IDFPR Profile: Address Requirements

IDFPR Profile: Address Requirements

It’s important to consider the impact of the addresses that you keep on file with the State of Illinois. A number of factors are at play in your address listings: what the law requires you to provide, what the State of Illinois makes available to the general public, and what you may want to provide for potential patients. Additionally, there are several issues to think about: public accessibility of your home address, legal requirements for public profiles, and other licensing requirements.

Official License Address – Home or Office?

Do you use your home address for your license? During every licensure period, the Illinois Chiropractic Society performs a cursory review of the information contained in the chiropractic physician database maintained by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). While reviewing the state information recently, we noticed that many doctors are using their home addresses for their license renewal. Although there is nothing illegal about using the home address, be aware that the address used to acquire or renew your license is available to the public. This means that any number of individuals have access to the address you use for your license, such as disgruntled patients who simply see the license posted in your office; insurance auditors; personal injury attorneys; and anyone else who requests a license roster from the state.

It is a legal requirement for doctors to post their licenses in their offices, and anyone can access the address you have on file with the State of Illinois. For both liability and privacy reasons, the ICS strongly recommends that physicians use the professional office address as the license address of record.

The process to change your address of record with the IDFPR is not difficult:

If your name has changed (i.e. due to a marriage or divorce), you are required to change the name on your license. You can access the form for that purpose here.

E-Mail Address Required for License Renewal Notification AND Disciplinary Action

Until recently, the IDFPR sent renewal notifications by regular U.S. mail to the official license address of record. The IDFPR will no longer send these forms by regular mail but will send only electronic renewal notices and most other communication from in the form of email. Therefore, the IDFPR requires that you update your email address on your IDFPR address change form (a non-public form). However, your email address is optional on your physician profile (a separate form from the IDFPR address change form) and will not be shown publicly on the physician profile unless you add it.

You MUST maintain your most recent email address with IDFPR.

Additionally, the Medical Practice Act now allows the IDFPR to notify physicians of disciplinary hearings and investigations by email only.

You MUST maintain your most recent email address with IDFPR.

Physician Profile Address

Illinois maintains, by law, a database of physician profiles for the benefit of health care consumers. The profile includes a significant amount of information provided by the state (including license status, disciplinary actions, and malpractice settlements) and must include your office address, participation in Medicare and Medicaid, your education, and post-graduate education. Additionally, chiropractic physicians may choose to include other insurance plan participation, previous locations, board certifications, professional affiliations (i.e. membership in the Illinois Chiropractic Society), honors & awards, community activities, and more.

Beyond the importance of having this information available for potential patients, the law actually requires that you update your profile. In short, you have 60 days to update your public profile information after the following events: when you are first licensed, when your office address changes, and any time that the information in your profile changes. It is your responsibility to assure that the information contained in your profile continues to be accurate. Failure to comply with the completion of your profile may result in disciplinary action against your license.

You can access the IDFPR website to update your profile here: https://www.idfpr.com/Applications/ProfessionProfile/ProfileUpdateLogin.aspx?

ICS Patient and Physician Referrals

ICS Members are automatically included in our chiropractic physician search engine. Patients (or other physicians for referrals) can simply use their current location to find the closest chiropractic physician. In fact, as a part of the ICS’ public awareness initiatives, potential patients are directed to the ICS chiropractic physician finder through the URL www.healthierillinois.com. ICS Members should ensure your office address is up to date with the ICS. You can access your online profile here.

Whether it is to comply with the law or for the potential of new patients, chiropractic physicians should update addresses with the state and with the ICS whenever there is a change. Verify your information is correct today.

About Author

Marc Abla, CAE

Marc Abla began working at the Illinois Chiropractic Society in 2002 and became the Executive Director in 2008. He brings his extensive financial, administrative and association experience to the ICS. He is a Certified Association Executive and a graduate of the Certified Leadership Series through the Illinois Society of Association Executives. Additionally, he is a member of the Illinois Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, Association Forum, Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, and the American Chiropractic Association.


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