In the past ten years, state and federal agencies have become much more aggressive in regulating pain management clinics, investigating individual doctors and clinics suspected of prescribing medication illegally and enforcing relevant drug trafficking and health care fraud laws. An anonymous tip, a discrepancy during a routine audit, a red flag from a state or federal monitoring system or any number of other issues can lead to increased scrutiny and surveillance by state and local law enforcement and the DEA.
If you think you may be investigated or are being audited/investigated for illegally prescribing medication or a related crime, you need to take immediate action to protect yourself. State and federal agencies have poured resources into investigating and prosecuting pain clinic doctors, and the consequences for a doctor charged with prescribing medication beyond what is considered the standard course in medical practice or without a legitimate medical purpose can be profound.
Get the help you need from an experienced health care defense attorney. Jonathan Rose has over 20 years of successful experience in state and federal court. He will put his knowledge of prosecutors’ strategies and his experience defending doctors against serious state, federal and administrative charges to work protecting your rights and aggressively defending you against all possible charges.
Potential Consequences for Florida Pain Clinic Doctors Accused of Illegal Prescribing/Dispensing of Medication
If your pain clinic practice is being audited or investigated, allegations of illegal prescribing/dispensing of medication could be leveled against you in the very near future. Although the allegations could be unsubstantiated, you could still face serious consequences.
First, under the Code of Federal Regulations, your DEA license can be suspended immediately. This action can then be followed be a cascade of other punitive actions, including suspension of CMS privileges and action against your Florida medical license, as well as any licenses you hold in other states.
Added to the possibility of these administrative actions is the fact that if the allegations are substantiated and you are convicted of any state or federal crimes, such as drug trafficking, health care fraud or conspiracy, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Sentencing guidelines for these crimes vary under state and federal law and depend largely on the circumstances of the specific offense(s). However, if convicted of even one of these offenses, you could face jail time or a lengthy probationary period and licensing sanctions. If convicted of drug trafficking in federal court, you could even face penalties such as loss of your medical license, forfeiture of property, fines up to $1 million or more and life in prison.
Why Florida Pain Management Clinic Doctors Need a Skilled Health Care Defense Attorney
Pain clinic doctors often do not understand how serious the consequences of federal or state audits and investigations can be and do not proactively protect themselves. If a skilled Florida health care defense attorney intervenes early on your behalf, you could possibly avoid serious allegations and the subsequent punitive actions from the DEA, CMS, and Florida Board of Medicine. A criminal defense attorney may be able to defend you in court, but you need a lawyer who is also an experienced Florida medical license defense attorney to successfully handle the administrative actions against you.
Before you face the damaging consequences of action against your medical license and criminal charges, get the help you need from a skilled health care defense attorney who will protect your rights, your career, and your freedom. If you are being audited, investigated, or charged with overprescribing or a related offense, contact Attorney Jonathan Rose as soon as possible. The sooner he can intervene on your behalf, the better prepared you will be to fight any charges against you and hopefully get them dismissed or reduced.
Help for Florida Pain Management Doctors from a Skilled Health Care Defense Attorney
Your defense and your future depend on having a skilled attorney who has successful experience helping Florida doctors challenge administrative complaints, license suspensions, and criminal charges. Jonathan Rose has the knowledge, skill and experience you need. With more than twenty-one years of experience in state and federal courts and many years of experience defending physicians’ medical licenses, he has the expertise in defense and health care law you need to protect your license, career and future.
Attorney Jonathan Rose will put his knowledge of state and federal prosecutor’s strategies and knowledge of health care law to work to protect your rights, your freedom, and your future. Call 407-392-9298 or complete the form on our website to get the legal help you need.