A previous post on this blog talked about how doctors and other medical professionals in Pennsylvania can easily find themselves at the center of a federal fraud investigation. After all, as this post mentioned, authorities can look at careless billing practices or even honest mistakes as evidence of a scheme to game the healthcare system.
Pennsylvania-based medical professionals can face a variety of penalties for their alleged involvement in criminal conduct. As readers of this Philadelphia professional license defense firm's blog know, doctors, nurses, and others who need licenses to work in the medical field can have their professional credentials revoked if they are found to be involved in different criminal ventures. A recent article that identified some Pennsylvania medical professionals who have suffered suspensions and other consequences to their professional licenses notes that some had pleaded guilty to crimes of moral turpitude.
On February 28, 2019 Commonwealth Court issued a decision reversing a Pennsylvania Medical Board order reprimanding a physician. The order reprimanding the physician stems from a medical malpractice case. The patient died and the Medical Board accused the physician of practicing below the standard of care. The physician objected to the public reprimand placed on his license. The Commonwealth Court agreed, striking the discipline.
Doctors beware. Government prosecutors are fighting the opiate epidemic on many fronts. Now more than ever local police in coordination with DEA and Commonwealth Attorney General drug enforcement investigators are investigating doctors for writing unreasonable amounts of scheduled narcotic prescriptions.
Individuals who are subject to professional licensing are often required to self-report the criminal charges that are issued against them. Certain crimes and convictions may be weighed against them and can threaten one's ability to attain and retain his or her license to practice in the medical field. Those who fear that criminal legal matters may derail their medical careers and threaten their medical licenses may wish to consult with attorneys who provide medical licensing and criminal defense in their communities.
Everyone makes mistakes. It is impossible for a Philadelphia resident to get through their life without ever suffering a consequence for their involvement in allegedly bad conduct. And while some individuals may be punished reasonably and justly for their alleged actions, others may be forced to suffer heavy sanctions for conduct that may not match their punishments. In other instances, individuals are forced to face penalties for actions they didn't commit.