As a physician or another medical professional, there are few things more nerve-wracking than finding yourself asked to appear before a medical licensing board for possible license suspension or worse, license revocation or surrender.
These medical board hearings and Informal Settlement Conferences (ISC) may be initiated in cases where someone has lodged a complaint, making allegations of wrong-doing against a physician, nurse or any other medical professional.
But you do not need to go through this stressful experience on your own. The medical defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass have decades of experience working with and representing medical professionals who are asked to appear at medical board hearings and ISC proceedings. In fact, our legal team is regarded as some of the most experienced medical board hearing and ISC defense lawyers in the United States.
Our law firm can also assist with other cases, including SOAH defense, NPDB defense, HIPDB defense and home healthcare agency Medicare fraud defense cases, amongst others. Our goal is to help medical professionals defend against false and unfounded allegations, while also working to help minimize any adverse impact on the career that you’ve worked so hard to establish.
If you are a medical professional who has been asked to appear before an Informal Settlement Conference (ISC) or a medical board hearing to discuss the status of your medical license, defense attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are ready to help. We invite you to arrange a fully confidential, no-cost case consultation. Call us at (469) 291-0940.
Common Questions and Concerns Regarding Medical Board Hearings and Informal Settlement Conferences
A medical board hearing can lead to the ultimate loss of your license, so it is important to consult a lawyer as soon as you learn of the allegations. The sooner you turn to our law firm for help, the better your chances are of seeing a positive resolution to your case.
You probably have many questions and concerns, so our legal team has assembled an overview of a few of the most common queries that we receive on this subject.
What Types of Allegations Can Lead to a Medical Board Hearing or ISC Proceeding?
Any serious allegation of misconduct or malpractice could result in a hearing or other proceedings to address the status of your medical license. Disciplinary action may also be pursued, depending upon the nature of the complaint.
According to the Texas Medical Board, anyone has the power to register a complaint against a practitioner who is licensed in the state of Texas. All complaints are submitted in writing, and the complainant’s identity is typically kept confidential per state law (with the exception of allegations against pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies.)
The Texas Medical Board reports that the most common complaints “involve issues related to standard of care, professional incompetence, unprofessional conduct which may endanger the public, and inability to practice medicine by reason of mental or physical impairment.”
What Happens Once a Complaint is Issued Against a Medical Professional?
Once the medical board receives the complaint, the matter is usually investigated by trained investigators who examine the facts and evidence in the case to determine if the matter warrants further investigation and/or action.
If the investigation reveals a cause for concern, the medical professional is typically summoned to appear before the licensing board. Other courses of action can include an appearance at an Informal Settlement Conference (ISC) or a State Office of Administrative Hearing (SOAH), which is overseen by an administrative law judge.
What Happens at a Medical Board Hearing in Texas?
If a complaint is issued – typically concerning a risk to patient safety – a medical professional may be summoned to appear before their medical licensing board, where the board members may choose to suspend their medical license.
The Texas Medical Board describes the appearance before the licensing board as an “opportunity to discuss the case and determine, if there is a problem, whether it can be resolved by agreement or whether the matter must be heard by an administrative law judge…”
In addition to a temporary suspension, the board can also take steps to proceed toward permanently revoking the license by filling the case with the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) or by asking the professional to voluntarily surrender his or her medical license.
You may also be asked to appear at an Informal Settlement Conference (ISC) proceeding.
Notably, the individual who filed the complaint is typically invited to attend these proceedings.
If you have been notified to attend a board hearing or have been asked to surrender your medical license, it is typically best to seek the immediate assistance of an experienced lawyer.
Our Lawyers Can Help With Medical Board Hearings and ISC Defense
Medical professionals spend years getting an education in an attempt to get their medical license and once obtained, many professionals place their career the very center of their life. So the prospect of losing the opportunity to continue with your chosen field of practice can be absolutely devastating.
This is where a qualified and experienced medical board hearing defense lawyer can help. Whether you are facing SOAH proceedings or require help with your ISC defense, attorneys with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass are ready to assist.
Based in Plano, Texas and helping clients throughout the United States, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass were founded by Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass, who has more than 20 years of experience in the legal arena.
Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass is also a proud member of the Health Law Section of the Texas State Bar. He is also a former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG) and also maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
Do not trust the future of your medical license and your career to just anyone; turn to some of the most well-respected medical license defense lawyers in the region.
Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to arrange a fully confidential, no-cost case consultation session. Just call (469) 291-0940.