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Complaint Review: John V. Billings, ARNP Psychiatric Nurse Clinician in private practice

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  • Submitted: Sat, July 10, 2010
  • Updated: Thu, April 03, 2014

  • Reported By: Nemesis — Spokane Washington United States of America
John V. Billings, ARNP Psychiatric Nurse Clinician in private practice
9505 N. Division Spokane, Washington United States of America
  • Phone: 509-482-4313
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  • Category: Nurses

John V. Billings, ARNP Psychiatric Nurse Clinician in private practice RUN FROM JOHN V> BILLINGS, ARNP Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Spokane , Washington

*Consumer Comment: Licence Suspended

*Author of original report: John V. Billings, ARNP, exonerated

*Consumer Comment: Make your own decision based on the facts

*Consumer Comment: Another rebuttal

*Consumer Comment: Rebuttals galore...

*Consumer Comment: rebuttal th previous poster

*Consumer Comment: In regards to complaints about John Billings' moral and professional character

*Consumer Comment: Dangerous prescriber

*General Comment: Dangerous Prescriber

*Consumer Comment: john v.Billings

*General Comment: This is a total Lie

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 John V. Billings is a major health hazard! This so-called psychiatric nurse practitioner in private practice uses the scam of putting people on huge doses of thyroid to supposedly cure depression, schizophrenia, bi-polor disorder, etc. This is even if the patient's baseline thyroid lab profile is normal, which has always been my situation.

John Billings belongs to a religious cult. He advocates violence against women, domestic violence against females, violence against the disabled and child abuse. He supports this in his practice.

When the client has been on Billings "thyroid cure" for a little while, their hair begins falling out en mass, their nails break to the hurting and bleeding point, their eyelashes and eyebrows become scraggly and thin, and the poor victim has constant severe gastric distress.

The Washington State Board of Nursing and several area doctors know about "Brother" Billings and his extremely unorthodox methods and they severely disagree with his medical rip off.


This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/10/2010 12:56 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/John-V-Billings-ARNP-Psychiatric-Nurse-Clinician-in-private-practice/Spokane-Washington-99218/John-V-Billings-ARNP-Psychiatric-Nurse-Clinician-in-private-practice-RUN-FROM-JOHN-V-622012. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Licence Suspended

AUTHOR: Reb - ()

Mr. Billings has had his license suspended as of Dec 2013 for malptractice involving multiple patients labeled A-T in court documents. All information is public record and can be found the Washington State's Department of Health website. And as his loyal patients now know, he is no longer prescribing for them or his close friends/family members.

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#2 Author of original report

John V. Billings, ARNP, exonerated

AUTHOR: Nemesis - ()

Please know that I withdraw all the negative comments I herein wrote about Johm V. Billings, ARNP. My disabled veteran husband is also a satisfied client of Mr. Billings, as am I. I am bi-polar and sometimes  become paranoid and hallucinate  It is a miracle that John has faithfully  worked a long time  to get me to be semi-functional.

I have apologized to John Billings, who continues to be my healthcare professional as well as my disabled spouse's. So I wish to withdraw my earlier comments , in  my  article that says "John Billings belongs to a religious cult etc, etc, " Do not please pay any attention to my comments, which I am still responsible for, but which were written when I had taken myself off all of my many medication and represent the blatherings of a "mad woman"  who was mentally very ill.

What I earlier wrote about John's thyroid work was wrong and coming from an uninformed lay person with absolutely no medical training.



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#3 Consumer Comment

Make your own decision based on the facts

AUTHOR: GUARDIAN - ()

I just want to say that i don't really care about Mr Billing's living situation, religion, or personal life....all that is irrelevant to this situation.  I am not a patient of Dr Billings, and I have never met him personally.  I don't have any personal relationships with any of his patients either.  I work in the healthcare industry in Washington State and have access to see many of the prescriptions he writes and it is not isolated to one patient or one family....it is way more wide spread than that.  That is all I can say because I have to protect individual patient privacy.  I am simply a citizen speaking out.  My intention of speaking out is to try and protect more people from being harmed.

I wish I knew why the above person (Mr, Kerr) was so adamant about defending John Billings.  To say that the Washington Department of Health website (http://www.doh.wa.gov) is not a government website is OBSURD!  First of all, when a website ends in ".gov" it has to be a government website...DUH!!  The Department of Health is a government agency....there is no way to avoid that fact.  While the Washington Department of Health still recognizes Mr Billings as a licensed practitioner, the department has filed action against his license and judgement is PENDING.  At this point he will go to court and the court will decide whether or not to revoke his license.  In the mean time, he will continue to prescribe medications and be a risk to the public.  The PUBLIC statement of charges that are available on this website are actual court documents!  The department of health does not file charges on a healthcare professional unless they have facts and evidence.  

