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IL licensing attorneyIf you have received notice of an upcoming pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) audit, there are several things you can do to prepare. The consequences of a PBM audit are real and can be long-lasting. Going into an audit prepared is advisable.

Many clients find that adequate preparation can alleviate problems that can come up during an audit. A skilled PBM audit defense attorney can identify specific areas that you should focus on in the time before your pharmacy’s audit. However, typically you will benefit from taking the following steps:

  • Review the written on-site audit notification. You want to pay close attention to the scope of the audit, including the date ranges that the audit will cover. The terms of the audit as stated in the letter should comply with your contract and will applicable laws. An attorney may be needed to determine compliance.
  • Check the date of the proposed audit. This date should be a date when you and other needed personnel will be present. An audit should not be left to employees to handle.
  • Create an audit file. This file or box should contain all correspondence, records, notes, and documentation of telephone calls related to the audit.
  • Meet with your staff. Your staff should be prepared for the audit as well.
  • Organize your records and conduct a self-audit. You should review what records you have as well as identify any problem areas that the PBM auditor may spot.
  • Prepare a designated physical area for the audit. This area should be private. It should also be away from your employees’ spaces and pharmacy operations. Often a closed-off breakroom with a table and chair is suitable.

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IL license defense lawyerIf you have a professional counselor or clinical professional counselor license, you could be investigated at any time by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Depending on the results of the investigation, your matter may go to a hearing where your professional license would be at stake.

This hearing must follow specific rules and format, and your license cannot be revoked, suspended, or placed on probationary status unless these laws are followed. Having an attorney represent you means that you will know if these procedural laws are followed and it means that your best case will be put forward.

If the Department plans on refusing to issue or renew a license or if plans on disciplining a licensee, it must do the following 30 days prior to the hearing date:

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IL defense lawyerIt’s a letter you may never thought you’d open: a letter from the Illinois Medical Board telling you that a patient has filed a complaint against you. Maybe you feel betrayed by a patient who would not bring his complaints to you directly or maybe you are worried about the implications of such a complaint on your career and your practice.

Whatever your initial reaction, it is important to quickly get caught up to speed about what it will take to defend your medical license and resolve this situation.

  • Understand the scope of a complaint. The Federation of State Medical Boards reports that in 2012 in the United States, of 878,194 actively licensed physicians, 4,479 were disciplined. That number is less than 1 percent of all doctors in this country. In many circumstances simply having a complaint filed against you means that the state board will conduct an investigation, even if it is plain that the complaint is groundless.
  • Know what is at stake. Medical boards have great power over doctors' careers and livelihoods. These bodies can impose penalties that vary in severity from reprimands and fines to suspensions or revocations of medical licenses. Because of the range of punishments, it is helpful to speak with an attorney who understands this procedure and can discuss likely outcomes for the alleged acts.
  • Respond promptly. One of the first mistakes a doctor in this situation can make is not opening the letter or let the letter gather dust. Failing to respond can carry a second set of consequences, and it is unwise to do so. It is important that you take control of the situation in any way you can. Contacting a license defense attorney at this juncture can help you stay on the correct timeline and can mean that the defense you present will be uniform from the start of the process.
  • Know your weaknesses. During this time, it is imperative that you continue working at your practice, but that you do not receive any other complaints. Many doctors are surprised to find out that most complaints do not concern “bad doctoring” (incorrect diagnosis, poorly performed procedures, etc), but rather concern issues like billing, scheduling, confidentiality and possible criminal conduct.

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IL defense lawyerProvider burnout is real, and it can have serious implications for your career. Many people who are at risk of losing their professional license are also burned out. Remaining motivated in your job is crucial to your overall success as well as keeping you from facing your profession’s governing body.

Signs of Burnout

  • Every day at work is a bad day;
  • You are tired all the time;
  • Your work becomes either overwhelming or very dull;
  • You feel that your work goes unnoticed; and
  • Caring about your job or home life seems like a waste of time.

How Can Burnout Affect Your Job

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IL defense attorneyIf you are part of a profession that requires a license and you have a child support obligation, you should be aware that failure to pay child support could mean that you will lose your professional license. Your professional license may be in jeopardy after only 30 days from when your child support payment becomes delinquent.

This only applies to court-ordered or court-approved child support payments. Informal agreements cannot be used as a basis for professional license suspension or revocation.

Other Licenses Could Also Be Revoked

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IL license lawyerStudying to become a nurse at the international level can prove to be a challenging yet rewarding experience. Learning about different nursing policies from all around the world can be a very interesting way to learn about how different cultures practice nursing. In Illinois, there are different licensing requirements for international applicants who wish to pursue their nursing license.

