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Mandatory Reporting for Healthcare Practitioners

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One of the most challenging aspects of abuse is that it can be difficult to spot. This is particularly true when it comes to the abuse of children and older people, who are often being hurt by their caretakers. This makes it all the more important that professionals who are in a position to spot… read more


Received an 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


Licensing Board Investigation – How Will It Impact My Career?

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Page Contents: 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, California Board of Psychology, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences or the California Board of Registered Nursing) your professional license, career, and livelihood… read more


Criminal Conviction – the Potential Impact to a 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


Updates To Nursing License Applications: Conviction Disclosures No Longer Required But Recommended

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You’ve spent four long but exciting years studying for your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Now all those classes are over (for now!) and you’re getting ready to fill out your RN license application. There’s only one thing you’re concerned about- your criminal record. You made a mistake that resulted in a DUI charge… read more


Accused of Diverting Drugs

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In recent years, the “war on drugs” has had a new focus: the abuse of prescription medication. While street drugs remain popular, an influx of new prescription pain medications in the late 1990s helped to fuel an opioid epidemic that killed 50,000 Americans in 2019 alone. It is little wonder, then, that state and federal… read more


Interim Suspension Order

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It took years, but you finally completed an exciting yet demanding Medical, Nursing, or Physical Therapy school program, or another career-paving post-graduate degree. Now you’ve been notified by your state licensing board that a complaint has been filed against you, and an Interim Suspension Order (ISO) will be in place until an investigation is complete…. read more


The Medical Board Request for Interview

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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.  Board investigations are the… read more


FOR PHYSICIANS IT IS IMPORTANT TO PROPERLY TERMINATE THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP

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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


FAQ on Excessive Opioid Prescription Investigations

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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