Doctors Must Fight to Keep Their Disciplinary Actions Private

Making sure disciplinary actions are kept away from public view helps keep a physician’s practice in business even when the doctor is on probation. According to Consumer Reports, approximately 66% of people polled, favor a policy preventing physicians on probation from treating any patients until the their probation has been completed.  82% of people surveyed think state licensing boards should create new rules that mandate doctors, who are on probation, to report their probation to their patients. They would be required to explain why the physician is on probation, for how long, and for what was the infraction or infractions the licensing authority disciplined the doctor. Physicians who are facing disciplinary action must to maintain their privacy as they continue to practice medicine during their probationary term.

Missouri and Kansas professional licensing attorney Danielle Sanger knows the challenges doctors deal with when facing professional discipline. A physician who is being investigated for a violation of the professional standards needs to weigh their options when negotiating a resolution or contesting the charges. Attorney Sanger has dedicated her law practice to representing doctors, health care professionals, nurses, and other professional licensees. Attorney Sanger has a thorough understanding of administrative law in both Missouri and Kansas. A doctor who is facing a disciplinary hearing can rely on her knowledge and experience to develop a winning legal defense that protects your medical license so you can earn a living while you rectify the alleged problems that brought you before the medical licensing board.

Doctors are human who can encounter issues from time to time. These issues may be a complaint from an employee or patient concerning matters such as sexual harassment, incorrectly prescribing medication, substance abuse, or criminal offenses. These allegations may be minor, but a doctor should take all complaints very seriously.

Kansas and Missouri medical licensing boards know that the must strike a balance between public safety and opportunity for the physician to rehabilitate themself. Probationary periods, public reprimands, suspensions, and revocation of the doctor’s medical license are harsh punishments and are assessed by the licensing boards. These determinations are based on factors such as the severity of the infraction, the severity of the injury, the length of time in practice, the outcome of a criminal prosecution, and the egregiousness of the physician’s behavior.

Consult Kansas and Missouri Licensing Attorney Danielle Sanger as Soon as Possible

Attorney Danielle Sanger is available to consult with you about your disciplinary action proceeding. Call the Law Offices of Danielle Sanger today at 785-979-4352 to schedule your initial consultation.  Our Kansas Professional Licensing Attorney looks forward to making a difference for you.

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Addiction Amongst Medical Professionals Resulting in Licensing Discipline

People working in the medical profession deal with a lot of stress, pain, and anguish. Although these feelings aren’t limited to the medical professionals endure experiences that are unique and stressful. Medical professionals, and doctors endure adverse patient outcomes and deal with the strain of running a medical practice. Often times, these medical professionals turn to drugs and/or alcohol to handle the stress, anxiety, and depression.

Medical professionals experience fatigue and exhaustion because their jobs are unrelenting. Doctors and nurses do not have healthy sleep schedules leading to depression. A doctor’s or nurse’s duty of care owed to their patients cannot acquiesce to how the caregiver feels on a given day.

Doctors suffering from the effects of alcohol or drug misuse can face professional discipline jeopardizing their career, and their future. When facing these issues, you need an advocate to help you get through this difficult time. Missouri and Kansas professional licensing attorney Danielle Sanger helps medical professionals keep their license when they are facing professional discipline due to an addiction to drugs or alcohol. With Attorney Sanger by your side, you have an attorney devoted to her practice and defending the rights of professional licensees.

How Do Medical Professionals Become Addicted?

Paradoxically, doctors become addicted to medications, drugs, and/or alcohol with great regularity although they know the health consequences. Notwithstanding the health risks, doctors often turn to prescription drugs due to the ease of access to medication. Fortunately, doctors have the education and training to understand when they need help. Addicted doctors are often amenable to treatment after they admit that they have a problem.

Seeking Treatment before Facing Disciplinary Hearings Can Minimize Adverse Outcomes

Obtaining medical treatment for addiction and committing yourself to sobriety prior to facing professional discipline will help ease the severity of professional punishment.

