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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.

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Favia will work with the firm’s members in the Chicago office and nationwide on professional licensing matters.

Dedicated Medicare Compliance Practice: The QPWB Advantage, Michael V. Favia, Of Counsel

Michael V. Favia and Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C., are Of Counsel to Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. (QPWB), the full-service business law firm with offices located in several U.S. states and overseas.[i] QPWB maintains a Dedicated Medicare Compliance Group and works with insurance carriers in connection with direct and indirect claims involving Medicare reimbursement. Because attorney Favia and the firm are Of Counsel to QPWB, the firm has access to the benefits of this advanced compliance practice group.

There are a variety of services QPWBs compliance group can offer to self-insured companies and insurance carriers with worker’s compensation and liability claims. How and when to pay claims and submit reimbursements to Medicare can be daunting when mistakes can result in bad faith claims and unanticipated economic losses.

The QPWB Dedicated Medicare Compliance Group can assume a variety of responsibilities for insurance clients, including without limitation, claim investigation, conditional payment negotiation, and funding submissions where future medical expenses are certain or likely. Because every client and claim is unique, the QPWB group uses a proprietary system to properly assess and manage each and every claim.

“The QPWB Advantage:

  • We address each claim on its own merits and not in a cookie cutter manner;
  • As attorneys, we act as advocates on behalf of our clients focusing on every factual, legal and medical argument to help develop strategies to reduce exposure;
  • We make realistic recommendations so that clients can make informed decisions and work towards understanding and resolving compliance issues in the most economical fashion;
  • The firm provides attorneys with decades of experience in counseling self-insured and insurance clients;
  • Decades of experience meeting with opposing parties and attending Administrative and Judicial pre-trials to address compliance issues.
  • We provide individualized attention to the needs of our clients, from the smallest matter to the largest.[ii]

In addition to direct claim management, QPWB works with external vendors and attorneys focused on primary payer issues, cost projections, medical arguments and claim settlements.

For more information about direct and indirect insurance claims and Medicare compliance, please contact Michael V. Favia & Associates, P.C.

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] QPWB office locations are located in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Texas, and in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

[ii] See QPWB’s website for more information about the Dedicated Medicare Compliance Practice.

Representing injured plaintiffs in catastrophic injury cases involving common carriers, cruise ships

download (1)An Illinois man, James Hausman, recently won his catastrophic injury lawsuit against Holland America Line cruses after he suffered a traumatic brain injury on a cruise, when an automatic sliding-glass door closed on him, striking him in the head (Watch US News Video) in 2011. The federal jury in Seattle awarded $21.5 million in damages after a nine-day trial where attorneys argued that dozens of other passengers were also injured by the same type of automatic doors on Holland’s cruise ship fleet, with arguably faulty sensors.[i] The jury verdict includes $16.5 million in punitive damages, punishing the defendants for failing to keep its ships safe and protect the safety of its passengers.

Michael V. Favia and QPWB law firm represent injured plaintiffs, including those injured on cruises.

In Chicago, Attorney Michael V. Favia represents injured plaintiffs who suffer traumatic brain injuries and all other types of injuries. Favia is a Chicago attorney licensed to practice in the State of Illinois, and he is an attorney of-counsel to Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. (QPWB), a multi-state law firm with offices on both coasts, Panama City and on the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The QPWB website has a legal practice area section dedicated to Admiralty and Maritime Law cases involving cruise ships and catastrophic injury cases.

The plaintiff injured on the Holland America Line ship was treated for concussion on the ship. Further medical attention addressed a minor brain injury, the effects of which still challenge the injured man four years later. “”He still has trouble with things that would have been simple before,” said Hausman’s lawyer, Rick Friedman, adding that his client has sold his gold and precious-metals retail business.”[ii]

Common carriers, including cruise ships owe the highest legal duty of care to passengers and cargo.

A common carrier in the business of transporting cargo and people has a special legal duty owing the highest degree of care and diligence in the safety of cargo and passengers. Cruise ships are common carriers according to Section 3(6) of the Shipping Act of 1984[iii]. Cruise ships must warn passengers about potentially dangerous conditions. Failure to warn passengers of dangerous conditions is negligent and the common carrier is liable for injuries when it knew or should have known about the dangerous condition, and did not do anything to warn or protect passengers. In this case, attorneys for the plaintiff identified dozens of passengers who were similarly injured by Holland America Line’s automatic sliding-glass doors with faulty sensors.

