision to suspend Helena doctor’s license

HELENA (AP) — A state judge has reversed a decision by the Montana Board of Medical Examiners to suspend the license of a Helena physician after a former employee alleged he overprescribed pain medication.

District Judge James Reynolds ruled Tuesday the board was wrong to reject the findings of its own hearing officer and made other procedural errors in suspending Dr. Mark Ibsen’s license in 2016.

Reynolds ordered the board to appoint a new hearing officer to review the case.

Reynolds had earlier restrained the board from enforcing its decision. Attorney John Doubek says Ibsen has been unable to practice medicine due to the “black mark” on his reputation and license.

Department of Labor spokesman Jake Troyer declined to comment on the ongoing case.