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Illinois DEA Investigations Defense AttorneyThe Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – Chicago Division, along with the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois recently announced that two Illinois doctors were indicted on federal criminal charges for allegedly prescribing opioids to patients who did not have a legitimate medical reason for the drugs.

The Indictments

According to the information released by the DEA, one of the physicians charged managed a medical practice in Melrose Park and the second physician was employed there. The indictments allege that between 2015 and 2020, the doctors dispensed fentanyl, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and other controlled substances to patients who came to the practice but that no physical exams or diagnostic tests were performed on these patients in order to confirm what medical needs the patients had for these drugs.

The doctors are also accused of causing pharmacies to submit many claims to Medicare and Medicaid for prescriptions that were allegedly improperly prescribed.

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Illinois Medical License Defense LawyerOver the last few months, federal and state agencies across the country have issued warnings to health care professionals who hold various licenses to watch out for phone calls and letters from scammers claiming to be from state medical boards, claiming the person’s medical license has been suspended. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are currently investigating these alleged scams. If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be from the Illinois Medical Board threatening that your license is in jeopardy, it is important to contact an Illinois professional license defense attorney right away.

Details of the Scam

According to details released by law enforcement, the scammers will contact a health professional usually by phone. The call appears to be legitimate to the recipient because the scammers have been able to alter the phone number on the person’s caller ID so that it appears that the call is actually coming in from the state’s medical board. 

There are a couple of different methods the scammers are using to commit this fraud. In one of the scams being used, the person is contacted and told their medical license has been stolen and was used to commit criminal acts. The scammer claims these criminal acts are being investigated by the FBI, DEA, and other law enforcement agencies. The person is told their license has been suspended and that in order to have it reinstated, they must pay a bond.

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Illinois Medical License Defense AttorneyThere is no doubt that the country is deeply divided over just how serious COVID-19 is and what steps should be taken to mitigate the spread of the virus. There is intense debate over vaccines, masks, and social distancing, with much of that debate raging over social media platforms. Unfortunately, there has been an avalanche of misinformation and disinformation posted on these platforms about the virus. Some of this information comes directly from physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. All of this misinformation has prompted the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) to announce that any healthcare professional who spreads COVID-19 misinformation is at risk of losing their medical license.

The Federation of State Medical Boards

The FSMB is a nonprofit organization that represents 71 state medical and osteopathic boards in the United States. The organization provides education, data, assessment, and research to medical boards, while also focusing on initiatives and services that promote regulatory best practices, quality health care, and patient safety. The FSMB also co-sponsors the United States Medical Licensing Examination.

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Illinois Nursing License Defense AttorneyA nurse practitioner is one type of advanced practice registered nurse. In order to be licensed as a nurse practitioner, you are required to have additional education, training, and certification. Traditionally, nurse practitioners could be found at medical facilities such as urgent care clinics, but today, more and more patients are turning to nurse practitioners for their primary healthcare needs. Here in Illinois, the number of nurse practitioners have tripled over the past ten years and now number over 12,000.

At one time, nurse practitioners were always required to enter into a collaborative practice agreement with a physician, but that changed a few years ago when the state of Illinois passed a law allowing advanced practice registered nurses to practice independently of doctors. However, there are stringent requirements that must be met in order for them to do so.

Obtaining a Nurse Practitioner License

In order to become a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse must obtain their master’s degree in nursing. They are also required to have a minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care in order to be nationally certified.

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Illinois Medical License Defense AttorneyThe shutdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in multiple federal programs to help businesses and individuals survive financially. Some of these resources included the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, Paycheck Protection Program, and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. Over the last several months, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced indictments of multiple cases of fraud against parties who allegedly benefitted from these programs illegally. Recently, the DOJ announced another area of pandemic fraud they will be targeting – healthcare fraud.

Multiple Indictments

The DOJ issued their warning to all healthcare providers across the country that submitting claims for COVID-19-related testing and healthcare services that are false could result in criminal charges. Over the past couple of months, the DOJ has filed criminal charges against more than a dozen people in multiple states for submitting false claims. The total amount of these alleged false claims totals more than $143 million. Some of the alleged criminal acts charged in these indictments include fake testing, money laundering, and wire fraud.