Punitive damages are awarded in cases where a court finds punitive damages a proper punishment to deter a defendant from continuing similar outrageous conduct. Punitive damages punish conduct that is in bad faith, fraudulent, wanton and reckless. $16.5 million is the court’s award to James Hausman, sending a clear message to Holland America Line cruises that knowing their doors were dangerous and their failure to repair or warn passengers is unacceptable.

The law firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates, of counsel to the QPWB law firm, can hold common carriers to their duty to keep their passengers and cargo safe.

Unfortunately, it can come down to an economic decision, to make the repairs or risk paying out for a few injured passengers. In many cases in recent history, we hear about large companies saving huge amounts of money not making corrections, because it is less expensive to pay minor consequences. A large punitive damages award in the millions of dollars, however can rattle some cages where corporate decision makers are held responsible.

Michael V. Favia & Associates is a health law and injury litigation law firm. 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’ professional licensing work, please visit FaviaLawFirm.com and feel free to “Like” the firm on Facebook and “Follow” the firm on Twitter.

 

[i] US News and World Report, Man Wins $21.5 Million From Holland America, AP, Nov. 11, 2015.

[ii] See HNi above

[iii] 46 U.S.C. Sec.1702(6)

Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. October 22nd Willis Tower Open House Invitation

Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. is a full-service business law firm offering a wide variety of legal services to public and private companies, professionals, entrepreneurs, and individuals. QPWB serves clients in various industries and in multiple jurisdictions. The firm’s strength flows from its experience in handling a broad range of complex business and commercial cases and transactions.

Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. is pleased to announce the QPWB relocation and expansion of their Chicago office to the Willis Tower
&
Cordially invite you to join them for an Open House to help celebrate the new location in Chicago’s premier business center
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
Willis Tower

233 South Wacker Drive, 70th Floor
Chicago, Illinois, 60606
(312) 566-0040
R.S.V.P by Wednesday, October 15, 2015
Debbie Riley
E-Mail: driley@qpwblaw.com
www.QPWBLaw.com

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Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. is a full-service business law firm offering a wide variety of legal services to public and private companies, professionals, entrepreneurs, and individuals. QPWB serves clients in various industries and in multiple jurisdictions. The firm’s strength flows from its experience in handling a broad range of complex business and commercial cases and transactions.

Michael V. Favia and the Law Firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates is Of Counsel with Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

The Law Firm of Michael V. Favia & Associates is a successful General Civil Practice with an emphasis on health law and administrative law. The firm is dedicated to providing personalized service and high-quality representation for clients.

Lawsuit over medical marijuana cultivation in Kankakee

It is disputed whether Quinn ever met with the Plaintiff’s competitor who won the bid for a license.

It is disputed whether Quinn ever met with the Plaintiff’s competitor who won the bid for a license.

Alleged delays and errors in the implementation of the medical marijuana pilot program in Illinois led to a recent lawsuit regarding the requirements for establishing cultivation centers and dispensaries. Under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, January 1, 2014, there are 22 districts and no more than one license may be issued per district, regulated by the Department of Agriculture administrative rules, approved by the JCAR committee overseeing implementation of the law.

The Plaintiff company, PM Rx LLC of Chicago, competed for the license to operate a cultivation center in District 21 in Kankakee. Its competitor, Cresco Labs won three of 21 licenses to cultivate medical marijuana. The scoring process is being challenged in the lawsuit filed in Cook County. Named as defendant is the Department of Agriculture’s acting director, Philip Nelson.

The lawsuit claims problems in the process of awarding licenses during the Quinn administration.

The issue for the court is whether the bidding and selection process was conducted properly under the medical marijuana law. The system established to process and weigh competitive applications for licenses could be improperly designed and/or improperly evaluated. Either way, blame lies with former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, whose successor, Gov. Bruce Rauner, stated he would work with court to review the process.

