1. You are not required to make any statement to the investigator, oral or written, and you should not do so.2. You do not have to send the investigator a copy of your resume, and you should not do so.3. You have a Fifth Amendment right to refuse to say or do anything that might incriminate yourself. This applies to administrative investigations.4. If you have malpractice insurance (professional liability insurance) it may pay for your legal defense in an investigation. Use it!5. You have the right to obtain a copy of the investigation after it is completed and to file a rebuttal to it.
1. You should never agree to voluntarily relinquish your license if any investigation is pending. This will be treated the same as a disciplinary revocation and the consequences will be severe. (see below.)2. You should never request an informal hearing. An informal hearing means you are admitting all of the allegations against you are true (pleading guilty), and you are not disputing them.3. If disciplinary action is taken against you (including a “voluntary” relinquishment) this will be reported to your national certification board and it will most likely revoke your national certification.4. If you have licenses in other states or in other health professions, this will be reported and they will commence investigations and disciplinary actions.5. It will be reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The OIG will then commence action to exclude you from the Medicare Program. If excluded, it is likely that you will not be able to work in health care or for any government contractor in any capacity.
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