Medical professionals are trained for a long time to be able to practice their profession. Usually, they are well trusted by the medical community and their patients. However, they are humans just like anyone else and are susceptible to making poor decisions. These decisions sometimes have the possibility to affect their career. When this happens, the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) exists to oversee these professionals and ensure that they practice medicine ethically. If an allegation is made against a healthcare professional, the OPMC may conduct an investigation into the professional to see if they are doing their job accordingly. If you have received a letter about misconduct from the OPMC, it is important to seek legal representation for your case.
The Role of the OPMC
The Office of Professional Medical Conduct works to ensure that professionals practicing medicine are meeting the standards of the Board and not participating in misconduct. The committee is usually made up of two physicians and one non-physician. The OPMC has various responsibilities. These may include:
- Investigating any complaints against medical professionals
- Discipline and prosecute professionals that are charged with misconduct
- Monitor professionals who are on probation or have had their medical license restored after a revocation
- Monitor the Committee for Physician Health
- Educate the medical community about misconduct and how to avoid it
When a healthcare professional receives a complaint against them, it will be investigated by the OPMC. While many believe the OPMC covers malpractices cases, this is not true. While it is possible for a physician to make a medical mistake, it is also possible for them to make a moral mistake. The OPMC deals with issues of morality. Such issues that the OPMC handles may include:
- Billing fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Substance abuse issues
- Sexual misconduct
- Medical license revocation
- Medical license restoration
What to Know About OPMC Investigations
When a medical professional receives a letter from the OPMC, they may go through an interview as part of an investigation against them for misconduct. When this happens, the board will ask several questions about the misconduct that may have taken place. Not only will the professional be interviewed, but the OPMC may interview past employees, coworkers, and patients.
When the interview process is completed, the OPMC assess the situation and will make a decision regarding your status as a practicing medical professional. Penalties may range depending on what the board deems fit. This may include something as simple as a letter of reprimand, a censure letter of reprimand, or probation. More severe cases may require a professional to lose their medical license.
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If you have received a letter from the OPMC about misconduct and need legal representation, contact Walker Medical Law today.
When a medical professional is accused of misconduct, it is essential that they retain strong legal representation. If you require a medical law attorney for your legal matters, call Paul E. Walker, an experienced New York City OPMC & OPD Lawyer. Please contactthe Walker Medical Law firm to set up a free initial consultation.