In one case, a medical doctor was one of the people charged in an alleged scheme involving COVID-19 testing for Medicare recipients. The doctor is alleged to have taken the personal information of individuals receiving COVID tests, along with blood or saliva samples, and submitted them to Medicare for unrelated, unnecessary, and expensive laboratory testing. Some of the conditions allegedly submitted falsely for testing included cancer, allergy testing, respiratory pathogen panel tests, and genetic testing.

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Certification AttorneyIn 2013, the state of Illinois passed the Compassionate Use Act, which allowed the use of medical marijuana for patients suffering from certain medical conditions who received certification from their physician. In 2019, the state amended the law to also include certification by advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and other healthcare professionals other than physicians. The law has specific guidelines that healthcare professionals must abide by when issuing medical marijuana recommendations to patients and failure to follow these rules could result in disciplinary action by the Illinois Medical Board and/or other consequences.

Certifying Patients

Healthcare professionals who certify patients for medical marijuana use already walk a fine line with federal marijuana laws. It is illegal for a doctor or any other medical professional to prescribe cannabis in any form to a patient under federal law because of its classification as a Schedule 1 drug and, under the current federal law, prescribing marijuana for a patient could be deemed aiding and abetting the patient in obtaining the drug.

This is why healthcare professionals make recommendations to patients and not prescribe the drug. And while the legal risk of certifying patients is fairly low (In 2013, the DOJ stated that their attorneys would no longer pursue legal action against healthcare professionals for medical marijuana certifications), it is still important for healthcare professionals who do certify to be aware that federal laws have not caught up to state laws.

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Il MPJE Remediation LawyerPharmacists need to have detailed knowledge of a wide variety of pharmaceutical issues, as well as the practices followed in their profession and the legal issues related to the products and services they provide to patients. To ensure that a person will be able to meet all of their ongoing requirements as a pharmacist, they will need to complete examinations demonstrating their knowledge and competency. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) is one of the two exams that students must pass, and if they fail this exam three times, they must complete certain requirements for remediation before they can retake the exam.

What Does the MPJE Cover?

The MPJE will consist of 120 questions, and a person will have 2.5 hours to complete the exam. These questions will cover:

  • Pharmacy practice (around 83 percent of the test) - Subjects addressed will include the legal responsibilities of pharmacy staff, procedures followed when acquiring and distributing pharmaceutical products, legal requirements for issuing prescriptions, proper procedures for dispensing controlled substances and other products, patient counseling requirements, requirements when distributing or dispensing non-prescription products or medications, record-keeping procedures, and requirements for handling hazardous materials.

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Il license defense lawyer for unethical conduct

Psychologists and therapists provide essential care for many people, helping them address issues related to mental health and working to ensure that they can maintain positive relationships with others. However, because psychologists discuss the sensitive details of people’s personal lives, they may sometimes be accused of unethical or unprofessional conduct. In these cases, a person may be investigated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and they may be subject to disciplinary action by the Illinois Board of Clinical Psychologists. Those who are facing discipline that could affect their professional license will want to work with an attorney to determine their best options for addressing these issues.

Forms of Unprofessional Conduct That Could Lead to License Discipline

There are multiple actions that a psychologist can take that could be interpreted as unprofessional or unethical, including:

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IL Drug Conspiracy Defense LawyerMedical providers who work with controlled substances are required to follow multiple laws and procedures, and they are likely to face scrutiny about their practices of prescribing and dispensing drugs. Doctors, pharmacists, and other providers are required to register with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and they must maintain this registration in order to be able to continue prescribing, administering, or dispensing controlled substances. The DEA will often investigate suspected cases of drug diversion, and in addition to pursuing criminal charges, it may suspend or revoke a provider’s controlled substance registration, which can lead to other consequences that affect their ability to continue practicing. Conspiracy to possess, dispense, or distribute a controlled substance is one offense that the DEA will be looking to address, and providers will want to be aware of the types of activities that could lead to an investigation.

Texas Doctor Sentenced in “Pill Mill” Conspiracy

One recent case illustrates the types of activities that may lead the DEA to pursue drug conspiracy charges. An oncologist in Fort Worth, Texas was convicted of conspiracy to dispense a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. He and several associates were accused of operating a drug ring and writing prescriptions for drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone that they knew would be diverted and sold illegally.