Kansas Professional Licensing Attorney Danielle Sanger is available to help you get your career back on track. Your professional is too valuable to allow the clutch of substance abuse to ruin your career and your personal life. Call Attorney Sanger today at 785-979-4353 to learn more about your legal options if you are under investigation for or are facing discipline for substance abuse as a medical professional.

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How Do Disciplinary Actions Affect Multi-State Licensing

All State Boards of Nursing issue nursing licenses for their state and they handle the disciplinary actions against nursing home professionals who violate their license requirements. If a nurse moves to another state, they will need to possess that state’s nursing license to practice. It is essential to know how holding multiple licenses can impact them should they be involved in a disciplinary action.

Nurses are permitted to hold a variety of nursing licenses. Nurses are permitted to move across state lines and posses nursing licenses in several states. When a nurse changes their license, or leaves their state, or is licensed in a new state, their old nursing license does not go away. The state agency that grants the original nursing license continues to hold jurisdiction over that nurse, even if the license has lapsed or cannot practice in that state or capacity, the state’s Board of Nursing can still discipline that individual at any time. This is true even when the nurse dropped their license.

Nurses with licenses in another state are subject to that state’s laws and rules. Those rules and disciplinary actions follow the nurse from state to state. For example, should a nurse have their license suspended in one state, and move to a different states, the new state they reside in can penalize the nurser incidents in the previous jurisdiction.

Many states also consider the failure to notify a licensing agency concerning disciplinary actions in other jurisdiction as “unprofessional conduct.” Nurses are usually required to contact multiple agencies to report any previous or ongoing disciplinary actions even if the violation did not violate the new state’s rules.

Defending Against Disciplinary Actions

There are a several ways for nurses to lose their nursing licenses or face disciplinary actions. When the violations are professionally-related, such as a nurse failing to maintain charts or is has acted negligently in their treatment of patients. Sometimes these actions can also result in criminal charges. Moreover, nurses may receive disciplinary actions or lose their license after being convicted for a crime such as drug charges. Unfortunately, addiction is a significant issue with nurses. All states address these criminal charges or accusations based on the laws in that jurisdiction. Failing to address the criminal charges, or not defending against them, a nurse could complicate their future licensing in other jurisdictions.

If you are licensed in multiple states, or have prior licenses, and have faced disciplinary actions in any of those locations, you should speak to a licensing attorney. Contact the seasoned Kansas Professional Licensing Defense Attorney Sanger Law today at (785)-979-4353 to discuss your case.

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How to Know When to Negotiate a Favorable Disposition or Defend Against the Charges

Developing an effective defense strategy against allegations of professional licensing misconduct starts with a detailed examination of the circumstances. There cannot be a practical method to devise a winning defense strategy without a comprehensive review of the claims and the factual underpinnings.

Understanding the facts and circumstances of the charges is important and it is important to conduct a complete investigation to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the government’s case. Sometimes a thorough investigation will reveal that the best strategy is to negotiate a favorable disposition of the action. In other circumstances, the better solution is to defend the Accused until the bitter end.

Our professional licensing attorney will have several considerations to analyze before notifying a client of the feasible outcome of the disciplinary action. Any licensing defense attorney who represents a client has the duty of advising the client about all of the possible avenues the litigation and all potential outcomes of each avenue. The license defense attorney will also advise the client about the benefits and pitfalls of each choice.

Inexperienced attorneys often fail to provide their clients with a complete analysis of their cases. Those attorneys often dump the decisions on the client. Of course, the client ultimately makes the decision in the end. However, an effective legal representative will talk through each scenario to flush out the best potential outcome.

Our seasoned professional licensing attorney will evaluate her client’s tolerance for risk prior to advising the client on a particular defense strategy. There are few clients who want to “roll the dice” and see what occurs at their full hearing. But most people are more cautious and want to reduce their exposure. 

The question is: how do you know which direction to go?

Naturally, the answer to this question is not always an absolute certainty. The professional licensing attorney has to advise their client entirely and answer all of the legal questions that the client has at the time. Moreover, no one is bound to a course of action after a decision is made on a defense strategy. There are times when a hybrid approach is the best option.

