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

All medical professionals know that OPMC has the power to revoke a professional license when it finds significant wrongdoing, but many aren’t aware of the range of possible sanctions that OPMC can take against practitioners in New York.

Licenses can be suspended as well as revoked, and the time frame may be definite or contingent on certain things.

Education or additional training may also be mandated, and probationary periods can be imposed to ensure that professionals only engage in ways that OPMC considers safe and appropriate.

OPMC also has the ability to mandate community service in cases of misconduct, up to 500 hours.

This can significantly impact your time with patients and your earnings. You are also subject to fines of up to $10,000 per violation, and will at least have a public censure or reprimand that is available to anyone with an internet connection.

With proper representation, investigations may never lead to the hearing level, and formal charges are rare.

If OPMC is taking a close look at you, call our NYC health care attorneys today at (212) 577-6677 and let us protect you.

No, charging a co-pay when a patient missed an appointment exposes you to charges of insurance fraud, because co-pays are defined as a reimbursement for services that were provided.

When a patient no-shows, you’ve provided no services, and billing for co-pays is definitely a bad idea.

In order to both encourage patients to show up for scheduled appointments and to be reimbursed for your practice’s preparation for an appointment when a patient doesn’t show, you should formulate a no-show policy and prominently post it in your office.

When patients are fully informed of a fee for skipping appointments without appropriate notice, it is appropriate to make reasonable, good faith collections efforts to recover those funds.

But a practice that substitutes a co-pay for a no-show fee is in serious danger, and will ultimately find itself being audited by its insurance partners.

When you receive an audit notice, call our New York City health care defense attorneys right away at (212) 577-6677.

A consensual sexual relationship with a colleague probably isn’t professional misconduct according to OPMC, but it may very well violate sexual harassment or fraternization policies in your workplace, which can carry significant penalty, including termination.

If you are dismissed from a hospital or other health care facility, it will be reported to the Department of Health, who will then report the dismissal to OPMC – where you may find yourself the subject of an investigation.

It’s convoluted, but can become a serious issue if there are any complaints – even anonymous ones – of sexual harassment or misconduct against you in OPMC’s files.

Workplace romances happen, but it’s vital that you and your partner know your workplace’s policies and take whatever steps are required to protect your employer from liability for sexual harassment or other problems.

For help understanding and protecting your rights, call (212) 577-6677 for a consultation with an experienced New York health care defense attorney.

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Can Records Of Past OPMC Sanctions Be Expunged?

Theoretically, yes, a very old OPMC sanction can be “expunged” in the sense that there is no rule that it remain on OPMC’s website forever.

Current regulations suggest a 10-year window in which sanctions would remain visible, but OPMC seems to have no resources allocated to removing very old sanctions from public view.

If you received a sanction more than a decade ago and have contacted OPMC about removing it from public listings without success, contact our OPMC and License Defense team. We can take over communications with OPMC for you, and continue to press the matter on your behalf.

You don’t have to be haunted by a sanction from early in your career.

Call our experienced NYC Health Care Attorneys at (212) 577-6677 and learn how you can protect your reputation.

Physicians are often in the unenviable position of dealing with people who are frightened and vulnerable, and having to perform what can amount to very invasive tests and procedures.

While hospitals and practices typically have protocols in place to protect physicians from these sorts of allegations, there are still times when a patient may believe that a physician acted inappropriately in the normal course of an exam, test, or other therapeutic activity.

When this happens, it’s common for the physician’s first instinct to be a feeling that they are being accused in an effort to lay grounds for a malpractice damage award for the patient, but in our practice, we find that a more conciliatory response usually produces a satisfactory conclusion without alienating a patient and elevating the temperatures on a potential legal action.

Our team of experienced health care attorneys can respond to complaints and allegations in a clear, formal, and unemotional way, giving investigators or superiors ample evidence to conclude that the allegations are false, without attacking the complaining patient or minimizing their experience.

By keeping all responses within the realm of the procedure in question and answering each point thoroughly and fairly, we can head off greater problems before they begin.

When you are facing allegations of inappropriate conduct, our team can help protect you.

Call us today at (212) 577-6677 and schedule a consultation right away.

Because OPMC allows anyone in the public to make complaints against physicians in New York, the risk of a vindictive or unstable patient or former patient using the platform to exact retribution for a perceived wrong is substantial.

OPMC is required by law to investigate all allegations made against practitioners, with the result being thousands of baseless claims wasting the time of investigators, but potentially damaging the careers of capable professionals who’ve done nothing wrong.

Once OPMC contacts you about a complaint, you should call for experienced legal help right away.

In a situation like yours, our firm might explore a two-pronged approach, taking over communication with OPMC and advising you of your rights and appropriate strategies.

At the same time, we would look into whether the former patient in question is engaging in behavior that meets stalking or harassment thresholds in order to pursue legal relief for you.

