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Video: Licensing Investigations & Complaints for Physicians and Nurses

Advice for nurses with licensing investigations, nursing license complaints, emergency suspensions and administrative hearings. Attorney for nurses and medical professionals with Board of Nursing and Department of Health licensing issues in Michigan and Florida.

Video Transcription

Welcome and thank you for tuning in. We at Chapman Law Group are please to defend health care practitioners in Michigan and Florida. Remember any citizen can file a complaint with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) or the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA).

Complaints can cover a wide area of subject matter, including negligence often referred to as violating standards of practice. Or incompetence often referred to as gross negligence or unethical behavior. Basically, any health code violation can be the subject of a complaint. Remember, damages are not necessary for a complaint.

Please select counsel as soon as you are notified by an investigator or by mail. The investigation begins as soon as you are contacted. Don not talk to an investigator without first having counsel. Remember, anything you say can and often is used against you.

The complaint process starts with a citizen complaint. The Department then conducts an investigation and at the conclusion of that investigation they can either close the complaint or they can forward it to the prosecutor or Attorney General for review and a Probable Cause Panel.

Probable Cause Panel duty is to investigate the complaint and determine if there is probable cause to move forward. They can make one of two decisions. They can find that there is no probable cause and the complaint is dismissed. Or the can find that there is probable cause and an administrative complaint is drafted and you are served. This begins a very serious part of the process.

At the time you are served with the complaint you can select one of four alternative paths. You can select a formal hearing. This is where the state must prosecute their claim and prove that you violated one or more standards. You have the right to defend. You have the right to call witnesses. The right to present evidence and the right to present experts. Or you can select an informal hearing. This is where there is no real dispute as to what was done but you’re attempting to mitigate damages. Or you can waive a hearing altogether and move to a resolution phase. Or you can enter into settlement discussions and agree on a settlement that is ultimately approved by the board.

Whatever you choose, select competent counsel to help you through this process. Your license is very important to you and to me, Ron Chapman. Thank you.

Video: Nursing License Disciplinary Investigations & Complaints

Professional licensing attorneys dedicated to the defense of health care professionals with licensing issues such as Department of Health complaints, administrative complaints, licensing investigations, Board of Medicine issues, Board of Nursing issues, criminal matters and employment issues.

In Michigan and Florida nursing license complaints can be filed by former patients, colleagues, employers or other interested persons with the Department of Health (Florida) or the Department of Community Health (Michigan). Next, the Department of Health will conduct an investigation. There is often a very short time frame for the nurse to obtain legal counsel before the investigator seeks authority to file an administrative complaint.

While there may be no validity to the complaint, the risk of potential sanctions often far outweigh the cost of an attorney.

Chapman and Associates, P.C. represent nursing professionals in Michigan and Florida with licensing issues such as Department of Health investigations, administrative complaints, criminal issues impacting nursing license, emergency suspension orders, failure to report licensing issues, nursing board matters, and many other professional licensing issues.

If you have received a complaint or are aware of an investigation into your nursing license, please contact our nursing license defense attorneys in Michigan and Florida at 866-238-0203.

Video Transcription

Being a nurse is a rewarding and privileged profession. Daily you are called upon to make difficult decisions that effect the lives of so many people, and now you need help. If you’ve received a phone call or an investigation letter from the state licensing board or the Department of Health ((DOH) (MDCH)), do not talk to the state investigator until you’ve equaled the playing field by retaining competent professional licensing counsel.

If you have already spoken to the investigator, call me Ron Chapman, as soon as possible. Remember, the investigator works for the State and is not your friend. The investigator has one goal, to collect sufficient facts to prove that you violated one or more licensing regulations. Do not help the investigator by giving a confession, verifying facts or making an uninformed statement.

I’ve had the privilege of working with healthcare professionals for over twenty years. Please call me, Ron Chapman. The first thirty minutes is free. Together we can protect your license and your livelihood.

Video: Physician Licensing Investigations and Complaints

Advice for physicians with Board of Medicine investigations, Health Department investigations, licensing complaints, administrative complaints and hearings, emergency suspensions, etc. Attorney for physicians and medical professionals with licensing issues in Michigan and Florida.

Video: Health Professionals Recovery Program (HPRP)

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Advice for physicians, nurses and health professionals considering the Health Professionals Recovery Program (HPRP) as a result of a DUI, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, mental health issue, etc.