The people involved in the conspiracy used recruiters who would work with homeless people and others in the community to pose as patients and obtain prescriptions. In many cases, these “patients” would be seen by a clinic manager rather than a doctor, and they would then fill prescriptions at local pharmacies that were complicit in the scheme. The drugs would then be sold on the street.

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IL license Defense lawyer Oak Brook, ILThere are multiple reasons why medical professionals may face disciplinary action. Certain types of criminal convictions, accusations of medical malpractice or unethical practices, or the loss of a DEA controlled substance registration are just a few of the many issues that may result in discipline. In these cases, the Illinois Medical Board, the Illinois Board of Nursing, or another division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) may perform an investigation and pursue disciplinary action. Those who have had their medical license suspended or revoked or who have faced other forms of discipline will need to understand their options for restoring their license and resuming their practice.

Types of Disciplinary Action

Depending on what the IDFPR believes is an appropriate response to issues that warrant discipline, a person may be subject to a number of disciplinary actions or restrictions. Types of discipline that may affect a person’s practice include:

  • Probation - Restrictions may be placed on a person’s practice for a definite or indefinite period of time. In addition to following all terms and conditions, a person may be regularly monitored by the IDFPR’s Probation Compliance Unit.

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IL IDFPR Investigation Defense lawyerFor medical professionals, few things can be as worrisome as the possibility that they could lose their medical license. If you have been notified that you are being investigated for potential license discipline by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), you will most likely be concerned about how this will affect your ability to maintain your license and continue practicing medicine. In these situations, doctors will need to work with an attorney to gain an understanding of the procedures followed during a case before the Illinois Medical Board and the steps they can take to protect against the loss of their license.

Steps Followed in an IDFPR Investigation

An investigation of a doctor or medical professional may be initiated following a complaint by a patient or because of other issues, such as the loss of hospital privileges or the revocation of a provider’s DEA registration. A license discipline case will usually follow these steps:

  1. Investigation - IDFPR investigators will look into a complaint or any other issues that may indicate that a doctor has violated the Medical Practice Act. They may contact the provider to request information or conduct interviews, and information may also be gathered from other sources, such as a hospital, pharmacy, or health insurance company. The Illinois Medical Board’s Complaint Committee will review the results of the investigation and determine whether to send the case to the Prosecution Unit or close the case. 

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IL DEA license Defense lawyer Wheaton, ILMedical providers who prescribe or dispense controlled substances are required to maintain a registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). If the DEA believes that a person has acted unlawfully when prescribing or dispensing controlled substances, it may take action to suspend or revoke a provider’s registration. In these cases, a provider can request an administrative hearing where they can present evidence showing why their registration should not be suspended or revoked. Those who need to address these issues will want to be aware of some potential rule changes that could affect administrative hearings in the future.

Proposed Rule Changes by the DEA

In September of 2020, the DEA submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would modify the time frames and procedures followed during administrative hearings. The proposed changes include:

  • After being served with an Order to Show Cause, a person would be required to submit a request for an administrative hearing within 15 days. Currently, registrants have 30 days to request a hearing, and this change would significantly reduce the amount of time a provider will have to review the allegations in an Order to Show Cause and determine the best course of action to take.

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CMS Audit Attorney in Oak Brook, ILMost medical providers, including doctor’s offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and other types of medical professionals, provide services to patients and accept payments through Medicare or Medicaid. Providers must meet a variety of requirements when doing so, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is tasked with ensuring that providers are in compliance. CMS may conduct audits of providers based on billing irregularities, issues related to record-keeping, or other concerns about potential noncompliance. During these types of audits, providers will want to understand the process that will be followed and the requirements they must meet. Failure to comply with CMS requirements or cooperate during an audit could result in the provider being excluded from providing services through Medicare or Medicaid.

Steps Followed in a CMS Audit

The Medicare/Medicaid audit process has four phases:

  1. Engagement and universe submission - Auditors will notify a provider of an audit and send an engagement letter that identifies the information that will be requested. This information will take the form of “universes,” which consist of data sets from a health plan, including Part C Organization Determinations, Appeals, and Grievances (ODAG) and Part D Coverage Determinations, Appeals, and Grievances (CDAG). After the provider submits the requested universes, auditors will assess the data provided and determine whether any other information is necessary. This phase will last six weeks.

