Professional Misconduct Investigation, Review, and Protection
Licensing board complaints may be filed by disgruntled patients, their family members, other healthcare providers, former employees, or anyone who interacts with a particular provider. An increased awareness of the professional discipline process, aided by consumer groups and state laws that require posting patient bills of rights in waiting rooms and the development of streamlined reporting processes, including online complaint forms, have led to a dramatic increase in the number of complaints filed.
We have successfully defended individual providers before the New York State Office of Professional Discipline, the New Jersey Department of Health, the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, the New Jersey State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the New Jersey State Board of Nursing, the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy, the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry, and the New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners. Our job is to protect your reputation and your livelihood when you face discipline and to ensure you are managing and complying with risks effectively.
Applications and Maintaining a License
As licensed professionals ourselves, we know the importance of maintaining and keeping your credentials to practice or operate. We have substantial experience before state boards and licensing offices in obtaining credentials to practice—particularly for those practitioners who trained in foreign countries or who did something wrong in the past and have cleaned up their lives. Practitioners and licensed facilities also contact us when they need assistance with resolving complaints, complying with investigations, addressing various laws and regulations set out by the state and federal government, and reapplying for license.
Facing A Licensing Board or Regulatory Complaint
If a licensing board or other regulatory complaint has been filed, a provider may be facing disciplinary action, including a reprimand, restrictions on the provider’s practice or operations, continuing medical education or monitoring requirements, probation, and even license suspension or revocation. The adverse consequences of a board complaint do not necessarily end there. Providers must report all formal disciplinary actions to their professional liability carriers, managed care plans, and patients’ health insurance plans. Federal law also requires that disciplinary measures be reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank, which hospitals must check before granting or renewing medical staff privileges. A cascade of negative effects may flow from a single board complaint. Depending on the alleged offense and the board’s conclusion, a provider’s reputation and livelihood may be destroyed.