If you are a physician, nurse or social worker or operate a foster care home or nursing home, you must have a license. Summary suspensions, probation or loss of license or accreditation can end a career or lead to the closure of a business. Attorneys in the Health Care Licensing and Accreditation Defense Practice Group use their litigation background to protect and defend licensed health care providers and businesses and make sure they can continue caring for patients and residents.
This practice group focuses on defending physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, foster homes, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers facing a complaint, suspension or investigation by the State of Michigan or accrediting entity. We use our experience as litigators and knowledge of the health care system to effectively defend and advocate on behalf of licensed professionals and business entities. Our attorneys know the impact probations, suspension and revocation have on the livelihood of individuals and businesses and work to ensure our clients are able to continue in their chosen profession. We work with each client to navigate the administrative process, develop a defense, create corrective action plans and minimize the potential negative impact on the client’s business or professional career. We work with licensed professionals and businesses in connection with a wide range of issues including the following:
- Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) investigations, compliance conferences and disciplinary proceedings related to substance abuse, opioids, negligence and failure to report disciplinary actions
- Surveys by the State of Michigan, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Joint Commission, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and other accrediting and licensing bodies
- Investigations by Child Protective Services and being listed on the Michigan Central Registry
- Recipient rights grievances, complaints and investigations by community mental health agencies, patient advocacy services
- Investigations by CMS, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) related to Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and patient complaints
- Licensing applications, appeals and compliance with Health Professional Recovery Program (HPRP) and consent orders