Email Sent by IDFPR to Nurses Fails to Paint the Whole Picture

On October 31, 2019, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) sent out a mass email to nurses with professional nursing licenses in Illinois. Understandably, many nurses around the state were quite surprised and frightened to receive this official message from the IDFPR. However, this mass-email should not necessarily cause undue stress.

How Failing to Check your Email could Result in the Suspension of your License

An aspect of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s (IDFPR’s) practice has been altered in a possible attempt to enter into the 21st century – but at a burden and cost to many licensed professionals with consequences that could result in a default suspension of a license to practice one’s profession.

Illinois Chiropractors: Scope of Practice and Duty to Refer

Chiropractors and Medical Doctors in Illinois are licensed under the Illinois Medical Practice Act. The only distinction between Chiropractic Physicians and Medical Doctors in Illinois is that Chiropractors may not use drugs or operative surgery in their practice. Both can treat any human ailment, disease, defect, or condition. The Chiropractor also has that same duties Read More

Disciplinary Conferences at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

A disciplinary conference is an informal meeting with an Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (Department) attorney assigned to prosecute a case, and with a member or members of the licensing board or committee of the licensee’s profession. An administrative law judge is not present during a disciplinary conference and no transcript of the Read More

Effects of Discipline of a Healthcare Practitioner’s License

The discipline of a license may be either a reprimand, probation, suspension, or revocation. As a result of a healthcare practitioner’s license being disciplined, a number of far reaching consequences may occur. Such consequences are not discussed at the settlement conference with prosecutors and prosecutors may not even be aware of the potential for such Read More

The Disciplinary Process at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Background: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“the Department”) is responsible for administering and enforcing approximately thirty legislative Acts which regulate the practice of over 100 professions and occupations in Illinois. The Department has the authority to issue a license to practice a profession or occupation, and to revoke, suspend, or otherwise discipline Read More

What to Do When Investigated

With complicated regulations governing the practice of various professions and cultural forces that advocate assigning blame, the likelihood of a licensed professional being investigated is great. Here are a few things you can do to feel more in control of the situation. 1. Do not panic. You are not alone. Many of your colleagues have Read More

Controlled Substances Record Keeping for Healthcare Practitioners in Illinois

This article applies only to medical doctors, dentists, podiatrists, veterinarians, physicians’ assistants, and advanced practice nurses who order, store, prescribe, administer, dispense, or “waste” controlled substances in Illinois. Although record keeping requirements found in the federal Controlled Substances Act apply to practitioners throughout the United States, there are specific requirements found under the Illinois Controlled Read More