In some cases, clients will ask their attorney to negotiate the best disposition possible in their case. An experienced licensing attorney would negotiate with the prosecuting attorney to arrive at an arrangement that is in your best interest. If no agreement can be reached, then you and your attorney will need to evaluate the situation. In many cases, defending the case until the very end is the best option and produces the best results 

Discuss All of Your Options with A Trusted Professional Licensing Advocate

Missouri and Kansas Professional Licensing Attorney Danielle Sanger has a well-earned reputation as a trusted advocate for professional licensees. You could rely on her experience and expertise to guide you through a difficult and challenging juncture in your career. Call Attorney Sanger today at 785-979-4353 to find out more.

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How a Kansas Medical License Defense Lawyer Can Assist You During a Complaint

If you or a family member holds a medical license and there have been complaints brought against you or your family member, do not risk handling the situation alone. Whether you are a chiropractor, dentist, doctor, lawyer, pharmacist, nurse, massage therapist, or other type of medical professional, you have invested a lot of time, money, and energy into your career.  Attorney Sanger is a legal and medical license defense lawyer who has successfully help professionals defend and protect their medical licenses. If you or a loved one is being investigated or is facing a disciplinary hearing, do not delay in contacting the Sanger Law Office to learn about the process and how we can help you fight to protect your future.

As any experienced medical license defense attorney in Kansas already knows, there are two sides to every story. A lot of people lodge complaints to licensing boards out of irrational anger. For example, medical professionals, such as nurses and doctors, often receive complaints from patients claiming they were victims of neglect, however these complaints often stem from those individuals’ unfair and irrational demands. As an attorney, we understand that some attorneys receive bar complaints simply because their clients were disgruntled because the judge did not rule in their favor or the client doesn’t want to pay their legal bills.

Whatever the circumstances, you must have an attorney on your side who has the experience to fight for your livelihood.  At the Sanger Law Office, our legal professions take the time to analyze the the case that has been brought against you. We have represented medical professionals in all stages of licensing board proceedings, from the initial application to investigations to formal adjudicatory hearings before state administrative tribunals.

Do not take the chance of having your medical license revoked or suspended simply because you thought you did not need a lawyer to defend you. Complaints against your medical license and the licensing hearings that accompany those complaints are a serious legal matters.  Without an experienced medical license defense attorney to help you to understandyour legal options, and help you make informed decisions concerning your case, you are needlessly putting your livelihood at risk.

The Sanger Law Office is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and our firm represents medical and legal professionals before state licensing boards and in administrative hearings throughout Kansas and Missouri.  We can fully investigate the evidence and charges filed against you or your loved one to devise an effective strategy to protect your reputation, license, and professional livelihood.  If you are facing disciplinary proceedings or even if you are only subject to an initial investigation, contact Danielle Sanger now for a free and completely confidential consultation at 785-979-4353.  The Sanger Law Office looks forward to providing you with excellent legal representation.

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How Sanger Law Office Can Negotiate Your Medical License-Renewal

The strongest license defense strategy starts by hiring an attorney who focuses their practice on professional license defense. License defense will often involve protecting your business and your medical license. Defending a professional license might also help protect your other legal rights and privileges, such as your driver’s license. Moreover, you will have a better chance of defending your professional business license and healthcare license by hiring an experienced attorney from the Sanger Law Office.

Kansas and Missouri medical licensing is crucial in your ability to make a living. When doctors, nurses, dentists, and other medical professionals are seeking license renewal, they must seek expert guidance.

States in which our firm practices – Kansas and Missouri have licensing and regulatory boards that govern medical occupations. These regulatory boards have their own rules and operating standards. This is one of the primary reasons why it is crucial that you speak with a knowledgeable medical license renewal and defense attorney.

Licensing and regulatory boards are committed to safeguarding public health and safety, so these agencies handle their licensing mandates seriously. When complaints are investigated by insurance companies, law enforcement, and state and federal agencies, the professional medical must begin their defense as quickly as possible and defend against the complaints. A complaint will trigger an investigation, and you must discuss your case with an attorney to develop an effective defense plan to neutralize the complaint. Moreover, your attorney will help you respond to the complaint and take corrective actions.