“”We understood and acknowledged that the process the Quinn administration applied would likely expose the State to significant and costly litigation,” Rauner’s office stated in an email. “We believe the steps we took to fix the errors in the Quinn selection process reduce, but cannot entirely eliminate, the risk of litigation.[i]

It is disputed whether Quinn ever met with the Plaintiff’s competitor who won the bid for a license.

In the lawsuit, PM Rx claims that its competitor, Cresco scored lower and should not have won the bid for the cultivation license, and that when a representative from Cresco had a meeting with then Gov. Quinn, they ended up with a higher score. A Spokesman for Quinn denies the allegation. There was a ban on state regulators meeting with applicants during the process of candidate selections and PM Rx alleges Quinn acted improperly.

In a recent update, Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program: Implementation Update #3, we identified some of the rules and changes implemented since the effective date of the law. In this update the requirements for cultivation centers are listed. Including raising the money and capital required by the state, PM Rx claims it met all the stated requirements and possessed a higher score and therefore should have been awarded a cultivation center license over its competitor.

In other medical marijuana news, some individuals are not so patient.

Meanwhile, some individuals attempted to start selling medical marijuana licenses prematurely, risking a complaint for violating the new law. For more, read Caution: “Medical cannabis clinics” are not yet authorized to open shop, complaint issued.

Michael V. Favia & Associates will continue to report on the news about the implementation of the medical marijuana law in Illinois. Michael V. Favia is also an attorney of counsel to the law firm of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., a business oriented law firm with offices in several states, representing clients similar to the individuals involved in this lawsuit over District 21 in Kankakee.

Michael V. Favia & Associates are available to assist physicians with professional licensing matters and lawsuits. 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’ 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 Tribune, Lawsuit challenges Illinois process for medical marijuana licensing. By Robert McCoppin, Feb. 25, 2015.

MICHAEL V. FAVIA IS NOW OF COUNSEL TO FULL-SERVICE BUSINESS LAW FIRM

Favia will work with the firm’s members in the Chicago office and nationwide on professional licensing matters.

Favia will work with the firm’s members in the Chicago office on professional licensing matters.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MICHAEL V. FAVIA IS NOW OF COUNSEL TO FULL-SERVICE BUSINESS LAW FIRM

Professional Licensing Law And Litigation Attorney, Michael V. Favia Joins the Full-Service Business Law Firm of Quintarios, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. as an Of Counsel Attorney

CHICAGO – Professional licensing law and litigation attorney, Michael V. Favia, is now an of-counsel attorney to the law firm, Quintarios, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. (“QPWB”), with offices located Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Arizona, Nevada, California,  Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Favia will work with the firm’s members in the Chicago office on professional licensing matters.

Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. is a full-service business law firm offering a wide variety of legal services to public and private companies, professionals, entrepreneurs, and individuals. QPWB serves clients in various industries and in multiple jurisdictions. The firm’s strength flows from its experience in handling a broad range of complex business and commercial cases and transactions. With its ten offices in several states and additional of counsel relationships, with attorneys in several other states, QPWB can represent clients in many practice areas.

“Of counsel” is the term described by the American Bar Association as being a “close, personal, continuous, and regular relationship” between a law firm and counsel lawyer. Larger law firms enter into “of counsel” associations with attorneys with specific industry experience and special practice area focuses. In this instance, QPWB invited Favia to join the firm as an of counsel attorney to assist with state professional licensing law and litigation.

Favia has more than 25 years of experience in professional licensing law and litigation and works in conjunction with a team of litigators, experts and investigators to advise and represent clients. He is experienced working on both sides of professional licensing matters, the prosecution and defense. He is a former Assistant Illinois Attorney General and Chief Prosecutor for the Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation (“IDPR”), now known as the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation (“IDFPR”).

Favia also owns a professional licensing consulting company where he and affiliated former prosecutors, investigators and professional licensing board members assist licensed professionals in their business, regulatory and IDFPR related matters.

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If you would like more information about Michael V. Favia & Associates, or to schedule an interview of Michael V. Favia, please contact the firm by calling (773) 631-4580 or send an email to favia@lawyer.com.