PROFESSIONAL LICENSING BOARDS
Ask Us to Represent You in Front of a Professional Licensing Board
Those who depend on professional licenses have a lot at stake and often face challenges to their livelihood that other business owners, employees, contractors, or public workers will never face. But of all of the professional licenses, medical providers are often the ones with the most legal complaints or challenges during their career. This is one of the most threatening moments in a healthcare provider’s career, especially when there has been a Board Complaint or a request for an interview with an investigator or compliance counsel. Many times, this comes without warning and can be an unwanted surprise for a provider.
Increasingly Aggressive Nature of Professional Licensing Boards in Massachusetts
While these professional licensing boards are crucial to ensuring the educational and testing requirements are met for new applicants, over the years these professional licensing boards have become more aggressive in their approach against license holders.
For instance, licensing boards have taken liberties with due process protections that providers enjoy, even at times showing up at a healthcare provider’s office unannounced. Some boards or their investigators have erroneously advised physicians they have no right to counsel or that their counsel’s role is limited. Most interactions with the boards in these situations are fast, aggressive, and purposefully confusing; often turning weak or borderline-frivolous complaints into fishing expeditions on a healthcare provider’s practice. This is not acceptable.
Fighting Back Against Overly Aggressive Licensing Boards
Generally, the key to success in front of a professional licensing board is early intervention. Our attorneys at MBB+M have practiced before professional licensing boards for decades in a wide range of matters from simple re-licensing issues to complex care-related complaints, as well as substance abuse and boundary issues.
When necessary, we have experience pursing recourse through the Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA) and the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). We stand committed to ensuring medical providers in Massachusetts have a full and fair opportunity to be heard under the law and shielded from overreaching professional licensing boards.