When Providers Get In Trouble, Keep Quiet Until It’s Resolved, then Reach Out

October 6, 2014 – In The News
Part B News

William Maruca was quoted in the Part B News article, “When Providers Get In Trouble, Keep Quiet Until It’s Resolved, then Reach Out.”Full text can be found in the October 6, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below,

If a physician leaves your practice under a cloud, it is important to have legal clearance before releasing information about the situation to patients and staff.

When you suspect a crime has been committed it is important to tell the police. William Maruca of Fox Rothschild LLP explains that “there are usually state law obligations to report an ‘impaired physician’ to the applicable board,”

Telling a medical board why the provider had to leave could expose you to liability, while telling a medical board probably won’t, however, it is important to check your state laws.

Maruca uses Pennsylvania’s Medical Practice Act as an example. The law directs practices to report impaired providers to the board and includes that “any person or facility who reports pursuant to this section in good faith and without malice shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability arising from such report.”