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Emergency Changes to Controlled Substance Prescribing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recently, after Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency in the United States, DEA prescribing restrictions have become more relaxed. Medical practitioners are typically unable to prescribe controlled substances through the use of telemedicine or the internet without first conducting an in-person medical evaluation. But beginning with Secretary Read More

Important Information about Illinois Professional License Renewals

In response to the growing emergency, and in recognition of the financial difficulties many licensed professionals are facing during this time, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“Department”) has ordered that all licensed professionals with licenses issued by the Department that have renewal dates between March 1 and July 31, 2020 receive an Read More

Update regarding COVID-19

Due to the growing concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the disruptions it has caused, we want to reassure our clients and friends that there will be no disruption whatsoever in our firm’s handling of all legal matters.  Crick Walanka Law Group, Ltd., remains open and available to assist you in all your legal Read More

Important Information about Your Illinois RN/APN Nurse License Renewal

On May 31, 2020, your Illinois Registered Nurse or Advanced Practice Nurse License will expire.  You should expect to receive renewal information from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) via email only. You will not receive a nurse license renewal notice through the U.S. postal service.  You will receive an email from Read More

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 consequences. Read More

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