Healthcare and Administrative Law
The Law Offices of Spicer & Chambers, P.A. represents physicians and physician groups primarily in licensor, administrative disciplinary matters, Department of Health investigations, Medicare audits, insurance audits, and employment matters.
David W. Spicer has been handling physician disciplinary cases for more than thirty years beginning as an outside special prosecutor for the Florida Board of Medicine during his years in practice in Tallahassee. When his practice relocated to Palm Beach County, he represented one of the largest hospitals in the area and numerous physicians and physician groups. The Law Offices of Spicer & Chambers, P.A. now represents physicians and other health care providers who are being investigated and prosecuted by the Florida Board of Medicine, Board of Osteopathic Medicine, Board of Nursing, and other Boards. We also represent physicians and other health care providers in Medicare and Medicaid disputes, insurance audits, as well as in inter-practice disputes with partners and former partners.
PROFESSIONAL LICENSING MATTERS
As a former special prosecutor for the Florida Board of Medicine, David W. Spicer has helped physicians and other health care practitioners defend their licenses, petition for reinstatement of their licenses, negotiate the settlement of Department of Health investigations, and respond to Medicare audits and investigations. Our office is experienced in litigating within the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) and defending physicians and other health care providers when an Administrative Complaint has been filed against their license.
The Law Offices of Spicer & Chambers, P.A. also represents other professionals in matters with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and Department of Financial Services (DFS).
PHYSICIAN GROUP PRACTICES
Expanding your practice can have many benefits. Whether you want to hire healthcare providers to join your practice or enter into a group/partnership with other doctors, it is imperative that you carefully evaluate the arrangement.
It is essential for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to be aware of the many legal ramifications that come with setting up, joining, or leaving a medical practice.
HOSPITAL PRIVILEGING MATTERS
Having represented one of the largest hospitals in Palm Beach County, our office has a highly developed skill set to ensure that physicians and other health care providers are effectively represented when applying for hospital privileges.
We also focus on representing physicians and other health care providers when their hospital medical staff privileges are threatened by hospital administrative investigations, Medical Executive Committee reviews, Peer reviews, and any other circumstances that may constitute adverse action against a physician or other health care provider’s hospital medical staff privileges, including suspension or termination of hospital medical staff privileges.
Of particular concern in this area are the consequences of reporting requirements to state and federal agencies, including reports to the National Practitioner Databank and the Florida Department of Health. Our representation of physicians and other health care providers ensures that hospitals follow all rules, including hospital bylaws, as well as state and federal law, when taking any adverse action that may be reportable to the National Practitioner Databank and Florida Department of Health.
PERSONAL COUNSEL AND REPRESENTATION
The Law Offices of Spicer & Chambers, P.A. is uniquely qualified to serve as personal counsel to physicians and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice litigation. Having years of insurance defense experience along with extensive experience litigating for plaintiffs, the Law Offices of Spicer & Chambers, P.A. knows exactly how to best represent and protect defendant-doctors in medical malpractice matters.
Typically, when a doctor or other healthcare provider is sued for medical malpractice, their professional liability insurance company chooses and assigns a defense attorney to defend the doctor. However, the insurance company maintains control of the litigation and differences may arise between the insurance company’s strategy and vision for defending a case and the insured-doctor’s desires and interests. For this reason, David Spicer and Jonathan Chambers are frequently hired by doctors and other healthcare providers who are involved in medical malpractice matters to serve as a personal counsel, meaning the only interests they are protecting are those of their client, with absolutely no obligation to the insurance company. As personal counsel, the Law Offices of Spicer & Chambers, P.A. is able to ensure that the insurance company is acting in the best interest of their insured, and also aggressively advocate to see that an insured-doctor is protected throughout the malpractice litigation.
The Law Offices of Spicer & Chambers, P.A. represents professionals facing investigations and complaints from state licensing boards. We aggressively represent licensees in matters with the Department of Health, Department of Business & Professional Regulation, and Department of Financial Services. Our firm is experienced in defending licensees in proceedings within Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH).