How Does A DUI Affect Your Nursing License?

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Learn More: Frequently asked questions Disclosure agreements Defending against the BRN? How to protect your nursing license 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… read more

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

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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”

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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

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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

Received Formal Accusation From California Board of Registered Nursing

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To initiate disciplinary proceedings, the Board of Registered Nursing in the state of California must first notify the individual nurse. This is accomplished by filing an Accusation. An Accusation is a formal pleading document which outlines all of the reasons the California Board of Registered Nursing is seeking discipline against the nurse, as well as… read more

The Licensing Board’s Investigation Process is a Formal Process & Could Result in Substantial Penalties

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Page Contents: Officers conduct investigations Litigate your matter Resolve disciplinary actions What to do if contacted by investigator Do all investigations result in disciplinary proceedings? Investigation by the DCA or Board Enforcement Unit If you receive a phone call or letter from a Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) or Board investigator (Medical Board of California,… read more

Mandatory Reporting for Healthcare Practitioners

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Many professionals are required to report when they suspect that child or elder abuse has occurred. Although one may have been educated to the requirements for mandatory reporting, it is important to be cognizant of the strict rules regarding mandatory reporting. What professionals are Required to Report Suspected Abuse Medical Professionals: Physicians, Nurses, Physical Therapists,… read more

Registered Nurse Accused of Practicing Outside the Scope of his License – Issued Reproval

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The California Board of Registered Nursing makes it very clear that nurses are not allowed to issue or dispense medication without a prescription from a medical physician. Recently a RN Client was accused of practicing outside the scope of his license and dispensing medication without a standing order or prescription; a formal Accusation was filed…. read more

Physical Therapist Accused of Entering into a Relationship with Patient Maintains License

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The California Board of Physical Therapy, like the Medical Board of California, has a strict prohibition against having romantic relationships with clients. The act of commencing an intimate relationship is not only a violation of the Medical Board of California/ Physical Therapy Board of California’s Practice Act, it can also result in criminal charges. If… read more

2018 DEA Intensifies Investigations & The MBC Enters Into an Interagency Agreement Aimed at Excessive Prescribing

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DEA Investigates Excessive Prescribing On January 30, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that over the next 45 days there would be an escalation in the number of DEA investigations focused on physicians who “excessively prescribe” narcotics, specifically opioid medications.  The goal of this escalation — to fight the declared “opioid crisis in America.” The… read more