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In this section of our website, we have answered hundreds and hundreds of questions our clients have asked us over the years. Instead of looking all over the Internet for an answer to a question you have about health care law or license defense in New York, spend 10 seconds and see if we have answered it here. Here’s how to find your answer….

One, just to the right, you will see a SEARCH BOX. Just type your question in the box and press your enter key. Every answer on this site that is related to your question will fill your screen.

Or two, just below and to the right, are the Categories we’ve answered questions on. Just go the specific topic you have a question on and click the topic. Every question related to that topic will appear on your screen.

And remember, if you need assistance with health care law or license defense, call us at 212-577-6677.

Yes, it is possible – though not guaranteed – that you can be reinstated as a Medicare provider once your exclusion period ends.

Ninety days before your exclusion period ends, you are eligible to submit a written request to the Medicare Office of the Inspector General requesting reinstatement.

Requests submitted earlier than 90 days before your exclusion ends will not accepted.

You will receive forms to complete, notarize, and return to the OIG’s office, where they will be evaluated.

Expect to wait several months to receive the OIG’s decision.

If your application is denied, you can re-apply in one year.

When you’re rebuilding your healthcare career after a criminal conviction, fraud incident, or other substantiated allegation of misconduct, access to programs like Medicare and Medicaid is crucial.

Exclusion can end any hope you have of returning to your chosen profession.

Your odds of success are higher when you work with experienced healthcare attorneys who can help you represent yourself in best possible way to state and federal entities who have enormous power over your career.

Call us today at (212) 577-6677 and get help getting your career back on track.

Good charting is one of the best ways for a dentist to protect him or herself in the event of an OPD investigation.

Often, these cases are resolved by simply presenting clear documentation of the patient’s legitimate need for a particular procedure, the notes related to the performance of the procedure, and other relevant information that supports your side of the story.

OPD complaints can come from anywhere, and patients today often demand a level of service that includes guaranteed results – which is often not realistic in any healthcare specialty.

Protecting yourself and your practice in the event of a patient complaint must be your first priority any time OPD contacts you about an incident that resulted in a complaint.

OPD investigations can be stressful and frightening for practitioners, so you should immediately contact experienced healthcare defense attorneys who can prepare you for interviews and hearings, and ensure that there is appropriate evidence to support your case and clear your good name.

Call our team of experienced OPC/OPMC attorneys today at (212) 577-6677 and talk to experienced counsel who can answer your questions and help end the investigation against you.

No, you are not required to submit to telephone or in-person interviews, and you have the right to inform investigators that you are represented by counsel and refer questions on to us.

It is good policy when OPD contacts you to immediately retain counsel and treat the entire process as an adversarial action.

While an OPD investigation isn’t a lawsuit, the ramifications for you can be similar, and to protect yourself and your career, treating an interview with the same seriousness you’d treat a deposition is the best approach.

Our team will take over communications with OPD for you and ensure that you are fully informed of your options and prepared for all interactions with investigators.

We’ll be with you during any interviews you agree to, and in the unlikely event that your matter advances to the hearing stage, we’ll be there to ensure that your rights come first and you have the strongest defense possible.

Most OPD investigations wrap up with no adverse findings, but it’s impossible to know what investigators might find at the beginning of the process.

Call our NYC health care defense team at (212) 577-6677 and take good care of your professional license and your health care career.

Not necessarily. While we strongly recommend that professionals bring in legal help at the outset of an OPMC investigation, we know that most physicians operate a clean practice and therefore assume that an investigation will close up promptly with a finding of no wrongdoing.

The problem is that investigators aren’t working to clear you, they’re working to establish that the complaint against you is valid, and look for any patterns of similar conduct.

In a way, a physician under investigation is likely to be talking past the investigators, assuming an end point that the investigators aren’t focused on arriving at.

If you’ve waited until the hearing stage, you may be at a disadvantage, but you’re certainly better off bringing in representation now than going into the hearing without capable legal advice.

Our team of OPMC attorneys has helped New York physicians through the OPMC process many times, and understand what the panel will be looking for and what to expect in the hearing room.

You don’t have to live with an adverse finding from OPMC on your record. When you have experienced legal representation to prepare you and support you in the hearing, your odds of a more favorable outcome increase dramatically.

Call our team today at (212) 577-6677 for reliable guidance in your OPMC matter.


Can OPMC Interview My Patients As Part Of An Investigation?

Yes, OPMC can interview your patients as part of its investigation. It can interview your associates, your employer, and your staff as well.

OPMC has broad leeway to pursue an investigation to its ultimate conclusion, which is why it’s so important for your career that you work with a team that knows how to handle OPMC and the process its investigators use to pursue allegations of misconduct.

Most people become aware of an OPMC investigation when they receive a letter. One of two things can happen at that point.

If you try to go it alone, it’s highly likely that you’ll experience some kind of career-impacting sanction that will limit your future earnings and job prospects.

