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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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


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


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

Posted in News,Licensing Defense

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


Board of Registered Nursing – Filing of a Formal Accusation

Posted in Licensing Defense,News

Board of Registered Nursing Accusation To initiate disciplinary proceedings, the Board of Registered Nursing 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

Posted in Licensing Defense,News

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 could be in jeopardy. The… 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