* 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.