After a lengthy and hard-fought case, the CMM healthcare team, led by Bill McDonald, has prevailed in saving a client’s medical license.

New York State’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) suspended the physician’s license to practice medicine early last year following her convictions for felonies in Dutchess County in a prosecution brought by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, as well as DWI.  CMM immediately commenced the hearing process, which took place over ten appearances in Albany, finally culminating in November 2016.

In April, the Hearing Committee rendered its decision.  The OPMC had sought full revocation of our client’s license, but the Hearing Committee sustained eight counts of misconduct and dismissed six others, including additional charges that the OPMC filed toward the end of the hearing to further delay the case.  In its decision, the Hearing Committee noted that they “ultimately decided that mitigating circumstances exist here that warrant a lesser sanction” than revocation.

Once cleared by an evaluation to declare her fit to practice medicine, the physician will serve five years of probation under OPMC and undergo monitoring of her practice by another physician.  The decision states, “The Hearing Committee believes that if provided with the opportunity to participate in – and complete – an intensive therapy program, the Respondent will be capable of providing safe and proper medical care to patients.”

The CMM team saved the career of a doctor who needed a second chance.  Our attorneys provide aggressive defense not only for physicians, but any licensed professional (including nurses, chiropractors, massage therapists, and accountants) facing the possible loss of their license.  This recent decision further bolsters CMM’s reputation as a go-to firm for this important work.