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Michael V. Favia speaks at CBA Administrative Law Committee Meeting Monday March 20

Come have lunch with the Chicago Bar Association Administrative Law Committee on Monday, March 20, from 12: 15 to 1:30 p.m. The topic is “Medical Cases Before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.”

There are many nuances of administrative law and professional regulation that apply in the review of cases involving health care professionals. Being a former Chief of Prosecutions at the IDFPR, then IDPR, Michael V. Favia is uniquely positioned in private practice to advise and represent individuals and organizations involving professional regulatory matters.

Also speaking at Monday’s lunch meeting are Ms. Susan Gold, Deputy Director for State Wide Enforcement, IDFPR, Division of Professional Regulation, and Mr. Donald Seasock, Chief Administrative Law Judge, IDFPR.

Monday’s Administrative Law Committee meeting is held at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court and lunch is available for purchase.

Earn Illinois MCLE credit based on the presentation length.

Use this link for more information and to learn how to use the webcast option to attend and earn credit.

 

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.

 

Relaxed restrictions: Health care licenses and criminal convictions

On January 1, 2017, new laws on the books in Illinois took effect. Among the new laws passed was a bill to protect applicants for professional licenses who may also have a record of a criminal offense and conviction. Prior to the new law, applicants for health care licenses[i] were barred from applying for a professional health care license if they had been convicted of criminal offenses.

In fact, a 2011 law, now rescinded, had automatically and permanently revoked or denied licenses to certain health care professionals with certain past felony convictions. Imagine working in a health care career for years and being stripped of your license to work and earn a living. Those affected by the 2011 law may now move forward in applying for the reissue of their health care license.

Those previously stripped of licenses may seek relief:

New health care license applicants who may have been precluded from receiving a license prior to January 1 may now request the issuance of a health care license by the State of Illinois. The Illinois Department of Financial Regulation (IDFPR), who issues and regulates health care licenses and professionals, may no longer deny a request for a professional license solely on an applicant’s criminal record unless the conviction is directly related to the occupation for which the individual seeks a license.

“The new measure is part of ongoing efforts by Governor Rauner and legislators to remove unnecessary barriers to the professional licensure while ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of the public.[ii]

New opportunities for independent review:

Under the law, if an individual applies for a license to work in regulated health care position, and they have a criminal conviction, the individual may qualify for special review under the new law. The Petition for Review, timely filed, can be used to affirmatively establish that the individual has been rehabilitated from their conviction.

There are several factors to be considered by the IDFPR in reviewing Petitions for Review, such as the seriousness of the underlying criminal conviction, any prior disciplinary history associated with the applicant, and notably, the individual’s voluntary remedial actions. Remedial actions can help establish an individual accepting responsibility for an error, and when coupled with rehabilitation, the decreased chances of future errant actions.

Child support obligations:

The new rule also gives the IDFPR more discretion in disciplining a license holder who falls behind in child support obligation. While it may be true that some child support obligors knowingly fail to pay child support, others may fall behind unintentionally. When the health care worker is denied their license to earn a living, and they want to be current on their support obligation, taking their income away can further complicate the problem.

If you believe the new law applies to your health care career and opportunity to hold the proper license, whether you were previously denied, suspended or revoked, you should know that every situation is fact-specific and what applies to some may not apply to others. Call Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. for a comprehensive review of your professional licensing matter to learn if the new law may change your health care career outlook.

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] Note: Health care workers include doctors, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and more.

[ii] IDFPR Press Release Dated 12/29/2016, A Pathway to Licensure: Changes to Law for Health Care Workers with Criminal Convictions.

Nursing professions regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

 

The nationwide nursing shortage hit Illinois and the problem is there are not enough young nursing professionals to replace the number of retiring baby boomer nurses. In a recent survey, a third of the currently working nurses age 55 and older plan to retire within the next five years.[i] Research shows that even fewer nurses are able to fill the need for Ph.D. nurse educators. The problem is not the lack of interest in the nursing professions, there is a shortage in education program capacities. The nursing schools are full. With concerns of state budget cuts in education, gaining admittance to state nursing education programs may become increasingly difficult. Private nursing schools can be a good alternative, and for those willing to go so far as the Ph.D. programs, private school tuition may be a solid future investment.

