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.
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.
Patients rely on their doctors to make medical diagnoses and to recommend medications and/or medical devices for their conditions. Yet given the amount of money at stake in the medical device industry, could a conflict of interest arise between doctors and sales reps? Are doctors trained on medical device implants?
Physicians must be licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania. Licensure reflects the successful culmination of years of schooling, training and compliance with state laws and regulations governing licensure. Physicians have an understandable investment in their medical license.
Professional license inquiries against doctors often get media coverage. However, it is important to remember that other medical professionals may also be subjected to an investigation from the applicable licensing board. In such event, an attorney who focuses on medical licensing can help protect an individual’s rights.
For those who might question how much discretion rests with a medical licensing board, a recent story provides a stark example.
A recent $6 million settlement agreement illustrates the high stakes -- both personal and professional -- that can follow an unfortunate outcome from a medical procedure.
In the past 6 months, we have seen an increase in prosecutions by the State Dental Board for possession of outdated drugs. We believe that an overall increase in the number of investigations is the cause of this.
In two recent posts, we touched on prescription drug monitoring. A recent criminal case against a Florida physician illustrates how much can be at stake when a prescription is scrutinized for medical malpractice and/or a challenge to one’s professional license.
Abuses in the prescription of opioid drugs have been the topic of recent media coverage, such as the apparent overdose of musical artist Prince. This raises the question: Could a doctor find his or her medical license in danger after issuing an opioid prescription that resulted in overdose?