How important is it that a medical professional has a current, or for that matter, just a license? Sounds like a rhetorical question doesn't it? Well, it's also a legal question.
In order to provide medical care, one must be trained and educated, at a minimum. In certain cases, they must also be licensed and/or have a certification.
Let's focus on physicians.
Each state has a Medical Board and associated regulations surrounding the requirements to obtain and maintain a medical physician's license. In Ohio, the state law requires a medical practitioner who performs certain medical services to be licensed in Ohio.
A recent Department of Justice case found several Ohio men to be liable for submitting false claims and for fraud when practicing medicine without a license in Ohio. Cecil Alexander Kent, Jr., pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare license fraud, two counts of healthcare fraud and five counts of making false statements relating to healthcare matters. Kent admitted in court while he was employed at B&M Visiting Doctors PLC., and while he was unlicensed in Ohio, he treated patients and falsified related patient records, including medical documents. He falsified prescriptions for controlled substances he wrote using the name and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration number of a licensed physician.