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Health Care Liens

Health Care Liens

A lien is a legal claim against specific property. A health care lien is a claim against monetary proceeds in an injury case. The Illinois health care lien law refers to individual health care licensees as “health care professionals” and to facility health care licensees as “health care providers.” The law allows health care professionals, such as physicians and other health care professionals, and health care providers such as hospitals, to assert liens for service billings against personal injury monies to be paid to the patient by a negligent party.

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Child Abuse Reporting Alert: NEW REQUIREMENT FOR PHYSICIAN TRAINING

Child Abuse Reporting Alert: NEW REQUIREMENT FOR PHYSICIAN TRAINING

Illinois licensed physicians are included in a list of “mandated reporters” who must notify the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) when they have reasonable cause to believe that a child may be abused or neglected. All mandated reporters, including physicians, must now complete DCFS mandated reporter training under a recent amendment to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, effective January 1, 2020.[i]

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Subpoenas to Testify

Subpoenas to Testify

In cases where the physician is sought as a witness (a non-party to the lawsuit), the law now provides that discovery depositions may be taken only with the doctor’s consent, or pursuant to subpoena issued under court order. Whether you testify at deposition by agreement or by court order, the party issuing the subpoena must pay you a reasonable fee for your time (generally more than normal witness fees).

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