Go to Homepage
Blog

EmailEMAIL US

Phone414-271-1440

b2ap3_thumbnail_attn-kristen.jpgBy: Attorney Kristen Nelson

There are many situations where healthcare professionals may need to address legal issues, and many of the most serious and consequential cases will involve controlled substances, specifically, opioids. Doctors and other medical providers who prescribe medications may be accused of overprescribing. This may lead to investigations from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) or other authorities, criminal charges, civil penalties, discipline to a person’s medical license, and other issues that may affect a person’s ability to continue practicing medicine. To address these issues, medical professionals can work with an attorney who is experienced in healthcare law

Addressing Issues Related to Over Prescribing

Over-prescribing may include any situations in which controlled substances are prescribed or dispensed to patients and used for purposes above and beyond their accepted medical uses. In some cases, patients may engage in “doctor shopping,” in which they visit multiple providers in order to obtain prescriptions in excess of what would normally be allowed and use these drugs for personal purposes or sell them to others. Doctors or other medical providers may also be accused of operating “pill mills” and prescribing and dispensing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, as part of an illegal drug distribution scheme or in return for additional compensation.

...

Milwaukee, WI professional license defense lawyer for criminal chargesBy Attorney Kristen N. Nelson

In the State of Wisconsin, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are required to fulfill high standards of knowledge, skill, and professional and personal conduct in order to achieve and maintain their license to practice. A professional may be at risk of losing their license for a variety of disciplinary reasons, but one of the most serious threats to a healthcare professional’s license and career is the possibility of a conviction for criminal charges. If you are under investigation, or if you have been charged with a crime, it is crucial to have a skilled attorney who can help you avoid both criminal and professional penalties.

When Can a Conviction Result in Professional License Discipline?

According to Wisconsin law, both the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and specific licensing boards have the authority to deny or revoke a professional license from a person who has been convicted of any crime or offense that is related to the practice of their profession. This can include both felonies and misdemeanors. Additionally, some licensing boards have standards in place to discipline professionals who are convicted on charges that are not necessarily directly related to their practice.

...

Milwaukee professional license defense lawyer for RN or LPNBy Attorney Kristen Nelson

Nurses provide an invaluable service, especially during a public health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Becoming a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Wisconsin requires the dedication of significant time, energy, and money, and it can be concerning to learn that your nursing license may be under threat due to the possibility of disciplinary action. Wisconsin nurses should understand the violations that can result in discipline, as well as their options for defending against allegations of these violations.

Nursing Violations in Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s legal and administrative codes both include a list of actions that can result in disciplinary consequences to a nurse’s license. These violations include:

...

Milwaukee healthcare license defense lawyerBy Attorney Kristen Nelson

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Tony Evers Issued Emergency Order #16, relating to certain health care providers and the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). The Order applies to all heath care providers in various licensing situations. The purpose of the order is to increase the availability of health care providers in Wisconsin during this health crisis. One group that is addressed in the order are out-of-state licensed health care professionals who are currently living in Wisconsin. Under certain circumstances, an out-of-state licensed health care professional may be able to practice in Wisconsin without first obtaining a temporary or permanent license.

Normally, a health care provider licensed in another state needs to go through the licensing process in Wisconsin. Under Governor Evers’ order, a health care provider with a valid and current license issued by another state is able to practice under that license and within the scope of that license in Wisconsin. The license holder does not need to first obtain a temporary or permanent license from DSPS prior to starting work if the following conditions are met:

...

Milwaukee doctor license defense attorney coronavirusBy Attorney Kristen Nelson

Over the past week, we have entered unprecedented times. Daily, new Coronavirus cases are confirmed, and the death toll continues to rise. Social distancing has become the norm, and it is now considered the polite thing to do.

It is easy during these unsettling times to want to bend the rules. However, for licensed healthcare professionals, bending the rules during this health crisis could result in long-term consequences professionally. It is important to remember that the regulations governing licensed professionals still apply even during these times.

...
Back to Top