Heads Up: Illinois healthcare practitioners should pay attention to the incidence of the purchase and use of non-FDA-approved medications from foreign countries

Healthcare practitioners should be aware of recent investigations and prosecutions for the purchase and distribution of non-FDA-approved narcotics from outside the U.S. Recent reports of U.S. Federal Drug Administration (“FDA”) activity puts a spotlight on not only the civil and criminal penalties at stake, but also the safety of patients. Concerned physicians and health care […]

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Neglect and abuse: when the nurse steals the patient narcotics

On the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) regulates the licensing of Illinois Nurses. In the news recently, one Illinois nurse faces felony drug and neglect charges. On the IDFPR website, using the license lookup feature, Nichole Banuelos, is indicated as disciplined by having her Licensed Practical Nurse (“LPN”) license suspended as of […]

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Taking the time to understand physicians and their personal worries and fears

Our law firm focuses on health law and litigation, primarily addressing the professional licensing needs of physicians. We assist our clients when they have an issue involving the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”). Just like lawyers, physicians are the subject of complaint and inquiry, sometimes simply when things don’t go well for […]

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Medicare fraud and kickbacks: Chicago psychologist loses his medical license indefinitely

Chicago area psychologist, Michael Reinstein, recently lost his medical license following the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) suspended his license for a minimum of  three years before Reinstein would be allowed to apply for reinstatement. When complaints of professional misconduct come to the attention of IDFPR, the licensing authority for many Illinois […]

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About the Health Care Workers Licensure Actions; Sex Crime Law

A recently adopted law identified as, Health care worker licensure actions; sex crimes, controls the licensing of Illinois health care workers who are involved in certain offenses, namely sex offenses. Specifically, the law applies to health care workers, as defined in the Health Care Worker Self-Referral Act, meaning “any individual licensed under the laws of […]

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Telemedicine Guidelines Adopted by the Federation of State Medical Boards

Imagine you have a cold or sore throat, something minor but you know you need to see a doctor to get the prescription you want to get better. Sometimes it is too difficult and our schedules are so demanding that it makes more sense to handle routine medical appointments using technology instead of driving to […]

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Medical Spa Update: Illinois Nurse Practitioners may have more expanded roles in some spas

Necessity is the mother of invention, so says the English proverb. The need to marry the healing benefits of the spa and fitness industry with Western medicine may not have been apparent until recently, but today many people would miss the convenience and benefits of Medical Spas. The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers / Distributors […]

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Congress on Concussions: A review of recent press and activity on contact sports and brain injuries

According to research calculations conducted by a physics professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, “professional football players have become so much bigger and faster than the amount of force at work along the line of scrimmage is now twice what it was when the NFL started.[i]” Professor Timothy Gay testified at a congressional hearing in […]

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Injuries from potholes and street repairs: About municipal liability and the Tort Immunity Act.

Spring weather means road construction and pothole repair on many Northern Illinois roadways. The city of Chicago may be paying closer attention to dangerous conditions after a recent Cook County Court awarded $2.7 million to a postal worker who ruptured his ACL in March 2008. The injured worker, was “not able to see the sinkhole […]

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Why the $765M agreed settlement of the consolidated NFL concussion cases remains on hold

U.S. District Judge, Anita B. Brody, wants more calculations to ensure just awards of damages for ex-NFL players in the settlement of the well-publicized consolidated concussion cases. Denying a motion to approve the $765M settlement on Tuesday, Brody, “noted that the class of approximately 20,000[i] could overwhelm the [settlement] fund, even if only 10 percent […]

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