There are several nursing professional options in Illinois. No matter where you may be in the progression of your nursing career, you will be in demand for many years to come. In addition to the required education, a nurse professional must apply to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to obtain the required state license to practice nursing in the following regulated areas of nursing in Illinois.

Professional Nursing Professions Licensed by IDFPR[ii]:

  • Registered Professional Nurse (RN)[iii]

RNs primarily administer medication, treatments, and offer educational advice to the patient.

  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)[iv]

LPNs provide basic nursing care and are responsible for the comfort of the patient.

  • Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)[v]

APNs assist other medical professionals and manage patient care, and many specialize in fields such as pediatrics, oncology and family medicine.

  • Continuing Education Sponsors are licensed to provide continuing education to licensed nurses.[vi]
    • APN CE Sponsor
    • LPN CE Sponsor
    • RN CE Sponsor
  • APN Controlled Substance[vii]

Physicians may delegate limited authority to prescribe controlled substances to Advance Practice Nurses with the APN Controlled Substance credentials.

Illinois laws such as the Nurse Practice Act[viii], identify what specific aspects of healthcare are allowed or limited by each specific nursing license.

In addition to assistance with the nurse professional licensing process, Illinois nurses may also need legal assistance with various business aspects of nursing careers such as employment contract and collaborative practice agreement review and negotiation.

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. We help Illinois nurses with any and all issues with the regulation of their professional license with the IDFPR.

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] Modern Healthcare, Nationwide nursing shortage hits Illinois, by Adam Rubenfire, May 27, 2015.

[ii] Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Regulated Professions, Nursing.

[iii] All Nursing Schools, Registered Nurse vs. Licensed Practical Nurse.

[iv] See HNiii above.

[v] All Nursing Schools, Advanced Practice Nursing.

[vi] Nurse.org, Nurse CE and CEU: Continuing Education for RNs.

[vii] IDFPR Controlled Substance Licensing.

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[viii] Illinois Nurse Practice Act, 225 ILCS 65.

State agencies including the IDFPR work together to keep Illinois residents safe.

Healthcare Podcast Recap: Several recent healthcare professional and consultant interviews!

In case you missed them, below are several recent Internet radio podcast interviews featuring a variety of healthcare professionals with relationships and connections to the Chicago-based team of Illinois Licensing Professional Consultants.

From first seeking a professional healthcare license, to managing exposure and liability in complex health systems, the individuals featured in this series, have the answers and advice you may need to protect your career interests. Brought to you by the Chicago health law, licensing and litigation firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C. (773) 631-4580

Simply click on the titles to listen to these podcasts anytime!

  1. Workers Compensation: Independent medical examinations with Anna Lozoya
  • Introducing Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, Of Counsel to Michael V. Favia & Associates
  • Describe the independent medical examination (IME) process in workers compensation
  • My expertise in reading medical records and IME reports, independently
  • The importance and value of an objective third party observer
  • The benefits of having a nurse advocate in the exam room during an IME

Anna Lozoya, JD, RN, Of Counsel to Michael V. Favia & Associates, works for the firm, on independent medical examination (IME) matters in workers compensation cases. Anna leverages her experience reading medical records and IME reports to help the firm maximize its results for workers compensation plaintiffs. Anna is an attorney and a registered nurse in the State of Illinois and works with a variety of health related legal matters including personal injury, medical malpractice, and regulatory matters with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Department of Public Health. In addition, Anna is experienced in real estate law and is bi-lingual Spanish speaker. Anna earned her law degree from the DePaul University where she focused in health law and regulation.

  1. Nursing homes: Compliance with Federal and State Regulations with Carol Prosapio, RN
  • 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.

