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illinois license defense lawyerSocial media platforms have become an integral part of many people's daily lives, often without realizing just how integral. People post photos, comments, opinions, and memes on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, and several other sites on a regular basis. While social media is often a good place for keeping in touch with family and friends, and even networking, it is crucial to be vigilant about what you are posting, especially if you work in certain fields, such as nursing. In fact, items from your social media posts could ultimately be used against you in any actions taken against you by the Illinois Board of Nursing.

Conduct That Is Unprofessional

Many of us have had the unfortunate experience of having someone tag us in a photo that we think we look horrible in. It is now out there for everyone to see. However, if you are tagged in a photo that also shows you engaging in behavior that may be considered inappropriate or unprofessional, the photos can be used as evidence against you as ground for any disciplinary action by the state nursing board.

Examples of these types of photos include ones where you may be seen drinking and partying. Maybe comments made on the photo could also be deemed inappropriate even if made at an attempt at humor, such as a joke about how inebriated you were.

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oak brook medical license defense lawyerNot every job turns out the way we hope. It is not uncommon for a medical professional – just like any other profession – to find themselves at odds with their supervisor or manager. Although many of these disagreements may be worked out, there are unfortunately instances where no resolutions are able to be met and the employee either leaves or is fired. In extremely acrimonious situations, the employer may even make accusations of wrongdoing against the employee and threaten or actually file a complaint with the Illinois board that oversees that medical professional’s license. If you find yourself in this position, contact an Illinois medical license defense attorney right away for legal assistance.

Reporting Misconduct of an Employee

If an employer believes that one of their employees has committed some kind of act or behavior that violates the standards set forth by the state of Illinois, their employer not only has a right to report that violation, but they also have a legal duty.

For example, if a hospital has discovered that one of their nurses has a substance abuse issue and has been stealing prescription medications from patients for their own use, not only do they need to take the appropriate action against that nurse, but they also need to report the drug use and theft to the Illinois Board of Nursing. If they fail to take action, they could be putting patients’ lives at risk. They also leave their facility open to legal action should something tragic occur, as well as jeopardize their own licensing with the state.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_1348640414.jpgNurses are a special breed of people. They dedicate their lives to taking care of others, often at the expense of time spent with their own loved ones. To become a nurse, they spend several years going to school and training and continue that education during their careers to stay abreast of the most up-to-date medical care for patients and meet the requirements of the Illinois Board of Nursing. Given the amount of dedication and sacrifice a nurse pours into their career, it is imperative to take all the necessary steps to ensure their nursing license is protected. All it takes is one false or misleading allegation, and a nurse can find themselves facing disciplinary action or even loss of their nursing license.

Complaints that May Lead to a Nursing License Investigation

The Illinois Board of Nursing is tasked with overseeing all licensed nursing professionals in the state. A complaint made to the board will trigger an investigation into whether the allegations being made are true and – if they are – what disciplinary action is warranted. Any nurse who is notified by the board that there has been a complaint filed against them should contact an Illinois professional license defense attorney right away.

Some of the most frequent complaints filed against nurses include:

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oak brook professional license defense lawyerLast year, as the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the country went into lockdown, one of the many changes that were implemented was how doctors and other healthcare providers saw patients. Instead of in-person appointments, patients consulted with their physicians via telehealth video calls. Although much of the country has opened up, many doctors are still using telehealth for appointments. However, along with this newer technology comes new opportunities for healthcare billing fraud. It can also leave healthcare providers unknowingly committing a crime that can result in criminal charges and loss of their medical license.

Telehealth Expansion

Telehealth uses video technology to connect doctors with their patients for medical checkups. This technology allows patients to communicate with their doctors any medical concerns they have and allows doctors to provide medical advice and treatments, without the risk of exposing either party to COVID. While telehealth has been used for years in rural areas or areas where there are no nearby healthcare providers, its use has become very widespread throughout the country during and post-pandemic.

But this widespread use also brings about concerns of providers failing to meet the requirements and other guidelines that are needed to bill for an actual appointment. There are also concerns that a provider may give the patient unnecessary medications.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_178157129-min.jpgWhen you own or are part of a medical practice, you may have long-term patients who have been coming to you for their healthcare needs for years. You may also have patients who are only short-term – maybe they move away and that means changing physicians, or your practice is no longer covered under their health insurance plan, or maybe they just decide to change doctors. However, there may be the occasion where you yourself decide you need to end a relationship with one of your patients. While you may think that you have every right to choose who you take on as patients and who you do not, how you terminate a patient relationship may result in accusations of patient abandonment.

Terminating a Patient

There are a number of valid reasons why a doctor may make the decision to end a relationship with a patient:

  • They consistently do not show up for appointments.

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