On the other hand, if you immediately bring in legal counsel with experience in OPMC matters, it’s possible that the investigation can end with little to no ramifications to your career.

The vast majority of OPMC investigations never get to the hearing stage when professionals have capable legal guidance to see them through the process.

When you’ve been contacted by OPMC, call our experienced health care defense attorneys at (212) 577-6677 right away.

A single complaint is enough to get the attention of OPD, and while you may operate an extremely professional chiropractic practice, the fact is that mistakes are made, and an investigator looking closely enough may turn up information they believe indicates misconduct.

When you’re contacted by OPD, it’s important that you understand your rights.

First, you aren’t required to answer their questions, and in nearly every case, you’re better off politely declining so you can consult legal counsel.

OPD asks questions in order to confirm elements of a complaint and build a case against you, not to clear your name.

You need your own representation to do that.

Our team of experienced NYC health care and professional license defense attorneys has years of experience dealing with OPD/OPMC, and know the particulars of their procedures and how to work with – and defend against – OPD investigations.

We make sure our clients are well prepared for interviews, understand their rights, and we stand by our clients in every interaction with investigators.

If you’ve had contact from OPD, don’t wait to get experienced representation on your side.

Call (212) 577-6677 today to schedule an immediate consultation with attorneys who will fight for you in OPD/OPMC investigations.

If you plead guilty to DUI in New York, your nursing license is definitely in jeopardy.

Whether or not it will be suspended or revoked depends both on the circumstances of the case, and how you choose to handle the ramifications.

First, you may have options beyond pleading guilty to a DUI. You should work closely with attorneys who understand the totality of your situation – and can help you with both the criminal defense aspect of your situation as well as any OPD investigation that may stem from it.

With any guilty plea or conviction, you will be considered to be guilty of professional misconduct, so it’s vital that you take all available precautions.

Plea bargains designed to lessen charges, as when a felony is ultimately decided as a misdemeanor, or a misdemeanor as a disorderly persons offense, may be particularly helpful for licensed professionals facing prosecution in New York.

In other cases, it may be appropriate to fight a charge in court.

The most important thing you can do for your future is to hire experienced attorneys who know criminal defense in New York City and the OPD investigative process.

When your nursing license is jeopardized by DUI, call our team at (212) 577-6677 and talk to an experienced NYC health care defense lawyer today.

Healthcare professionals in New York face all kinds of risk in the ordinary practice of their trade, but few are as significant to their careers as an investigation by New York’s professional licensing agencies.

When the Office of Professional Discipline contacts a chiropractor about an incident that happened with a patient, your first step should be to contact capable legal counsel with experience in OPD/OPMC professional license defense cases.

Sanctions for misconduct run the gamut from frustrating to career ending, and your best chance of minimizing or even stopping an investigation is to protect yourself with, and exercise your right to, an experienced OPD attorney.

We’ll take over communication with OPD for you, make sure you are fully prepared for all interviews you choose to take part in, and will be beside you any time you interact with OPD, from interviews to hearings, if the process advances that far.

We’ll also make sure you understand the full ramifications of any potential sanctions, and your rights to appeal adverse findings.

In most cases, investigations involving our clients never get that far, but for those that do, protecting yourself and your future is vital. Call our experienced OPD defense team today at (212) 577-6677 and protect your future.

If you’ve been fired by a hospital in New York, your termination will be reported to licensing authorities.

This is often enough to trigger an investigation against you by OPD, which can result in further sanction beyond your prior termination.

It is fair to say that nurses who find themselves in this situation are in significant jeopardy of a career-destroying event.

At this stage, you should strongly consider retaining counsel to look into your termination from the hospital.

If OPD does contact you with additional questions, you’ll have an attorney at your side who is familiar with the particulars of your case, and may even have crafted a legal rebuttal against the actions of your former employer.

The steps you take now can make the difference between a long career in nursing and the end of one.

While OPD may not automatically investigate you after losing a job, there are many risks when your professional life is shaken up for conduct.

Call our NYC healthcare license defense attorneys today at (212) 577-6677 and get your nursing career back on track.

If something has happened on the job and you’re not sure whether it has attracted the attention of the Office of Professional Discipline, your best strategy is usually to just wait and see.

If OPD has questions for you, they won’t hesitate to let you know via a certified letter.

If you receive a letter from OPD, your first call should be experienced legal counsel who will represent your interests alone. A hospital or practice may offer you the use of their in-house legal counsel, but understand that those individuals represent their employer, not you.

You have the right to independent counsel, and are entitled to be fully informed and represented at all stages of an OPD matter.

If OPD is investigating you, it means that you have legitimate concerns about your career, your future, and your ability to obtain work after a professional sanction.

Don’t take risks that can leave you without options. Call our OPD/OPMC professional license defense team today at (212) 577-6677 and protect yourself.