Healthcare can be a very intense field, and it takes a strong-willed person to be able to handle the pressure. There are new regulations, rules, and requirements all the time. Since the industry is continually evolving, it makes sense that the criteria for your license would have to evolve as well.
It can be challenging to keep up with new rules when they change so frequently. There are even situations where people make honest mistakes, and this could result in discipline or the loss of their license. One mistake after decades of work, and you could find yourself searching for a new career. How do you even handle a complaint or a board hearing? Thankfully, you don’t have to do anything on your own.
Remington & Dixon, PLLC is a law firm experienced in handling professional license defense cases. We know that it can be terrifying facing complaints and board hearings. All you want to do is help patients, but you must get through the investigation and/or hearing before you can get back to work.
Many medical assistants don’t take complaints seriously. They don’t realize how easy it is to have your license suspended or revoked. If you’ve received notification of a complaint, investigation or board hearing, you should contact us immediately. The sooner we meet with you, the better your chances will be.
When should I call a lawyer?
We recommend contacting an experienced professional licensing attorney the minute that your license is in jeopardy. It’s essential to be aggressive in your defense. You don’t want to gamble with the outcome of your investigation and hearing. Hiring a lawyer to represent you throughout every stage of your investigation protects you. Many medical assistants offer information and evidence in the inquiry because they feel like it can’t hurt them. However, any information that you provide can be used against you in your investigation. It’s essential that you comply with the investigation, but that you must also protect yourself.
It’s important to take this seriously.
One complaint could lead to the loss of your license and your freedom. If your complaint includes a criminal act, you could be facing criminal charges. Hiring an experienced attorney is important because you need to know your rights. We can provide you with representation regardless of what happens. If you need legal counsel for a criminal case, we can help. You don’t have to worry about speaking to several different attorneys, which can be confusing. Hire a legal team that can represent you no matter what.
What are the most common complaints?
We have handled many different licensing cases for various healthcare professionals. With medical assistants, some of the most common complaints include:
– Prescription fraud
– Alcohol problems
– Drug addiction
– Other substance abuse issues
– Falsifying information on an application
– Misappropriation of equipment, drugs, or funds
– Criminal activity
Every case is different, and the board will need to determine the proper disciplinary action. You could receive huge fines, the loss of your license, or even face criminal charges. Don’t leave yourself vulnerable in your investigation by handling your case on your own. Contact us today to discuss your options.
What happens in a hearing?
Anybody can file a complaint against you, and it is the job of the board to investigate this claim. Once they receive a complaint, they will assign an investigator to your case. This investigator will gather information and evidence to present to the board. Once the investigation is finished, the board will determine whether you should receive any disciplinary action. Your attorney will represent you through the entire process. The committee will also have attorneys present, so it’s important to have someone in your corner.
The investigation will start out informal and progress. If we can get the complaint dropped in the informal stages, it might not go on your record.
Can I appeal this decision?
Yes. We can handle your appeal if you don’t like the decision. Remember, your license is your livelihood, and you should fight for it. Your lawyer can advise you of your rights and your next steps after receiving the board’s decision.
Hire a skilled medical assistant license defense attorney today
If you lose your license, you will lose your career and everything that you’ve accomplished. Hiring an experienced professional license defense attorney increases your odds of winning your case. We know how to handle these technical hearings for medical assistants effectively. If you’re at risk of losing your license, contact us today!