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Tobacco cessation counseling and group psychotherapy regulations

June
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
To comply with Section 4107 of the Affordable Care Act, tobacco cessation counseling is now a covered service for pregnant women (and women who are sixty days postpartum) aged twenty-one and older.

Disclosure requirements for tobacco products

May
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Section 25 of the Tobacco Products Manufacturers' Escrow Enforcement Act of 2003 was amended to read that any information received...

Child-safe e-cigarettes

December
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 572
Under the Illinois Poison Prevention Packaging Act, "electronic cigarette" or "e-cigarette" refers to battery-operated devices that contain nicotine, flavor, or chemicals, or a combination thereof, which are transformed into vapor for the purpose of inhalation.

Increased fees for plumber licensure

December
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 572
The Department of Public Health has adopted amendments to the Plumbers Licensing Code in accordance with recommended changes from the Plumbing Code Advisory Council. 68 Ill. Adm. Code 750 (eff. Sept. 23, 2014).

Minors may use personal tanning equipment in private residences

August
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 372
On January 1, 2014, the Tanning Facilities Code ("Code") took effect, prohibiting anyone under eighteen years old from using tanning equipment in tanning facilities.

New guidelines for group psychotherapy services

June
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 272
Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Illinois may bill for group psychotherapy sessions so long as specific timing, size, scope, and documentation requirements are met. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 140 (eff. Mar. 13, 2014).

Changes to the Communicable Disease Code

May
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 220
The Illinois Department of Public Health updated the Communicable Diseases Code to provide a list of reportable diseases and conditions, timeframes to report those diseases and conditions, and the reporting entities and procedures. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 690 (eff. Feb. 11, 2014).

License required for distribution of medications in shortage

January
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Wholesale Drug Distribution Licensing Act has been amended to require wholesale distributors of drugs in shortage to be specially licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

New act allows for interstate cooperation between emergency aid providers

January
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The recently enacted Interstate Mutual Emergency Aid Act allows local municipalities to establish mutual aid agreements with government units from other states for the purpose of addressing "emergencies that extend or exceed a jurisdiction's emergency response capabilities."

New underage tanning ban

January
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
After January 1, 2014, tanning facilities may no longer permit individuals less than 18 years of age to use tanning equipment that emits ultraviolet radiation or electromagnetic radiation (with wavelengths between 200-400 nanometers).

Changes to the Child Health Examination Code

November
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 560
The Illinois Department of Public Health (the "Department") recently adopted amendments to rules that specify required immunizations for students entering kindergarten through twelfth grade. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 665.

Changes to the Newborn Metabolic Screening and Treatment Code

November
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 560
Effective July 31, 2013, the Department of Public Health (the "Department") amended the Newborn Metabolic Screening and Treatment Code by modifying its definitions section. See 77 Ill. Adm. Code. 661.

Amendments to the long-term care assistants and aides training programs Code

October
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 504
The Illinois Department of Health ("the Department") recently adopted amendments to regulations governing the training of Certified Nursing Assistants, Child Care/Habilitation aides, and Developmental Disabilities Aides.

Required disclosure under the Pertussis Vaccine Act

October
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 504
In addition to providing the parents or guardians of newborn children receiving treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit with an informational pamphlet, hospitals must also now inform the parents or guardians about the importance of parents, guardians, and immediate family members being immunized against pertussis and where they can obtain the appropriate vaccine. 410 ILCS 235/4.

Home-brewing rules added to the Liquor Control Act. PA 098-0055

September
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
The Liquor Control Act of 1934 has been amended to account for the increasingly popular practice of "home-brewing."

Parental Notice of Abortion Act withstands challenge under Illinois Constitution

September
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
On July 11, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court held (1) the privacy clause is not the basis for the right to abortion under the Illinois Constitution; (2) the due process clause in the Illinois Constitution guarantees protections equal to those guaranteed by the due process clause in the United States Constitution; and (3) the statutory requirement that minors must give notice to an adult family member or obtain a judicial waiver to receive an abortion is not unduly burdensome on that minor's right to have confidential medical information.

New written risk-reduction policy requirements for long-term care facilities

July
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
Amendments to the Skilled Nursing and Intermediate Care Facilities Code (the "Code"), effective March 29, 2013, mandate additional minimum written resident care policies and procedures for long-term care facilities. See 77 Ill. Adm. Code 300.610.

Amendments to pregnancy termination reporting

May
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 228
The Illinois Department of Public Health (the "Department") recently adopted amendments to regulations governing reporting requirements for pregnancy terminations. 77 Ill. Adm. Code 505.

Shark fins banned in Illinois. PA 097-0733

May
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 228
As of January 1, 2013, the possession, sale, offer for sale, trade, or distribution of shark fin is prohibited in Illinois. 515 ILCS 5/5-30 new.

Amendments to sewer discharge criteria

April
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
The Illinois Pollution Control Board (the "Board") recently adopted amendments to regulations governing wastewater pretreatment regulations. 35 Ill. Adm. Code 307.

New sex education requirement for schools. PA 097-1147

April
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 176
Illinois lawmakers have amended the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act to require new sex education curricula in schools. 105 ILCS 110/3.

New law prohibits use of BPA in children’s food and beverage containers sold in Illinois. PA 097-1101

March
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
The General Assembly has enacted the "Toxin-Free Toddler Act" regulating the presence of bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, in children's food and beverage containers.

Changes to the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Center Code

April
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 184
The Illinois Department of Public Health ("Department") recently amended the provisions of the Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Center Code by adding a new section concerning critical care transport services. 77 Ill Adm Code 515.

Lessors of dwelling units must disclose radon hazards to current and prospective tenants. PA 097-0021

January
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Illinois Radon Awareness Act has been amended to require lessors of dwelling units to disclose any radon hazard to lessees. 420 ILCS 46/25 new.

Patients’ immunization records to be collected, analyzed and released by the Department of Public Health. PA 097-0117.

September
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 440
Illinois lawmakers have enacted the Immunization Data Registry Act, which will be implemented by the Department of Public Health.

Administrative Agencies, Regionalized Perinatal Health Care Code, Public Health

May
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 228
The Illinois Department of Public Health recently overhauled its rules regarding the Regionalized Perinatal Health Care Code. 77 Ill Adm Code 640.

New regulations for grant program to aid community health centers

October
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 508
The Illinois Capital Development Board recently set forth guidelines detailing requirements for community health centers to meet when requesting grant funding allocated under the Community Health Center Construction Act (30 ILCS 766/10.1 et seq).

Illinois implements heightened safety standards for pools and spas

May
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
The Illinois Department of Public Health recently adopted heightened safety standards on pools and spas.

The POA Act amendment that wasn’t

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2010
LawPulse
Page 230
Have you gotten that press release saying the Illinois Department of Public Health has "mandated new language" for healthcare POAs? Well, it hasn't.

Colorectal cancer screening and treatment pilot program approved. PA 096-0325

February
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
Colorectal cancer results in the death of nearly three thousand Illinoisans each year. It is the third most frequently diagnosed form of cancer in the state of Illinois. 

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