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Disciplinary sanctions from the New York Department of Health’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct after an investigation or trial is done, can have terrible consequences for a physician: including loss of income, loss of license, probation, or even a letter of reprimand. Raiser & Kenniff has expeirenced medical license defense lawyers who focus on helping physicians who are being investigated, or have been investigated, and are facing disciplinary proceedings commenced by the OPMC.
Here are examples of cases we can help with:
Some physicians purchase a rider, to their existing medical malpractice insurance policy – in order to give them coverage so that legal fees incurred can be covered during their OPMC representation. Other doctors who don’t have this coverage purchased may have to pay their own legal fees. It’s recommended if you’re facing OPMC related issues – you hire legal counsel from the beginning. With legal help, there are ways to avoid, or minimize, sanctions by OPMC. In order to make this possible, you need an experienced attorney on your side. It’s never a good idea for a doctor to go to an OPMC interview without an attorney.
Investigators and physicians working for the OPMC, are very smart and should not be underestimated. OPMC has the ability has to interview all of your patients, and employees – in addition to being able to gather a great deal of information about you. Therefore, you need to both respect and understand the process – and have an attorney on your side who can create a plan to present your side of the story to OPMC. Our team of attorneys also help hospitals responding to statements of deficiency that are issued by the Department of Health, in addition to any violations that are alleged by the Joint Commission. Moreover, we can help nurses and healthcare providers in proceedings before the Department of Education as well.
If you’re a nurse, dentist, or any other professional other than a physician assistant/physician, then you are governed by the Department of Education, and it’s specific investigative arm: the Office of Professional Discipline. The OPD has to investigate every single complaint. They do it by interviewing friends, coworkers, patients, and finding whatever documentation that exists in the state of New York. It’s critical that you take letters from the OPD very seriously. They are investigating you because they are convinced you did something wrong – and as a result, you must be investigated.
If you have an OPMC or OPD issue – you should speak to one of our attorneys.