New York State Department of Health, OPMC, Consent Orders Can Be Confusing

A health care provider recently came to me after entering into a Consent Order with the Office of Professional Conduct, OPMC.  The Order was lengthy and prevented the provider from practicing until certain steps were taken.  One of the steps was to take and pass the certifying exam for Physician Assistants to prove that his […]

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Does my Board certification still exist after my medical license has been restored?

Your client has his/her ability to practice medicine restored after a substance abuse rehabilitation, but does the clients board ccertification still exist? I recently represented a physician through a two plus year rehabilitation period and after a Hearing with the New York State Department of Health, The Office of Professional Medical Conduct, OPMC, the ability […]

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Be Careful When Answering Questions on Your Medical License Application

I routinely receive calls from physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers about the answers to questions which are posed in the New York State licensure application. Sometimes the situation is when the application is in the process of being filed and the call comes to me when the State is questioning the truthfulness of some […]

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Danger, The General Counsel of Your Hospital Wants to Have an Urgent Meeting With You!

If you are a physician or other healthcare provider working at a hospital, you must be aware that the hospital administration is constantly looking to protect the hospital at the expense of its employees or independent attending physicians. Hospitals are constantly being monitored by the local, state and federal governments. If there is a problem, […]

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Successful Reinstatement of a New York Physician’s Medicial License after Substance Abuse Issues.

The purpose of this article is to educate physicians regarding the process of reinstating a medical license after surrendering it due to substance abuse.  Suffice it to say, the road to the restoration is longer than you think it will be.  What follows is the sequence of events in a case I just concluded. The […]

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Hospital administration protects the hospital, not the staff.

Be careful of EMTALA and HIPAA violations If you are employed by or on the staff of a hospital, you must be very careful when dealing with or discussing patients.  Two federal statutes that can truly make your life miserable are the Emergency Medical and Labor Act (EMTALA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act […]

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Department of Education Peer Committee Panel Recommends Medical License Restoration for a Physician

We represented a physician who surrendered his medical license some years earlier due to several complaints of inappropriate behavior with some of his patients. One of the matters resulted in a criminal conviction. The physician wanted to have his license reinstated and we assisted him in preparing the required paperwork for the application. This consisted […]

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Be Careful How You Answer The Questions On The Form For Your Registration Renewal Of Your New York State Medical License

When you fill out your Registration Renewal form for your New York State medical license, read the questions very carefully. I have numerous cases where the physician answered some of the questions incorrectly. If that incorrect answer is discovered by The New York State Department of Health, the Office of Professional Conduct (OPMC), the office […]

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