The National Practitioner Data Bank and its Effects on Practitioners

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) is a database operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that contains medical malpractice payment and adverse action reports on health care professionals. A negative NPDB report can have serious consequences for a physician. As a result of information contained in the NPDB, a healthcare practitioner Read More

Midwifery: The Newest Licensed Profession in Illinois

On December 14, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that allows for the licensure of midwives in Illinois, expanding their role during the pregnancy and child-birth process. Illinois will soon join over 35 other states by allowing midwives to become a licensed profession. Regarding the new legislation, Governor Pritzker says that it will ensure Read More

Important Information Regarding Your Illinois RN/APN Nurse License Renewal

On May 31, 2022, 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

Legal Update: Required Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Continuing Education

On January 1, 2020 the State of Illinois passed a law requiring at least one hour of sexual harassment prevention training continuing education for many individuals who hold a professional license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation and the profession requires continuing education for renewal. (“The Department”) 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