An investigation or disciplinary process typically begins with a letter from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs, State Board of Medical Examiners (“Board”) or through an Adverse Action report from a hospital or other health care facility at which you have privileges.
The Board receives complaints from patients, governmental agencies, law enforcement agencies, court officials and insurance fraud investigators. They also receive adverse action reports from agencies with a mandate to report such actions, including health care facilities and medical malpractice insurers. The Board is then responsible for investigating each and every complaint.
The Board imposes a strict time limitation of 21 days to respond to such a complaint and failure to provide a timely response can in and of itself result in disciplinary action. The Board will advise that your personal response is acceptable, but that you have the right to consult with counsel. Any adverse action report from a hospital or health care facility will also advise you of your right to counsel.
Our firm has extensive experience in handling disciplinary matters both before the Board and before hospitals and other healthcare facilities. For the past 20 years, our firm has been dedicated exclusively to the representation of healthcare professionals. Our attorneys have represented the interests of physicians and other healthcare providers, including nurses, physician assistants, and physical therapists, in all phases of medical malpractice litigation, from the institution of suit to verdict and through the appeal process. We have appeared at numerous disciplinary hearings before the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners, before hospital medical review panels and investigation committees, in state and federal courts, Medicare hearings, mediations and arbitrations.