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Chicago professional license defense attorneyUnder Illinois law, all physicians, chiropractors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals are required to obtain a professional license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). A person who practices medicine without a valid professional license is committing a crime under Illinois law and a conviction could result in potential jail time.

Practicing Without a License

When an individual gives medical advice or medical treatment, but that individual does not hold a current valid medical license, Illinois law says they are guilty of the unauthorized practice of medicine. This includes engaging in any of the following activities:

  • Diagnosing conditions
  • Issuing prescriptions for medications
  • Performing surgery
  • Advertising or attempting to advertise the practice

If a patient suffered any type of harm because of the unauthorized practice, the individual could also face additional criminal charges.

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Illinois social worker license defense lawyerIt takes great dedication and commitment to be an Illinois social worker. After all, one of the main duties of the profession is helping people navigate through difficult life situations. Many times, it is the most vulnerable that a social worker is helping, such as children and the elderly.

The majority of social workers are never named in any ethical complaints or arrested on charges of wrongdoing in the course of their job. Some say that the cost of liability and malpractice insurance for social workers is proof of the low rate of incidences – the premiums much lower than they are for malpractice insurance for other healthcare professionals.

Unfortunately, despite the low numbers, there are situations where a social worker may be notified by the Illinois Social Work Examining and Disciplinary Board that they are under investigation due to an allegation made by a third party. If this happens to you, make sure you contact an Illinois professional license defense attorney immediately.

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shutterstock_1296289726-min.jpg Being accused of a criminal act can be stressful enough. When you hold a medical license, not only do you have to defend yourself against the charges, but you will likely need to defend your medical license with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). If you are arrested, your first reaction may be to keep this news as quiet as possible, however, under the rules of the Illinois Medical Board, you are required to notify the board if you are facing certain criminal charges.

Felony Defenses

Under the rules of the IDFPR, a doctor is required to self-report if they have been arrested for any felony offense. One of the most common crimes that medical professionals are arrested for is healthcare fraud. These charges are usually brought forth by federal prosecutors since they usually involve fraud against Medicare or Medicaid. These allegations are very serious – not only does the accused face prison time and hefty fines if they are convicted, but their professional future is also in jeopardy since it also could mean loss of medical license or at the very least, loss of provider status.

Examples of the most recent cases of healthcare fraud arrests include:

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shutterstock_120816466-min.jpgThe state of Illinois has stringent requirements for any resident wishing to own a gun. The state has certain requirements a person must meet to obtain a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card. There are also certain factors that may result in a person being denied a FOID or having a current card revoked. If this has happened to you, do not delay in contacting an Illinois FOID attorney, especially if you currently own guns.

High Number of FOID Revocations Not Accounted For

According to recent testimony from members of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department to Illinois lawmakers, approximately 20,000 Cook County residents are holding revoked FOID cards. The testimony occurred at a hearing about how the state can curb violence and gun crimes.

The testimony revealed that approximately 33,000 Cook County residents have had their FOID cards revoked. Reasons for the revocations include domestic violence charges, felony convictions, or serious mental health issues. Of that number, almost 20,000 of those residents have not turned in their cards to law enforcement.

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Licensed nursing professionals are dedicated to helping people when they are sick and helping them stay healthy. One of the tools of their job is accessing a patient’s medical record to look up and record important and relevant information about the patient.

But those medical records are highly confidential. They are so confidential that the federal government passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to ensure that patients’ privacy is protected. Violating HIPAA could result in serious consequences and could even put your nursing license in jeopardy.

Privacy Violations

Because the majority of medical providers use electronic medical records (EMR), it is a lot easier for any violations to be discovered by the facility's IT department. Viewing a patient’s record without permission can lead to serious disciplinary action, depending on the circumstances of the violation. Penalties can range from a warning by an employer all the way to criminal charges.

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