What Happens if I am an Uninsured Physician and am Under Investigation?

If you are a physician who did not buy the “tail” of your Claims Made Medical Malpractice Insurance Policy, you may be panicking if you have received a letter stating that you are under investigation. Physicians deserve the freedom and respect to do their jobs to the utmost of their ability, so if you are […]

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NY Pharmacist Guilty of Selling $9 Million in Pills

Headlines broke today about an 83-year-old pharmacist from Rockland County, New York who pleaded guilty to a massive scheme selling illegal prescription drugs between March 2014 through July 2016. Throughout the course of the illegal sales of more than 5 million Butalbital pills, the doctor pocketed $9 million. However, with his guilty plea today, he […]

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Medical Professionals With Substance Abuse Issues

Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse issues and for a good portion of those people, the hardest step is admitting they have a problem in the first place, which is completely understandable. One group of people who may suffer from substance abuse issues is medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and office staff. These medical […]

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Medical Clinics in Brooklyn Facing Narcotic and Medicaid Fraud

Seven medical practitioners in Brooklyn are facing charges with a combination of 477 offenses related to medical misconduct. Many of these offenses are very serious and include the criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, health care fraud, scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid, unlawfully selling prescriptions, and more. Several physicians and their […]

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What should I know about substance abuse and my practice?

If you are are a medical doctor and you are found to have a substance abuse issue, you will likely lose your medical license that the state board granted you. Substance abuse is taken very seriously. Unfortunately, this is a common issue seen amongst the community of medical professionals because they have access to so […]

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What is an Example of a New York Doctor Inappropriately Prescribing Drugs?

Recently I represented a physician who was accused by OPMC of inappropriately prescribing controlled substances. They had four different patients and I took at look at the records that the doctor had and indeed OPMC was absolutely right. The records were awful. Some of the office visits were not even listed on his chart. All […]

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What are the Pitfalls of Prescribing Controlled Substances in New York?

The Office of Professional Medical Conduct is looking for doctors who are prescribing controlled substances unnecessarily. There are many people becoming drug addicts or who are dying because of overdoses for no reason whatsoever. The Office of Professional Medical Conduct can track what you, as a physician, are prescribing. If they see a pattern they […]

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What Happens if You Prescribe Patients Narcotics on a Regular Basis?

If you’re a physician and you are prescribing narcotics to patient after patient on a regular basis, you stand a very good chance of running afoul of the Department of Health. The Department of Health and its investigative bureau, the Office of Professional Medical Conduct, are on the lookout for doctors who just routinely, day […]

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Pay Attention: The OPMC is Looking for Physicians Who Are Over Prescribing Narcotics

Over the last few years, I have noticed that the Department of Health, Office of Professional Medical Conduct, OPMC, is systematically searching for doctors who, in the eyes of OPMC, are “treating” pain with nothing but the use of narcotics day after day, week after week, year after year.  OPMC absolutely wants to put a […]

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If I am Charged with Substance Abuse, be it Alcohol or Drugs, What Can I Do to Help Me Keep My License?

If I am Charged with Substance Abuse, be it Alcohol or Drugs, What Can I Do to Help Me Keep My License? One thing a medical professional can do to make things easier in the substance abuse arena is to join a program with the Committee for Physician Health, (CPH). A program with CPH will […]

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If I Plead Guilty to Drunk Driving, What are the Possible Ramifications with OPMC?

If I Plead Guilty to Drunk Driving, What are the Possible Ramifications with OPMC? If this is your first offense, things will be easier for you. You probably will be sanctioned and receive a fine. The degree of sanction and fine is to some extent dependent on your alcohol level. You also might have to […]

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Can A Drunk Driving Charge Affect Your Medical License?

An arrest for drunk driving is a very common situation, and one that will have some adverse impact on your medical license. Typically, what happens is when you go to re-register your medical license, there’s a question. It says, “Have you been convicted of a crime since your last registration?” In fact, any conviction for […]

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How To Obtain The Best Possible Result In A Substance Abuse Situation

I just recently concluded a negotiation with OPMC in a case involving a physician who was found to be drunk while examining patients in the office.  He was confronted by a fellow physician and ended up in a rehabilitation facility the next day.  He remained in rehab for about 12 weeks and then returned to […]

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