In the criminal world, people are presumed innocent until proven guilty, but this is not always the case when it comes to disciplinary action from the Texas Medical Board. Physicians may initially have very little information about the nature or details of the complaint, and even minor ones can quickly snowball. In short, the disciplinary process can turn into a nightmare for healthcare providers. The following information can help you understand what is at stake, and how you can best protect your medical license.
How Minor Complaints Can Turn into a Nightmare
Although some complaints do arise out of major issues, most involve relatively minor problems. A patient may have felt you or your staff were being rude when, in all reality, you were simply rushed or not feeling well that day. Alternatively, a patient may have felt they were charged inappropriately for a visit or procedure, possibly because their insurance company did not cover the full amount of the service provided. The Board may review and then dismiss such complaints, but sometimes they are referred to an investigator for further processing. Once this happens, the matter can quickly escalate.
Being Prepared is Your First Line of Defense
While there are a number of things that you can do to protect yourself during an investigation from the Texas Medical Board, one of the most important actions you can take is ensuring you are prepared and well-versed on the potential effects of an investigation, and how to best protect yourself. Never underestimate the risk, and never assume that an unfounded or minor complaint will lead to a dismissal or minor consequence. Remember, even minor complaints can spiral out of control, and anything you say or do during the investigation can inadvertently put your license at risk.
Contact Our Experienced Texas Medical License Defense Lawyer
Regardless of the reason for your investigation, no matter how unfounded the allegations against you might seem, it is important to ensure that you never speak to an investigator until you have first consulted with an experienced attorney. Alternatively, do not plead guilty to an allegation, simply because the claim is (or appears to be) founded. Instead, contact Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law. Our seasoned Texas medical license defense attorney is committed to protecting your license and livelihood and we will aggressively represent you in your case. Schedule your consultation by calling 512-228-7946 today.