State-wide smoking ban passed. PA 095-0017September 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 460The Illinois General Assembly has passed the Smoke Free Illinois Act (Act), in order to protect Illinois citizens from the secondhand effects of tobacco smoke, "a harmful and dangerous carcinogen to human beings and a hazard to public health."
Bill would make involuntary commitment easierBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007Lawpulse, Page 398But critics of the legislation say lack of resources, not a too-high commitment standard, is the problem with Illinois' mental health system.
Task force on health planning reform created. PA 095-0005August 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 404In order to protect essential healthcare facilities and to improve the thoroughness of Illinois health facility planning, the Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Act to create the Task Force on Health Planning Reform.
Ambulance rules passed to avoid fraudulent use - PA 094-1063February 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 72In order to prevent the fraudulent ordering of ambulances for non-emergency purposes and to greater explain the effects to those who ordered the ambulances, the Illinois General Assembly has added a new section both to the Nursing Home Care Act, at 210 ILCS 45/2-217, and to the Hospital Licensing Act, at 210 ILCS 85/6.22.
African-American HIV/AIDS Response Fund created PA 094-0797August 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 404The Illinois General Assembly amended the African-American HIV/AIDS Response Act (Act) to create a special fund that shall provide grants for "programs to prevent the transmission of HIV and other programs and activities consistent with the purposes of this Act, including, but not limited to, preventing and treating HIV/AIDS, the creation of an HIV/AIDS service delivery system, and the administration of the Act."
Public Employee Disability Act calls for disbursement of benefits beyond one calendar yearAugust 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 404On June 2, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of McLean County, construing the time limitation under the Public Employee Disability Act (Act), 5 ILCS 345/1 et seq, to apply to the time the employee is unable to perform, notwithstanding the calendar period of time that has passed since a duty-related injury.
Rate increases provided for developmental care facilities and agenciesAugust 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 404The Illinois Department of Health and Family Services has amended 89 Ill Adm Code 153. The amendment grants rate increases of three percent to "intermediate care facilities for persons with developmental disabilities" (ICF/MRs) and to agencies for developmental training.
Employers' liability for employees' loose tonguesBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2006Lawpulse, Page 338The Illinois Supreme Court will review an appellate court's ruling that a hospital employee has a "continuing off-shift duty" to keep confidential information about patients confidential.
Mercury-Free Vaccine act passed - Pa 09 -061January 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 16Effective January 1, 2006, the Mercury-Free Vaccine Act imposes a more stringent standard of administration for all mercury-containing vaccines.
Standards clarified for termination or denial of HSP servicesJanuary 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 16In an attempt to clarify those customer actions that cause a customer's home Service Program (hSP) services to be terminated, the Department of Human Services has amended Part 684 of Title 89, 89 Ill Adm Code 684.
Acts revised for trauma reporting PA094-0671December 2005Illinois Law Update, Page 622The hospital Licensing Act (210 ILCS 85/1 et seq) has been amended to require more rigorous reporting of certain traumas sustained by patients under the age of majority.
Legislature addresses increased incidence of autism PA094-0632December 2005Illinois Law Update, Page 622In response to findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that diagnoses of autism have risen considerably in Illinois, the general Assembly has promulgated the Autism Spectrum Disorders reporting Act.
The Health Care Surrogate Act: a physician's finding must in writingBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2005Lawpulse, Page 226The Illinois Supreme Court rules that the Act did not require a hospital to consult a wife before removing a patient from a ventilator because the attending physician had not made a written finding that the patient lacked "decisional capacity."