I am a healthcare professional and I know for a fact that Mr Billing's prescribing practices are way out of line.  I work directly with an array of doctors, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners.  Mr Billings's methods for treating bipolar disorder and depression would not be considered safe or appropriate by the majority of licensed psychiatrists, Medical Doctors, and Pharmacists.  Prescribing high doses of stimulants for someone who is Bipolar or has Major Depression is actually known to deteriorate their condition and cause psychosis!

This will be my last comment.  I am glad that the dialogue continues about Mr Billings and I plan to follow his court case.

Thank you all for listening...
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#4 Consumer Comment

Another rebuttal

AUTHOR: amy - ()

Folks its all on the Washington State Department of Healths website.  I guarantee he will lose his license.

Just wait and see...

Just put in washington state det of health provider search.  Then put his name in.  He can no longer prescribe meds bc of what he has done.  It is a pdf file so you will have to download it.  He is a sick man and so is his wife.  

Above poster you are very delusional...I feel bad for you.  It is quite sad actually.

look it up folks its all there for all to see.
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#5 Consumer Comment

Rebuttals galore...

AUTHOR: Joseph Kerr - ()

Well, I must say, to the person who responded to my first rebuttal, that you are incredibly out of touch with the facts of the situation. I know personally 3 people John Billings treats for Bi-Polar disorders, and in the 18+ years I have known him, he has never once ever mentioned or even hinted at not knowing how to treat people with Bi-Polar disorders. Also, he is a psychiatric ARNP... John Billings CANNOT prescribe "pain pills", as you claim. And there is very little about him on any state websites. As of April 2nd, 2013, according to the Washington State Medical Licensing Board website, John V. Billings is a registered and licensed ARNP in good standing.

And you probably do not know this, but John Billings and his family have moved to a completely different part of Spokane. The only people living with him are his wife and youngest daughter. He does not take in patients (current or former) as renters or tenants, neither permanently or temporarily, as you claim.

Some people are confusing sites like this with actual government websites. This is not a government website. There are several other somewhat shady privately-owned websites out there similar to this one that purport to be either a government website or affiliated with a governmental agency. On those sites, along with this one, there is very little moderation, nor are there any attempts made to verify the accuracy or truthfulness of claims/reports/accusations people post. Additionally, since anyone can create an account here using fake names and information, that adds even more suspicion to any claims made on this website. People can and do use sites like this to "get even" with people they are mad at. You might just as well post your complaints and accusations on the "rants and raves" page on the Spokane Craigslist website or on Facebook. No one with any intelligence is going to take seriously any unsubstantiated accusations against someone made online.

Now John Billings has made some enemies in the Spokane area. better than 95% of them are people he refused to give Schedule II narcotics to, or that he has stopped giving services to. A number of them have gone out of their way to badmouth John Billings and cause trouble for him as a way to enact revenge for his DARING to refuse to over-prescribe Schedule II medications.

So in other words, to ALL of you who are complaining about John Billings: PUT UP OR SHUT UP. Either post links to prove your accusations, or log off the library computer you are using, get back on the bus, go home, take a nap, and cool off.

Making wild, unsubstantiated accusations online against someone you are mad at is pure idiocy. Especially when no attempt is made to prove any of the allegations.

And as for your claims of not having ADHD and insisting that you instead have Bi-Polar disorder, I must ask you this: Are you a psychiatrist, psychologist, or psychiatric nurse practitioner who is licensed to practice medicine in the state of Washington? If not (and I almost absolutely certain you aren't), then what makes you think you have the knowledge, experience, or training to diagnose mental disorders; be they yours or those of someone else?
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#6 Consumer Comment

rebuttal th previous poster

AUTHOR: amy - ()

The above person is just wrong. First off about that family, its in the report on the Washington Dept. Of Healths website all that he was prescribing them. It was a lot of narcotics. He even had one member of the family living with him. Now how unethical can a supposedly good Doctor get?

He was giving out huge amounts of narcotics. Its in the amendment on the Washington department of health website. You need to download them because it is a PDF file.

He is just weird and so is his wife. He told me he is on ADHD meds himself, those are stimulants. His wife is on anti-anxiety meds. Why would have he had a patient living with him.......mmmm I wonder, its creepy.

All the pharmacists in town have been filing complaints about him for years. Read the report on him and you will see why.

About him having his patients best interest in mind, that's just laughable. He was trying to get me on ADHD meds which are stimulants and narcotics. I have bipolar disorder not ADHD. He told me he didn't even know how to treat bipolar disorder. What a joke, a psychiatric nurse practitioner that doesn't know how to treat bipolar disorder? How strange. What was he really up to I wonder.

