Are you ready for health care reform?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2010Lawpulse, Page 502Important provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are kicking in, and lawyers - both as employers and counselors - need to take note.
A chiropractor is a “physician” under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 204(c)May 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 236On February 25, 2010, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed in part and vacated in part the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, which ruled that an hourly fee of $66.95 for a deposition was reasonable for a chiropractor and entered a contempt order against the chiropractor for refusing to comply with the court's discovery order.
Court okays $20 handling fee for medical recordsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2010Lawpulse, Page 230In a class action lawsuit, the Illinois Supreme Court has held that it is reasonable per se for a provider of medical record copies to charge the full amount of the statutory $20 fee pursuant to Article XX, Part 8 of the Code of Civil Procedure. The case is Solon v Midwest Medical Records Association, Inc, No 107719, 2010 WL 966395 (Ill Sup Ct).
New rules set standards for dementia care unitsNovember 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 552The Department of Healthcare and Family Services (the department) recently adopted new rules creating a pilot program for Dementia Care Units in Supportive Living Facilities (SLF) across the state.
Rules implementing the Illinois Community Care Program revisedJune 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 284Illinois' Department on Aging amended the state's Community Care Program (CCP) to provide for higher quality standards for providers, increase required worker competencies, and improve general oversight by the department. 89 Ill Adm Code 240.
Department of Human Services Act amended. PA 095-0998March 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 122The Illinois General Assembly has amended the Department of Human Services Act by adding and deleting language in Section 10-10, and adding Section 10-60. 20 ILCS 1305/10-10, 10-60.
Good Samaritan Act amended. PA 095-0874January 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Good Samaritan Act has been amended by adding Section 30.5 titled "Alternative free medical clinic without physical premises patient notification practice." 745 ILCS 49/30.5.
Subpoena for medical recordsJanuary 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 16On October 31, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Logan County denying the state's request for a subpoena duces tecum, seeking release of a defendant's medical records for the day the defendant was charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
Order-of-protection laws amended to prohibit access to health records. PA 095-0912November 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 554The Illinois General Assembly amended Section 602.1 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and Section 222 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act to prohibit health care providers from releasing a child's health care records to any respondent listed in an order of protection. 750 ILCS 5/602.1, 750 ILCS 60/222.
General Assembly enacts the Diabetes Initiative Act. PA 095-0419June 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284The General Assembly has enacted the Diabetes Initiative Act, Section 5 of which states that the Department of Human Services "shall develop a strategic plan to slow the rate of diabetes as a result of obesity and other environmental factors by the year 2010."
The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act is amended. PA 095-0427June 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 284Sections 4.3 and 70 of the Mental Heath and Developmental Disabilities Administrative Act have been amended by the General Assembly. 20 ILCS 1705/4.3 and 70. Subsection (b) of Section 4.3, concerning "Site visits and inspections," has been changed by adding language providing that the Department of Human Services will establish a system of "regular and ongoing" on-site inspections "that shall occur at least annually."