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IL hospital review board lawyerFor many medical professionals, including doctors, surgeons, nurses, and physician assistants, the ability to provide services for patients in hospitals is crucial to their practice. Whether a person is a full-time staff member at a hospital or has courtesy privileges or surgical privileges, being able to see and treat patients at the hospital will ensure that they can provide quality medical care. This means that medical professionals will want to be aware of any issues that could lead to the loss of hospital privileges. By defending against this form of discipline, providers can avoid issues that may affect their medical license and their overall career.

Reasons for Loss of Hospital Privileges

In some cases, a person may face discipline to their hospital privileges due to issues involving the hospital. Accusations of substandard patient care or malpractice that occurred at the hospital may cause the hospital’s review board to take disciplinary action. These actions may involve a limitation on a person’s privileges, a temporary suspension of privileges, or a permanent revocation of the ability to see and treat patients at the hospital.

A hospital may also discipline a professional for issues such as violations of hospital policies or problems with other staff members. For example, a doctor who has acted abusively toward nurses or other members of a hospital’s staff, refused to accept constructive criticism or listen to suggestions from other providers, and publicly criticized the hospital and its staff members may be asked to explain this behavior by the hospital review board. The board may then choose to reprimand the provider and restrict or suspend their hospital privileges.

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IL license defense lawyerDoctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals can face a great deal of scrutiny as they provide services to patients, especially when they prescribe or dispense controlled substances. In some cases, a professional may be accused of drug diversion, in which controlled substances are provided to patients for non-medical purposes or allowed to be illegally sold or delivered outside of the medical supply chain. Drug diversion is a serious offense, and it may lead to the suspension or revocation of a provider’s DEA registration, as well as the loss of a medical license, criminal charges, and other penalties. To avoid these types of consequences, medical professionals will want to make sure they are following the correct policies and procedures regarding controlled substances.

Preventing Drug Diversion

In many cases, a provider is accused of drug diversion based on their practices of prescribing or dispensing controlled substances to patients. To avoid these types of accusations, providers will want to be aware of how patients may attempt to obtain illegitimate prescriptions for controlled substances. A patient may show exaggerated symptoms or provide unconvincing explanations for why they need to receive a prescription in a short amount of time, or they may not cooperate with medical exams or allow a doctor to review their medical records. Patients who have specific requests for certain types of drugs or who seem to have extensive knowledge about a particular medication may be looking to obtain controlled substances for non-medical purposes.

When prescribing drugs, providers will want to make sure they fully evaluate patients to determine their pain medication needs. They should also use alternative pain relief treatments whenever possible and require patients to agree to pain management contracts to minimize the possibility of drug abuse. By following the requirements of their state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), medical professionals can avoid claims that they have issued illegitimate prescriptions for controlled substances.

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IL defense lawyerLicensed professionals invest a great deal of time, money, and effort to obtain the necessary education and training to practice in their chosen profession. After meeting all the requirements to obtain a professional license, a person will want to make sure they can maintain their license and avoid any issues that could affect their ability to continue working. Professionals should be aware that certain types of criminal convictions could lead to disciplinary action, and they will want to work with an attorney to address these issues and avoid the loss of their license.

Criminal Convictions That May Lead to License Suspension or Revocation

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) oversees licensed professionals, and it may choose to pursue disciplinary action against those who are convicted of certain types of crimes. Offenses that could lead to the suspension or revocation of a professional license include:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI) - Offenses related to drunk driving may result in discipline by the Illinois Medical Board, the Illinois Board of Nursing, or other IDFPR divisions that oversee medical professionals. These convictions may indicate that a person struggles with substance abuse, and a professional may be able to avoid or minimize discipline to their license if they receive treatment and meet the requirements put in place by the IDFPR.
  • Drug crimes - Medical professionals or others who prescribe or dispense controlled substances may face accusations of drug diversion or trafficking or other related offenses. In addition to facing discipline to their professional license, a person may face the loss of their DEA registration, as well as other consequences that affect their ability to practice.
  • Fraud - Criminal offenses related to the theft or misuse of other people’s financial or personal information may result in disciplinary action if they are related to a person’s profession. For example, medical professionals may face discipline because of a conviction for healthcare fraud, or the Illinois Real Estate Board may discipline a professional for offenses related to obtaining money under false pretenses.
  • Other felony offenses - Most of the time, professionals will face disciplinary action following a felony conviction. These offenses may include assault (including domestic assault or other domestic violence charges), robbery, burglary, or violent crimes

