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Health Practice Advisors’ Alan Shifrin Presents at May 17 Dinner on Buying and Selling Health Care Practices

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois – On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Alan Shifrin, J.D. speaks on issues in buying and selling healthcare practices. The dinner presentation at Maggiano’s in Schaumburg starts with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and concludes at 9:30 p.m. This is a Health Practice Advisors (HPA) event sponsored by Apex Design and tickets remain available.[i]

The focus of HPA member, Alan Shifrin’s presentation is the identification of complex issues in the process of buying or selling a healthcare practice. Medical, dental and other healthcare practices have unique legal issues in addition to the tax accounting, valuation and psychology matters for consideration.

Highlighting pitfalls and issues in buying and selling healthcare practices, Alan Shifrin uses the F.L.U. acronym, “Don’t let your practice get the F.L.U.” The acronym stands for Feasibility, Legality and Understandability. Avoiding practice transaction F.L.U. requires attention to the terms, structure and price as well as legal compliance and complete disclosure of material facts and understandings thereof.

Michael V. Favia, HPA Chairman, recommends this event and other HPA events and resources designed to educate and assist healthcare professionals with the business end of their practice.

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About the Health Practice Advisors:

Health Practice Advisors is a consortium of proven healthcare experts, assembled to help providers grow and enhance their practice’s viability and profitability. Our team is poised to offer comprehensive solutions to the most complex healthcare business needs. Allow us to focus on building the business side of your practice, enabling you to devote your energy to patient care.

To learn more about our company, or to schedule your FREE, personalized consultation with us, please call Health Practice Advisors at 773-796-3213 or email at info@healthpracticeadvisors.net.

About us: Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. is a health law and litigation firm in Chicago representing individuals, healthcare professionals and organizations with civil legal matters as well as professional licensing and regulation.

Chicago health law and litigation attorney Michael V. Favia and his associates in several locations and disciplines, advise and represent private individuals as well as healthcare professionals in all types of litigation and administrative matters involving licensing and regulatory agencies.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represents individual physicians and health care organizations in the Chicago area with a variety of legal matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. Michael V. Favia & Associates is available at (773) 631-4580. Please visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

 

[i] To purchase tickets for the dinner at $50 per person, please RSVP with this link: http://www.healthpracticeadvisors.net//sponsorinformation/

Advantages of being represented by an attorney in IDFPR proceedings

 

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is responsible for the regulation and oversight of professionals in Illinois. The IDFPR has a duty to the people of the State of Illinois to ensure that its licensed professionals meet the guidelines and standards of professional practice. In healthcare practice, like others, when an individual files a complaint about a licensed healthcare practitioner, the IDFPR has a duty to investigate the claim and engage in disciplinary proceedings where appropriate. Many complaints made against healthcare professionals are disposed of and no action is taken. If and when an Illinois-licensed healthcare professional receives notice of an incident, it is a best practice to hire be represented by an experienced professional licensing attorney during the process.

IDFPR investigations and proceedings are conducted pursuant to administrative legal standards and its individual policies and procedures.

Administrative proceedings and the policies and procedures involved are unique to each agency. The IDFPR uses its own methods and rules to conduct investigations, hearings and disciplinary proceedings. Since the process is unique, it can beyond the practice area scope of general legal practitioners. Attorneys in healthcare law and licensing practice have unique experience in representing healthcare practitioners before the IDFPR.

Michael V. Favia knows how IDFPR investigators and prosecuting think because he is a former Chief of Prosecution for the agency, when it was known as the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Favia knows how and when to resolve a licensing case in the best interests of the licensed healthcare professional.

The best case scenario is being diligent and avoiding professional practice investigations and potential outcomes that could damage a healthcare practitioner in their career and reputation.

There are further and other implications of licensing and disciplinary decisions. For example, discipline in Illinois is reported to the National Practitioner Databank, and an adverse decision in Illinois could trigger investigation and discipline in other states if the individual holds licenses in more than one state.

Licensed healthcare professionals have a duty to report certain occurrences, as a conditional requirement for maintaining a valid license to practice. How and when information is communicated to the IDFPR or relevant state board or agency can be the difference between diligence and discipline.

Preventing a future IDFPR investigation is another goal Favia uses when working in healthcare law and litigation. In medical malpractice cases, the outcome of a lawsuit can directly lead to an investigation.

About us: Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. is a health law and litigation firm in Chicago representing individuals, healthcare professionals and organizations with civil legal matters as well as professional licensing and regulation.

