Upon receiving a complaint regarding your medical misconduct, the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) or the Office of Professional Discipline (OPD) will request that you appear at an interview. At the interview, you will be given an opportunity to share your side of the story. But ultimately, they may decide to prosecute you and take you to a hearing. Continue reading to learn how you may negotiate an agreement with the OPMC to avoid prosecution and how an experienced OPMC/OPD misconduct defense attorney at Walker Medical Law can stand by your side throughout.
Is it possible to negotiate an agreement with the OPMC?
Importantly, the goals for your negotiations with the OPMC should be as follows:
- To maintain your right to continue practicing.
- To maintain your right to stay on the provider’s list for the Health Maintenance Organization.
- To maintain your right to stay on the provider’s list for Medicare.
- To maintain your right to stay on the provider’s list for Medicaid.
- To stay off probation.
- To stay away from a practice monitor.
In other words, you must ensure that the agreement you reach with the OPMC does not impact you as severely as limiting or losing your medical license. And so, the repercussions that you should be aiming towards are as follows:
- To receive a censure.
- To receive a letter of reprimand.
- To receive a fine.
And though these are not desirable outcomes either, they at least do not limit or bar you from practicing.
How can an attorney help me negotiate an agreement with the OPMC?
The rules are quite different in an OPMC court than they are in any other court system. Lucky for you, our team is well-versed in how to handle these legal proceedings.
Before all else, a skilled attorney from our firm will evaluate your case from start to finish. From there, they will help you understand the benefits and risks of defending your case at a hearing versus the benefits and risks of negotiating some sort of settlement at your interview. Regardless of which path you may land on, we will prepare you for what to expect and how to present your case, and we will come to your defense.
Ultimately, we understand just how important it may be for you to continue practicing. This is why we will look at every possible legal strategy to determine which is the best approach for making this possible. For assistance with reaching a fair and reasonable agreement, you must retain the services of a skilled OPMC/OPD misconduct defense attorney today.