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What can we learn from suspensions, revocations, and other disciplinary actions?

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) took several enforcement actions in March 2024, highlighting important lessons for professionals in various fields. Here are some key takeaways:

Addictions and Theft of Controlled Substances 

A nurse license received indefinite probation for a minimum of three years because they stole controlled substances by taking the wasted controlled substances from a healthcare institution for personal use at home.  Diversion is one of the most serious reasons licensed healthcare professionals lose their licenses. If you face diversion accusations, you’ll need an attorney to help protect your license and livelihood.  

Mixing opioids and benzodiazepine – Nurses and Doctors Must Inform the Patient of Risks

An advanced practice nurse license and their controlled substance license were reprimanded for prescribing concurrent medications of opioids and benzodiazepines because the APRN failed to document the risks and benefits of this combination. It’s crucial to inform the patients of the risks and benefits when prescribing and document that you informed the patient about the potential outcomes.  Detailed notes provide your best defense.

Do your Continuing Education – Seriously

A dental license was automatically and indefinitely suspended due to a violation of a prior consent order that addressed a failure to complete the required continuing education. Failure to keep up with CE credits results in entirely preventable IDFPR actions. 

Whose Body Did I Bury?

A funeral director and embalmer license received a reprimand and a $10,000 fine based on gross negligence after authorities found the licensee had misidentified and buried the wrong body.

Realtors are Not Community Association Managers

Whether providing a small service or making side money, many realtors unknowingly serve as Community Association Managers without first obtaining the proper license. A “Community Association Manager” is an individual involved in the administration of financial, administrative, maintenance, or other duties for a community association. This includes collecting funds, preparing budgets, conducting meetings, maintaining records, and coordinating various responsibilities outlined in the management contract.

Jordan Matyas

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Jordan Matyas is a lawyer, lobbyist, and Founder of 1818 Legal, an Illinois professional licensing defense law firm he created in 2014. With more than 18 years of experience practicing law, he represents clients in a wide range of legal matters, including professional license defense, administrative law, land use and zoning, and state, local, and municipal law.

Jordan received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois — Chicago School of Law and is a member of the Illinois Bar Association.