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illinois license defense lawyerIt takes years of education, training, and dedication to become a successful psychologist in Illinois. Not only is there grinding coursework to get your degree, but there are also stringent requirements to obtain your license to practice in the state. Unfortunately, all it takes is one accusation of wrongdoing and a dedicated psychologist can find his or her career in jeopardy.

All licensure issues are handled by the Illinois Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board, which falls under the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). If you have been contacted by the board that you are under investigation, contact an Illinois professional license defense attorney immediately.

What Types of Complaints Can Trigger an Investigation?

There are many reasons why a patient may file a complaint against a psychologist. Some of the most common allegations filed with the board include:

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illinois license defense lawyerIn every state in the country, there are certain professionals who are required to hold a professional license that is issued through the state. In this state, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is the state agency that has regulation over all the different professional boards that issue these licenses and are in charge of oversight. Some of these boards include the Illinois Medical Board, Illinois Board of Nursing, Illinois Board of Pharmacy, the Illinois Dental Board, and Illinois Board of Clinical Psychologists/Social Workers.

When there is an issue with a professional license holder, the board that issued that license will begin an investigation into the allegations made and then make a decision on what – if any – action should be taken against the license holder. The following are some of the more common reasons why investigations take place. If you have been notified that you are under investigation, contact an Illinois professional license defense attorney immediately.

Alcoholism or Addiction

Addiction is one of the most common complaints that are made against a professional license holder that can result in an investigation and subsequent license suspension or revocation. Whether that addiction is to alcohol, drugs, or both, the impact that the addiction can have on the quality of care the individual can provide can be devastating.

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illinois license defense lawyerThe healthcare industry faces an ever-growing mountain of rules and regulations issued by the federal government that must be followed. Failure to adhere can result in fines, sanctions, and even a suspension or revocation of an individual’s professional license or the facility’s operating license. As new requirements issued for hospices as a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 go into effect in the fiscal year 2022, it is critical to understand what those requirements are.

Why the Change?

These new rules were created as a result of the findings of reports filed over the past several years that examined the results of hospice surveys by accreditors and regulators that found that at least 20 percent of these hospices had serious deficiencies. Some of the deficiencies cited in one report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in 2019 included organizations that failed to manage patients’ pain, failure to make home visits, and even cited one incident where a patient’s feeding tube was infested with maggots.  

Special Focus Program

There are nine changes that U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be putting into effect. Each of these changes do have various effective dates. Some, such as the new requirement for each hospice program to set up a hotline, have already gone into effect. These changes have been made in the following sections:

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illinois license defense lawyerIn 1996, the federal government passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The law was created to establish national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed to any other party unless the patient consents. In order to implement the requirements of the standards, the HIPAA Privacy Rule was established. Entities that are subject to the Privacy Rule include healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses. Violations of HIPAA can result in hefty civil fines and even criminal charges.

Examples of HIPAA Violations

There are a number of actions that could result in a violation allegation. These include:

  • The medical practice is a victim of a data breach.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_788107000.jpgAccording to data collected by John Hopkins patient safety professionals, medical errors are responsible for more than a quarter of a million deaths each year in this country. This major study used data collected over an eight-year period and put a spotlight on the dangers medical errors pose to patients. One of the most important factors in preventing these errors is the proper documentation by the nursing staff of the care provided to patients. Accusations of improper documentation by nurses can lead to disciplinary action or even suspension of your nursing license. The following are some of the more common documentation errors nurses are accused of making.

Illegible Writing

Although the majority of patient records are done electronically, there are still occasions where a nurse will need to handwrite patient information on a document or file. It is important that writing be done clearly and be legible for anyone who needs to read it.

Failure to Date/Time Entries

Some systems automatically enter the date and time of an entry, but if the system you are using does not offer that option, or you are handwriting the information, every entry should have the date, time, and your name.

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