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PA SENATE PASSES A BILL REQUIRING PHYSICIANS AND OTHER LICENSEES TO REPORT ARREST

The PA State Senate passed a Bill that would require physicians, accountants, and others who hold a license, certificate or registration from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to report arrests or professional disciplinary sanctions against them within thirty (30) days. This Bill would also set guidelines for the Bureau in suspending and revoking licenses. Under SB 354, if an incident is not reported within thirty (30) days, the Licensing Board could take disciplinary action. SB 354 still needs to be approved by the House to become law.

What behaviors may trigger an inquiry before the medical board?

In an increasingly mobile and technological society, modern medicine follows suit. For example, a medical doctor may be licensed in multiple states. Although doctors have private lives, the reaches of social media are broad, possibly encroaching on those boundaries. These realities may also raise novel professional license concerns.

What disciplinary issues most threaten nursing licenses?

Like other licensed health professionals, nurses are subject to oversight by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. The Bureau has 29 professional licensing boards, commissions or other entity forms with the authority to suspend or take other disciplinary actions against licensed workers. For nurses, the entity is the PA Board of Nursing.

Do ethical gray areas endanger your medical license?

According to a 2016 survey, several common issues top the list of ethical challenges commonly encountered by Americans. In light of the increased scrutiny afforded to opioid pain medications, many doctors worry about overprescribing pain medication.

What types of medical misconduct might prompt a formal complaint?

When does a doctor’s behavior rise to the level of professional misconduct? At a minimum, a complaint filed with the applicable licensing board, such as the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, or Pharmacy, must allege more than just dissatisfaction with fees or a doctor’s attitude.

4 ways you could lose your nursing license

Whenever you obtain a professional nursing license, the possibility exists that you could also lose that license at some point. Of course, you undoubtedly want to avoid such a possibility and continue working in your chosen field. Therefore, you may wish to understand what actions could lead to the loss of a nursing license and what you could do if you find yourself at risk for license suspension or revocation.

Are you at risk of becoming an impaired physician?

As a medical professional, you likely pride yourself on your accomplishment of obtaining your medical license in order to help those in need. However, this occupation often proves stressful, and you may find yourself in situations that involve you feeling overwhelmed by the decisions you must make. In some cases, the stress may become too much.

If you are a licensed nurse, doctor, dentist, pharmacist or any other professional in Pennsylvania, call The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn for help. Based in Philadelphia, our attorneys have decades of experience in the fields of professional license defense, criminal defense and family law.

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