To have your license reinstated, you must expect that the process will be challenging and full of obstacles. However, an experienced medical license defense lawyer can assist tremendously. Since every case is unique, the defense strategy must be developed in accordance with the case’s specific facts and circumstances.

Rely On Experience If You Face Allegations of Unprofessional Conduct In Kansas Or Missouri

If you have received a complaint or if you are being investigated by the state board in Kansas or Missouri, speak with Medical License Defense Attorney Danielle Sanger immediately. Attorney Sanger possesses vast experience in representing healthcare professionals.

Call Attorney Sanger today at 785-979-4353 (Kansas) or 816-520-8040 (Missouri) for your free and confidential consultation and learn your rights and responsibilities if you are a facing professional licensing issues.

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CNA Nursing Board License Defense Attorney in Kansas and Missouri.

We Fight to Protect Your Nursing License in Kansas & Missouri.

As a certified nursing assistant, you help people in their time of need. When your career is on the line, you need an experienced defense attorney to protect your ability to work. If you are being investigated by a Missouri or Kansas State Board of Nursing, you need to speak to our CNA defense attorney at Sanger Law Office. We know that your nursing career is your livelihood. We represent CNAs throughout Kansas and Missouri who are under investigation for disciplinary matters.

Anyone is able to file a complaint against a CNA, including employers, patients, hospitals, co-workers, and even family members. These investigations examine a wide variety of matters, such as:

  • Falsities in the license application process,
  • Past conduct affecting your right to obtain a license,
  • Standard of care violations,
  • Medication errors,
  • Failure to comply with CE requirements,
  • Fraud, theft, or deception,
  • Abuse of patients, 
  • Unsafe medical methods,
  • Commission of criminal offenses, 
  • Inappropriate relationships with patients, 
  • Malpractice lawsuits and judgments,
  • Impairment affecting your ability to practice, such as drug or alcohol use,
  • Sexual misconduct, and
  • all other actionable offenses. 

In most cases, your first clue that an investigation has been with be the receipt of a letter informing you that an agency is considering taking adverse action against you. This agency might be the state Nursing Board, and the letter will inform you that you are the subject of an investigation or a complaint. The letter may also state the Board’s proposed course of action. Investigations will then begin an investigation, which can last several months.  

Always take notice of a complaint from the Board seriously as any adverse action lodged by the Nursing Board will seriously impact your ability to work as a CNA. The State Nursing Boards have the authority to revoke, deny, suspend, censure, or limit your license or ability to work as a CNA. There are hefty legal fines that may be levied against the defendant.

After receiving the investigation letter, the first step is to contact our Nursing Board license defense attorney at Sanger Law Office. It is important that you contact our office before you respond to requests for documents and before attending any interviews. All statements that you make during the investigatory process will likely negatively impact your case. Any evidence discovered during an investigation could turn an early dismissal of the complaint into a lengthy hearing process.

Depending on the facts of the case, you may be given the option of seeking informal resolution of the complaint. An informal resolution is an educational remedy. Along with your legal representative, you can pursue an agreement to resolve the charges. In an informal resolution, you could receive permission to remedy the issue by attending continuing education, entering into regular drug and alcohol testing, or being placed on probation. Your defense attorney will play an essential role in helping you present favorable evidence throughout the investigations. This can help persuade your acceptance into an informal resolution.

More severe charges will likely be subject to formal discipline. If a complaint is referred for an administrative hearing, you and your attorney must request a hearing to counter any action taken against you. An administrative hearing is similar to a trial. The hearing is recorded and includes submitting evidence by each party. You could face serious disciplinary action against your nursing license if a violation is found at the administrative hearing. Moreover, not having a hearing will almost guarantee severe actions will be taken against you. 

Defend Your Nursing Career!

