Our Kansas healthcare licensing defense attorneys have unsurpassed experience and skill to aggressively defend healthcare professionals before regulatory boards. Our very own Diane L. Bellquist served as Assistant General Counsel with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts before transitioning to private practice. Ms. Bellquist’s extensive understanding and experience in the healthcare industry makes Joseph, Hollander & Craft an invaluable team to have in your corner.

We can assist healthcare professionals in applying for licensure in Kansas. If your application for licensure is under review, you will want an attorney advising you regarding your rights and defending your interests. The regulatory boards have their own attorneys representing the interests of the board, so having attorney representation levels the playing field. A denial of an application can have adverse consequences on licenses held in other states.

If a complaint against your professional license is being investigated, you will want an attorney involved in the beginning to help you investigate the matter fully. Engaging an attorney at this stage can be crucial to avoiding or mitigating disciplinary action against your professional license. Merely having allegations against your license can have adverse collateral impact for hospital privileges, licenses in other states, third-party payer agreements, and professional association memberships. Our attorneys can offer strategies to minimize the collateral impact.

Sometimes healthcare providers are faced with very serious allegations questioning their fitness to practice, which can involve substance abuse, aging, or other physical conditions. Joseph, Hollander & Craft’s attorneys are experienced in advising healthcare professionals through the referral and evaluation process. The impaired provider program for nurses is administered by the Kansas Nurses Assistance Program (KNAP) in conjunction with the Heart of America Professional Network (HAPN). Our attorneys will provide thorough and competent advice regarding all options weighing the risks and benefits at each stage so that you can make informed decisions.

Regulatory healthcare defense can be a complicated area of practice. You need our highly experienced and qualified licensing defense lawyers who know the law and are familiar with the healthcare regulatory agencies. You need to have your rights and your professional license protected. Our lawyers understand the time, cost, and sacrifice involved in obtaining your professional license and practicing your profession.

Peer Review Proceedings
Our healthcare defense attorneys also assist doctors and nurses in peer review proceedings. If you find yourself in a peer review proceeding, you will want an experienced attorney on your side to counsel you through the process. Adverse peer review findings can have dire consequences, such as sanctions by the medical facility or licensing board and reporting to the National Practitioner Databank. Joseph, Hollander & Craft’s experienced lawyers can help you navigate the peer review proceedings.

Medical Staff Privileging Actions
Applying for medical staff privileges can be a daunting task. Our attorneys can assist by making sure your history and experience is conveyed completely and reflected in the best light. Medical staff privileges may be disciplined for a number of reasons, including substance abuse, substandard quality of care, or even disruption in the workplace. Our healthcare defense attorneys are experienced in representing medical staff facing investigations and disciplinary action. We can guide physicians through privileging actions and, in some cases, appeal unfavorable decisions. When medical staff privileges are disciplined it is reportable to the National Practitioner Databank (NPDB). Reports to the NPDB can have a significant impact on a providers practice, including licensing board actions and reputational damage.

Corporate Practice of Healthcare
When establishing a healthcare practice in Kansas, you need an attorney who is versed on the corporate practice of medicine doctrine and the statutes governing your profession. These laws provide restrictions on forming corporate entities for purpose of practicing healthcare professions. Whether you need assistance forming a new practice, restructuring an existing practice, or employment law issues, Joseph, Hollander & Craft can assist. As your trusted advisors, we can help you stay up to date on the latest business-related healthcare issues that you may encounter.

Healthcare professionals who we can assist include:

Board of Healing Arts

  • Medical Doctors
  • Osteopathic Doctors
  • Physician Assistants
  • Naturopathic Doctors
  • Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Podiatrists
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapist Assistants

Board of Nursing

  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Certified Nurse Midwives
  • Licensed Mental Health Technicians

Department of Aging and Disability Services

  • Certified Nurse Aides
  • Certified Medication Aides
  • Nursing Homes
  • Home Plus Facilities
  • Operators and Administrators of Long Term Care Facilities
  • Home Health Aide

Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board

  • Psychologists
  • Master’s Level Psychologists
  • Clinical Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Professional Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors


Board of Pharmacy

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians

Dental Board

  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists

Board of Emergency Medical Services

  • Emergency Medical Responders (EMR)
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMT)
  • Paramedics (MICT)