To avoid legal pitfalls, it is imperative that medical professionals maintain complete medical records, financial records, and tax records to be able to fight false accusations.
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CHICAGO (PRWEB) November 10, 2017
Recently, a number of Chicago area doctors, chiropractors and nurses have been disciplined by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) for reasons ranging from failure to report child abuse to the Department of Children and Family Services to abuse of patients.
“To avoid legal pitfalls, it is imperative that medical professionals maintain complete medical records, financial records, and tax records to be able to fight false accusations,” said criminal defense attorney Michael J. Levinsohn, founder of the Law Office of Michael J. Levinsohn. “They should also take extra precautions when interacting or treating problem or sensitive patients, and always have another employee present during treatment to avoid false allegations.”
Levinsohn also advises to never accept bonuses or monetary gifts from nursing homes or other facilities who care for one’s patients to avoid being caught up by the Medicaid anti-kickback provisions. “Contact an attorney before making any statements to agents from IDFPR, the IRS, or the FBI,” added Levinsohn. “They are not trying help you, but are trying to gather evidence of a crime or misconduct.”
To further educate medical professionals, Levinsohn lists the nine most common allegations that can result in legal complications:
No. 1: Federal charges for Medicaid fraud anti-kickback provisions.
No. 2: Medicaid Fraud - Illinois False Claims Act.
No. 3: IDFPR charges of fraudulent prescriptions.
No. 4: Making false statements in relations to healthcare matters.
No. 5: Sexual misconduct with a patient.
No. 6: Unauthorized access to examination materials.
No. 7: Failure to file and/or pay state taxes.
No. 8: Fee splitting.
No. 9: Unprofessional conduct.
About Michael J. Levinsohn, Law Office of Michael J. Levinsohn
Michael J. Levinsohn concentrates on criminal cases in Chicago, Cook County and DuPage County. He is a member of the Federal Court Trial Bar and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Law Office of Michael J. Levinsohn focuses on business defense and criminal defense, including drug possession, gun charges, sexual assault, domestic violence, aggravated battery, DUI, murder defense, burglary, robbery, theft and more. For more information, please call (312) 919-0200, or visit http://www.mjlchicagolaw.com. The law office is located at 734 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654.
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