  1. Criminal Healthcare Fraud and Defense with Attorney Anthony Schumann
  • Introducing Anthony Schumann, tell us about your law practice
  • Sources of criminal healthcare law, state and federal
  • Enforcement areas: home health, kickbacks, mental health, drug diversion, etc.
  • What to expect during investigations and when to obtain legal defense counsel
  • Professional licensing concerns in connection with dispositions of cases
  • What to expect in defending criminal healthcare fraud charges

Anthony L. Schumann is a partner in the Chicago office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.  For more than 30 years, Mr. Schumann has participated in over 150 civil and criminal trials and evidentiary hearings.  He focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, government liability, and white collar criminal defense.  He has extensive experience representing corporate, governmental and individual clients in state and federal courts and during all stages of investigation and throughout the litigation process.  Mr. Schumann has extensive experience assisting companies with internal investigations and in handling compliance issues.  He has attained an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest professional rating awarded for legal ability and ethical standards; and he is also included in the listings of Illinois Leading Lawyer and Illinois Super Lawyer.

  1. Medical experts in court and evidence based medicine with Dr. James Harlan
  • What does it take to be a medical expert?
  • What should attorneys be looking for in a medical expert?
  • Daubert vs Frye rulings: some states have different burdens to prove opinions for medical experts
  • Evidence based medicine, what makes a good study beyond a mere claim
  • About INSPE and what we do for the attorney and the expert

James Harlan, MD, FACEP, Received a BS in Biology/Chemistry from the University of Evansville and his MD from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed residency at the Resurrection Emergency Medicine Program in 2009 and has been practicing emergency medicine since. Currently, he practices at Northshore University Healthsystem. He joined INSPE in 2012 and is currently focused on the growth of the company. Recently, he has volunteered his time teaching emergency medicine residents and medical students. He has also given his time to ICEP for board review courses. His free time is spent with family.

 

Will a DUI arrest and conviction affect my physicians or nursing license?

Physicians and nurses face serious and career impacting consequences when they are arrested and convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Illinois. The problems that licensed health care professionals may not be limited to the State of Illinois, if the offense occurs in Illinois and professional practices in states outside Illinois. These issues are not limited to offenses in Illinois, and out-of-state incidents are equally jeopardizing. The state licensing boards and agencies charged with keeping residents safe and regulating professionals take DUI charges seriously. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) can and will investigate and discipline its licensed physicians and nurses involved in DUI incidents. Disciplinary action in Illinois will likely follow a licensed health care professional in the future. Hiring the best lawyers and experts can make the difference between keeping and losing your career.

DUI arrests are frequent, especially in high enforcement areas with roadside sobriety checks

Many police departments in Illinois use roadside sobriety and safety checkpoints, particularly during peak travel times around the holidays. An officer who wants to find probable cause to search you and your vehicle can use a variety of indicators to justify a search, even your slight hesitation to answer questions or their opinion you braked too hard coming to a stop. In another scenario, you might be on your way home from a networking mixer and are rear-ended by a drunk driver. If your blood alcohol concentration exceeds the state limit of 0.08 percent, you are subject to arrest and conviction.

True or False: you cannot be arrested for DUI simply because you take prescription medication? False! Physicians and nurses take prescription medications like everyone else, and if the side of the pill container says anything about driving or operating a motor vehicle while taking the medication, that can also lead to a DUI arrest and conviction.

What happens if you are arrested for DUI in Illinois or out-of-state?

Call a professional licensing lawyer as soon as possible. Michael V. Favia is one of the Chicago area’s best known attorney defending physicians and nurses licensed in Illinois, because he is a former prosecutor for the IDFPR and he knows exactly how they operate and what you may be up against.

Attorney Favia will know how to properly advise you and how to report the DUI to the IDFPR and any other relevant board of regulation. These boards may have a range of fines or disciplinary sanctions they could seek to impose against you. If however, you are proactive in seeking counseling and rehabilitation efforts, in many cases, you may be able to minimize the damage and threat to your health care license.

