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Individual providers working for the Home Services Program cannot work more than 45 total hours per workweek

October
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Human Services adopted four amendments that implement changes to the Home Services Program (HSP) for persons with disabilities.

Amendments enable pyschologists and social workers to participate in the Medical Assistance Program

September
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
New amendments adopted by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services ("HFS") allow licensed clinical psychologists ("LCPs") and licensed clinical social workers ("LCSWs") to enroll as providers in the Medical Assistance Program.

Procedural changes made to appeals process for ambulance service providers

August
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Healthcare and Family Services ("HFS") has adopted new amendments covering the appeals process for ambulance providers regarding nonpayment and enrollment as medical assistance providers.

Appeals of denied payments for ambulance services to be reviewed de novo and allow any documentation supporting medical necessity

July
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Amendments to Practice in Administrative Hearings revises the appeal process for ambulance providers whose payments have been denied or reduced, or who have been prohibited from enrollment as medical assistance providers.

Changes to eligibility requirements could allow more intermediate care facilities to qualify for enhanced per diem rate

June
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
This amendment makes several changes to criteria required for an intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled to qualify for enhanced per diem payments for services provided for individuals with developmental disabilities with high medical and high personal care needs.

Department of Human Services to establish a Healthy Local Food Incentives Program

June
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
This Act, which amends the State Finance Act and the Illinois Public Aid Code, requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to establish a Healthy Local Food Incentives Program to double the purchasing power of Illinois residents with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney brings opioid suit against drug companies

By Matthew Hector
June
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly is the latest public official to sue drug companies alleging that they misrepresented the risk posed by prescription opioids.

Updates to students’ immunization requirements

June
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments to the Child and Student Health Examination and Immunization Code.

The Department of Public Health expands definitions of health care professional and partner services

May
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Amendments to the Control of Sexually Transmissible Infections Code add those certified to provide HIV testing and counseling to the definition of health care professional.

Department updates Medical Payment qualifiers and procedures

April
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 22
The Department of Healthcare and Family Services adopted several amendments under Part 140: "Medical Payment," for the Department's medical programs.

New measures aimed at keeping lead out of drinking water

April
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 22
Public Act 99-0922 creates several measures directed at lead hazards in drinking water. The measures create a lead hazard cost recovery fee.

New conditions and fee structure added to Medical Cannabis Patient Registry

March
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 28
The Department of Public Health added more conditions for which patients may use medical cannabis under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Patient Registry.

State transfers maternal and child health programs from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Public Health

March
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 28
Public Act 99-0901 created a new section in the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Laws, 20 ILCS 2310/2310-450.

New continuum of care license for organizations providing service to individuals with developmental disabilities

December
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Department of Healthcare and Family Services Law of the Civil and Administrative Code of Illinois was amended to create licenses for continuum of care facilities that serve individuals with developmental disabilities.

Dually licensed facilities will continue to qualify for enhanced rates

November
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Amendments to the Department of Human Services regulations replaced the prior existing emergency-measure that allowed for dually licensed facilities to qualify for an enhanced rate in certain circumstances.

Emergency medical service personnel required to carry opioid antagonists

October
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments requiring all emergency service personnel to be trained in the administration and use of opioid antagonists.

Required vaccinations for incoming students at Illinois higher education institutions

October
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments to require additional vaccinations for all incoming students at Illinois higher education institutions.

From the Newsletters - Police, firefighters now carry anti-overdose drugs

June
2016
Article
Page 46
A recent Illinois law addresses Illinois' opioid problem.

Low risk retail food establishments to either be inspected or submit self-inspection every two years

March
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 26
The Illinois Municipal Code has been amended to allow for alternative inspection options for low risk retail food establishments.

Complainants no longer notified of the outcome of an Inspector General’s investigation

February
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department amended the kind of notice that recipients of an investigative report will receive pursuant to "Office of Inspector General Investigations of Alleged Abuse or Neglect in State Operated Facilities and Community Agencies.

Amendments to Structural Pest Control Code’s penalty and recordkeeping provisions

November
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
The Department of Public Health adopted amendments to the Structural Pest Control Code regarding record management and penalties for violations of licensing rules. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 830 (eff. August 7, 2015).

Changes to licensing requirements for radioactive materials

November
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
Reflecting updates to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's requirements, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency ("IEMA") adopted amendments to Licensing of Radioactive Material. 32 Ill. Adm. Code 330 (eff. August 17, 2015).

Revised definitions and enforcement procedures under the Smoke Free Illinois Act

November
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
In an effort to clarify the Smoke Free Illinois Act, the Department of Public Health ("DPH") has adopted a new Part titled Smoke Free Illinois Code. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 949 (eff. August 14, 2015).

Statewide immunization record database implemented

September
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The department recently established the "Immunization Registry Code" under the authority of the Immunization Data Registry Act. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 689 (eff. May 22, 2015).

Patients under age 18 eligible for compassionate use of medical cannabis

August
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
New amendments to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Patient Registry adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have three primary implications. 77 Ill. Adm. Code (eff. May 15, 2015).

Expansion of expedited SNAP eligibility

July
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Whereas before expedited Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ("SNAP") eligibility was granted to applicants after an in-person interview, the Department of Human Services has adopted a new rulemaking...

New guidance on medical student loan repayment program

July
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Department of Public Health has recently implemented new rules to help administer the federal government's Student Loan Repayment Program ("SLRP") for medical students.

New requirements for pneumonia vaccine offerings

July
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Traditionally, hospitals have only been required to offer the pneumonia vaccine to patients 65 years old or older.

Emergency rulemaking power conferred to HFS

June
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Department of Healthcare and Family Services may adopt emergency rules to ensure that sections 5-5b.1 and 5A-2 of the Illinois Public Aid Code are implemented timely and expeditiously.

‘Modified quarantines’ authorized by Department of Public Health

June
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
In an effort to aid the Department of Public Health in combatting the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola, the Control of Communicable Diseases Code has been amended to permit "modified quarantines."

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