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How Serious Is a Reprimand Against My Medical License?

Posted on in Medical License Defense

Milwaukee medical license defense attorney reprimandBy Attorney Kristen Nelson

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services receives about 500 complaints against doctors each year. These complaints may be investigated, and the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board may choose to take disciplinary action against a person’s medical license. Reprimands are the most common form of discipline taken, and they may be issued for a wide variety of issues within the medical field, such as minor HIPPA violations, improper record keeping, and some prescription errors.

If you are facing a potential reprimand or another form of discipline, you will want to be sure to understand the possible consequences to your license, your reputation, and your career. If you have been notified of a complaint by the Medical Examining Board, you should speak with an attorney to determine your best options for defending your medical license.

Will a Reprimand Be Visible to the Public?

A reprimand, is a public disciplinary action taken against your medical license. A credential check on the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) website will show that there is an order attached to your medical license. This order will not only show that your license was reprimanded, but it will state the underlying facts resulting in the reprimand. Because the order is public, it is important that stated facts do not cause additional harm to your career. This order and the reprimand will remain on the DSPS website indefinitely.

Effects of a Reprimand

There are multiple consequences as the result of a reprimand. As part of the reprimand, the Board may require you to complete additional education, impose conditions such as drug and alcohol monitoring, or apply other limitations to your practice. If you hold clinical privileges, you may be required to report the reprimand to the credentialing committee. You may also be required to report the reprimand to your employer. Additionally, the reprimand may be reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank. You will be required to disclose the reprimand on any license renewal as well as report the discipline to other jurisdictions where you hold a medical license.

Contact a Milwaukee Medical License Defense Lawyer

If you have received a complaint that has warranted investigation by the Medical Examining Board, you should take action to defend your license and minimize the discipline and career consequences that you may face. At Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, we can provide you with legal representation during an investigation and in any hearings, and we will do everything we can to ensure that you will be able to continue to practice. Contact our Milwaukee, WI professional license defense attorneys today at 414-271-1440.

Sources: 

https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/Home.aspx 

https://www.fsmb.org/siteassets/advocacy/publications/us-medical-regulatory-trends-actions.pdf 

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