Advantages of being represented by an attorney in IDFPR proceedings

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is responsible for the regulation and oversight of professionals in Illinois. The IDFPR has a duty to the people of the State of Illinois to ensure that its licensed professionals meet the guidelines and standards of professional practice. In healthcare practice, like others, when an individual […]

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Telemedicine: Illinois licensing issues

Telemedicine and new telehealth options are available to an increasing number of patients. In addition to hospitals and health care organizations, direct health care service providers are adopting telemedicine into their medical practices to serve and an increased number of patients. Telemedicine utilizes mobile apps and software allowing doctors and patients to meet in a virtual setting for certain types of services. In other settings, when meeting with your regular doctor, you might use mobile health care technology to bring in a specialist who would otherwise not be available due to schedules and distances. Routine doctor-patient interactions, such as follow up visits and general maintenance can be conducted using telemedicine, saving time and resources for patients who would otherwise need to drive distances to see their doctor. As more people learn of the benefits of telemedicine, there may be a patient preference to see a doctor who can see them in person or by mobile health care technology. In light of the benefits of telemedicine, there are certain legal issues arising in mobile health care. Practitioners should be aware and mindful of licensing issues.

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Court rules hospital must disclose confidential physician credentialing records

The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that a physician’s application file and their data bank report information was subject to discovery in a plaintiff’s medical malpractice lawsuit alleging negligent credentialing. Hospitals have a duty to protect their patients against careless and incompetent physicians. Credentialing is the process through which a healthcare provider collects and verifies […]

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Challenges for health care professionals reported in the National Practitioner Data Bank

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) is a federal information collection program, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, designed to ensure health care consumers receive quality health care, patient safety, and are protected from fraud and abuse in the health care industry. This information kept and shared with authorized users […]

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Podcast: Medical Malpractice and Professional Licensing Issues with Michael Favia

The Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants is a group of highly experienced attorneys and investigators who previously worked for the I.D.P.R. will represent and/or defend licensed    professionals in cases involving the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional            Regulation, Illinois Department of Public Aid and Illinois Department of Public Health. In this monthly podcast series our attorneys […]

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