Representing Clients in Health Care Licensing & Defense Professions
Our team will represent all healthcare providers including physicians, dentists, chiropractors, nurses and other healthcare providers. We fight for our clients in the healthcare industry with utmost regard to sensitive material, medical staff privilege and credentialing matters.
The lawyers at Jay Zelenock Law Firm defend health care professionals in professional licensing disciplinary actions in Michigan and strive to have justice served for all clients.
Contact us to see how we can help with your health care licensing and defense professions legal matters.
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Client Success Story:
Government Regulation – Health Care Licensing and Defense
The firm assisted a licensed health care professional in keeping her license in good standing in response to complaints filed against her by the state and a former employer. Unfortunately, the client’s former employment with a downstate hospital had “gone south,” and as a result, a series of complaints were filed against her with the State of Michigan by the former employer. The firm was able to assist the client by thoroughly investigating the facts underlying each alleged “report” of supposed infractions and demonstrating to the State Attorney General’s Office that each of the series of reports was weak and/or false. The client’s license was protected and preserved through the firm’s efforts, and the client was pleased with the outcome.
Health Care Law – Professional Licensing
The firm assisted a licensed physician with negotiations and potential licensing issues, as the doctor approached retirement age.
Health Care-Professional License Defense
A respiratory therapist was “written-up” and reported to the State of Michigan for alleged wrongdoing on the job. Our team was able to use its experience with scientific and medical issues to show the licensing board that the worker was not guilty of any serious errors or omissions. The worker’s case was resolved at minimal expense, and she kept her valuable professional license and health care career that had been in great jeopardy, before our team showed the allegations were inaccurate. Our team’s knowledge of the healthcare workplace and professions, along with our experience with scientific and medical issues, were key to getting a good result for the client.
Employment Law-- Unemployment Benefits -Health Care-License Defense
A nurse working at a northern Michigan hospital for 12 years was fired over an allegation that she had allegedly “violated HIPAA” by communicating with the patient’s adult daughter. Unfortunately, hospitals too often claim that laid-off workers are “not entitled to unemployment benefits,” by claiming that “misconduct” violating policy (or threatening patient safety or rights) occurred before the lay-off.
In this case, the hospital’s claims of an alleged “HIPAA violation” were shown to be completely unfounded and inappropriate, a situation the firm unfortunately has seen with other female health care workers/medical employees. The hospital’s claim that the client “violated HIPAA” by talking to the adult daughter of the patient was baseless.
First, hospital policy allowed staff to talk to “family members” of patients, unless the patient indicated that was not desired. Second, the patient’s adult daughter was a nurse at the same hospital and was spoken to while she was wearing her nurse’s “scrubs” and employee identification when she picked up her mother from the appointment. Third, not surprisingly given that her daughter was a nurse, the patient had consented to having her adult daughter serve as an authorized medical contact.
The patient was an elderly woman, who lived in her daughter’s home. The nurse/daughter brought the patient to and from the appointment. In sum, the hospital employer’s claims for “misconduct” were without any reasonable support. The Administrative Law Judge ruled in favor of the client and indicated that the client did not commit misconduct, and that the hospital employer should have realized that the employee was acting in the best interests of the patient, as well as the hospital.
The ALJ listened to the witness testimony, reviewed the documentary evidence, and properly concluded that the employer had failed to carry its burden of proving misconduct. Remarkably, the hospital-employer took an appeal of the ALJ’s decision, but the firm briefed the issues and the employee again prevailed in the appeal.
Government Regulation – Health Care Licensing
The firm recently assisted a health care worker with defending her license against claims that she inappropriately forged a supervisor’s signature on a form. The firm helped the client prepare a thorough defense and gather evidence that supported her innocence, and also assisted the client at an investigatory interview with state officials. As a result, the state was persuaded that the client had not done anything wrong and dropped the matter at the investigation stage without filing any charges against the client. The client was very pleased with the favorable outcome and kept her license “clean” of any allegation or charges.
Government – Administrative and Agency – Litigation and Appeals
The firm was recently successful in assisting a severely disabled individual to obtain higher-skilled health services through a governmentally regulated body. The firm aggressively litigated and negotiated on behalf of the individual, citing regulatory and factual authority supporting the individual’s claim. The firm prevailed, recovering the benefit of higher and specialized care for the individual.
Health Care License Law – State Licensing Issues
A health care worker was provided advice on licensing requirements and staff privilege issues.