The Process of Obtaining the Nursing License for International Applicants

There are several requirements for the international applicant to successfully obtain his or her nursing license. The applicant must provide proof of licensure in the country from which he or she has received education for the license.

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IL license lawyerObtaining your nursing education can be a very exciting accomplishment. All of the time that is spent studying and in clinicals will pay off in the end. When studying for your nursing license, there are different requirements for each type of nurse. The two most common job types in the nursing profession include registered nurses (RN’s) and nurses with their Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN’s), and there are certain requirements for each job type.

RN Requirements

If a nursing license applicant has become a registered nurse, he or she has passed the National Council Licensure Examination or the NCLEX. To take the NCLEX, the nursing license applicant must have earned either the Associates Degree in Nursing or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

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Illinois defense attorneyWorking toward your physician’s license takes a lot of time and effort. There is a lot of schooling and experience required before ever obtaining the physician’s license. However, there are different requirements to become a visiting physician in the state of Illinois, and the experience is often different than becoming a fully licensed physician in the state.

What Is a Visiting Physician?

A visiting physician is anyone who is not licensed in Illinois to practice medicine, but who has been invited or appointed to study a certain medical, osteopathic, chiropractic or clinical subject or technique in a medical, osteopathic, or chiropractic school or hospital in Illinois. The visiting physician must hold a visiting physician permit issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation.

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Illinois defense attorneyStudying to become a nurse takes a lot of time and effort. There are many hours spent working toward the Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. After the degree has been received, then the graduate will need to apply for a nursing license to be able to practice in his or her chosen field. If the licensee is impaired for any reason, then there are steps that need to be taken to settle the situation.

Mandatory Reporting for the Impaired Nursing Licensee

If a licensed nurse is impaired on the job because of the use of alcohol or drugs, or if he or she unlawfully possesses, uses, or distributes drugs while on the job, then the institution that has knowledge of these actions may report the licensed nurse to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. However, if the licensed nurse agrees to participate in a course of remedial professional counseling or substance abuse treatment, he or she may not need to be reported.

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Illinois license attorneyDental school is a rigorous program that comes with many hours of studying and testing. There are some requirements to be a dental hygienist, and the duties of a dental hygienist are not the same as a dentist. Dental hygienists often work closely with the dentist and other personnel, but their duties as more restricted.

What Tasks Can a Dental Hygienist Perform?

In Illinois, a dental hygienist can perform the procedures of dental hygiene, dental health education functions, and all other procedures that may be performed by a trained dental assistant. A dental hygienist may also record observed case histories and oral conditions.

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Illinois licensing lawsThe medical field comes with many different challenges, as any occupation within this field is responsible for the health and well-being of patients who are treated. There are many different occupations in the medical field, and many individuals studying medicine begin their careers by becoming a physician assistant. Like physicians and many other medical occupations, there are licensing requirements for physician assistants, and it is very important to familiarize yourself with the requirements so there are no discrepancies in your application for licensure.

How Are Physician Assistants Important in Healthcare?

A physician assistant is a certified and state-licensed medical professional, and is very important in the medical field, as they have undergone extensive training and have passed an examination for licensure and certification. Like physicians, the physician assistants can also diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication. As physician assistants are very high in demand, the most successful healthcare facilities have relied on physician assistants for the success. From the years 2011 to 2014, the demand for physician assistants had increased by more than 300 percent.

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Illinois license attorneyWorking toward the pharmacy license takes much time and effort. For domestic applicants, meaning those who have obtained education for the pharmacy license in the United States, the requirements are different from those who have obtained education for the pharmacy license internationally. There are tests that international applicants may have to take to determine their status of qualification for the pharmacy license.

The Application Process for International Applicants

Pharmacy license applicants who have graduated from a professional degree program from outside the United States or its territories should submit proof of a Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee Certificate, or FPGEC. Also, the applicant needs to successfully pass the preliminary diagnostic examination, called the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Program, which determines the equivalence of education to approved programs.

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Illinois license attorneyEarning a psychology license takes a lot of work. The licensee has to take many classes on different aspects of psychology, depending on his or her chosen field. As there are many different career paths for an aspiring psychologist, the educational requirements are relatively similar. The licensee must obtain his or her Bachelor’s degree, as well as a Master’s, depending on the type of career he or she chooses to pursue. However, maintaining the psychologist license is not necessarily permanent, as there are ways for the licensee to lose his or her psychologist license.