Regulatory boards may be harsher if you are not timely and appropriate in your reporting the incident. Of course, the worst thing you could do is fail to report, which is a breach of your duty under the terms of the state conferring a license upon you in the first place. Attorney Favia, having been on both sides of the professional licensing fence, will be your best asset in protecting your career.

To fight the conviction and how zealous should you be?

While it may be appropriate to be humble and apologetic, zealously fighting a conviction can be in your best interest. Arrests are one thing, convictions are another; a conviction can lead to stronger fines and sanctions to your career, including the suspension or revocation of your physician or nursing license. A conviction versus arrest record can also lead to difficulties in other states.

The National Practitioner Data Bank may contain records of reports of DUI arrests and convictions. A simple note to the file indicating an arrest was not carried through to conviction may satisfy the State of Illinois regulatory boards such as the IDFPR, but it could lead to more strict penalties in other states where you may be licensed, now or in the future.

Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C., works with physicians and health care professionals who are arrested and face conviction for DUI, helping clients mitigate the damage to their license and future health care career.

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 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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Illinois doctors fearful of investigation for participating in Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

medical marij

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Some doctors in Illinois are hesitant to provide referrals for medical marijuana as they hear news of the state medical licensing board and agencies investigating some of the physicians who do provide medical marijuana referrals. While doctors who participate in the practice of making medical marijuana referrals may be operating in compliance with state law, there is always potential for abuse. With the medical marijuana law, the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, in Illinois being relatively new, it is likely there are physicians who do not understand all the requirements and duties under the law. The doctors under investigation could receive a written reprimand or more discipline including the suspension and revocation of medical licenses and privileges.

Requirements for Illinois doctors under the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

The law requires that doctors and patients have a “bona fide relationship” before a medical marijuana referral may be provided. The physician is required to fully assess the patient’s medical history, review medical records and examine the patient to determine whether they qualify for medical marijuana because they have one of the approved ailments requiring that doctor’s ongoing care.[i] The Illinois medical marijuana laws are written to prevent the walk-in clinic scenario where anyone off the street can walk in the door, pay a fee and obtain a medical marijuana referral. Illinois lawmakers worked to pass a law that better ensured only truly bona fide patients with real need for medical marijuana would be able to obtain that medication through a properly screened system.

Illinois state authorities have not publicly identified any doctors being investigated for violations of the law. There are four known cases of complaints against doctors who have also not been identified.[ii] Generally, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) investigates and disciplines Illinois doctors who violate the law or are suspected of medical malpractice or negligence. There is a dedicated webpage on the IDFPR site addressing the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, with resources and links to relevant law and the structure of the department and its role in overseeing medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and its roles in medical marijuana

IDFPRThe IDFPR also disciplines and may suspend the license and privileges of an Illinois physician who does not practice within the stated requirements and duties under the new medical marijuana law. The number of patients seen and given referrals for medical marijuana may raise a red flag to individuals observing a healthcare practice that provides medical marijuana referrals. Whether a patient truly has a bona fide relationship with the doctor, and whether the patient truly suffers from one of the 39 state approved medical conditions might be the subject of an investigation.

There are several paths that could lead to investigations of doctors participating in the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Physicians in competition with another could be opposed to medical marijuana. Commercial real estate neighbors may be opposed to medical marijuana patients near their stores and customers. For whatever reason an individual might make a complaint against a doctor, there are protocols and practices to adopt when treating patients and providing medical marijuana referrals. Keeping good notes and being redundant in ensuring compliance with state law is important.

Michael V. Favia represents Illinois physicians and health care practitioners with legal matters related to medical marijuana and the practice of medicine, generally.

Illinois Professional Licensing Consultants 6Chicago health law and litigation attorney Michael V. Favia works with Illinois physicians with medical practice liability concerns and state licensing issues. A former Illinois Department of Professional Regulation prosecutor, Favia is well-known for representing doctors with an intimate level of knowledge and experience in how the professional regulation systems work in Illinois. If you or a physician you know is concerned about compliance with the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program please call Michael V. Favia and Associates, P.C.

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 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] See the Illinois Department of Public Health web page, Medical Cannabis.