If your CNA job is at risk, contact our Kansas and Missouri Nursing Defense Attorneys at Sanger Law Office. Our firm is led by Attorney Danielle R. Sanger. Ms. Sanger has devoted her law practice to protecting nurses and other professionals in administrative proceedings brought by state and federal regulatory agencies. With the assistance of the Sanger Law Office, you can rest assured that your nursing career and future are in the best of hands. We will fight to see that you obtain the best outcome possible given the facts of your case. Call the Sanger Law Office at 785-979-4353 (Kansas) or 816-520-8040 (Missouri) to schedule your free consultation and start protecting your nursing career today!

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How to Avoid or Defend Against Accusations of Fraud by a Fiduciary

Have you been accused of misusing a client’s money? 

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) reports that approximately 7% of elder financial exploitation (EFE) cases involve a fiduciary such as a lawyer, trustee, or financial professional who manage older adults’ financial accounts. In 2020, senior citizens lost about $6.3 billion in financial abuse cases referred to state and federal authorities. The cost is presumed to grow while people ages 65 and over are expected to double by 2060. The issue of elder financial exploitation is a real and growing issue.  

However, how does an attorney, trustee, or financial planner defend themself against accusations of elder financial exploitation? 

First, the vast majority of legal and financial professionals do not take money from their clients, and they work very hard for their client’s best interests. They are also an important line of defense against elder financial exploitation.

The Bank Secrecy Act commits financial institutions to report suspicious activity reports (SAR) with the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network when they identify suspicious activity in a customer’s account. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also requires institutions to report suspicious activity to local, state, or federal law enforcement authorities. Moreover, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a Congress authorized industry group, has regulations that detect elder financial exploitation. By way of example, FINRA rules oblige member institutions to identify a “trusted contact” for individuals opening new accounts. This helps the financial institutions spot if an account holder has cognitive skills or if suspicious activity is on the account. The financial institution will have “permission to contact the trusted contact.” 

How to Avoid Accusations of Fraud by a Fiduciary

The following are a few tips to help defend against future accusations of Fraud by a Fiduciary:

  1. Be proactive in explaining changes in your client’s accounts.
  2. Explain, in writing, all changes in your client’s accounts.
  3. Require your client to retain a third party audit the “books” or retain outside auditors. 
  4. Notify “approved” family members of changes and updates.
  5. Keep in touch with all service providers.
  6. Ensure fees and billing processes are clear and part of your client services agreement. 

How to Defend Against Accusations of Fraud by a Fiduciary

The best approach to defend against accusations and charges of Fraud by a Fiduciary is to speak to an experienced Professional License Defense Attorney as soon as possible. The investigative process is swift. That is why it is important that you understand the legal process, you have an advocate protect you from making damaging statements, and your attorney ensures that your legal rights are protected. 

If Your License is Denied or Challenged, You Need Help

A challenge to a professional license or the denial of a license is a stressful event. Those who face such scenarios need to take them seriously and should reach out to Sanger Law today at (785) 979-4353 to discuss your case.

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Can Unpaid School Loans Cost You Your Kansas Professional License?

School Loan debt in the United States has reached $1.6 trillion. The massive amount is a record high, and making student loan debt second only to mortgage debt when it comes to consumer loan debts. About 45 million people are facing varying amounts of debt from obtaining their degrees, and many are making large monthly payments to creditors. There have been debates as to what penalties should apply in these cases.

More than one out of every ten borrowers have a loan in default. In total, five and a half million borrowers have defaulted on school loans, meaning $119.8 billion in loans have defaulted. It is important to note that most people cannot discharge their student loan debt in bankruptcy. What this means is that the massive debt for their school loans will stay with them for life, or until they find some way to pay them back.

Since you are unlikely to get rid of your student loan debt, what will happen to your professional license in the event that you end up in the more than ten percent of borrowers who have defaulted on their loans? In some cases, one form of penalty is a loss of a professional license.

Of course, losing a professional license will make it impossible for a person to work in the career that they studied and worked hard to obtain. It will also make it more difficult for that person to pay off their debt.

License Suspension States

By 2010, close to half of all states had laws that could cause the loss of a license for professionals who default on school loans. Most states with such laws allowed for the suspension of any professional license based on the default of any kind of education loan. The boards were often able to make the final decision, though.