All cases are unique, but what any OPMC-involved case shares is the need for a practitioner to quickly get legal guidance to protect themselves, their business, and their future.

Call our NYC medical license defense team at (212) 577-6677 today to schedule a consultation with an experienced OPMC defense lawyer.

Yes, whether the record reflects a misdemeanor or a felony conviction, the result will be communicated to OPMC and your conduct will become a matter for investigators.

However, that doesn’t mean that pleading down to a misdemeanor is the wrong choice. Every case is unique, and all sets of facts must be evaluated on their own merits.

Experienced health care defense attorneys can advise you based on your particular circumstances and the facts of the case against you.

It may be worthwhile to fight the felony charge rather than plead down because the evidence is weaker than prosecutors want you to believe.

Defeating a criminal charge may not stop an OPMC investigation that’s underway, but it certainly makes it harder for investigators to substantiate allegations.

As a medical professional, it is imperative that you defend yourself against not only criminal charges, but against the threat they pose to your license to practice in New York.

Our attorneys are experienced criminal defense lawyers with an expertise in OPMC/OPD and professional license defense.

Protect your freedom and your career. Call (212) 577-6677 today for an immediate consultation.

Yes, when OPMC has rendered an adverse finding in a case against you, you are entitled to ask New York’s state courts to hear the case, with or without following the OPMC appeal process.

In many instances, there are real advantages to shifting the venue into a court of law. If the case against you relied on highly technical evidence, subjective evidence, or evidence that would not be allowed in a court, then stepping out of the OPMC process may be a smart move for you.

In a state court, OPMC is forced to meet to common rules of admissibility of evidence, and must be able to persuade people from outside the medical field that their finding is logical, consistent, and the same conclusion that any rational person would come to looking at the same evidence.

On the other hand, the defense’s options are enhanced tremendously, because it may be possible to exclude some of the evidence that OPMC has gathered, and to present expert perspectives that undermine OPMC’s conclusions.

This is not a cheap path, but when an adverse finding has the potential to end your career or create a significant drop in your earnings over the course of it, fight back.

Our experienced health care attorneys can represent you through the OPMC process and beyond if the situation warrants.

Call (212) 577-6677 today to schedule a consultation with a health care and OPMC defense lawyer.

Under the 1996 HIPAA law, all practices and healthcare organizations are required to have an employee who is specifically charged with the development, implementation, and maintenance of privacy policies that protect your patients from inappropriate disclosure of sensitive health care data.

The employee may have other duties and tasks, but typically that person will be expected to be or become an expert on current HIPAA guidelines, digital and physical record protection, and related activities.

They will be tasked with developing policies and procedures that are to be followed in the office to keep patient information secure.

There are liability concerns for individuals who take on the role of HIPAA Privacy Officer in a practice.

In general, proving that the officer has created robust, up-to-date, and enforceable policies and procedures based on industry best practices is a sound defense when violations occur, but it can difficult to demonstrate the adequacy of such measures, especially to a jury.

There are simply too many opinions available to trust that a jury won’t be confused into an incorrect finding.

When your practice needs to develop a strong HIPAA compliance regime, you can benefit from the guidance that our accomplished team of healthcare law experts can provide.

And if a HIPAA violation happens, you can rely on us to for experienced health care defense throughout investigations or litigation.

Call us today at (212) 577-6677 to schedule an immediate consultation.

Concerns about drug diversion and drug seeking patients – even those with legitimate pain management needs – are one of the overriding issues for medical personnel in New York and the country.

In a typical ER shift, you likely see dozens of patients and are under pressure from administrators to either discharge or admit within tight timeframes.

As a matter of policy, you want to make sure you’re being as careful as possible to screen out legitimate pain patients from those seeking drugs for their own addictions or to sell on the street.

The competing interests at play are extremely difficult to manage day in and day out. If you decline to provide painkillers to patients with a legitimate need, are you causing more harm than if you err on the side of prescribing even when you think the patient may be drug seeking?

You risk significant liability, including criminal prosecution, if DEA or OPMC take a look at your records and find that you’ve been overprescribing painkillers.

While both organizations have wide latitude in applying laws and regulations to a given case, your best option to protect yourself in the long run is to make it a habit to consult New York’s prescription drug monitoring database as part of your routine before prescribing opiates.

That system isn’t perfect, displaying only a limited timeframe, but can act as important evidence of due diligence if your pattern of prescriptions is called into question.

If so, it’s vital that you consult with an experienced healthcare attorney as early in the investigation process as possible.

Keep in mind that hospital counsel may have different priorities than you, and your malpractice coverage likely includes the legal costs associated with investigations and litigation.

Drug diversion is a serious charge that can cripple your career, and you shouldn’t take chances.

Create clear, repeatable policies to screen for drug-seeking behavior, apply them consistently, and if authorities have questions, call our NY health care defense attorneys at (212) 577-6677 right away.