Medical Marijuana Comes to IllinoisBy Ed FinkelApril 2014Article, Page 172What will the Medical Cannabis Act mean for patients? For employers? Others? Prepare to advise clients about what some are calling the most restrictive medical marijuana law in the country.
A more user-friendly statutory POA for health careBy Janan HannaApril 2014Lawpulse, Page 162Proposed legislation would revise the HCPOA form to make it easier to understand and help principals better communicate their wishes about end-of-life treatment.
Preserving the Peer Review Privilege in Med-Mal CasesBy Margaret J. LoweryApril 2014Article, Page 176Properly performed peer review is not subject to discovery in med-mal litigation. But health care providers sometimes learn the hard way how the privilege can be lost.
Permissible uses for medical stretcher vansFebruary 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 68Medical stretcher vans may now provide their services to convalescent or bed-confined individuals who routinely require non-emergency transportation to or from medical appointments and who do not need medical monitoring or clinical observation. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 515 (eff. Nov. 12, 2013).
Amendments to birthing centers regulationsJanuary 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Department of Healthcare and Family Services recently adopted amendments that allow birthing centers to receive medical assistance reimbursement. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 146.
Presumption of vesting of health benefits under collective bargaining agreementJuly 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 336On May 2, 2013, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, held that a city's decision to reduce retired employees' health benefits promised under a collective bargaining agreement should be analyzed as a matter of contract, subject to a presumption in favor of the vesting of these benefits.
Implementation of Health Care Data Collection and Submission CodeAugust 2012Illinois Law Update, Page 404The Health Care Data Collection and Submission Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 1010), pursuant to the Health Finance Reform Act (20 ILCS 2215) and sections 2310-33 and 2310-57 of the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois (20 ILCS 2310-33 and 20 ILCS 2310-57), requires hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers ("ASTC") to periodically submit certain types of medical service and patient data to the Illinois Department of Public Health ("IDPH").
Changes to the Medical Programs CodeJune 2012Illinois Law Update, Page 292The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (“Department”) recently added a new part to codify the procedures for the Department’s Electronic Health Record Provider Incentive Payment program.
Contagion and the CourtsBy Hon. Ron SpearsNovember 2011Column, Page 588Health care providers aren't the only ones who have to respond to public health emergencies.
No common fund fee recovery for health care liensBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2011Lawpulse, Page 222Bad news for plaintiffs’ lawyers – the common fund doctrine does not give them a share of health care liens, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled recently.