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The top 5 reasons your security clearance may be denied

If you want to work for the military or another government agency, you may need a security clearance. Even people who’ll never deal with sensitive information may need clearances simply to work in buildings that house some of the nation’s deepest secrets.

All told, more than 3 million federal employees rely upon their security clearances. So do another 1.2 million contractors. But government officials have turned away many others by deciding not to entrust them with access to sensitive information.

Is your dental office compliant with California regulations?

To become a dentist, you spent a lot of time in schools, you took a lot of tests, and you looked inside a lot of mouths. But once you started running your own practice, you realized that being a dentist means more than practicing sound dentistry. It also means clearing an endless series of administrative hurdles.

The problem is that these regulatory hurdles may ultimately be as important—if not more important—to your practice than your actual skills as a dentist. You need to comply with these rules or risk losing your license and your practice. So, how can you stay clear of all the regulatory pitfalls?

What can prevent you from earning a security clearance?

If you want to work for the military or government, you may someday need a security clearance to advance your career. The application process can be daunting. It means the government will pore over your records and may even interview your former employers, co-workers and friends. Could your past mistakes lead to a security clearance denial?

The truth is that everyone makes mistakes. And if you wonder whether you should report yours faithfully or not, it’s worth understanding how your clearance will be approved or denied.

How to protect your daycare license

Running a daycare isn’t easy. It might be rewarding to work with kids all day and help them grow, but it can also be exhausting. And then there are the licensing concerns.

To run your daycare, you need to keep your license in good standing. You need to comply with all the rules and regulations. You need to keep kids safe. And you need to treat them well. Any complaints or violations can put your license at risk. Not to mention an arrest for possible child abuse or endangerment.

Understanding the California Medical Board review process

What do I do? What comes next? These are two likely responses to learning you’ve had a complaint filed against you with the Medical Board of California.

First, you need to relax. There’s a big difference between a complaint and a disciplinary action. You’ll have several chances to respond and make your case, so it’s good to know how the process works—and how your careful response might help.

Are you under investigation by the California State Bar?

Relax. Take a deep breath. Clear your head. It may be startling to receive a letter of investigation from the California State Bar, but you want to keep perspective. You want to take the investigation seriously, but it doesn’t need to be cause for panic.

The State Bar exists to uphold the standards for justice throughout California. In accordance with that mission, it reviews all the complaints people file against the state’s attorneys. In 2018, the State Bar received nearly 16,000 complaints. Only 661 led to disciplinary action. That suggests the odds are in your favor. But you also want to respond the right way.

Did you receive a notice from the Board of Registered Nursing?

Nursing can be a rewarding profession. As much as it can wear you down, it can leave you knowing, each day, that you made a difference. There aren’t many other professions in which you might save so many lives or help so many people recover their health. Nor are there many professions that are more heavily regulated.

As a nurse, you assume responsibility for your patients’ health, and the State of California wants to make sure you live up to the standard. In some cases, that may mean investigating a complaint filed against you. These investigations are far more common than you might expect, and if you ever find yourself the subject of one, you’ll want to respond appropriately.

What gets a California lawyer disbarred?

Everyone makes mistakes. Even lawyers. But lawyers are held to higher standards than most other people. This is largely due to the trust their clients place in them and the expectation to repay that trust in good faith. As a result, there are standards for conduct that go beyond your ability to get results, and any failure to uphold these standards can lead to discipline—or getting yourself disbarred.

The good news is that very few complaints lead to disciplinary action. When the Los Angeles Sentinel looked at the matter, it found the State Bar received 15,973 complaints against lawyers in 2018. Of these, only 661 led to discipline. Only 131 attorneys were disbarred. But if you ever face a complaint that could lead to discipline, you want to take it seriously.

Coping with malpractice suits and medical board reviews

If you have ever been the target of a malpractice suit or medical board investigation, you’re not alone. You’re also not alone if it left you surprised, shocked, angered, stressed or depressed.

More physicians get sued for malpractice than don’t. According to Medscape’s 2019 malpractice report, 59% of physicians have been named in a suit, and these suits aren’t always responses to legitimate errors. In fact, physicians rarely feel the complaints are valid. The result is that the legal actions take most physicians by surprise.

Minor sanctions may now affect your Medicare eligibility

The CMS recently sent out the updated Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and it could change everything. For starters, formerly benign Medical Board sanctions could now cost you your Medicare billing privileges.

As reported by Policy & Medicine, the changes all hinge on a single paragraph tucked deep into the 808-page document. This paragraph grants the CMS a new authority to revoke providers’ Medicare billing privileges. And it has already come under fire.

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