For many of us, being charged with a crime carries the usual set of punitive damages such as fines, criminal record or worst: incarceration. But for members of medical community particularly New York and New Jersey licensed physicians, the train does not stop just there. Licensed physicians who are criminally indicted may face licensure issues as well.
In some criminal cases, pleading guilty may work out in favor of the defendant by avoiding jail time. To a New York State licensed physician, pleading guilty to a crime will spark an investigation by the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) for professional misconduct. In New Jersey, the State Board of Medical Examiners is responsible for investigating and prosecuting such matters.
Once the physician pleads guilty to any crime, felony or misdemeanor, the prosecutor or another government official will contract the OPMC and inform the agency of the criminal prosecution. Even more so, is the physician pleading guilty to a healthcare fraud charge, which may not only increase the risk of license suspension, but mostly license revocation.
Even when the physician is renewing his/her medical license, he/she is required to disclose all facts related to criminal background.
For Medicaid and Medicare Providers, there is yet one additional collateral consequence of being accused of a crime. Just being charged with a crime could be grounds for terminating the provider’s participation in these programs.
If you are have pleaded guilty to a crime and came under investigation by the OPMC or the BME, call our professional license defense lawyers now at (212) 577-6677 to get professional legal assistance.