He was giving out huge doses of stimulants, benzos, and pain medications. Like to one person 4 different stimulants, 4 different benzos, and 4 different pain medications.

The guy is creepy and so is his wife. Check out the info on the Washington state Department of healths website. Just put in provider search then WSDOH, it will take you right to the amendment on him then download them. It quite shocking. I hope the weirdo loses his license.
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#7 Consumer Comment

In regards to complaints about John Billings' moral and professional character

AUTHOR: Joseph Kerr - ()

The report made by the original poster is full of not only inaccurate and misleading information, but also some outright lies. There is a group of people in Spokane, Washington; a family, all adults, who travel around the area doing "doctor" and "pharmacy" shopping in order to obtain large quantities of Schedule II narcotics. These same people tried to scam John Billings, and, like any intelligent person, he saw through their deceptions. So, he denied services to all members of that family. He also called other providers in the area and warned them about this family. So, in revenge, this family has been both publicly and privately slandering John Billings, by leveling false accusations that they have no proof of and are heresy. They have publicly made threats to make John Billings' life hell, and they have made every attempt to do so.

Additionally, John Billings filed a complaint against the Spokane Methadone Clinic, because he believed they were over-dosing patients and then sending them off unsupervised onto the streets of Spokane (some driving motor vehicles) while heavily sedated and "high" from the effects of Methadone. So the Spokane Methadone Clinic retaliated by encouraging their clients to file false claims against John Billings in exchange for extra doses of Methadone. I know this to be fact, as I was approached in the parking lot of John Billing's office by a representative of the Spokane Methadone Clinic and was offered "complete and total relief" from my pain (I am partially physically disabled), if I would simply agree to file a formal complaint against John Billings.

This woman told me that the Spokane Methadone Clinic had a doctor "lined up" who would fill prescriptions for me for Methadone sight unseen for pain management. She also told me the Spokane Methadone Clinic has a psychiatrist "on the line" who would take over all of John Billings' patients once his practice was destroyed. For those who don't know, Methadone is synthetic Heroin, it is designed to wean people off the street drug. Using Methadone for pain management is like using Napalm to get rid of a single fly. While it does have pain relieving properties, it is not the best choice for pain management. It was designed to help sober up heroin addicts, not take away back pain from obese people who do not exercise. As a former psychiatric nurse aide and licensed care provider in the state of Washington, I had clients who I took to the Spokane Methadone Clinic because their doctor prescribed it solely for pain management. These clients had never done Heroin. When I raised some concerns with a woman in a position of authority at the Spokane Methadone Clinic, I was told that I was "clueless", "ignorant", an "over-glorified babysitter" and should "mind your own business" if I wanted to keep my job.

Finally, John Billings does NOT belong to any cult. He is a Christian, God-fearing man. However, he does NOT mix his personal beliefs with his practice or his clients unless they tell him outright they want to talk about religion. He is totally and completely against abuse of all kinds, and has never harmed a single person, client or otherwise. John Billings is compassionate, caring, friendly, knowledgeable, and truly has the best interests of his clients at heart. I have spent a great many times sitting in his waiting room, and out of the 6 dozen or so other clients I have seen and some also talked to, never saw any of the purported symptoms named in the original report. Additionally, what the original complainer neglected to mention was that most, if not all, of those symptoms they complained about are indicative of prolonged Crystal Methamphetamine abuse, not any form of medical treatment administered by John Billings, or any other doctor for that matter.

Over the last two years, I have been present in John Billings' office numerous times when other clients have called or come in claiming their Schedule II prescriptions were "lost" or "stolen" or that the pharmacy "wouldn't give them out" or some other such thing. Every single time, John Billings went to their chart, looked up their medications, and told them he could not refill them because they were not due to be refilled for a few weeks to nearly a month (it varied with every situation). One woman three times brought in a police report stating her home had been repeatedly broken into, but John Billings is not an idiot. He told her she needed to either secure her home better or move somewhere safer and/or stop telling people she had those medications in her home. When she threw a fit, he on the spot stopped providing services to her and asked her to kindly leave his office and not return. When she stormed out, she left the purported police report laying on a chair in the waiting room, so I looked at it. It was completely fake, most notably by the numerous spelling and syntax errors.

I have been going to John Billings since the mid 1990's and he has never done, said, offered, suggested, or prescribed anything that caused me any harm. Nor has he tried to convert me or anyone I know to a cult as the original complainer claims.

