Lawyers Defending Healthcare Professionals Against the Various California Licensing Boards

california-licensing-board-investigations-lawyersThe various professional healthcare licensing boards have the authority to investigate your quality of care.  Board disciplinary actions usually begin with an investigation into the provider’s practice, and may be prompted by any number of events including complaints filed by other professionals and patients made directly to the licensing board, reports of payments made by malpractice insurance carriers, or reports filed by peer review bodies when disciplinary actions are taken in connection with ethical complaints or staff privileges.  Licensing boards may also learn of criminal convictions (including DUIs) or disciplinary actions taken against a professional by licensing boards in another state or jurisdiction through agencies such as the Federation of State Medical Boards, practitioner databases, or even through the media.

If you received notice of an investigation, time is critical to ensure the best outcome. Contact us right now to explain your rights. We offer a free phone consultation. Our firm is located in the San Francisco, Bay Area, and we serve clients throughout the State of California. To schedule, please fill out our online form or call us at 1-800-LAW-MDJD (1-800-529-6353).

At the Law Firm of Marvin Firestone, MD•JD, & Associates, LLP, our medical lawyers represent healthcare professionals and facilities in investigations and enforcement actions.   It is paramount that healthcare providers who are under investigation (or believe that an investigation is imminent) consult an experienced attorney  early in the investigation process in order to build the best defense against the following:

  • Medical Board of California Licensing Investigations
  • Dental Board of California Licensing Investigations
  • Board of Chiropractic Examiners Licensing Investigations
  • Board of Registered Nursing Licensing Investigations
  • Board of Pharmacy Licensing Investigations
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensing Investigations

Do Not Wait To Take Action!

It is critical to get an experienced healthcare licensing investigations lawyer involved immediately after the physician or healthcare professional knows of the investigation, so that the investigative and formal hearing process can be effectively managed in order to develop the evidence needed to defend any adverse action, and uncover the true facts.  Your life’s work might be on the line.  Don’t wait to take action!

Contact an Experienced California Licensing Board Investigation Defense Law Firm Today

If you are the target of a licensing board investigation, don’t delay seeking the advice and counsel of a California licensing board defense attorney. Our San Francisco, Bay Area attorneys have over 33 years helping clients like you.  To schedule a FREE initial phone consultation, fill out our online form or call us at (650) 212-4900 1-800-LAW-MDJD (1-800-529-6353).

We serve clients throughout California from convenient locations in San Mateo, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Redding, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

Authored by Marvin Firestone

Healthcare License Defense Quick Facts:

  • California State Medical Board Powers
  • The Accusation
  • The Hearing
  • How We Can Help
The practice of medicine and other healing arts is closely regulated in the United States. In recent years, this regulation has increased at both the state and federal levels. Licensed physicians and other health care providers face potential disciplinary actions from multitude of public and privately operated agencies and other entities, including federal entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid, DEA, and managed care organizations quality assurance boards. However, the one agency which usually maintains the power to terminate a health care professional’s license to practice remains the state medical licensing board.
If a formal accusation has been filed, one must act decisively to mount a defense to the charges. Failure to act quickly may result in forfeiture of important legal rights. Legal rights which apply in malpractice suits may not be available, or may be strictly limited, in defending one’s license to practice. For example, in most states, including California, the provider’s right to obtain discovery of the evidence against him or her is much more limited in the administrative hearing than in civil court suits; written interrogatories and oral depositions are usually not allowed.
A health care provider is entitled to a formal hearing before his or her license may be restricted or revoked, but the nature and extent of the hearing may vary depending upon the state law, as well as how one responds to the accusation in the first instance. Agencies are granted a great deal of leeway in prosecuting licensees and are accorded wide deference by the courts when their final decisions are challenged as improper or unfair. A lawyer defending a license disciplinary action on behalf of a professional health care provider must be vigilant in protecting the professional’s constitutional rights of due process and preserving all objections for purposes of appeal. A provider who defends himself throughout the formal hearing process, and then comes to the lawyer when disciplinary sanctions have been imposed and the time for appeal is already running, stands less chance in reversing the agency’s order.
The Law Firm of Marvin Firestone, MD•JD, & Associates, LLP has been helping doctors, nurses, psychologists and other healthcare professionals protect and defend their professional licenses for over 33 years. Our medical-legal experience may mean the difference in a professional’s career. By getting involved immediately after the physician or healthcare professional knows of an investigation of care, we can help to control the investigative and formal hearing process, develop the evidence needed to defend allegations, and uncover the true facts. If you are the target of an investigation or Board Accusation, don’t delay seeking the advice and counsel of a health or medical lawyer. To schedule a FREE initial phone consultation, fill out our online form or call us at 1-800-LAW-MDJD (1-800-529-6353).We serve clients throughout California.


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