States Begin to Backtrack

While loan debt has created a crisis across the country, many states began to realize that these laws were not productive. Several states made moves to repeal the laws and prevent a failure to pay school loans from causing a loss of a professional license. In most states, the licensing boards lost the ability to suspend or revoke a license based on the individual’s loan repayment status.

Some States Still Allow Loan Debt to Impact Initial License Applications

Only a few states have stated that student loan debt cannot be considered when a person is applying for a new professional license. This means that loan debt can be a factor weighed by licensing boards in many states.

Of course, aside from your license, there are many consequences related to failing to pay your student loans. In Kansas, you could have your tax returns or wages garnished to cover the loan payment costs. Your credit score will suffer significantly for failure to pay. In severe cases, it is possible that you could end up facing a lawsuit.

Any Denial of a License or Challenge to a Professional License Should be Taken Seriously

Kansas does not allow for professional license suspensions for individuals who failed to pay their student loans. Licensing boards may deny applications for other reasons, including something such as lying on the application. Additionally, a disciplinary action taken against a professional in another state could impact the ability of the professional to transfer his or her license to Kansas.

If Your License is Denied or Challenged, You Need Help

A challenge to a professional license or the denial of a license is a stressful event. Those who face such scenarios need to take them seriously and should reach out to a Kansas professional licensing attorney to discuss the claim made against them.

Contact the Missouri Professional Licensing Defense Attorney at Sanger Law today at (785) 979-4353 to discuss your case.

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Social Media and Nursing Licenses

More than two billion people across the globe are using Facebook. And that is only one of the many social media platforms being used by people to socialize, network, or just share their point of view. In some instances, social media can be useful for professionals. When it comes to those working in the nursing profession, these sites may help foster professional contacts, allow healthcare workers to share best practices or supporting information, or just allow for busy working professionals to stay in touch with friends and family.

When used properly, there can be many benefits to social media. Unfortunately, it is also easy for a single mistake or instance of bad judgment to have long-lasting effects on a person’s life and livelihood. It is possible for a nurse to post things online that will end up hurting them in the real world, potentially even creating a threat to their nursing license.

Judging What to Post

When determining if something is appropriate to post, it is a good idea to think about whether it would be an acceptable thought, comment, or photo to share in the workplace. There are some areas to be extra cautious about though.

Patient Privacy

One thing that will quickly lead to problems is posting personal information relating to patients. This could include photos that happen to have a patient in them. Posting this content would be viewed as a breach of privacy and can lead to an action against your license, as well as lawsuits, termination, and other unpleasant consequences. In some instances, the posts may have been well-intended as a way to get professional advice from a colleague. However, the results can be devastating for a nurse.

Do Not Complain About Work

Nurses can face trouble for posting about their employer or co-workers in a negative manner. This should apply to any job, as complaining online about your employer can obviously be problematic. It is not always clear who will see your post.

Personal Life Posts

While it might seem unfair, a person’s personal life can be considered in grounds for disciplinary action against that person in the nursing field. In one instance, a nurse’s license was placed on a three-year probation after his employer learned that he had received a DUI. While the DUI was not related to his professional duties, the court found that the Board of Nursing had the right to punish the professional.

Posting anything that suggests any violent or illegal conduct on the part of the nurse could be a problem, even if it was intended as a joke. Additionally, explicit sexual content and racially insensitive posts should be avoided.

Whenever using social media, the bottom line is to be cautious and always think twice before sharing a post. If you ever have a doubt about whether the post is appropriate, it is probably best not to take a chance.

Receiving notice that disciplinary actions have been initiated against you can be frightening. These charges, even if they seem unwarranted, should be taken very seriously. Hiring an attorney is a wise decision as the administrative process can be difficult and complex.

If you find yourself facing a challenge to your Missouri or Kansas nursing license or disciplinary action for something you posted on social media, Sanger Law can help you defend your case. Contact the Missouri and Kansas Nursing License Defense Attorney at Sanger Law today at (785) 979-4353.

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