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MD’s influencing and financially benefiting from elderly patient rose to dictionary definition of verb “exploit”

Suspension of a doctor who had befriended and financially benefited from an elderly patient met the required standard of proof to show the doctor exploited the patient, the Supreme Court of Wyoming ruled June 23. The court also rejected a lower court ruling that the board had erred by holding a disciplinary hearing with only two members present.

The physician, Rebecca Painter, established a friendship with a patient, the owner of a large ranch. Eventually, the patient asked Painter to be the executor of the patient's trust, began paying Painter for help managing finances, to an eventual total of . . .

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