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Welcome and thank you very much for stopping by. You’re here because you have questions about the HPRP program – Health Professionals Recovery Program. First of all there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding HPRP and this video cannot address all of them. If you’re considering HPRP, I highly suggest that you contact a professional licensing attorney within Michigan to give you the advice that you need.

But lets talk about some of the issues regarding HPRP. First of all, it’s not for everyone. Only go into HPRP if you have a bona fide alcohol, prescription drug or illicit drug addiction. Simply because you’ve been busted for OUI or DWI doesn’t mean you should run into HPRP. In fact, if you do, it may be one of the worst decisions that you’ve ever made in your career. However, if you have a bona fide addiction, it could be a good program.

What happens in HPRP? Well, first of all, you meet with a counselor and that counselor, usually a psychiatrist or a Ph.D. psychologist, determines whether or not you have a problem. Then they make a recommendation and once you’re in the program you have to follow their recommendation, unless you can prove that the recommendation is inappropriate for you. This is very expensive to do. And what do they recommend? Well, they can recommend inpatient treatment. They can recommend outpatient treatment and they’re going to put you into a contract for 3 – 5 years. And guess what? You pay for all of it and failure to pay for it in itself can be a violation of your license.

So, HPRP requires a great deal of thought. A great deal of analysis before you go into it. Don’t just jump into HPRP.

Sometimes if your at a hospital or institution and a work drug screen comes back positive and your director of nursing, your chief of medicine, will tell you to go into HPRP, don’t just do it. Talk to professional licensing counsel. Remember what our goal is. Our goal is to ensure that you can practice medicine or nursing or pharmacy or dentistry or emergency medical services or any of these professions and that HPRP, or whatever program you go into, doesn’t interfere with this. Please contact a professional licensing attorney. There are very complicated issues regarding HPRP.

Video: Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN)

Advice for Florida nurses considering the Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN) as a result of a DUI, drug diversion, alcohol addiction, mental health issue, etc.

More information about Florida’s Intervention Project for Nurses (IPN)

Video Transcript

Welcome and thank you very much for stopping by. You’re here because you have questions about the IPN program – Interventional Project for Nurses in Florida. It’s a diversion program that nurses can enter into rather than going into the system and having a licensing action against your complaint. It’s generally a completely private process and it’s not open to the public.

So when should you go into IPN and when shouldn’t you go into IPN? Well first, if you do not have a drug or alcohol problem, do not go into the IPN program. Don’t even consider the IPN program.

So how can you be involved in drugs or alcohol and not have a drug or alcohol problem? For example, if you were arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), a one time offense. Maybe you were at a party and you had a few too many drinks and unfortunately went out and drove. Your friends might tell you, well run into IPN and that will avoid any licensing action. That would be one of the most costly mistakes that you could make. Just because you were arrested for driving while intoxicated, doesn’t mean that you have to go through the IPN program and it doesn’t mean that there is going to be drastic steps taken against your license. Check with a professional licensing attorney first to determine what’s the most appropriate step.

Let me give you another example. Let’s say that you tested positive for alcohol or drugs in a pre-employment drug screen or in an employment random drug screen. Well, in these cases more likely than not you’re going to receive a summary suspension order immediately terminating your ability to practice nursing. Well, in these cases the sooner you get into the IPN program, that you meet with a counselor and that you develop a tailor made program for you, the sooner you’re going to be able to get your license back and get back to practicing nursing. But still, talk to a professional licensing attorney because there are exceptions to all of these generalized statements.

We can help advocate for you and many of the times when you’re accused of misappropriating drugs, of not properly wasting drugs, of having drugs on your person, there’s explanations and there’s opportunities for you to fight this and have these situation taken care of, properly dismissed or settled, without going through the IPN program.

Please contact a professional licensing attorney if you believe you have a drug or alcohol problem, if you’ve tested positive for drugs or alcohol, if someone at work has accused you of misappropriating drugs, not wasting drugs properly, etc. Please contact a professional licensing attorney. We can intervene for you and help you determine what’s best for you in order to continue practicing nursing.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I look forward to talking to you.

Video: Professionals Resource Network (PRN)

Advice for physicians considering the Professionals Resource Network (PRN) as a result of a DUI, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, mental health issue, etc.