In closing, I want to make clear that I was not coerced into writing this rebuttal. John Billings has no idea I am posting this, I have never discussed it with him. He did not ask me to, nor did he or anyone else offer, give, or promise me anything in exchange for this rebuttal. I have written this rebuttal completely of my own free will and because I believe he has been severely wronged by a small group of dishonest people who would rather destroy an honest man's career than own up to their own disgraceful behavior and dishonesty.
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#8 Consumer Comment

Dangerous prescriber

AUTHOR: amy - (United States of America)

I went to John Billings about six months ago.  I went for bipolar disorder and ptsd.

We spent probably an hour and a half together.  He kept trying to persuade me that I had adult adhd.  I absolutely do not.  However, he kept trying to convince me that I did.  It was strange.....now I think I understand why.  He also tried to get my on some kind of thyroid routine.  I refused.

I was amazed at the people in the waiting room.  Most looked like severe drug addicts.  It was freaky to say the least.  Most of these people would just come in and get their prescriptions.  He did not meet with them.  His wife would have the scripts, (piles of them) and he would just sign them and thats it.  The patients walked out with a huge smile on their face.  One day when I was leaving a patient even high fived his friend who was waiting in the car.

This man has caused 3 deaths, due to his negligence, read the reports that the above person mentioned.  It is appalling.

How this man sleeps at night is beyond me!
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#9 General Comment

Dangerous Prescriber

AUTHOR: GUARDIAN - (United States of America)

I hope EVERYONE reads this....

Currently as of November, 2012, The Washington State Health Department has taken action against his license.  The court documents and details related to each accusation are shocking.  Although the legal case is pending and has not yet gone to court, it is clear that he has been dangerously negligent and prescribing medicine that has caused harm to his patients.  There has been at least one case of death while a patient was under his care.

Please visit the Washington State Department of Health Provider Search website.

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#10 Consumer Comment

john v.Billings

AUTHOR: drew - (United States of America)

DR.BILLINGS IS A GOOD DR IF IT WASENT FOR HIM  IDONT KNOW HOW MY LIFE WOULD BE RITE NOW HE HAS HELPT ME  THE REPORT IS FALSE HE DOES NOT PRAMOTE ANY OF THOUGHS THINGS AND HE DOES NOT BELONG TO A CULT HE HAS HELPT ME MORE THEN I CAN SAY.

THE PERSON THAT WREAT THAT IS PROPBLE MADE BECAUSE HE PROBLE WOULD NOT GIVE HER WHAT SHE WANTED HE IS A WONDERFUL MAN & DOCTOR
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#11 General Comment

This is a total Lie

AUTHOR: tree - (United States of America)

Let me start off with this. This site itself does not investigate or confirm the accuracy of reports.

I have known John V Billings since 2003, He has been nothing but a blessing in my life. If it wasn't for him, I'm not sure I would be the person I am today.

I have bipolar, and John has never even once put me on thyroid medication for my diagnosis. He has checked me to make sure I don' have thyroid problems,but they have came out negative and that was that.

John does not belong to a cult, he has his own religious belief as a Mormon, I have met his wife and she is very sweet. I have been to his home and everything is as normal as anyone else home,

I do not go to the same church he does. We have different religious beliefs. But there is nothing wrong with his. He is a wonderful Man and a great provider for his family. And he welcomes everyone with open arms.

Your second paragraph is just absurd. You must have way to much time on your hands. You really need to find a different way to spend your free time. It is a complete and total lie.

As for your third paragraph you say their hair falls out. That consists of more than 1 person are you sure you don't have different personalities. Or it does seem like you are taken narcotics or even drugs that are not prescribed. 

their hair begins falling out en mass, their nails break to the hurting and bleeding point, their eyelashes and eyebrows become scraggly and thin, and the poor victim has constant severe gastric distress.   

A person  would think if you if you are having this type of reaction to anything you would go to the emergency room, and not let this problem get as far as you have described. Sounds like  you have thyroid cancer.

You say the Washington State Board of Nursing and several area doctors know about "Brother" Billings and his extremely unorthodox methods and they severely disagree with his medical rip off.

If Washington state board of Nursing and others disagree with the way John is with his patient why is it that they have not come forward and said something. 

This is here say and you really shouldn't speak for someone else.

But, if you want to go that route and speak for others I know plenty of Doctors in different practices which include Adult and Child psychiatric, family health care providers, Spokane Mental health and Lutheran Social Services. He is even positively talked about at Domestic Violence agencies like YWCA.
   
And before you can say he doesn't care for children. Yes I know he doesn't see children, but children do grow up and become adults, and he is the number one doctor I tell parents  to refer there kids to. No I am not a doctor I am very resourceful, and very trust worthily and I am thanked by everyone who seeks my help.

He advocates violence against women, domestic violence against females, violence against the disabled and child abuse. He supports this in his practice.

I don't know where you come up with this garbage but none of it is true. John V. Billings does not support any of these in his practice.

 
 
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