Physicians are entrusted with the crucial task of looking out for their patients’ well-being. Fortunately, our country is home to some of the most brilliant doctors in the world. However, doctors are only human, and therefore, they make mistakes, too. Unfortunately, and rather obviously, there is very little wiggle room for mistakes when it comes to dealing with patients’ health. This is why there are strict standards and requirements all physicians must meet at all times. If you are a physician and are being charged with medical misconduct, you will be under investigation by the Office of Professional Medical Conduct, or OPMC. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the legal process going forward:
How does the OPMC work?
As stated above, the OPMC is in charge of supervising medical professionals to ensure they conduct themselves both morally and ethically. When someone files a complaint against a medical professional, the OPMC will investigate the physician to see if there is any evidence of misconduct. Some of the most common complaints that the OPMC investigates are as follows:
- Sexual misconducts
- Insurance fraud
- Substance abuse issues
- Billing fraud
The OPMC committee consists of two physicians and one non-physician, and it is their job to do the following:
- Prosecute and discipline physicians that have been charged with misconduct
- Monitor the Committee for Physician Health
- Educate the medical community about misconduct and how to prevent it
- Investigate complains against medical professionals
- Monitor physicians who are on probation or have had their medical license restored after it was revoked
What happens during an OPMC investigation?
When a physician is subjected to an investigation, he or she is required to answer the board’s questions regarding the accusations of misconduct they are facing. The OPMC may also interview your co-workers, patients, and employees. Quite obviously, it is a very thorough process, so you must ensure you hire an experienced legal team who is ready to fight for your right to practice.
Once your interview has concluded, the OPMC will decide whether you are guilty of misconduct. If found guilty, you may either face a letter of reprimand, a censure letter of reprimand, probation, or, in the worst case, a complete loss of your medical license. Do not let this happen. You drastically increase your chances of beating an OPMC investigation with the help of a knowledgeable attorney.
Contact our experienced New York City firm
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 contact the Walker Medical Law firm to set up a free initial consultation.