Professional Licensing And Privileging Investigations

Physicians can be investigated by the New York Department of Health's Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC). Physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other medical professionals can be investigated by the Department of Health or the Department of Education's (DOE) Office of Professional Discipline.

In most instances, after an investigation is initiated, the Department makes a request for medical records. Once an internal review of the records is completed, the Department may request an interview of the medical professional under investigation. In such cases, the professional receives a letter advising him or her that an interview has been scheduled. The letter directs the medical professional to appear at the time and place set out in the letter. The letter gives the impression that the individual has no choice other than to appear for the interview. That may not be true.

The Tarantino Law Firm has represented physicians who have been investigated by the OPMC, as well as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and other medical professionals who have been investigated by the DOE. If you have received a letter instructing you to appear for an interview, we strongly recommend that you seek legal counsel before you agree to be interviewed by the Department. Our experience in dealing with the OPMC and the DOE allows us to counsel our clients and assist them in the investigative process. Further, if the matter goes to hearing, we have attorneys experienced in handling these types of administrative hearings.

When a medical professional's license is under investigation, having the right legal counsel can make all the difference. Please call our Buffalo office at 716-849-6500 or contact our lawyers online if you have any questions or concerns about OPMC or DOE investigations.