Following are some recommendations:1. Research, locate and contact an attorney experienced in your type of action as early as possible.2. Contact your insurance company at your first notice to determine whether or not you have insurance coverage for such a matter.3. Be sure you understand the legal implications and possible adverse consequences that may arise out of an adverse finding against you in such proceedings. These may include: A civil lawsuit against you, report to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) exclusion from the Medicare Program, termination for cause from the state Medicaid Program, loss of your professional license and/or loss of your licenses for other facilities.4. Determine whether or not you intend to dispute the facts that are stated against you, including whether or not there really was a violation and whether or not you have a valid defense to it. If so, then you must request a formal hearing. At an informal hearing, you are not allowed to dispute or contest any facts alleged against you. In effect, you are pleading guilty.
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