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Milwaukee, WI pharmacist license defense lawyer patient consultationsBy Attorney Kristen Nelson

As of January 1, 2021, Wisconsin’s Pharmacy Examining Board has put new rules into effect regarding patient consultations for pharmacies and pharmacists throughout the state. It is important for licensed pharmacists to take note of these new requirements and be sure to uphold them, as failing to do so can result in disciplinary action regarding a pharmacist’s professional license.

When Are Patient Consultations Required?

The intended purpose of the new regulations for patient consultations is to better ensure that a person who is prescribed a drug or device understands how to use it properly. As such, a consultation is now required when patients are prescribed a drug or device that they have not previously used or that constitutes a change in the patient’s treatment or therapy. Pharmacists must also provide a consultation in any case when it is requested by the patient, and they may choose to provide a consultation when they believe, in their own professional judgment, that it is necessary to do so. However, a patient can refuse a consultation, in which case it is no longer required.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Milwaukee drug charges defense lawyer prescription opioidsIn recent months, both the State of Wisconsin and the United States Government have put healthcare providers on notice that their prescribing practices are being scrutinized. The U.S. Attorney’s offices for the State of Wisconsin have warned high prescribers of opioids that prescribing these medications when not medically necessary could lead to criminal charges. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) is currently investigating high prescribers of opioids, and these healthcare providers could face sanctions against their license.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Attorneys offices in Wisconsin sent warning letters to 180 healthcare professionals in the State who have been identified by the Government as being high prescribers of opioids. This letter stated that over-prescribing these powerful and highly addictive drugs contributes to the deadly opioid crisis that has swept the country. While this letter acknowledged that these prescriptions could be “medically appropriate,” it also warned that prescribing these drugs when not “medically appropriate” could lead to criminal charges and the loss of licensure

A healthcare provider that received these letters should know that he/she is now on the Government’s radar, and their prescribing practice could face further scrutiny. Any healthcare provider that has received this letter and receives further contact from the Government should contact an attorney immediately. 

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Wisconsin anesthesiologist medical license defense lawyerWisconsin recognizes that anesthesiologists perform important work, and that is why the state requires that anesthesiologists maintain a professional license. Anesthesiologists and all other doctors are governed by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, a division of the Department of Safety and Professional Services, and those who are facing potential discipline to their license should be sure to understand the procedures that will be followed and their options for defense.

Complaints, Investigations, and Discipline

A medical license can be lost in several ways, one of which occurs when a complaint is lodged against an anesthesiologist with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. On average, about 500 complaints are received each year against doctors. Of these 500, about half are from patients or their family members. Other complaints are lodged by health care workers. Additionally, malpractice determinations or hospital actions reported through a national data bank make up a share of the complaints.

Once a complaint is received, state investigators ask for relevant medical files and request that the doctor submit a response. From here, the complaint is reviewed by a screening panel of the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board. This panel reviews cases each month. Typically, about two-thirds of the complaints are closed. There are two main reasons for closing a case at this stage: the complaint is minor, or the complaint cannot be proven. 

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Milwaukee medical license defense lawyers, medical license defense, HIPAA breaches, HIPPA violations, HIPAA regulationsThe Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was created to protect people’s privacy and ensure that their medical records are kept safe and secure. When doctors, nurses, hospitals, or other medical providers violate HIPAA rules, they can face serious penalties, including civil fines ranging from $100 for an unknowing violation to an annual maximum of $1.5 million for willful neglect that has not been corrected as well as potential criminal prosecution.

In addition to civil and criminal penalties, medical professionals who commit a HIPAA violation may face the loss of their Wisconsin medical license. In order to avoid these severe consequences, it is important to understand the potential ways a violation can occur and take steps to correct any existing issues.

Common HIPAA Violations

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