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IDFPR formally apologizes to physician for heavy-handed tactics, makes “strong recommendation” to board that complaint be closed

Friday, Aug 20, 2021

* You’ll undoubtedly recall this story from yesterday

State investigators who grant and revoke medical licenses have opened an investigation into a sports doctor at Carle Hospital because of his personal stance opposing a mask mandate in schools, according to emails he says he received from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Dr. Jeremy Henrichs, a team physician for the University of Illinois’ Athletic Department, is also an elected member of the Mahomet-Seymour school board. Despite his opposition to mandatory mask rules in classrooms, the school district will still enforce the Governor’s new statewide school mask mandate and require all students to wear masks in class, according to documents posted on its website.

* Well, Sen. Chapin Rose called me today to say that an IDFPR attorney has reached out to Dr. Hendrix’s attorney and “formally apologized.”

IDFPR admitted, Rose said, “that the line of inquiry was inappropriate and said that nothing further is required, as far as the statement goes, of Dr. Hendrix. We’re trying to confirm that that means that this is being dismissed and that there’s no further action.”

* From IDFPR Acting Secretary Mario Treto, Jr…

Our preliminary review of this complaint has concluded and the strong recommendation to the Medical Disciplinary Board will be that this complaint be closed. Under current law, only the Medical Disciplinary Board can close a complaint. We are pleased that Governor Pritzker signed Public Act 102-0020 into law, which becomes effective January 1, 2022, and will allow the Department to be able to review and close medical complaints that do not have merit related to a violation of the Medical Practice Act.

Kudos to Sen. Rose for pushing this issue.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

9 Comments
  1. - Just Me 2 - Friday, Aug 20, 21 @ 12:45 pm:

    Also Kudos to the administration for admitting its mistake and apologizing.


  2. - Mama - Friday, Aug 20, 21 @ 12:47 pm:

    Wow! That doesn’t happen everyday.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 20, 21 @ 12:48 pm:

    Good news, Rose should be commended, the administration should take a hard look at what happened, why, and not just leave this as “oops, our bad”.

    But, this result, good to see.


  4. - Anyone Remember - Friday, Aug 20, 21 @ 12:52 pm:

    Today’s actions make me even more curious about the original complaint. IDFPR was hamfisted, but something motivated someone to complain to the proper authorities.


  5. - Rich Miller - Friday, Aug 20, 21 @ 1:01 pm:

    ===something motivated someone to complain to the proper authorities===

    People file bogus claims like this all the time, which is why the new law was needed. Combine a frivolous complaint with an investigator who may have Barney Fife Syndrome and you’ve got real problems.


  6. - Nagidam - Friday, Aug 20, 21 @ 1:24 pm:

    Mistakes happen. How you handle them counts in the leadership column. An apology from the Secretary should suffice that this has been discussed at the top. Continued leadership means those discussions at the top prevent a repeat event.


  7. - Anyone Remember - Friday, Aug 20, 21 @ 1:30 pm:

    ===Combine a frivolous complaint … .===

    Which is why I’m curious about the complaint. Did it come from the parent of a child with a compromised immune system, or someone who wears a tinfoil hat / has a beef with U of I athletics?


  8. - Rent free - Friday, Aug 20, 21 @ 2:45 pm:

    What’s good to see willie, yesterday you wanted

    The fullest extent of discipline here.

    The fullest.

    Now you’re glad to see were sorry?


  9. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Aug 20, 21 @ 3:03 pm:

    === What’s good to see willie, yesterday you wanted

    The fullest extent of discipline here.

    The fullest.

    Now you’re glad to see were sorry?===

    Oh. Hey.

    Steps need to be made, one, two, three steps.

    I don’t think this is over. Do you?


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