Chicago health law and litigation attorney Michael V. Favia and his associates in several locations and disciplines, advise and represent private individuals as well as healthcare professionals in all types of litigation and administrative matters involving licensing and regulatory agencies.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represents individual physicians and health care organizations in the Chicago area with a variety of legal matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. Michael V. Favia & Associates is available at (773) 631-4580. Please visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

PODCAST: Nurse Consulting and Litigation Assistance with Samantha Glon

Today’s podcast interview with nurse consultant, Samantha Glon, focuses on current trends and topics in the area of nurse consulting and litigation assistance in healthcare related cases. In the next 30 minutes Samantha will talk to us about her career in nurse consulting work in general and in the legal practice areas including tort liability, malpractice consultations and nursing home and medical practice investigations. CLICK/TAP HERE TO LISTEN NOW!CLICK/TAP HERE TO LISTEN NOW!

Topics covered in this 30-minute interview:

  • Introducing nurse consultant, Samantha Glon, RN, BS, ALNC, FCEA
  • Career focus on nurse consulting, what type of work is involved?
  • What skill sets and experience are important in reviewing medical charts?
  • Litigation assistance in healthcare related cases involving (1) tort liability, (2) malpractice consultations, and (3) nursing home and medical practice investigations.
  • Tips for people looking for a career change and have an interest in nurse consulting?

 

Samantha Glon, RN, BS, ALNC, FCEA, is the founder and owner of SJG & Associates, the legal nurse consulting and medical records review provider for attorneys, insurance companies, and healthcare facilities. Samantha has significant work experience as a Registered Nurse and in healthcare and nursing director positions. Samantha earned her Associates of Science Degree in Registered Nursing from Elgin Community College and she earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Healthcare Management from National-Lewis University.

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Michael V. Favia & Associates are available to advise and represent health care professionals and the general Chicagoland community with a variety of legal issues. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburbs, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion.

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For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates’ professional licensing work, please call (773) 631-4580, visit www.IL-Licensing.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You may also connect with Attorney Michael V. Favia on LinkedIn and on Avvo.com where you may also read client endorsements and reviews.

Does a nurse or physician self-report a DUI to the licensing board?

It can happen so easily, driving home from a graduation celebration on a Saturday evening, another car could run a red light and hit you. If the officer tests your blood alcohol content (BAC) and you are even one point above the legal limit, you may be arrested and cited with Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The Secretary of State may have duties and agreements with other state agencies to share information about drivers who, for example, hold professional licenses. When the Secretary of State shares the information about the arrest with the licensing board, they have several options. If you already self-reported the incident, any investigation by the licensing board may treat you differently, as opposed to hiding the information or failing to report. In any case, an experienced professional licensing attorney will be best able to advise you about how to handle the situation. Getting it wrong could damage your career for years to come.

With what are the Medical Licensing Board and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation concerned?

The Illinois Medical Licensing Board (Board) and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are responsible to the people of the State of Illinois, and they have a duty to screen and regulate licensed professionals to ensure that the individuals holding positions of public trust, such as a nurse or physician. While a licensed professional may make a mistake and receive a DUI citation, the state agencies have a duty to follow up and investigate as to whether the professional has a more serious problem that could jeopardize the health and safety of patients and the public.

Most professions have professional discipline rules that state a professional must self-report any incident of a violation of law, claims of malpractice, and anything else that could trigger an investigation or discipline, generally. Having said that, you do not need to call the licensing board from the jail or immediately when you get home. Before you do anything further with the situation, talk to a professional licensing attorney, because they can let you know what you are up against and how best to proceed, even with the DUI attorney if you hire one.

Michael V. Favia worked as a prosecutor for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and knows what to do when a licensed professional is cited for DUI.

Having served the State of Illinois as the former Chief of Prosecutions for the IDFPR, then called the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations, Michael V. Favia knows how the Board and Department operate, and conduct investigations and discipline. Favia has the benefit of that wisdom in defending professionals and advising them on proceeding with the state, ideally before an investigation starts in the first place.

Favia can help a nurse, physician or other licensed professional make decisions about how you plan to handle the aftermath of a legal problem like a DUI. In many cases, individuals chose to take a drivers safety course or some similar substance issues treatment, just to make sure they do not have a problem. To demonstrate to the state proactively that an individual does not have a problem or pose a risk to the public is good thing and can position you in a favorable light.

Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. represents Illinois-licensed professionals in actions involving the IDFPR. A former Chief of Prosecution with the Department, Michael V. Favia is well-known for his work on both sides of administrative licensing law.

Chicago health law and litigation attorney Michael V. Favia and his associates in several locations and disciplines, advise and represent licensed physicians in all types of litigation and administrative matters involving licensing and regulatory agencies.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represents individual physicians and health care organizations in the Chicago area with a variety of legal matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates, please call (773) 631-4850, visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

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MICHAEL V. FAVIA AND ASSOCIATES WELCOMES ANNA LOZOYA, JD, RN, OF COUNSEL

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Health Law and Litigation Attorney, Michael V. Favia Welcomes Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, Of Counsel to the Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. to Work on Health Related Matters.

099CHICAGO – Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Health law and litigation attorney, Michael V. Favia, announces that this spring, Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, joined Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. as an of counsel attorney to work on health related matters including personal injuries, medical malpractice , IDFPR, and Illinois Department of Health matters.  She is also is bi-lingual and has extensive experience in real estate law.

Lozoya attended the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. Lozoya graduated from DePaul University’s College of Law in 2012. During her tenure in law school, she was a student attorney in the Civil Rights Clinic and a staff writer of the DePaul Journal of Health Care Law. Lozoya continues to work as nurse in critical care in Chicago.

Lozoya currently holds the position of secretary of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois; Region IX Deputy President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA); and co-chairs the Bar Organization Outreach Committee and the Health Law Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

Lozoya offered comments to questions about her new position, of counsel, to Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C.:

How does your of counsel position with Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C., complement your existing legal practice in health law, litigation and professional licensing? “As of counsel of Micheal Favia’s firm, I am afforded the opportunity to utilize my skill set as an attorney and nurse. Mike’s practice encompasses more than just medical malpractice. The Favia name is synonymous effect and diligent legal representation. The of counsel position will expand my civil practice into other areas of contract law such as health care and physician agreements. I currently provide nurse-consulting services, which includes but is not limited to medical record analysis, chronologies, and summaries. I will provide these services for the law firm on any and all cases that require an expert’s opinion.”

What unique perspectives to you bring to the firm? “Before becoming a nurse and an attorney, I was an auditor for a CPA in Miami. That position not only taught me to be thorough but required meticulous review of financial data and documents. This skill has transferred into all aspects of my life. During representation and consulting of clients, it is the recognition and discovery of minute distinctions that have yielded favorable results for my clients. I also have an extensive sales background, which instilled considerable listening skills; this set of skills serves as the bedrock of building and maintaining all of my client-attorney relationships. The majority of my current legal practice is in real estate which has refined my negotiation technique.”

What would you like future clients and colleagues to know about you? “I am a lover of knowledge and challenges. I look forward to collaborating with Mike and his associates. I continue to have the privilege of healing and assisting Chicago’s sick. I currently work as a Registered Nurse in the areas of: medical-surgical; telemetry; ambulatory surgery; medical intensive care unit (MICU); coronary care unit (CCU); and post anesthesia care unit (PACU). l enjoy a good laugh, a delicious slice of cheese pizza, and a brisk jog on Lake Michigan.”

Lozoya was recently featured in the Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants podcast interview, explaining how she works of counsel to Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. in connection with workers compensation cases and other related health law and litigation matters. PODCAST: Workers Compensation: Independent medical examinations with Anna Lozoya.

To learn more about, or to speak to Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, Of Counsel to Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C., please contact the firm at (773) 631-4580.

Chicago health law and litigation attorney Michael V. Favia and his associates in several locations and disciplines, advise and represent licensed physicians in all types of litigation and administrative matters involving licensing and regulatory agencies.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represents individual physicians and health care organizations in the Chicago area with a variety of legal matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates, please call (773) 631-4580, visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

 

PODCAST: Nursing homes, compliance with Federal and State Regulations with Carol Prosapio, RN

Today’s podcast interview with Carol Prosapio focuses on educating the public, nursing homes and their staff, about providing good patient care while at all times complying with all the rules and regulations of the Illinois Department of Health and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Topics covered in this 30-minute interview – Click/tap here to listen anytime!

  • Making informed decisions when choosing a nursing home, do your research;
  • Examining compliance requirements and how nursing homes strive for compliance;
  • Increasing nursing home staff to provide increased resident care requirements;
  • Resources for risk analysis, root cause, analysis regarding pressure ulcers;
  • Pain management, fall prevention, infections, personal hygiene and activities.

