Medical licensure sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, but it is not specialty specific. Through testing, board certification demonstrates a mastery of the basic knowledge and skills that define a medical specialty. Board certification is available to physicians, nurses, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, and podiatrists. Physicians seeking board certification must successfully complete and pass an exam designed to test their mastery of core competencies for a particular specialty.
In today’s healthcare industry, board certification has become representative of a practitioner’s competency. Without board certification in a specialty, a physician may have difficulty finding employment and credentialing with hospitals and health plans. Board certification is a voluntary process that typically requires physicians to be recertified at specified intervals. A practitioner’s board certification is self-reported on a credentialing application.
A board complaint from a patient or other healthcare provider may lead to an investigation by your licensing or regulatory board, which could result in a disciplinary or enforcement action that has serious consequences on your career and reputation. In addition to facing fines, medical professionals facing disciplinary action risk having their board certifications suspended, restricted, or revoked.
Medical board complaints typically arise from issues regarding unprofessional conduct, quality of care, and criminal allegations. Quality-of-care complaints generally consist of medical malpractice cases and specific board regulation violations. Complaints of unprofessional conduct encompass a wide range of offenses, from sexual misconduct to financial misconduct. Criminal investigations are usually related to pain management and prescription violations.
A medical board investigation into a complaint could pose serious threats to your career and financial stability. Don’t try to tackle an action filed by a medical board alone. An experienced and knowledgeable healthcare attorney can help you successfully defend your rights and future.
You have the right to appeal a decision reached by a medical board or to request a hearing before an administrative judge. If you would like to appeal or contest a medical board’s decision, it’s highly recommended that you hire a lawyer to help you prepare. Healthcare attorneys offer comprehensive legal representation and assistance to board certified medical professionals facing legal allegations and administrative actions.
If your board certification status is threatened, get in touch with the experienced healthcare attorneys at Jones Law Group in Columbus, Ohio immediately. Jones Law Group provides sound legal advice to medical professionals dealing with issues that may affect their board certification and practice. Our attorneys are prepared to handle a wide range of cases, including medical board complaint investigations and medical board appeals.
We understand that maintaining your board certification is crucial to building a strong reputation in your field and making a living. If you are subject to a board complaint that could result in a disciplinary or enforcement action against you, get in touch with our healthcare attorneys today. Call (614) 545-9998 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.
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