Our appreciation goes out to all healthcare professionals on the front line and our sincerest thoughts are with our community both locally and afar. During these unprecedented times, The Law Office of Nicole Irmer, as an essential business, remains open and available to help. If you need assistance maintaining or applying for a professional license, of if you have been contacted by a Board or DCA investigator, please do not hesitate to contact us at (619) 237-6130.

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Medical Board Accusations

Posted in Medical Malpractice

Each year, the Medical Board of California (MBC) receives more than 8,000 complaints about physicians and surgeons licensed to practice in the state. As part of its authority over doctors, the Board investigates these complaints. If it finds that there is a basis for the complaint, it may result in a formal Accusation being filed… read more


Disciplinary Actions Taken By Medical Boards

Posted in Medical Malpractice

After working hard to establish yourself as a physician, you may be stunned to learn that a complaint has been filed against you. This situation can be incredibly stressful, particularly as you contemplate possible disciplinary actions that the medical board may take. Depending on the severity of the alleged violation, you could be facing anything… read more


The Medical Board Request for Interview

Posted in Licensing Defense,News

Each year, the Medical Board of California (MBC) receives more than 8,000 complaints about physicians. Once a complaint is received, it is reviewed by the MBC’s Central Complaint Unit (CCU) to determine if the issue is within the Board’s jurisdiction. If so, then the CCU staff will begin the investigation process. Check the medical board… read more


Terminating the Doctor-Patient Relationship / Patient Abandonment

Posted in Licensing Defense,News

Over the course of your practice, there may come a time where you need to end a relationship with a patient. Perhaps the patient is non-compliant, has shown up to appointments while under the influence, or maybe they haven’t paid their bills for months. You may also be closing your practice, and need to terminate… read more


Public Reprimand | What Is It? Why They Are Important

Posted in Licensing Defense

A public reprimand — which may also be referred to as reproval or may be called an “LPR” (Letter of Public Reprimand) — is a form of discipline meted out by every healthcare licensing board in California for minor violations of the law. While, for most Boards, this type of discipline does remain on your… read more


FAQ on Excessive Opioid Prescription Investigations

Posted in Licensing Defense,News

The scourge of opioid addiction and the skyrocketing rate of opioid overdoses across the country have fueled a wave of criminal prosecutions and disciplinary actions against medical practitioners who prescribe these drugs. While prosecuting and/or disciplining those who prescribe opioids criminally or negligently is a laudable goal, too often, innocent healthcare providers are ensnared in… read more


How Does A DUI Affect Your Nursing License?

Posted in Licensing Defense

The nurses we see in our practice for DUI defense never intended to drive under the influence. Some nurse’s blood alcohol levels (BAC) are only slightly above the legal limit, whereas others may be two to five times the legal limit. They’re all mortified about their mistake and, above all, terrified about the implications this… read more


The Medical Board of California's "Death Certificate Project” is Far-Reaching with Severe Consequences to a Physician's Certificate

Posted in Licensing Defense,News

The Medical Board initiated a joint project with the California Department of Public Health to review Death Certificates – which are public records – to identify individuals who died as a result of an overdoes on prescription medication, or as a result of medication “intoxication.” These records are cross-referenced with patients’ CURES Reports, the state’s… read more


Anger Management for Healthcare Professionals – Helping the “Disruptive Physician”

Posted in Licensing Defense,News

Unprofessional Conduct – Business and Professions Code Section 2236 Anger is an emotion that we all experience. The Medical Board of California, however, has expressed concern and even launched investigations into the conduct of its Physicians whose anger may potentially impact patient care.  The investigation is launched because of “unprofessional conduct” pursuant to Business and… read more


Criminal Conviction – the Potential Impact to a California Physician’s Medical License

Posted in Licensing Defense,News

Physicians with Criminal Convictions A question that our office commonly receives is how a criminal conviction may impact a Physician’s Medical License. Unfortunately, this question does not have a simple bright line answer.  This is because each case, and underlying criminal conviction, is different and needs to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Business and… read more