A 2013.04 Retrospect New York – Virginia Case Study of Haberslaw.
Haberslaw had a client who was licensed in both Virginia and New York. He had been going through some pretty difficult personal issues and let his office records slide to the point that they were alleged to be deficient and came to the attention Virginia Department of Health Professions. Haberslaw reviewed the records and assisted in organizing them in an appropriate fashion, while supplementing them when possible with hospital and other legitimate records. All supplementation was appropriately documented. Haberslaw arranged a meeting with a physician resolution panel of the Virginia Department of Health Professions. Haberslaw negotiated a short year probationary period for the physician who was very pleased.
New York is a rather unique state when it comes to the administration of physicians licenses. While the Regents of the New York University System issue medical and other professional licenses, the New York Department of Health has jurisdiction to discipline physicians. However, the University Regents retained jurisdiction over most other healthcare professionals concerning discipline. Pharmacists and other non-physician healthcare professionals appear before the Regents and its bureaucracy concerning discipline but not the physicians. Physicians are subject to the authority of the New York Department of Health.
Just as the short probationary period was running out in Virginia, the New York Department of Health sent a notice from its then Director’s Office. Director Axelrod was an individual whom most New York physicians felt was overly penal in his perspective. While the Virginia Department of Health Professions was satisfied with a short period of probation, the New York Department of Health was demanding revocation. Haberslaw swung into action and sought to negotiate a similar settlement with New York which was with secondary sister state jurisdiction inasmuch as the incidents involved occurred in Virginia. New York, being true to its reputation under Director Axelrod, insisted on a revocation. Haberslaw demanded a hearing before an ALJ and sent off a large box of documents as evidence. When faced with the case prepared by Haberslaw, the New York Department of Health agreed to a similar probationary period in lieu of its earlier demanded revocation. At times, physicians need triage and healing as much as their patients do. When licensing Boards forget that, it becomes time when physicians need to call for their doctor of law to come in and assist like the airborne.
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