EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Patients of Dr. James Kauffman, the jailed endocrinologist, have until 4 p.m. Friday to retrieve their medical records from his Ocean Heights Avenue practice before the office closes, according to staff there.
A sign on the door of Atlantic Endocrinology Associates on Ocean Heights Avenue says the office will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until July 21. Staff said records would not be available after that.
Patients were told to call 609-653-0505 to get their records, as it would allow staff to gather them and be able to tell the patients whether the office is in possession of the records and whether they can have them ready when the patient arrives. After several emails and a visit to the office, patients voiced frustration that it was difficult to get through on the phone line.
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Inside the office, patients quietly lined up with drivers license or photo identification in hand to show staff members in order to pick up their medical records. Most transactions were pleasant and quick, and after wishing staff members well, the patients left with manila portfolios in their hands with the medical information they will need to take to their next doctor.
Patients whose records were not physically in the office were told to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800. A staffer said it could take a while for the records to be copied and returned but that the patient would eventually get them.
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Some patients’ records were seized June 13 by the FBI when Kauffman’s office was raided in connection with a medical fraud investigation that resulted in an armed standoff between the doctor and police. Kauffman has been in jail since that time, and his license has been suspended in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He remains licensed in Florida.
Kauffman, of Linwood, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of hollow-point bullets and obstruction of the administration of law.
The charges are unrelated to an investigation into the 2012 killing of Kauffman’s wife, April, a local radio personality and veterans advocate.
According to county Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner, the FBI seized about 1,000 medical files out of the 9,000 to 10,000 files that were kept at Atlantic Endocrinology Associates, of which Kauffman was the sole practitioner.
One of the many patients retrieving records was Ocean City teacher Andi Storey, of Northfield. Storey was there to pick up her husband’s records and was told by a member of the Atlantic Endocrinology staff that the records were not there and to contact the Prosecutor’s Office.
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A staffer at Kauffman’s office said they have been giving patients their records for the past three weeks, which she said is standard procedure when a practice closes permanently. Asked what about the patients who do not get to Kauffman’s office before 4 p.m. Friday, the worker said, “They will not be able to get them.”
She said those people who cannot get to the office can give written authority to a relative or another person who will need to show identification to pick up the records.
Atlantic Endocrinology Associates is at 4030 Ocean Heights Ave. in Egg Harbor Township.