[ii] Chicago Tribune, Is risk of state discipline scaring doctors away from medical marijuana, by Robert McCoppin, Feb. 10, 2016.

Home health care fraud in Bloomingdale, bogus certifications lead to jail time

home health care fraud

Image courtesy of Chicago Sun-Times, Bloomingdale doctor gets two years for Medicare fraud http://bit.ly/1J7HUWX

Home health care facilities can be hotbeds for fraud and prosecutors with their investigators recently put another fraud case in the news. The Bloomingdale-based Home Care Physicians Inc., part-owner and employee, Dr. Arthur Davida, 62, pleaded guilty and received a 2-year sentence in connection with home health care fraud. Physicians engaging in fraudulent activities are not only subject to criminal and civil penalties, they also face discipline by the Illinois Medical Board as well as licensing agencies in any other state in which they are now or in the future wish to practice medicine. While it may be possible to rehabilitate a the career of a convicted physician, it would certainly be an uphill battle.

The increase in popularity of home health care facilities can cause concern for many.

In recent years, home health care has become a well-known and more affordable alternative to traditional nursing and care facilities. Concerns about care and the well-being of their loved ones in nursing facilities make it an easier choice for many families to engage the services of cost-effective home health care operations so their loved ones can stay in their own homes or reside in a home health care residence with one or two other individuals in need of care. Unfortunately, the concerns for proper care and attention are present in home health care situations, just as they are in traditional nursing care facilities. Through increased awareness of the risks and problems in home health care, more family members become aware of situations in which their loved ones could be used as pawns in a fraudulent operation.

In this case, the suburban doctor was alleged to be part of a fraud scheme in with home health agencies who provided patient referrals in exchange for certifications that the patients were confined to homes and not physically or mentally fit to come and go on their own volition. During the course of the investigation by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, prosecutors from the office of the U.S. Attorney General and the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, it was determined that 20 percent of the patients were not confined to their homes. The home health agencies relied on the doctor’s certification that the patients were homebound so that the agencies could bill Medicare for home health care and treatment that those 20 percent of patients did not need. Additionally, the investigation uncovered evidence of billing for unnecessary medical treatments.

Investigators and prosecutors are vigilant in identifying and stopping Medicare fraud.

The cost to Medicare and taxpayers in this case alone totaled at least $4 million according to prosecutors in this case. Imposing the 2 year sentence, U.S. District Court Judge John Tharp, Jr. said this crime is a “very serious offense” involving “stealing money” from Medicare.[i]

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force, overseen by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Officer of Inspector General, established in 2007, combines efforts of the Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys offices, the FBI, private investigators and local law enforcement. Teams of professionals review data and intelligence to identify and stop individuals abusing the Medicare system, bringing them to justice.

This case is relatively recent and as of the date of this blog article, Dr. Arthur Davida is still listed as having a valid medical license in the State of Illinois. Anyone can search for a physician profile on the website of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). A conviction of a crime routinely causes an investigation of a licensed professional, and the due process of law takes considerable time. It is unknown what will happen to this physician’s license to practice medicine in Illinois and other states. According to prosecutors, in his plea agreement the doctor in this case acquiesced to providing the fraudulent certifications for fear the agencies would stop sending referrals.[ii] Cooperation with authorities and prosecutors can make a difference not only in sentencing but in also concerning a professional license.

Chicago health law and litigation attorney, Michael V. Favia, represents Illinois physicians.

Michael V. Favia has a career in law working as a prosecutor and a defender in health care law and litigation. In addition, Favia’s past and current work with the IDFPR touches every element of this case and a variety of fraud-based cases involving Medicare billing for health care services. To learn more about attorney Favia, you may review his professional profile.

Michael V. Favia & Associates are available to advise and represent physicians 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’ professional licensing work, please visit www.IL-Licensing.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter.

 

[i] Chicago SunTimes, Bloomingdale doctor gets two years for Medicare fraud, by Sun-Times Wire, Jan 7, 2016.

[ii] See HNi above.