The attorneys of Mellette PC regularly counsel and represent all types of licensed health care providers who have come under investigation by their respective licensing boards. The Virginia Department of Health Professions is responsible for issuing professional licenses, establishing acceptable standards, and taking disciplinary action when there is an allegation that a licensed provider has failed to practice in accordance with those standards. The Virginia Department of Health Professions includes the following 14 individual health regulatory boards:
Allegations of misconduct can originate from a variety of sources, including patients, employers, employees, law enforcement agencies, courts, and other state and federal regulatory agencies. Each board has wide discretion to discipline a licensee based on substandard quality of care, drug diversion, inadequate documentation, unprofessional conduct, conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, and adverse licensure action in another jurisdiction. Findings of violations can result in a range of sanctions including public reprimand, probation, suspension, or revocation of a license. For clients who may be suffering from impairment due to chemical dependency, Mellette PC can assist clients seeking assistance and, in some cases, obtaining a stay of disciplinary proceedings through entrance into the Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program.
Mellette PC attorneys are also familiar with hospital and Medicare peer review requirements and are involved in representing clients in hospital medical staff proceedings. We also advise clients on reporting obligations at the Federal and state level.
The attorneys at Mellette PC understand the distress and alarm that follow upon receipt of a board complaint or other sanction. We seek to develop an effective and efficient approach for each client that provides peace of mind and assistance throughout the entire disciplinary investigation and proceeding. Our attorneys prepare and counsel clients throughout the initial investigation and interview with an investigator, gathering of evidence, any negotiations with a Board, informal and formal hearings, and court appeals. The attorneys of Mellette PC have extensive knowledge and experience to defend license and peer review complaints and seek the best possible results for a wide array of health care providers.