More information about Florida’s Professionals Resource Network (PRN)

Video Transcript

Welcome and thank you very much for stopping by. I’m sure you are here because you have questions about the PRN (Professionals Resource Network) program. You may have questions because you have a drug or alcohol addiction or a mental health problem that is impairing your ability to practice medicine. You simply want to know is PRN an option for you and if you go to PRN, will it have a negative impact on your license. Well I would love to talk to you in that situation and it may be that PRN can be an excellent alternative for your career. It may be something that can help you kick your addiction, stay working and keep focused on working.

On the other hand, you may be here because you tested positive for drugs in a pre-employment drug screen or an employment drug screen and maybe you received a Summary Suspension (Emergency Suspension Order (ESO)) and you don’t know what to do. Somebody told you PRN may be the only alternative. Well, that is something that we can talk about because in that case PRN might be your best alternative.

Going to PRN, the counselor can make a couple of recommendations. They can stem from inpatient treatment all the way to I don’t believe this person has a drug or alcohol related problem. All of this information can be used to give to the state’s attorney in order to get you practicing medicine as quickly as possible.

Or you may have been arrested for a DWI (driving while impaired or driving while intoxicated (or DUI)) and you want to know, should you go to PRN as a way to avoid (professional) licensing action. That may be the worst thing for you to do. Just because you’ve been arrested for drugs or alcohol doesn’t mean you have an addiction problem.

Allow me, as a professional licensing attorney to work with you and specialists to determine if you have a problem. We can put together a good package to send to the state’s attorney to prove that PRN is not for you. The point being here, there are many alternatives, many circumstances and PRN is an individual situation, there isn’t a blanket one-size-its-all thing with PRN.

Let me, or another professional licensing attorney, help you work through these issues. If you believe you have a problem, if someone has accused you of a having a problem, if there are circumstances surroundings your career that you believe there’s going to be an investigation, or there has already been an investigation, contact a professional licensing attorney. We can work with you to help you get involved with a program that will best help you. Help you to continue practicing medicine and help you become or remain the very best doctor you can be.

Video: DUI Reporting for Physicians, Nurses and Licensed Health Professionals

How and when physicians, nurses and licensed health professionals should report a DUI to the Department of Health, Board of Medicine and Board of Nursing.

Video Transcription

Welcome and thank you for stopping by. As a professional licensing attorney for doctors and nurses and other health care professionals, I often asked what to do when you receive a DUI or a DWI.

First, contact a good criminal attorney. Second, contact a professional licensing attorney. There are some very difficult decisions that need to be made. First, should you immediately self report? Well, this depends on if you truly have a drug or alcohol addiction. Second, should you report to the Department of Health now or at a later date? All of these decisions are unique to the individual and they really need to be assessed. Making the wrong move could put yourself into an interventional program that could last three to five years and cost you thousands of dollars when you don’t need to be there in the first place.

Video: Medication Error Investigation

What to do if you are accused of a medication error or you received a complaint or investigation letter alleging a medication error. Professional licensing attorneys for nurses in Michigan and Florida.

Video: Nurse Practice Act Violations

Advice for nurses accused of violating the Nurse Practice Act or Public Health Code Act. Attorneys for nurses with Board of Nursing investigations, Department of Health investigations, licensing complaints, emergency suspensions, etc. in Michigan and Florida.

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Welcome and thank you for stopping by. As a professional licensing attorney representing doctors and nurses and other health professionals, I’m often called by nurses who have been accused of violating the Nurse Practice Act either by a letter of investigation from the Department of Health or they have been terminated by their employer and they know they’re employer is going to be filing a complaint with the Department of Health.

First and foremost, don not panic. Whether or not you violated the Nurse Practice Act depends upon the specific facts. It depends upon exactly what you did or did not do. It depends upon your training, your specialty. It depends upon the standard of care that’s applicable to you.

These are things that a professional licensing attorney can help you asses and put together in the absolute best package to either present to the Department of Health or to present in an administrative hearing and protect your license.

Video: Reporting Out-of-State Licensing Action

What to do if you’ve received licensing action in one state and you’ve failed to report it to another state. Attorney representing physicians and nurses with multi state licensing issues and Department of Health complaints for failure to report to Michigan or Florida.

Video Transcription

Hello and thank you for stopping by. As a professional licensing attorney for doctors and nurses and other health care professionals, I’m often asked what to do when you’ve received a licensing action in one state and you have failed to report it to another state.

First of all, remember that most states require you to report licensing actions, even within other states, within 30 days. But, if you haven’t done that, contact a professional licensing attorney first.

