Author: Adrienne Hersh, JD, ICS Legal Counsel

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License Investigations by the State of Illinois – Know the Process

Understandably, no one is happy to hear that he or she is the subject of a license investigation by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). However, as with any other worrisome situation, lack of knowledge about the process causes much of the trauma. There can be long blocks of time during which the licensee hears nothing, which in itself is very unnerving. Knowing what procedures to expect, together with careful handling of the case, can ease the stress considerably.

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Is Your Home Address (and more) Available from IDFPR to the Public?

Because government is intended to work for its citizens, the public has the right to view certain documents that agencies create or receive in doing their work. In Illinois, the Freedom of Information Act expresses a clear policy “…that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government…access by all persons to public records promotes…transparency and accountability of public bodies…

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Cannabis and the Workplace

Although multiple laws go into effect in Illinois on January 1 each year, this year’s most notable was the legalization of adult recreational marijuana under the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. The law clearly intends to decriminalize the adult use of cannabis; however, other consequences of the law are not as well-understood.

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TELEMEDICINE SERVICES IN ILLINOIS

As the health care market experiences increasing demand for patient convenience, so grows the interest in health care services via telemedicine. Telemedicine under Illinois law means “rendering written or oral opinions concerning diagnosis or treatment of a patient in Illinois by a person in a different location than the patient …by telephonic, electronic, or other means of communication.” This could include physician-patient interaction by electronic mail, texting, video or telephone. Some services are, of course, better suited than others for this type of health care delivery.

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Medical Records Access and Copy Fees – Patients and Third Parties

Medical Records Access and Copy Fees – Patients and Third Parties

Since its initial passage in 1996, the HIPAA law has been implemented and expanded by regulations that have not always been easily understood by providers. This article is intended to consolidate and update ICS information about access to, disclosure of, and copying fees for patient medical records.

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