Dallas Health Care Lawyer
Texas has numerous professional licensing and regulatory boards that govern the various Texas medical professionals. Each Texas regulatory board has their own licensing criteria, rules and guidelines, and disciplinary policies which govern each specific profession. In order to protect your professional license and your career, it is of the utmost importance to consult with a Texas health care attorney who has significant experience and knowledge of the regulatory boards and their highly complex rules and guideline and regulatory policies and procedures.
The Texas Nursing Board and Medical Board are assigned with the task of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. To do this very important task, the nursing board and medical board take a very tough stance on the issuance and regulating of nursing and medical licenses. The boards also take any allegations or accusations of misconduct very seriously.
The Law Office of Bridget Eyler Law understands and recognizes the anxiety, panic and stress that nurses and physicians, and all medical professionals feel when they receive a complaint or a notice that they are being investigated by the Texas Nursing Board or the Texas Medical Board. We understand both the emotional and professional stress that occurs and is involved when with dealing with licensure and disciplinary issues.
Our Texas healthcare defense attorney is dedicated to providing representation, counsel and professional license defense to all health care professionals including, but not limited to the following:
- Registered Nurses (RN);
- Nurse Practitioners (NP);
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologists (CRNA);
- Advanced Practice Nurses (APN);
- Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA);
- Physical Therapists;
- Occupational Therapists;
- Respiratory Therapists;
- Licensed Professional Counselors
- Acupuncturists; and,
- Other licensed health professionals.
We, at the Law Office of Bridget Eyler, have extensive knowledge and experience and interaction with the Texas Nursing Board and Medical Board, and all other professional regulatory boards. Texas Nursing Board and Medical Board investigations usually involve either the Texas Nurses Practice Act or Medical Practice Act violations, including, but not limited to the following:
- Standard of care;
- Inadequate documentation of medical records;
- Non-therapeutic prescribing of medications;
- Licensing issues
- Drug diversion and/or intemperate use of drugs cases;
- Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses (TPAPN) issues;
- Mental health issues or behavioral concerns;
- Chemical dependency;
- Impairment allegations;
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI);
- Positive drug tests;
- Failure to report convictions;
- Negligence claims;
- Malpractice claims;
- Boundary violations;
- Physician Health Program (PHP); and
- Criminal matters.
Our Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Attorney understands how important it is to protect and defend your nurse’s and physician’s licenses and livelihoods, from potential reprimand, suspension, or revocation. We can represent and assist you in understanding the complete disciplinary and investigation process of the Texas Nursing Board or the Medical Board. We can guide you through any investigation or complaint, or help explain the entire process involved in any nursing or medical board investigation or inquiry. Our goal is to keep your nursing or medical license from being restricted, suspended or even revoked.
Our representation and defense for nurses and physicians and other health care professionals includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Responses to complaints about potential violations of the Texas Nursing Practice Act or Medical Practice Act;
- Disciplinary Actions;
- Appearances at meetings before professional regulatory boards;
- Appearance at administrative hearings;
- Mediation hearings;
- Informal settlement conferences; and
- Hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings with the Texas Medical Board, Texas Board of Nursing, Texas Board of Pharmacy, Texas Board of Physical and Occupational Therapists, Texas Dental Board, et.al.
It is also important that you know that it is not necessary to hire an attorney that is located in Austin which is where the Texas regulatory governing boards are located. The majority of our cases are handled and settled via phone and written correspondence, and no traveling is necessary. The only time traveling to the regulatory governing board is necessary is if a case cannot be resolved during negotiations or there is an Informal Settlement Conference or a SOAH hearing that is scheduled. The most important thing for hiring a healthcare attorney is to feel trust and respect, as well as comfortable that you are, in fact, being represented and defended with the highest expertise and experience. You can feel confident that Eyler Law, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex will provide you with all of these essential fundamental items.
Board complaints originate from many sources e.g. patient and patient family complaints, employers, co-workers, state agencies, insurance providers, or law enforcement agencies. You also must understand that Texas nursing and medical board investigations can be highly complex and lengthy in duration. Often times these complaints will bring about an investigation by the nursing and/or medical board. It is at that point that you learn you are being investigated that must act quickly to develop a well thought out plan of action to defend yourself and your license.
Nursing board and medical board investigations typically have complex legal and professional issues. It is vitally important that you need to fully understand the legal issues before proceeding with any written or verbal response to the board. An experienced Texas healthcare attorney is necessary at this point to guide you and support you through the investigation.
You also need to understand that seeking counsel for a board investigation does not make you look guilty. Seeking counsel tells the boards that you value your nursing and/or medical license and need to protect it to the best of your ability. The boards also know that most healthcare professionals do not understand the process, nor do they have the time to learn the entire legal process and how to protect themselves at that moment.
Bridget firmly believes that all clients deserve respect, honesty, and upfront professional advice. She gives each client her personal attention and support, and an aggressive attorney who will fight to protect their client's professional livelihood and license. Bridget will guide you through the entire investigative and/or disciplinary process conducted by the board and minimize the potential negative impact on your professional license.
Additionally, we have successfully handled disputes for medical students and nursing students between them and their respective schools. We also have appeared with nurses at Peer Review meetings, as well as meeting with nurses and their human resource departments.
In addition, we have handled numerous civil, criminal, and administrative cases that involved state and federal government investigations into health care providers, health care businesses, internet fraud, Medicare and Medicaid Fraud, and insurance fraud.
The Law Office of Bridget Eyler can help you with any health care compliance issues, including:
- HIPAA regulations or violations, risk and regulatory/legal issues;
- RAC audits, Medicare and Medicaid issues;
- Health care fraud allegations, or any type of investigation by any state or federal agency i.e., Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS);
- United States Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG);
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);
- Texas Department of Health and Humans Services; or
- Texas Attorney General - Medicaid Fraud Control Units.
If you are being threatened with discipline by your medical or professional licensing board following an ongoing investigation or complaint with the nursing or medical board, please contact the Dallas-Fort Worth Law Office of Bridget Eyler. We are ready to aggressively represent and defend your professional license and/or to counsel you on any related matters. Call (214) 540-7750 or email us.