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LAW FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING GOES INTO EFFECT

On October 27, 2014, Pennsylvania passed the Achieving Better Care By Monitoring All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Act. This Act is intended to increase the quality of patient care by giving prescribers and dispensers access to a patient's prescription medication history through an electronic system that will alert medical professionals to potential dangers for purposes of making treatment determinations.

Child Abuse Education Requirements For Healthcare Workers

Effective December 31, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of State will require all persons applying for the renewal of a license or a certification issued by a Licensing Board to submit documentation acceptable to the Licensing Board of the completion of at least two (2) hours of approved continuing education per licensure cycle. 

Doctor, your mere presence means you are practicing medicine

In November and December, we discussed what constitutes unprofessional conduct. The Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine has a long list of things a doctor or surgeon can do that will risk his or her license, but we thought we would take a step back and ask a broader question:

Every day, physicians and surgeons walk a tightrope

A story from New York reminds us of what a delicate balance doctors must maintain. The state has suspended the license of an internist who has practiced medicine for more than 20 years. The reason? She ordered unnecessary tests and treatments.

The Importance of Hiring a Professional License Attorney to Defend Your License After You Have Been Accused of Wrong Doing

Last month, the Commonwealth Court handed down an opinion in the matter of Van Ness v. Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

Unprofessional Conduct: The secret's in the sauce!

We are discussing the kinds of activities that the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine considers to be unprofessional conduct. This list includes both self-evident actions ("Do not practice without a license or during a license suspension") and less obvious actions ("Do not impersonate another doctor.")

Unprofessional conduct can get license suspended or revoked p2

We are back to our discussion of the difference between unprofessional conduct and Unprofessional Conduct. As we said in our Nov. 11 post, the first is loosely defined as, "You probably shouldn't have done that." The second is defined by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.

The Importance of Hiring An Attorney After You Have Been Accused of Being Impaired on the Job

If you are a nurse, doctor or other healthcare worker and have been accused of being impaired while working, you should immediately consult with an attorney experienced in matters before the Bureau of Professional Occupational Affairs, the agency charged with investigating and prosecuting healthcare workers in licensing matters.

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