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PODCAST: Appealing adverse final rulings in healthcare discipline, discharge and termination

Today’s podcast interview with attorney Michael Cohen, focuses on his work with attorney Michael Favia in defending healthcare professionals and appealing adverse decisions from any state agency final ruling affecting involving discipline, discharge and terminations. There are many compelling reasons to file an appeal of a ruling affecting your healthcare career. Attorneys Cohen and Favia work as a team to fight for the professional being disciplined or terminated. USE THIS LINK TO LISTEN ANYTIME

Topics covered in this 30-minute interview:

  • Common elements in reportable healthcare discipline, discharge and termination cases;
  • Describing usual procedural processes leading to an appealable final ruling and decision;
  • The measurable impact of healthcare discipline or termination on a local and national level;
  • What to expect in appealing an adverse discipline, discharge or termination ruling.

Michael B. Cohen is a partner in the Chicago office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Mr. Cohen represents clients in a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation matters, both state and federal at the trial and appellate levels, focused on complex commercial litigation. His litigation practice includes the areas of appellate law, bankruptcy, civil rights, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, estates and trusts, insurance coverage, medical malpractice defense, personal injury actions, privacy, professional liability, and real estate.

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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.

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.

PODCAST: 10 Marketing Tips to Keep Patients Happy and Decrease the Risk of Being Sued

Many health care practitioners think marketing is the sole method to increase the number of patients in a medical practice. Marketing is much more than your collection of brochures and web pages. While our printed materials are important, our brand is really dictated by the opinions of others with whom we interact in our professions. Today we will review a list of 10 cost-effective marketing tips and tactics to boost our brand, keep patients happy and reduce our malpractice risks. Use this link to listen anytime.

Topics covered in this 30-minute interview:

  • Communicating with patients and family members, in and out of the care setting;
  • Respecting the process of patients shopping for ideal health care professionals;
  • Making your office an appealing place to be where patients and their time are valuable;
  • Creating a system to request, receive and respond to patient and family feedback.

Patricia Favia is an award-winning marketing communications and branding professional who is focused on helping health care industry leaders engage their full potential. Ms. Favia works with integrated marketing, communications and advertising to help professionals in the health care industry. In her career in health care marketing, Patricia Favia worked as a director in major health systems in Illinois. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul University and participates in the Graduate School of Business, Continuing Education Program at Loyola University Chicago.

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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.

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.

PODCAST: An overview of current and future osteopathic medicine with Dr. Karen Nichols

Today’s podcast interview with Dr. Karen Nichols, focuses on osteopathic medicine and how osteopaths are different from traditional medical doctors. In the next 30 minutes Karen will talk to us about the whole person approach to osteopathic medicine, treatment and care. Learn about the rise of awareness and practice of osteopathic medicine and what we may anticipate in the future of comprehensive holistic healthcare. Use this link to listen anytime.

Topics covered in this 30-minute interview:

  • Similarities and differences between MDs and osteopathic physicians
  • A rise in the osteopathic profession and an increase in women osteopaths
  • The Institute of Medicine of Chicago and its role in osteopathic medicine
  • Career opportunities in, and the future of osteopathic medicine

Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS is the Dean of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to serving as Dean, she was Assistant Dean, Post Doctoral Education and Division Director (chair), Internal Medicine at the Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nichols a graduate of the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) with a DO degree and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. She has a Masters degree in Management with a specialty in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University. Dr. Nichols served as president of the American Osteopathic Association, president of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and president of the American College of Osteopathic Internists. She is presently on the board of the Osteopathic International Alliance.

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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.

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.

PODCAST: Medical office management tips with Donna Weinstock

Today’s podcast interview with Donna Weinstock, from Office Management Solution, a Chicago area provider of solutions and services for medical offices, focuses on current trends and topics in medical practice management. In the next 30 minutes, Donna will talk to us about her approach to running a business and healthcare practice and offer examples of opportunities in improving our operations, patient service and employee retention. Click/tap here to listen to the interview anytime.

Topics covered in this 30-minute interview:

  • Why medical offices need policy manuals;
  • How to best divide and delegate tasks;
  • Making smart choices when recruiting employees;
  • When it makes sense to use outsource solutions;
  • Services provided by Office Management Solution.

Donna Weinstock is president of Office Management Solution. She has spent over 30 years in healthcare, first working in physician offices as a biller and receptionist and later as a practice manager.

This has allowed her to truly understand the workings and day to day operations of healthcare practices which now allows her to help her clients/physician practices to become more efficient and therefore more profitable.

Donna is a is a speaker and writes for healthcare magazines.

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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.

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.

PODCAST: The expanding role of nurses in the community with Elizabeth Carlson, PhD, RN

Today’s podcast interview with Doctor Elizabeth Carlson focuses on current trends and topics in the area of careers in nursing. In the next 30 minutes Doctor Carlson will talk to us about her career in nursing and healthcare and offer examples of opportunities in several nursing professions in demand today and in the years to come. Click/tap here to listen to the podcast interview.

Topics covered in this 30-minute interview:

  • Introducing Elizabeth Carlson, PhD, RN – tell us about your career path
  • Current trends in health care and the nursing profession specifically
  • Identifying various nursing professions; what they can and cannot do
  • Pathways from one degree level to the next; planning a nursing career path

Dr. Elizabeth A. Carlson has held a variety of clinical and academic positions of leadership at Rush University Medical Center since 1976. Beginning as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care, she served as Interim Chairperson of Medical Nursing, which is a joint clinical and academic leadership position, and is currently Professor and Chairperson, Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, Rush College of Nursing. Dr. Carlson was recognized as a 2014 Pinnacle Leader by the Power of Nursing Leadership. She served as Program Director for Systems Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice from 2012 to 2014. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Michigan in 1973, her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1977, and her PhD from Rush University in 1988.

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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.

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.

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.

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.