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Do statements in a license renewal count as evidence against you?

As a medical professional, keeping your professional license in good standing is a daily effort, evidenced by the quality of care that you provide to your patients. However, it is also important to consider the license renewal application process.

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF A DUI ARREST FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS?

If you are a nurse, doctor, dentist, pharmacist or other healthcare worker and have been arrested for driving under the influence or any other criminal charges, the arrest could jeopardize your healthcare license.

Are doctors held to ethical standards even when off duty?

A recent consent agreement executed by a neighboring state’s medical board has resulted in the suspension of a family medicine doctor’s license. The agreement was based, in part, on the doctor’s admission that he had entered into sexual relations with a female patient.

What steps can you take to ensure your professional standing?

It can be easy to forget that licensed professionals are subject to the same job stressors and performance inhibitors as everyone else. Problems at home may be taking a toll in the office. Addictions to medications, drug abuse, or mental health matters might be posing a danger to a professional and/or his or her patients.

Superbug outbreaks could pose a new threat to licensing

If you work in the healthcare industry in Pennsylvania, you may be feeling a bit uneasy. 149 hospitals in the state were recently penalized by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for high rates of patient injuries. Although hospital-acquired conditions have declined 21 percent since 2010, Pennsylvania hospitals still account for one in five facilities on the list nationwide.

Does Disciplinary Action in Another State Affect my Pennsylvania License?

On a regular basis, I receive telephone calls from physicians and nurses asking me if discipline from another state can affect their Pennsylvania license. The answer is yes.

Could a HIPAA violation jeopardize your professional license?

Privacy rights are becoming an increasing concern in many industries, and medicine is no exception. Healthcare providers must comply with a bevy of regulations, including privacy rights established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. In fact, violating a HIPAA regulation could come with serious consequences, possibly jeopardizing a health professional’s license.

National Practitioner Data Bank

State Board Action can have a permanent and drastic effect on a physician, dentist, nurse, or other health care practitioner's license. The National Practitioner Data Bank collects and discloses negative information on health care practitioners, including malpractice awards, loss of license or exclusion from participation in Medicare or Medicaid.

HOW DOES A HOSPITAL'S INCREASED RELIANCE ON DATA FROM A PYXIS MACHINE AFFECT A NURSE?

Many hospitals use a Pyxis machine to dispense medication and use the information from the Pyxis to spot trends in the medication of patient as well as diversion of narcotics. Over the past several years, I often get telephone calls from nurses accused of diversion when their dispensing of medication to patients exceeded the norms of other nurses. Nurses' medication habits differ. Some nurses tell me that they aggressively dispense pain mediation in accordance with doctor's orders as they do not want their patients to suffer from pain.

PREMPLOYMENT DRUG TEST

In the past few years, we have seen an increase in the amount of pre-employment drug screens being required of applicants for positions in nursing homes, hospitals, and state facilities.

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