Examples of Psychologist License Misconduct

There are many reasons why a licensee may lose his or her psychologist license. If there is any finding of unethical, unauthorized, and unprofessional conduct, then the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation - Division of Professional Regulation has the right to suspend or revoke a psychologist license, refuse to issue or renew a license, or take other forms of disciplinary action if necessary

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Illinois license lawyerIt takes many years to master the medical field, by taking a certain number of classes and shadowing licensed medical physicians. Many years are put into the effort of understanding all topics of the human body and how it works. After all of the hard work of finally obtaining the medical physician’s license, there are ways that the status of the credentials and qualifications for the medical physician’s licensure is verified, and that the applicant is still in good standing. It is very important to know for sure that you meet the requirements for licensure, as to avoid any potential legal issues in the future.

The License Verification Process

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) states that all applications must independently verify their qualifications for licensure. This is to make sure that all credentials are authentic. Credentials that have already been verified can be submitted from any organization where the requirements have been met, or the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS). It is not mandatory for applicants to submit the FCVS profile, as it is not required to obtain your medical physician’s license.

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Illinois license lawyerThe process to become a licensed pharmacist takes much time and effort, and to own a pharmacy comes with more expectations and requirements. If you own a pharmacy, you may expect to have pharmacy compliance audits run from time to time. There are many factors in pharmacy audits that you need to know in order to meet guidelines to keep the pharmacy intact.

Definition of Pharmacy Audit

A pharmacy audit is a formal review of operations and processes to make sure that pharmacies are compliant with pharmacy regulations and other related agreements. The pharmacy audit process can come in many different types, including desktop, onsite, prepay claims review, and investigational pharmacy audits.

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Illinois license attorneyStudying to become a pharmacist will take several years, from taking extensive biology and chemistry classes in college to attending pharmacy school. Receiving one’s license to become a pharmacist proves to be very rewarding. In order to apply for a pharmacist license, one needs to know, in complete detail, how to apply and what is required in the application process.

Required Licensing Fees

To apply to become a licensed pharmacist, the applicant must pay $75 at the time of the application process. Also, the applicant must pay a fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation that covers the cost of determining his or her eligibility and providing of an application examination. If the applicant fails to appear at the time of the examination on the scheduled date, then he or she will forfeit the examination and the required fees.

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Illinois license defense attorneyObtaining a physical therapist’s license comes with many challenges. Years are spent studying human physiology and anatomy and learning how to correctly fix problems with the human body. Earning the license can be seen as one of the greatest accomplishments in starting the profession in physical therapy. In order to maintain the physical therapist’s license, there are rules and guidelines that the licensee must follow. If the licensee does not follow these guidelines, then he or she may face some very serious consequences.

Types of Unprofessional Conduct

Unfortunately, there have been cases regarding physical therapists who have not lived up to their licensing standards and agreements. Committing unprofessional conduct is serious, and there may be consequences that follow. Some examples of unprofessional conduct include but are not limited to:

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Illinois licensing lawyerStudying to become a nurse takes a lot of time and effort. There are many courses that must be passed, clinicals that must be successfully completed, and good recommendations from mentors and professors. While on the job, a nurse’s license is always on the line. If a nurse makes even a minor mistake that seriously injures a patient, then his or her license may be grounds for revocation. In this profession, it is important for nurses to stay up-to-date on new laws and practices by participating in continuing education requirements.

Continuing Education Requirements

All registered nurses must complete 20 hours of continuing education for their 2-year license renewal cycle. If a nurse is renewing his or her license for the first time, then there is no requirement for renewal. The following are also required:

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Illinois license attorneyThe field of psychology can go in many different directions. Although most psychology students choose to pursue a career in counseling and similar services, there are also other career paths, such as psychological research, business development, and organizational communications, to name a few. For those who are pursuing a career in counseling, there are several licensing requirements that must be met before the applicant can receive his or her clinical psychology license.

Requirements for the Clinical Psychology License

To receive the license to practice clinical psychology, the applicant must have graduated from a doctoral program in counseling, school, or clinical psychology that has accreditation by the American Psychological Association and approval from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. The applicant must also finish two years of supervised clinical, counseling, or school psychology experience.

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Illinois license defense attorneyMany years of hard work and long study hours are behind you, after finally achieving your dentistry license. Once this feat has been completed, you are ready to start out on your professional journey to make a difference in someone else’s life. Whether performing a common tooth cleaning session, extracting an infected tooth, or treating a major gum disease, you now have the knowledge to help others with their dental needs. However, do you know what will happen if your dentistry license expires or is suspended, and you need to reinstate it? Is reinstating your dentist’s license even possible?

Restoring Your Dentist’s License

There are many reasons why a person’s dentistry license may be suspended, expired, or revoked. A dentist may have made a mistake when performing a routine tooth cleansing, therefore causing further complications for the patient. Or the dentist has somehow forgotten to renew his or her license. Whatever the case may be, there is still a possibility that the dentist may be able to restore the dentistry license. Depending on how long the license has expired or has been revoked or suspended, there are different rules that must be followed.

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