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."
HIPAA and POAs revisitedBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2005LawPulse, Page 110Experts still say you shouldn't have to amend your POAs to make them HIPAA compliant, but maybe it's better to be safe than sorry.