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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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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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Medical and Professional Service Corporation

Medical and Professional Service Corporation

Did you know that a medical corporation, professional service corporation or limited liability company needs its own license to operate legally in Illinois? This means that owners of these entities must not only form the corporation through the Secretary of State, but they must also file for and obtain a professional license from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), even though all of the owners and practitioners possess individual licenses.

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Illinois Chiropractic Society Works with American Medical Association (AMA)

Illinois Chiropractic Society Works with American Medical Association (AMA)

The Illinois Chiropractic Society (ICS) has been working with the American Medical Association (AMA) in 2018 to clarify problematic language published in 2007 in the CPT® Assistant. The ICS noted that the 2007 guidance was overly inclusive in the number and types of services bundled as part of chiropractic manipulative treatment (CMT). We are happy to report that the AMA has recently revised this language to remove from the CMT narrative some of the elements that are more appropriately characterized as part of a patient re-evaluation.

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