No matter what type of healthcare you are practicing in New York State, the Office of Professional Discipline has the right to strip you of this privilege. This is specifically in cases when you are found guilty of medical misconduct. Continue reading to learn who might get their medical license revoked by the OPD and how one of the experienced New York health care professional defense lawyers at Walker Medical Law can work to protect it.
Who might get their medical license revoked by the OPD?
To reiterate, any type of medical professional may be subject to the OPD’s disciplinary proceedings in the instance of a medical misconduct accusation. Just some examples include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- Physicians and physician assistants.
- Nurses and nurse practitioners.
- Optometrists and ophthalmologists.
- Physical therapists and chiropractors.
- Mental health professionals.
This is all to say that, whenever it comes to caring for patients, you must continuously work at the level of care established by the New York medical community. This is because a breach in your duty of care may have you pay the ultimate consequence of having your medical license permanently revoked.
Who might report a healthcare professional to the OPD?
There are many possible parties, who you have a connection with, who may have brought forward a medical misconduct complaint to the attention of the OPD. Just some examples include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- Current and former patients.
- Current and former coworkers or any other practitioners and colleagues.
- Current and former healthcare entities in which you have been employed.
- Insurers, if the complaint is related to alleged insurance fraud.
- Court clerks, if the complaint is related to an alleged criminal conviction.
That said, the types of complaints that any of the aforementioned parties may report are as follows:
- A complaint that you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol while caring for a patient.
- A complaint that you were sexually abusing or harassing a patient while providing treatment services.
- A complaint that you were overbilling a patient for your treatment services.
- A complaint that you were participating in fraudulent activity with your insurance claims.
- A complaint that you were otherwise participating in medical malpractice.
It must be noted that the party who reports you does not necessarily have to have been the victim of the alleged medical misconduct. Rather, they may have simply witnessed the incident. In the end, the OPD will interview this party, along with other patients, coworkers, employers, etc., to get down to the bottom of this complaint.
You must work to protect your medical license as soon as possible. So call one of the skilled New York healthcare professional defense lawyers from Walker Medical Law today.