Physicians often assume that only major infractions warrant disciplinary action from the Texas Medical Board. Last year’s list of reprimanded doctors tells a very different story, however. Learn what you need to know about minor infractions that may lead to an investigation and discover how you can protect your medical license, should you become the subject of one.
Minor Infractions That Led to Disciplinary Action
More than 185 physicians were disciplined last year. A total of 14 had their licenses revoked. The remaining disciplined doctors experienced consequences that ranged greatly in severity - everything from public reprimand to temporary suspension of their license. Some of the latter suffered those consequences for committing acts that - at first glance - seem rather minor. For example, one physician was disciplined for not releasing medical records in a timely manner.
An Unforgiving Environment
All too often, healthcare professionals assume that the Board will understand when a mistake is made. After all, the Board is comprised of fellow physicians. Certainly, they are empathetic to the challenges that physicians face when trying to manage a diverse and ever-changing staff while concurrently handling a full list of patients. Surely they recognize that not all mistakes are the direct fault of a physician - that sometimes errors occur because a new employee did not understand protocol, or because there was a temporary breakdown in staff communication.
Unfortunately, understanding and forgiveness can be two very different things. You see, the Board is not in place to protect you or your right to practice; they are there to protect the public, and your patients. They can be rather unforgiving when it comes to mistakes - even when those mistakes are small or minor. As such, it is critical that doctors understand how to protect their licenses in the face of a Texas Medical Board investigation.
How a Professional License Defense Attorney Can Help
While it is virtually impossible to predict the outcome of an investigation without first examining the details, doctors who employ the assistance of a professional license defense attorney early on tend to have more favorable outcomes. This is largely due to the protection and improved navigation of TMB investigations that is offered. Yet, even in situations that may lead to disciplinary actions, mitigation to reduce the impact of a consequence may be possible.
If you are under investigation from the TMB, contact Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, today. Backed by more than 20 years of experience in the medical-legal arena, our Texas medical license defense lawyer can protect you and your license, right from the start. Learn more by scheduling a consultation. Call 512-228-7946 today.