Contact Our Illinois Professional License Defense Lawyer

If you are facing discipline to your professional license because of a criminal conviction or for other reasons, The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC can provide you with representation before the IDFPR. Attorney Bogdan will advocate on your behalf and work to minimize the consequences to your license and your career. To get the legal help you need with your IDFPR case, contact our Illinois professional license defense attorney at 630-310-1267 and schedule a free consultation today.

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IL medical license lawyerFor more than a year, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused interruptions to many people’s daily lives and activities. Fortunately, an end to this situation is in sight as vaccines are administered to people throughout the United States. To ensure that as many people can be vaccinated as quickly as possible, officials are taking an “all hands on deck” approach, and multiple different types of medical professionals have been authorized to administer these vaccines. To avoid any issues that could affect a person’s medical license, it is important to understand what steps should be followed to obtain authorization to administer vaccines, and medical professionals will want to make sure they are following the correct procedures at all times.

Who Can Administer COVID-19 Vaccines in Illinois?

Governor J.B. Pritzker has declared a public health emergency in the state of Illinois and issued emergency orders to allow certain types of licensed professionals to administer COVID-19 vaccines. Those who are allowed to administer vaccines include:

  • Licensed medical professionals - These include physicians, registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with full practice authority, as well as APRNs and physician assistants who have a collaborative agreement with a licensed physician.
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians - Pharmacists must have completed a training course authorized by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Pharmacy techs must have completed an ACPE-approved practical training program, and they must work under the supervision of a pharmacist. Pharmacists and pharmacy techs must complete at least two hours of immunization-related continuing pharmacy education, and they must also be certified in CPR.
  • Medical students - Medical residents can receive a temporary license allowing them to administer vaccines, and medical students who are enrolled in a medical college or who have recently graduated can administer vaccines under the direct supervision of a physician who is a faculty member of a medical college. Nursing students can administer vaccines if they are enrolled in a pre-licensure nursing program approved by the state of Illinois and are under the supervision of a qualified faculty member or a registered nurse preceptor. Physician assistant students who are enrolled in a pre-licensure program can administer vaccines while practicing under this program, and recent graduates who have not yet been licensed can administer vaccines under the supervision of a licensed physician assistant.
  • Dentists - A dentist’s scope of practice may be expanded to administer vaccines if they complete a four-hour practical training program and are certified in CPR.
  • Optometrists and veterinarians - These providers’ scope of practice may be expanded to administer vaccines if they complete a four-hour practical training program, have documentation of observation by a healthcare professional confirming their competency in administering injections, and are certified in CPR.
  • Unlicensed persons - Within the setting of a medical office or practice, and as part of an established doctor-patient relationship, a physician can delegate vaccination tasks to people who are not licensed in Illinois as healthcare professionals, as long as the person has the appropriate experience and training.

Contact an Illinois Medical Licensing Attorney

If you have questions about how administering COVID-19 vaccines will affect your medical license, or if you are facing any issues related to license renewal or disciplinary action, The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC can provide the legal help you need. Contact our Illinois medical license defense lawyer today at 630-310-1267 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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IL medical license lawyerOver the past decade, marijuana has been recognized as a substance that can provide patients with a number of medical benefits. Many states, including Illinois, have authorized the use of medical marijuana for patients with certain types of conditions. However, doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals will need to make sure they are following the correct procedures and meeting all requirements when certifying patients to use medical marijuana. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action by the Illinois Medical Board, the Illinois Board of Nursing, or another division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Health Care Professional Certifications for Medical Cannabis

Before applying for a medical cannabis registry identification card, patients in Illinois will need to receive a certification from a medical professional stating that they have a qualifying debilitating condition. Health care professionals that can provide this certification include medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and advance practice registered nurses with full practice authority.

Debilitating conditions that will allow a patient to qualify for the use of medical marijuana include HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, migraines, seizures, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic brain injury. The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program also allows patients who could receive prescriptions for opioid painkillers to qualify for the use of medical cannabis.