First there is the issue of corresponding penalties. Whatever the sanction was in the state that you were initially sanctioned in, may apply to the new state or there may be more significant penalties. And then there is the issue of fines and costs. They can be significant. Anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000/$3,000. And of course we have the issues of suspension and revocation.

These are all very complicated issues and require a professional licensing attorney to work through.

Remember, if you’re sanctioned in one state but your licensed in four or five states, you really have four problems because you have to report that to all states and all states will treat it differently.

Video: Failed Drug Test Triggers Disciplinary Action With Boards

Advice for physician, nurses and health professionals that have failed a drug test and are facing licensing action from the Department of Health, LARA, Board of Medicine or Nursing Board.

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Welcome and thank you for stopping by. As a professional licensing attorney representing doctors and nurses and other health care professionals, one of the most significant questions I’m asked is what to do when you’ve failed a drug test.

First, don’t panic. There are things we can do to ensure you continue to practice medicine, or nursing or other health care professions. Secondly, if the drug test was a pre-employment drug test or a drug test offered by your employer there is another very significant issue and that is, you may be facing an emergency suspension or summary suspension. If that happens please contact an attorney immediately because time is of the essence to file and appeal with the Court of Appeals in order to get your license back.

Remember, the facts are very specific here and there are things we can do to put you on the right track. Don’t do anything until you contact a professional licensing attorney to give you the guidance to help you protect your license.

Video: Board of Pharmacy Investigations and Complaints

What to do if you receive a complaint or letter of investigation from the Board of Pharmacy in Michigan or Florida. Professional licensing attorneys for the defense of pharmacists and licensed health professionals.

Video Transcript

Welcome and thank you very much for stopping by. You’re here because you’ve received a letter from the Board of Pharmacy and in that letter there was either a formal complaint or there was a letter of investigation. Both of these are very serious processes. Remember, you’ve worked very hard to become a pharmacists. You support yourself and your family through your practice of pharmacy. Its your duty and its my role to protect your license as a pharmacist.

When you’ve received one or both of these documents [a Board of Pharmacy complaint or a letter of investigation] there are very specific processes that you need to engage in.

Let’s look at the complaint. The complaint is a formal document saying that somebody at the Board of Pharmacy believes that you committed a violation of your duty as a pharmacists. It’s my role, working with you, to prepare enough facts to prepare an answer, which is our first response to the complaint. And then to work with you, going through all of the facts, the medical records, talking with witnesses if necessary, and talking with experts to put together a package proving that what you did or didn’t do was justified and within the standard of care of pharmacy. And then we can use that strength to meet and negotiate with the Board of Pharmacy and attempt to do one of two things. Either have this case dismissed or obtain a settlement that is reasonable to you and allows you to keep practicing pharmacy.

If on the other hand you’ve received an investigative letter, this is very early in the process. You can still practice pharmacy. There has been no action against your license. And one of the most important things is that the investigative process is not open to the public. So we can do one of three things. Do nothing and force the state to prove their case or prepare a detailed response, a written response, and or attend an interview. In the written response its my role, the role of a professional licensing attorney to work with you to prepare all of the facts and evidence to justify what you did or didn’t do and submit that to the investigator for the Board of Pharmacy.

Through this processes we can often have these complaints dismissed or we can obtain a very early settlement with very minimal licensing action against you and that will allow you to continue to practice pharmacy.

Regardless of what the letter is that you’ve received, contact a professional licensing attorney. We can work with you to achieve the best result so that you can continue to do what you’ve been trained for, what you love, practice pharmacy.

Being a nurse is a rewarding and privileged profession. Daily you are called upon to make difficult decisions that effect the lives of so many people, and now you need help. If you’ve received a phone call or an investigation letter from the state licensing board or the Department of Health ((DOH) (MDCH)), do not talk to the state investigator until you’ve equaled the playing field by retaining competent professional licensing counsel.

If you have already spoken to the investigator, call me Ron Chapman, as soon as possible. Remember, the investigator works for the State and is not your friend. The investigator has one goal, to collect sufficient facts to prove that you violated one or more licensing regulations. Do not help the investigator by giving a confession, verifying facts or making an uninformed statement.

I’ve had the privilege of working with healthcare professionals for over twenty years. Please call me, Ron Chapman. The first thirty minutes is free. Together we can protect your license and your livelihood.