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Can a physician's assistant's actions affect my license?

Physician's assistants provide many benefits to a doctor's office. A skilled assistant can be an effective way to increase patient satisfaction and reduce your workload to a more manageable size.

However, physicians who take on physician's assistants also take on professional and legal responsibility for that assistant's performance. This means that your license could be on the line for the illegal actions of your physician's assistant. This includes when your physician's assistant engages in drug diversion, stealing or prescribing drugs for reasons beyond medical need.

When does HIPAA permit the disclosure of information?

Information is vital to providing proper health care. As a practitioner in Pennsylvania, you know this better than most. Data drives the decisions that you make regarding your patients. Yet the information that they entrust you with (and that which comes to light during the course of their care) is often of a very sensitive nature. Thus, it must be managed appropriately. If it is not, you could face potential penalties.

Allegations of sexual misconduct and one's medical license

In terms of one's career, allegations of sexual misconduct are very powerful and often have the potential to completely derail a career that one has worked so hard to build. This is especially true for those whose job responsibilities put them in potentially sensitive situations from time to time, such as medical professionals who have to provide patients with various forms of care. Unfortunately, some medical professionals have been falsely accused of sexual misconduct and other forms of mistreatment, which has cost them their medical license and completely jeopardized their career. At the Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn, we know how tough this is for medical professionals in Pennsylvania and we strive to provide people in this position with helpful information.

When these allegations arise, people often take the word of the person who is filing a complaint over the word of those who are accused. Medical professionals who are accused of mistreating a patient, especially if the accusations are sexual in nature, often have a very hard time defending themselves and a very harsh stigma surrounds these allegations. Not only could such a case cause a medical professional to lose his or her license, but it often spells disaster in terms of their ability to work in this field ever again.

A Veterinarian Can Lose a License Over Mishandling of Drugs

The laws of Pennsylvania regarding controlled substances do not apply only to pharmacists and medical doctors. Veterinarians, too, must abide by these regulations or risk running into problems.

The Law Offices of Brian E. Quinn are here to help you navigate the sometimes tricky waters of defending your professional license against allegations of misappropriation of drugs. While it may appear that there is a case against you, the framing of that case and the reasoning behind your actions require a tactful defense. Discover some of the ways the wrong impression of your practice may bring an action against you.

What is a pharmaceutical kickback?

As a medical professional in Pennsylvania, you need to stay up-to-date on medications and treatments that could help your patients. This means you may often meet with representatives from pharmaceutical manufacturers who want to advertise new medications and encourage you to write prescriptions for them. Even though many forms of pharmaceutical marketing are legal, kickback schemes are not. Becoming involved in a pharmaceutical kickback scheme could lead to severe penalties, including the loss of your license.

What is the United States Medical Licensing Examination?

The United States Medical Licensing Examination is an exam that is divided into three parts, that is step one, step two and step three. Step one is related to the basic knowledge of your medical science and step two is related to your clinical knowledge and clinical skills. Step three is the final test itself. This exam is required by all the U. S. residents and all the IMGs who want to be a resident in Pennsylvania or anywhere else in the United States.

Top situations that can cause a social worker to lose their license

Social work in Pennsylvania can place individuals in dangerous situations before, during and after therapy sessions with clients. Failure to adhere to the code of ethics outlined for the profession can cause your license to be revoked by the state. A suspended license prevents a social worker from counseling or working with patients or clients in the state.

Nursing license renewals

Many people in Pennsylvania might agree that nurses are some of the most important medical professionals they interact with. Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing professionals provide a wealth of services to patients, doctors and medical groups or facilities. Whether they work in hospitals, nursing homes, medical offices or other settings, they can be the ones who spend more time with patients than any other professional.

Physician burnout

For close to three decades, I have been representing physicians, nurses and other healthcare workers in disciplinary actions. In the past few years, I have noticed an increase in my caseload _for physicians with alcohol related incidents or arrests. A common theme among these cases is the stress doctors' face in their daily practices.

Electronic records, managed care, cost cutting by insurance companies all lead to increased stress in the practice of medicine. I recently had a case with a physician who closed her practice due to the constant stress she faced which resulted in loss of sleep, depression, and suicidal ideations. I think it is so important for physicians, and all healthcare workers, to build into their lives stress reducing techniques, time off and vacations in order to maintain a balance.

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