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Could My License Be Suspended For Missing Continuing Education Requirements?

Posted on in Professional License Defense

IL license defense lawyerEven after all the effort that doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, and therapists put into getting educated, credentialed, and approved to practice, they face ongoing hurdles to maintain their ability to practice the healing arts. One of these hurdles is the requirement to maintain continuing education requirements. As the body of research from every field grows and expands, our knowledge about every area of professional practice has the potential to grow and expand accordingly; therefore, licensed medical practitioners of all kinds are required to continue learning about their field.

Licensed professionals are required to self-report how they are meeting their continuing education requirements; for example, every three years, physicians have to attest to having completed 150 hours of continuing medical education credits before renewing their licenses.

However, from time to time professional licensing boards will randomly choose individuals to audit for a complete verification of the ongoing education. If an audited individual has not truly completed the continuing education or has not kept good records of their compliance, their ability to practice their trade may be compromised.

What Should I Do if I Am Audited for Continuing Education Requirements?

Although the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is transparent about their investigations and will tell you what they want you to provide them with, the way you answer and the information you provide can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Ignoring your case and assuming it will go away is never a good idea, but you need to be careful about how you respond.

Your response will depend on the board’s request, as well as your reasons for missing the continuing education requirements. Intentionally misrepresenting your continuing education credentials can have further professional consequences; an attorney can best advise you about how to discuss your situation with the IDFPR and advocate on your behalf.

It is important to note that virtually all licensed professionals under the IDFPR’s purview must complete ongoing education requirements of some kind; whether you are a teacher, realtor, dentist, pharmacist, or any other practitioner, having a professional license defense attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

Contact an Illinois Professional License Defense Lawyer

If your license has been suspended or revoked for failing to meet continuing education requirements or for any other reason, get the help of an Illinois professional license defense attorney. Even the most basic applications for reinstatement can have complications and pitfalls that could seriously affect your ability to practice and make an income. Call the offices of The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC today at 630-310-1267 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1309&ChapterID=24

https://www.isms.org/cme/medical-license/license-requirements

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