Bar Admissions:
  New York State Bar
  Federal Bar Eastern & Southern
  Districts of New York

225 Broad Hollow Rd.
Suite 105E
Melville, NY 11747 (Long Island)
Phone: (631) 694-0033 X-261

Healthcare Professional Attorney

Healthcare Professional License Disciplinary Defense
    Office of Professional Discipline[OPD]
    Department of Health[DOH]


Karen represents licensed healthcare professionals in cases related to investigation or discipline against their professional license. Those cases usually involve issues related to allegations of professional misconduct. Under New York law professional misconduct includes the following:

  • Engaging in acts of gross incompetence or gross negligence on a single occasion, or negligence or incompetence on more than one occasion
  • Permitting or aiding an unlicensed person to perform activities requiring a license
  • Refusing a client or patient service because of race, creed, color, or national origin
  • Practicing beyond the scope of the profession
  • Releasing confidential information without authorization
  • Being convicted of a crime
  • Failing to return or provide copies of records on request
  • Being sexually or physically abusive
  • Abandoning or neglecting a patient in need of immediate care
  • Performing unnecessary work or unauthorized services
  • Practicing under the influence of alcohol or other drugs

It is highly recommended that licensed healthcare professionals retain an experienced attorney at the beginning of the investigation stage to advocate for them and guide them through the disciplinary process to achieve an optimal result.

All reports of professional misconduct received by the New York State Education Department are investigated. A healthcare professional is entitled to have legal representation at every step of the investigation throughout the legal proceeding if they so choose.


Pre-licensure Matters/Post-licensure Matters

Moral Character and Fitness Hearing - There are some circumstances that may bar licensure even if the individual has successfully completed the educational requirement and has passed the licensing exam. One example would be if the potential licensee had a prior criminal conviction [felony, misdemeanor or DUI/DWI] as New York State does have a moral character and fitness requirement for licensing.  In those cases a moral character and fitness hearing may be required as a precursor to licensure.

License Restoration Proceeding - lf a licensed healthcare professional surrenders their license or if the license was revoked there is a mandatory wait period before the individual can apply for restoration of the license. Restoration can be a lengthy and involved process. Representation by an experienced attorney can facilitate the process and maximize the chance of license restoration.

 

Office of Medicaid Inspector General[OMIG]

Exclusion List Removal - In New York, a healthcare professional can find themselves on the OMIG exclusion list for a variety of reasons. Those reasons may include, but are not limited to, instances wherein the healthcare professional has an adjudicated finding of professional misconduct against them or has a criminal conviction even if unrelated to healthcare. An OMIG Exclusion listing significantly limits the employability of the healthcare professional. An excluded healthcare professional may have legal remedies to have their name removed from the exclusion list.

 

Justice Center

The NYS Justice Center For the Protection of People with Special Needs has the authority to investigate allegations of abuse or neglect and can prosecute and/or exclude healthcare professionals involved in these cases.  If a healthcare professional is involved in a Justice Center matter they should seek legal guidance

  • 225 Broad Hollow Rd.
    Suite 105E
    Melville, NY 11747
    Phone: (631) 694-0033 Ext. 261
    Cell:     (631) 681-9346
  • Email: See Contact Form
Office Location
  • Melville, New York
         Long Island
Languages
  • English
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