Healthcare Professional Licensing Defense & Regulatory Affairs: Michigan and Florida

Healthcare Professional Licensing Defense & Regulatory Affairs: Michigan and Florida

Chapman Law Group: Your Greatest Advocates for Healthcare Professional Licensing and Regulatory Matters

Chapman Law Group: Your Greatest Advocates for Healthcare Professional Licensing and Regulatory Matters

Facing an investigation or a complaint by a professional licensing authority is a very serious matter. Often, licensed medical professionals are unaware of the implications that a negative professional licensing action will have on their practice.

Many licensed professionals attempt to resolve professional licensing issues on their own. While there may be no validity to the complaint, the risk of potential sanctions far outweighs the cost of an attorney. Often, an experienced professional licensing defense attorney can help achieve a dismissal or greatly reduce sanctions.

Our healthcare regulatory and licensing lawyers’ portfolio includes representing thousands of licensed healthcare professionals in investigations, emergency suspensions, administrative complaints, and other disciplinary actions before Michigan and Florida’s licensing agencies (the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA)). By working with state investigators, we are usually able to resolve an investigative issue before a formal administrative complaint is even filed, or have sanctions reduced greatly.

For licensure applications and renewals, we work with licensed healthcare providers who have substance abuse, criminal, and credentialing problems. Because our attorneys work with the licensing bodies that regulated by the Public Health Code, we know what each board looks for, giving us clear insight into what healthcare providers need to be presented in the best possible light.

When it comes to substance abuse intervention and monitoring programs like Florida’s Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) and Professionals Resource Network (PRN), and Michigan’s Health Professionals Recovery Program (HPRP), there are options and alternatives to help health care providers keep their license and stay working. Our professional licensing attorneys have assisted in thousands of nurses, physicians, and other healthcare workers to avoid licensing action without intervention program enrollment, as well as negotiating less intrusive recovery programs for those with true substance abuse problems.

To be accused of drug diversion means possible criminal charges if federal or state authorities — such as the DEA Office of Diversion Control, DOH, LARA, Florida Drug Enforcement Strike Force, Michigan State Police Narcotics Enforcement Teams, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement — become involved. We assist healthcare providers at all stages of the drug diversion case, including representing providers when investigators want to interview; defending providers at administrative hearings and board hearings; dissolving license suspensions, and fighting impairment program referrals.

What is the Professional License Complaint Process?

What is the Professional License Complaint Process?

The administrative complaint process starts with the filing of a complaint by a former patient, client, colleague or another interested person with the state licensing agency.

The agency assigns an investigator. The investigator usually has nothing more than the complaint to go on. He/she will call or write attempting to set up a meeting.

Important: Before you meet with anyone, consult a professional licensing defense attorney for proper legal representation. There is often a very short time frame for you to obtain an attorney to evaluate the issues, before the investigator seeks authority to file a formal complaint or an administrative hearing is scheduled.

Multiple State Licensing Issues

Multiple State Licensing Issues

Our attorneys understand the affect that disciplinary actions can have on your license, particularly if you are licensed in multiple states. Certain issues can follow you from state to state, so it is important to know and evaluate your options.

Criminal Convictions and Their Impact on Professional Licenses

Criminal Convictions and Their Impact on Professional Licenses

When faced with criminal prosecution, special attention must be paid to the impact a judgment or plea agreement will have on your professional license.

Some criminal convictions must be self-reported to the licensing board, and others may not. Some could result in immediate suspension of the license, while other convictions may result in an administrative complaint.

If you have been accused of a crime or have recently been convicted, contact Chapman Law Group’s professional licensing defense attorneys to discuss your reporting requirements and options. We are here to provide the solutions to help protect your professional license.

Chapman Law Group’s Florida offices are in Miami and Sarasota. We work with health care practitioners and practices throughout Florida, including Tampa/St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Gainesville, and Fort Lauderdale/Broward County.

Our Michigan office is located in Troy. We represent licensed healthcare practitioners across Michigan, including Metro Detroit, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Grand Rapids, Troy, Lansing, Flint, Saginaw, and Kalamazoo.

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