There are several types of issues that may arise in a Pennsylvania physician's personal life that can impact his or her licensure and career. One such issue would be if a doctor were to face criminal charges, perhaps for driving under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a licensing board in another state recently suspended a doctor's license for that very reason.
Many Pennsylvania residents may prefer to entrust their health care to physicians whose practices have a "small town" feel. The problem is that some doctors who favor traditional (some say, old fashioned) ways of record keeping, or allow patients to receive care without worrying about insurance, may run into legal complications if problems arise. A doctor in another state understands this all to well. In fact, his situation resulted in a licensing board stripping him of his license to practice medicine.
With few exceptions, it often takes very little time before you realize you are in an exhausting, thankless job. This may be especially true for nurses. Working as a nurse means being on your feet for many hours, dealing with difficult patients and demanding doctors, and risking exposure to illness and injury.
It's normal for most Pennsylvania doctors to write prescriptions on a daily basis. However, a situation in another state makes it evident that if authorities think a particular doctor has written too many prescriptions in one year it may lead to medical licensing trouble. The doctor in this case apparently wrote thousands of opioid prescriptions in a single year's time.
A physician in a state next to Pennsylvania is facing murder charges. It all started a number of years ago when his wife accused him of operating an illegal drug ring. She reportedly wanted a specific settlement in their divorce, one to which he would not agree. The man is now on trial, accused of arranging his wife's murder, and the state's medical licensing board has also suspended his license.
There are any number of reasons the Pennsylvania Medical Licensing Board would suspend or otherwise threaten revocation of a license. Regardless, there are typically several options available for defending oneself in such situations. A doctor in another state is facing serious professional and legal trouble in connection with allegations of illegal drug sales.
If a Pennsylvania doctor were to be accused of a crime, as a doctor in another state has been, it could definitely place his or her license at risk for suspension. Medical licensing issues are often complex, and there is no predicting which doctors will be stripped of their privileges to practice medicine and who be able to successfully defend their licenses. It all depends on individual circumstances and what support is obtained.
If a Pennsylvania medical patient accuses a doctor of wrongdoing, the process that unfolds thereafter may intersect both administrative and civil court jurisdictions. Such a situation may prompt a licensing board to take action with respect to a physician's license to practice. In fact, a doctor in another state recently handed over his license, and it has been reported that multiple civil lawsuits are expected to be filed against him in the near future.
In most Pennsylvania industries, there is some type of governing body that oversees the conduct and actions of employed personnel. For instance, the state Department of Education makes decisions regarding the licensing of teachers, while the State Board of Medicine regulates licensing issues for doctors, physician assistants and a number of other health care professionals. In that regard, there are certain types of behavior that would definitely cause a doctor to be at risk for license removal.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed an executive order to examine the state's professional licensing system. "Requiring a license to work in certain jobs helps to keep all of us safe, but those requirements should be fair relative to other states in our region and across the country," said Wolf. "Overly burdensome requirements and fees can block some workers - especially minorities or spouses in military families who move frequently - from starting a career and supporting their families."