(225 ILCS 70/17.1)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
Reports of violations of Act or other conduct.
(a) The owner or licensee of a long term care facility licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act who employs or contracts with a licensee under this Act shall report to the Department any instance of which he or she has knowledge arising in connection with operations of the health care institution, including the administration of any law by the institution, in which a licensee under this Act has either committed an act or acts which may constitute a violation of this Act or unprofessional conduct related directly to patient care, or which may indicate that the licensee may have a mental or physical disability that may endanger patients under that licensee's care. Additionally, every nursing home shall report to the Department any instance when a licensee is terminated for cause which would constitute a violation of this Act. The Department may take disciplinary or non-disciplinary action if the termination is based upon unprofessional conduct related to planning, organizing, directing, or supervising the operation of a nursing home as defined by this Act or other conduct by the licensee that would be a violation of this Act or rules.
For the purposes of this subsection, "owner" does not mean the owner of the real estate or physical plant who does not hold management or operational control of the licensed long term care facility.
(b) Any insurance company that offers policies of professional liability insurance to licensees, or any other entity that seeks to indemnify the professional liability of a licensee, shall report the settlement of any claim or adverse final judgment rendered in any action that alleged negligence in planning, organizing, directing, or supervising the operation of a nursing home by the licensee.
(c) The State's Attorney of each county shall report to the Department each instance in which a licensee is convicted of or enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to any crime that is a felony, or of which an essential element is dishonesty, or that is directly related to the practice of the profession of nursing home administration.
(d) Any agency, board, commission, department, or other instrumentality of the government of the State of Illinois shall report to the Department any instance arising in connection with the operations of the agency, including the administration of any law by the agency, in which a licensee under this Act has either committed an act or acts which may constitute a violation of this Act or unprofessional conduct related directly to planning, organizing, directing or supervising the operation of a nursing home, or which may indicate that a licensee may have a mental or physical disability that may endanger others.
(e) All reports required by items (19), (20), and (21) of subsection (a) of Section 17 and by this Section 17.1 shall be submitted to the Department in a timely fashion. The reports shall be filed in writing within 60 days after a determination that a report is required under this Section. All reports shall contain the following information:
(1) The name, address, and telephone number of the
If the Department receives a written report concerning an incident required to be reported under item (19), (20), or (21) of subsection (a) of Section 17, then the licensee's failure to report the incident to the Department within 60 days may not be the sole ground for any disciplinary action against the licensee.
(f) Any individual or organization acting in good faith, and not in a willful and wanton manner, in complying with this Section by providing any report or other information to the Department, by assisting in the investigation or preparation of such information, by voluntarily reporting to the Department information regarding alleged errors or negligence by a licensee, or by participating in proceedings of the Department, shall not, as a result of such actions, be subject to criminal prosecution or civil damages.
(g) Upon the receipt of any report required by this Section, the Department shall notify in writing, by certified mail, the person who is the subject of the report. The notification shall be made within 30 days after the Department's receipt of the report.
The notification shall include a written notice setting forth the person's right to examine the report.
The notification shall also include the address at which the file is maintained, the name of the custodian of the file, and the telephone number at which the custodian may be reached. The person who is the subject of the report shall submit a written statement responding, clarifying, adding to, or proposing the amending of the report previously filed. The statement shall become a permanent part of the file and must be received by the Department no more than 30 days after the date on which the person was notified by the Department of the existence of the original report.
The Department shall review a report received by it, together with any supporting information and responding statements submitted by the person who is the subject of the report. The review by the Department shall be in a timely manner, but in no event shall the Department's initial review of the material contained in each disciplinary file last less than 61 days nor more than 180 days after the receipt of the initial report by the Department.
When the Department makes its initial review of the materials contained within its disciplinary files, the Department shall, in writing, make a determination as to whether there are sufficient facts to warrant further investigation or action. Failure to make such a determination within the time provided shall be deemed to be a determination that there are not sufficient facts to warrant further investigation or action. The Department shall notify the person who is the subject of the report of any final action on the report.
(h) A violation of this Section is a Class A misdemeanor.
(i) If any person or entity violates this Section, then an action may be brought in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, through the Attorney General of the State of Illinois, for an order enjoining the violation or for an order enforcing compliance with this Section. Upon filing of a verified petition in the court, the court may issue a temporary restraining order without notice or bond and may preliminarily or permanently enjoin the violation. If it is established that the person or entity has violated or is violating the injunction, the court may punish the offender for contempt of court. Proceedings under this subsection (i) shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, all other remedies and penalties provided for by this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 100-675, eff. 8-3-18.)