Subject Index Department of Public Health

Patient discharge, referral, and medical instrument use requirements updated for hospitals

August
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Department of Health amended the Hospital Licensing requirements. Hospitals must post the rights listed by the Medical Patient Rights Act on websites and at prominent locations within their buildings. In addition, hospitals may not discharge or refer patients to health care facilities that are unlicensed, uncertified, or unregistered.

Department of Public Health establishes requirements for infection prevention professionals

July
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments to the Skilled Nursing and Intermediate Care Facilities Code. The amendments implement requirements for nursing facilities to designate infection prevention professionals. The amendment also implements policies to monitor and control infectious and communicable diseases.

Sexual assault survivors may present for medical examination after seven days following the assault

July
2022
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments to the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Code. The amendment allows sexual assault survivors to obtain a medical forensic examination and have evidence collected after seven days following the assault.

Debilitating medical conditions list expanded for medicinal cannabis

August
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. These amendments update various definitions and incorporations, expand the list of debilitating conditions, add requirements for health care professionals regarding the completion of a written certification, and add participation requirements for veterans receiving care at Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities.

Nursing homes now subject to greater oversight and new consent requirements for the administration of medicine

April
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Public Health adopted several amendments to the Skilled Nursing and Immediate Care Facilities Code, implementing the Nursing Home Care Act. The amendments grant the department increased oversight of nursing homes, including increased penalties for violations of the Code and new procedures for obtaining informed consent for the administration of psychotropic drugs.

Federal regulations implemented for laboratories analyzing human specimens

March
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Public Health (IDPH) adopted a series of amendments to the Illinois Clinical Laboratories Code implementing federal regulations from the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1981.

New standards adopted for the control of cases and contacts for coronavirus diseases

March
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Public Health (IDPH) adopted amendments to the Control of Communicable Diseases Code, setting new standards for the control of cases and contacts for coronavirus diseases like COVID-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

New requirements implemented for how hospitals and other health care facilities treat sexual assault survivors

July
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments to the Part entitled Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Code, implementing Public Acts 100-775, 100-1087, and 101-73.

Temporary changes for home health care visits and CNA qualification during COVID-19

July
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Department of Public Health adopted emergency amendments to the Parts titled Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Code Long-Term Care Assistants and Aides Training Programs Code, and Health Care Worker Background Check Code to address healthcare issues arising from the pandemic

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Services Code

August
2019
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Department of Public Health adopted a new part titled “Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Services Code” (77 IAC 973; 42 Ill. Reg. 19510 (effective May 23, 2019)) to implement the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Services Act (410 ILCS 406).

Amendments addressing pediatric sexual assault survivors

July
2019
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments to the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Code replacing emergency rules that were effective Jan. 1, 2019 (77 Ill. Adm. Code 545 (effective April 17, 2019)).

Medical Cannabis Program employed as an alternative to opioid use

July
2019
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Department of Public Health (“DPH”) adopted amendments to the Part titled Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program and replaced emergency amendments that were effective in Dec. 1, 2018 (77 Ill. Adm. Code 946 (effective April 17, 2019)).

Health care employees no longer allowed a general or moral exception to influenza vaccines

May
2019
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Department of Public Health (DPH) adopted amendments to the Health Care Employee Vaccination Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 956 (effective. Feb. 6, 2019)), implementing Public Act 100-1029, which clarifies the circumstances under which health-care employees may decline annual flu vaccinations offered by their employers.

Illinois food rules correspond with FDA rules

March
2019
Illinois Law Update
, Page 20
The Department of Public Health repealed 41 sections of the existing food code and simultaneously introduced new provisions in Illinois that align Illinois' grading system methods with those of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (77 Ill. Adm. Code 750 (effective Dec. 7, 2018)).

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