Are you a physician assistant — or PA — whose license is at risk?
If so, you're likely stressed (and rightly so).
After all, it takes several years and a significant amount of resources to become a PA. These healthcare professionals work with licensed physicians. They're a vital part of our healthcare system, making it possible for large healthcare networks to provide effective care for large populations.
Unfortunately, this does not mean that physician assistants are immune to allegations of professional misbehavior. If someone has lodged a complaint relating to ethical violations, malpractice, or negligence against you, you may experience several personal and professional consequences.
For one: You may lose your license or your ability to be employed as a physician assistant in your state.
After 2000 (or more!) hours of clinical experience and putting in your time to pass the PANCE certification exam, that's not really an option, is it?
At the Lento Law Firm, we agree. We're here to ensure that your investment in your career doesn't go to waste after an allegation of professional misconduct. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Professional License Defense Team are ready to protect your reputation and your license, no matter where you practice in the United States. Contact the Lento Law Firm today if you believe your physician assistant license is in jeopardy.
Potential Accusations to Be Aware of as a Physician Assistant
What types of allegations against you could result in license revocation or similarly worrisome disciplinary consequences?
Here's a non-exhaustive list of common accusations we've seen lodged against physician assistants:
- Unethical or unprofessional conduct. This is a very general category, but it's an often cited one! If your state's board can demonstrate that you've engaged in inappropriate behavior with a client, for example, they may deem that unprofessional conduct and move to slap you with disciplinary repercussions.
- Abuse of medication. Whether you're prescribing inappropriate medications, making mistakes with your prescriptions, using prescriptions for your own use, or maintaining poor records and a sloppy inventory, that can be cause for trouble.
- Criminal convictions. While they may not have any direct connection to your practice, if you get convicted of a criminal offense (e.g., theft, fraud, DUI/DWI), your state's licensing board could allege that you have violated the public trust.
- Abuse of alcohol or drugs. Again, while this could seem more of a personal situation than a professional one, your state's licensing board could reason that any intoxication (particularly during working hours or at work) could impair your ability to make good decisions for your patients.
- Fraud. If you're misrepresenting your own credentials or committing insurance or financial fraud, your state's licensing board will almost certainly step in and recommend a ramification.
- Violating patient boundaries. Finally, if it's demonstrable that you are breaching patient confidentiality or entering into inappropriate dual relationships with your patients — e.g., becoming romantically, sexually, or financially involved in their lives — your board will likely intervene by revoking your license or restricting your ability to practice.
If your board has notified you that you will be at the center of an upcoming investigation, you need to reach out to the Lento Law Firm immediately.
The investigation experience will not be easy for you, and the earlier you can get the experienced Lento Law Firm Professional License Defense Team working on the case, the better.
What Happens After an Allegation of Wrongdoing?
After a complaint is filed against a physician assistant, the licensing board in your state will initiate the following sequence of events:
- An investigation. Once your state receives the complaint against you and determines that more information is required, it will take some time to gather as much information as possible about your situation. This can include interviews with people related to your case, requests for written responses from you, and more.
- A potential consent order. If your state has enough evidence to support its case against you, there may be a motion to resolve the case informally. Your license defense attorney from the Lento Law Firm Professional License Defense Team can help you determine if accepting a consent order is in your best interest.
- A formal hearing. If all parties involved cannot agree on the terms of a consent order, you'll be summoned to a formal hearing in front of the licensing board in your state. At the end of this hearing, the board will recommend sanctions.
This doesn't necessarily mean that the matter is closed. If the board revokes your license, you may be able to file an appeal or work to reinstate your license.
Having an experienced license defense team from the Lento Law Firm can reduce the risk of having your license revoked. Contact the Lento Law Firm today to have a better chance of negotiating for dismissal of the complaint against you or working towards more lenient sanctions.
Protect Your Professional Future with a Nationwide License Defense Advisor
Having to argue for your professional future before your state's licensing board is no one's idea of a good time.
And, to make matters worse, the stakes are high, and the disciplinary consequences are very real. If you're looking for a way to increase your chances of overcoming this obstacle, having the complaints or allegations against you dismissed, or receiving the most lenient penalty possible, it's time to call in the Lento Law Firm Professional License Defense Team.
The Lento Law Firm can help you prepare a response to the charges against you. They can also represent you, as necessary, help you with strategic negotiations, and assist you with any appeals you need to file. If it comes to it, Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm Professional License Defense Team can help you reinstate your license, too. Our goal is to make sure you're able to practice your profession!
The Lento Law Firm Professional License Defense Team has years of experience helping physician assistants throughout license reviews and investigations. If you're ready to work towards a successful outcome for your case, no matter where you are in the nation, call 888.535.3686 to discuss your options today.