Health care providers face more scrutiny than ever before. Government investigations contain numerous pitfalls for the unwary. Learn how we can help through our guide, “Provider Beware – The Collateral Consequences of a Guilty Plea
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Could a Misdemeanor Guilty Plea Impact Your License to Practice Medicine?
Another collateral consequence of a guilty plea, even to a misdemeanor, is disciplinary action against your license to practice medicine in any state in which you hold a license. Most states allow for disciplinary sanctions against the licensed provider, if after a hearing, the licensing authority finds that the acts from which the conviction resulted have a direct bearing on the physician’s ability to continue to practice competently. Moreover, many states allow law enforcement, including the office of the attorney general which prosecutes licensing violations, access to databases that monitor your controlled substance prescribing practices. Such review could lead to licensing charges beyond those pursued criminally or charges against your license while the criminal investigation is ongoing. Disciplinary action could include revocation, suspension, or probation to name a few. Even if you seem to have escaped the licensing board’s wrath initially, you will most likely need to self-report the plea at license renewal.