We sued the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) because it suspended the Medi-Cal “provider status” of a registered nurse who had never actually been a Medi-Cal provider. The DHCS blacklisted the RN by including the nurse on a list of individuals barred from employment by Medi-Cal facilities. This unwarranted action prevented our client from working in all California hospitals and as lawyers who defend nurses we took action to remedy this.
A California registered nurse (R.N.) was convicted of alcohol-related reckless driving after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The conviction was a first-time offense, and there was no evidence of alcohol abuse or dependence.
Nevertheless, the Board of Registered Nursing demanded that the nurse submit to a psychological evaluation, physical evaluation, random urine tests, and substance abuse rehabilitation. Since there was no evidence of any alcohol problem, we believed that the conditions demanded by the Board were unreasonable.