Understanding OPMC Complaints
Investigations by The New York State Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) may result in censure, reprimand or possible license revocation. The rules governing OPMC investigations are different than civil law rules.
Who Can Be Investigated
The OPMC investigates complaints against:
- Physicians (including doctors of osteopathy)
- Physician assistants
- Specialist assistants
The OPMC also monitors practitioners who are subject to Orders of the State Board for Professional Medical Conduct.
What is Investigated
Examples of medical misconduct investigated by the OPMC include (but are not limited to):
- Practicing fraudulently, practicing with gross incompetence or gross negligence
- Practicing while impaired by alcohol, drugs or a physical or mental disability
- Being convicted of a crime
- Filing a false report
- Guaranteeing that treatment will result in a cure
- Refusing to provide services because of race, creed, color or national origin
- Performing services not authorized by the patient
- Harassing, abusing or intimidating a patient
- Ordering excessive tests
- Abandoning or neglecting a patient in need of immediate care
How To Respond To A Complaint
Any OPMC complaint or investigation is cause for concern and action. Ignoring the complaint will not make it go away and may lead to a summary suspension. The best course of action is to immediately consult an attorney who is experienced with the OPMC matters.
Skilled, Experienced Representation
The Tarantino Law Firm, LLP, attorneys Brian Weidner and Kim Cline handle these cases. We represent physicians, health care providers and professional licensing clients in all stages of litigation. Contact us to schedule a confidential consultation by calling 716-849-6500. Located in Buffalo, we serve health care providers in Buffalo, Rochester and all of the surrounding New York communities.