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By Spodek Law Group | July 26, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 15, 2023)

Last Updated on: 15th October 2023, 12:41 pm

Defending Your Medical License: A Guide to New York OPMC Defense Lawyers

Being investigated by the New York Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) can be an incredibly stressful and frightening experience for physicians. Your medical license, reputation, and livelihood are on the line. That’s why it’s absolutely critical to have an experienced OPMC defense lawyer guiding you through the process.

This article provides an overview of OPMC investigations, your rights and responsibilities, potential penalties, and how an OPMC defense lawyer can help protect your interests every step of the way.

What is the New York OPMC?

The OPMC is responsible for investigating complaints and allegations of misconduct against physicians, physician assistants, and specialist assistants in New York. Complaints typically come from patients, patient families, colleagues, facilities, insurance companies, and other agencies[1].

According to New York law, the OPMC can investigate a wide range of behaviors deemed “professional misconduct.” Some common allegations include[2]:

  • Negligence or incompetence
  • Poor record-keeping
  • Practicing under the influence of drugs/alcohol
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Insurance fraud
  • Failure to supervise staff properly

Even minor record-keeping violations can trigger a full-blown investigation and spiral into a serious issue. Physicians are often caught off guard by an OPMC letter regarding misconduct allegations they never imagined could jeopardize their career.

The OPMC Investigation Process

Here’s a quick overview of what happens after a complaint is filed[3]:

  • The OPMC sends a letter notifying you of the investigation and requesting an interview. They may also request patient records or other documentation.
  • You are required to provide requested documentation, but are not obligated to consent to an interview. Consult an attorney before agreeing to an interview.
  • If the initial investigation finds sufficient evidence of misconduct, the case gets referred to the Investigation Committee.
  • The Investigation Committee reviews the case and determines if a disciplinary hearing is warranted.
  • If a hearing is scheduled, the OPMC prepares formal charges against you.

Why You Need an Experienced OPMC Defense Lawyer

Navigating OPMC investigations without legal counsel is extremely risky. Here’s why working with an experienced New York OPMC defense lawyer is critical[4]:

  • They understand OPMC procedures and can guide you through the process.
  • They can advise you on whether consenting to an OPMC interview is in your best interest.
  • They can detect procedural errors or flaws in the OPMC’s case against you.
  • They can negotiate with the OPMC on your behalf to mitigate charges or penalties.
  • They can vigorously defend you if the case goes to a disciplinary hearing.
  • They know what strategies are most effective for achieving the best possible outcome.

Reputable OPMC defense lawyers have successfully represented thousands of physicians. Their expertise can make all the difference between saving or losing your medical license.

Potential Penalties If Found Guilty of Misconduct

If found guilty of professional misconduct, potential penalties include[5]:

  • License suspension or revocation
  • Heavy fines (up to $10,000 per violation)
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Practice limitations
  • Mandated education/training

These penalties can completely derail your career and livelihood. An OPMC defense lawyer’s #1 goal is to avoid or minimize penalties so you can continue practicing medicine.

Act Immediately If You Receive an OPMC Letter

If you receive a letter notifying you of an OPMC investigation, it’s critical to contact a defense lawyer immediately. The sooner they can get involved, the more effectively they can manage the process from start to finish[6].

Don’t wait until charges are filed or a hearing is scheduled. Many lawyers offer free consultations, so you can discuss your case at no risk and get expert guidance right away.

During the consultation, a knowledgeable OPMC defense lawyer will:

  • Review the allegations and evidence against you.
  • Explain your rights and responsibilities.
  • Assess any procedural problems with the OPMC’s case.
  • Start developing a defense strategy tailored to your situation.
  • Discuss your options at each phase of the process.
  • Answer any questions you have to help you make informed decisions.

Their expertise can provide invaluable peace of mind and help ensure the best possible outcome.

Choosing the Right OPMC Defense Lawyer

Not all lawyers have the same track record and experience with OPMC cases. When selecting legal counsel, look for these credentials:

  • 10+ years handling OPMC investigations and hearings specifically
  • High success rate resolving OPMC cases favorably
  • Strong reputation in the medical and legal community
  • Familiarity with your type of medical practice
  • Ability to cite relevant case experience and results
  • Compassionate bedside manner and communication skills
  • Reasonable fees and payment options

Don’t Leave Your Career to Chance

Being investigated by the OPMC can feel overwhelming. But you don’t have to go through it alone. With an experienced New York OPMC defense lawyer guiding you, you can feel confident you have the absolute best defense.

They will protect your interests every step of the way so you can avoid or minimize penalties and continue providing quality care to patients. Don’t leave your hard-earned career up to chance. Contact a reputable OPMC defense attorney as soon as you receive that first letter.

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