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IL license defense lawyerAround 28% of all health care services in the United States are paid for through Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal programs. Because of this, health care providers need to comply with all applicable requirements, since being unable to provide services through these programs can eliminate a major source of revenue. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) maintains a List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE), and any providers or organizations that are included on this list cannot receive payments from federal healthcare programs. Medical providers will want to understand the issues that could cause them to be included on this list and the actions they can take to prevent exclusion from Medicare or Medicaid programs.

Reasons for Exclusion

In many cases, a provider may face exclusion by the OIG due to charges of health care fraud or other offenses. The OIG has the discretion to issue a permissive exclusion if a provider is convicted of misdemeanor health care fraud or a misdemeanor related to illegal prescribing or dispensing of controlled substances or if their medical license has been suspended or revoked. Felony convictions for healthcare fraud or controlled substances, convictions related to abuse or neglect of patients, or any convictions for fraud against Medicare or Medicaid will result in a mandatory exclusion.

Effects of Being on the OIG Exclusion List

A provider who is on the LEIE will be barred from receiving payments for services through federal programs. If an excluded person submits a claim for payment through a federal program, they may face a civil monetary penalty (CMP) of up to $10,000 for each service furnished. In addition, an organization that employs or contracts with an excluded person may face a CMP if any services provided by the person were payable through Medicare or Medicaid. These services may include direct or indirect patient care, administrative services, or other prescriptions, items, or services provided at the direction of the excluded person. Because of these penalties, many hospitals and medical offices will not hire or contract with a service that employs a person who is on the LEIE.

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IL license defense lawyerDoctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are required to maintain a valid medical license in order to provide treatment to patients. The requirements to obtain a license are extensive, and providers will need to remain in good standing and meet additional requirements when applying for the renewal of their medical license. Medical professionals should also be aware that they could face disciplinary action by the Illinois Medical Board, the Illinois Board of Nursing, or other divisions of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation if they are accused of violating laws or professional standards. To avoid discipline that could result in the loss of your medical license, you will want to do the following:

  • Do not engage in unprofessional or unethical conduct - Medical providers can face discipline for a wide variety of actions that violate ethical standards or are likely to harm patients. These may include gross negligence when providing medical care, making misleading statements about a person’s qualifications or the forms of treatment they are suggesting, promoting certain drugs or medical devices for financial gain, overcharging for services, or engaging in sexual misconduct. By following accepted standards and practices and avoiding inappropriate behavior, you can ensure that you will not be accused of unprofessional conduct.
  • Do not violate the law - A conviction on felony charges may result in the suspension or revocation of a person’s medical license, even if the offense was unrelated to the practice of medicine. For example, a DUI arrest or conviction may be grounds for license discipline. A provider may also face discipline if they are accused of committing child abuse or neglect, and an investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) uncovers clear and convincing evidence that abuse or neglect occurred. By following the law while practicing medicine and during your personal time, you can avoid disciplinary action related to criminal charges.
  • Take care when prescribing or dispensing controlled substances - Providers may be disciplined if they have prescribed, dispensed, or administered any controlled substances for reasons other than accepted medical purposes. In addition to discipline to their medical license, providers may face the loss of their DEA registration or even criminal prosecution. To avoid these issues, you should ensure that you are following the correct practices when prescribing or dispensing controlled substances, including requiring patients who use opioids to participate in pain management plans, participating in a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), and making sure drugs are not prescribed or dispensed for patients who have known addictions.
  • Take care of your physical and mental health - A provider may face disciplinary action if they have any physical illness, mental illness, or disability that interferes with their ability to practice medicine. By ensuring that you are physically healthy and are receiving treatment for any mental health issues, you can avoid any concerns about your ability to provide the quality of care your patients deserve.

Contact Our Illinois Medical License Defense Attorney

Even if you follow all of the steps above, you may find yourself under investigation by the IDFPR based on claims that you have violated the standards of ethical conduct or committed other violations of state or federal laws and regulations. In these cases, you need professional legal representation by an attorney who can protect your rights and help you avoid discipline that will affect your ability to practice. The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC can assist with your case, and we will work to protect your medical license and your career. Contact our Illinois professional license defense lawyer today at 630-310-1267 to arrange a complimentary consultation.

 

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