Protecting Your Professional License
State Administrative Licensing Boards (Investigations/Discipline/Applications)
Medicare & Medicaid Provider Issues
Facility Privilege Matters
Specialty Board Disclosures & Certification Defense
Law Offices of Lyn E. Beggs
The Law Offices of Lyn E. Beggs, PLLC offers experienced representation to clients in professional licensing and administrative matters in addition to general health care representation. Located in Reno, Nevada, and providing services throughout the State, Ms. Beggs strives to ensure that the individual needs of each client is met.
In Nevada many professions are governed by state laws requiring an individual obtain a license issued by a state professional licensing board before engaging in their profession. Often the license holder must also obtain additional certificates or registrations to properly practice in their field. The denial or revocation of such a license or other required certificate/registration can result in an individual being prohibited or restricted in their chosen career. Legal assistance is often needed to respond to licensing board investigations, defend against disciplinary matters, or simply obtaining a license under certain circumstances. When such assistance is required, it is crucial to retain counsel that has the right experience and knowledge to best assist the licensee or applicant.
With extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, Ms. Beggs offers a wide range of legal assistance to clients in professional licensing/administrative actions, health care and general legal matters. Ms. Beggs works closely with her clients to assist them to meet their unique legal needs.
Initial Q & A
“How does the Informed Consent Documentation for Pain Prescriptions work?
Prescribing practitioners in Nevada are readily aware of the significant legal changes that were enacted after the 2017 Nevada legislative session regarding the requirements for prescribing controlled substances for the treatment of pain. Additional changes were made in 2019, including addition requirements for documenting a patient’s informed consent before prescribing a new controlled substance prescription for pain. NRS 639.23912 previously directed practitioners to discuss items such as the risks and benefits of the treatment, proper use of the prescription, alternative treatments, etc. with the patient. The 2019 changes now require a practitioner to also document in the patient’s chart that a discussion with the patient occurred covering the required informed consent factors and that the patient gave informed consent to initiate the prescription. If a written informed consent was provided, that should be included in the patient’s chart; but be aware, simply having the required prescription medication agreement (pain management contract) in the patient’s chart does not satisfy the informed consent documentation requirement.
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