Carol Prosapio is an accomplished registered nurse with 36 years experience. She served the State of Illinois, the last 11 years, working as a long-term care surveyor. A Health Facilities Surveillance Nurse, for the Illinois Department of Public Health, Carol inspected long-term care facilities to ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations. She investigated allegations of abuse, neglect, improper nursing care and misuse of resident funds. Additionally, Carol reviewed records, laws, and procedures, investigating and surveying legal and policy compliance. Carol is an alumnus of Moraine Valley Community College, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Lewis University.

Michael V. Favia & Associates are available to advise and represent health care professionals and the general Chicagoland community with a variety of legal issues. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburbs, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion.

For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates, please call (773) 631-4850, visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.

 

Tax assessments, exemptions and appeals in Cook County

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If you live in Cook County, you may have a real estate tax bill in your mailbox. While some residents simply write a check and pay the assessed taxes, others regularly challenge the assessments through the appeals process. The procedures involved in appealing assessments of primary homestead residences are relatively straightforward. Individuals who are owners of commercial properties and the residents in condominiums may find the system to be more complex and an experienced real estate tax attorney may be required.

The procedures and systems are unique in various counties, and municipalities. There are certain real estate tax exemptions to which certain residents are entitled. When exemptions are missed, they can later be claimed and residential taxpayers may be entitled to a refund check from the county. In this short article, we highlight some important elements of the real estate tax system.

Real Estate Taxes are collected in two annual installments in Cook County.

The Office of the Cook County Treasurer starts mailing the first installment of the real estate tax bills for 2015 on January 25, 2016, with a due date of March 1, 2016. The amount of the first installment is a reflection of your total real estate tax liability from the previous year. The first 2015 installment amount is 55 percent of the 2014 tax bill.

The notices for the second installment, representing the remaining 45 percent due will be mailed in July 2016, and will be due in August 2016. The exact dates are not yet published on the Treasurer’s Office website.

Tax assessments may be disputed, and modifications are applied to the second installment tax bill.

To ensure proper cash flow to allow local governments to operate and pay their financial obligations, any challenges to assessment are reflected in the second installment. If either you are successful challenging the assessment, or there are changes in your assessment or your tax rate, the total due may be less than the amount you estimate based on the first installment bill.

Assessment appeals are available if you want to challenge the assessed value of your property. The Office of the Cook County Assessor’s website contains helpful information and forms for residents and property owners who want to challenge their assessments. There are several levels of appeals available to residents, involving appeals to the Cook County Assessor, the Cook County Board of Review, the Cook County Circuit Court, and the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board.

Tax exemptions and savings are available to qualified property owners.

The three most common tax exemptions are the Homeowner Exemption ($250-$2,000), the Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption ($250-$300 additional to the Homeowner Exemption) and the Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Exemption, where qualified seniors’ assessed value of their property may be frozen and will not increase. There are also exemptions and savings available for home improvements, disabled veterans, and military personnel. Once you apply for an exemption and are approved by the State, the exemption carries from year to year until you sell your property or otherwise change the main use of your property, for example, from your main homestead to a rental property. In addition, if you fail to claim an exemption you may apply for a refund for a limited number of past years in which you would have qualified for the exemption. There are more frequently asked and answered questions about exemptions located on the Cook County Board of Review’s website.

Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants 6Whether you need to hire an attorney to represent you or need to be pointed in the right direction, you may contact Michael V. Favia and Associates for real estate tax assistance in the Chicago area.

The offices of Michael V. Favia and Associates work with, and Michael V. Favia is of counsel to the Chicago law firm, Amari & Locallo, whose comprehensive knowledge of real estate tax laws and procedures are available to answer questions about the real estate tax assessment and collection process. You may also want to listen to a recent podcast in which Katherine O’Dell, a partner at Amari & Locallo, explains the real estate tax system in detail.

Chicago litigation attorney, Michael V. Favia and the associate attorneys of Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C. represent individuals and organizations in the Chicago area with a variety of legal matters. With offices conveniently located in the Chicago Loop, Northwest side and suburban meeting locations, you can schedule a discrete meeting with an attorney at your convenience and discretion. For more about Michael V. Favia & Associates, please visit www.favialawfirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter. You can also review endorsements and recommendations for Michael V. Favia on his Avvo.com profile and on LinkedIn.