| Posted in Licensing Defense,News on April 21, 2020

Learn About Patient Abandonment: 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,… read more

Public Reprimand | What Is It? Why They Are Important

| Posted in Licensing Defense on March 25, 2020

Page Contents: What is a Public Reprimand Public Reprimand vs. Discipline Does Public Reprimand Affect Ability to Practice Medicine? How Long Will a Public Reprimand Remain Online? Contact a Public Reprimand Lawyer A public reprimand — which may also be referred to as reproval or may be called an “LPR” (Letter of Public Reprimand) —… read more

FAQ on Excessive Opioid Prescription Investigations

| Posted in Licensing Defense,News on February 5, 2020

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 on January 2, 2020

Learn More: 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… 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 on June 10, 2019

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 on October 31, 2018

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

Mandatory Reporting for Healthcare Practitioners

| Posted in Licensing Defense,News on October 8, 2018

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

| Posted in Licensing Defense,News on October 8, 2018

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

| Posted in Licensing Defense,News on October 8, 2018

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

| Posted in Licensing Defense,News on February 1, 2018

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

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