Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Hospital Licensing Act. Requires a hospital to provide a plan of correction to the Department of Public Health within 60 days if the hospital demonstrates a pattern or practice of failing to substantially comply with specified requirements or with the hospital's written staffing plan. Allows the Department to impose specified fines on a hospital for failing to comply with written staffing plans for nursing services or plans of correction. Requires money from fines to be deposited into the Hospital Licensure Fund (instead of the Long Term Care Provider Fund). Contains provisions concerning staffing plans. Amends the Nursing Education Scholarship Law. Provides that the Department of Public Health may award a total of $500,000 annually in nursing education scholarships. Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Creates an income tax credit for taxpayers who are employed during the taxable year as nurse educators. Provides that the credit shall be equal to 2.5% of the taxpayer's federal adjusted gross income for the taxable year. Effective immediately, except that provisions amending the Hospital Licensing Act take effect on the first day of the first full calendar month that begins 6 months after the Act becomes law. Effective immediately.
In provisions of the bill amending the Hospital Licensing Act, restores provisions of current law providing that fines for failing to initiate certain criminal background checks or failing to report the death of a person known to be a resident of a facility licensed under the ID/DD Community Care Act or the MC/DD Act shall be deposited into the Long Term Care Provider Fund. Reinserts with formatting changes the provisions of the introduced bill concerning fines for failing to implement a written staffing plan for nursing services or failing to substantially comply with a plan of correction. Removes provisions of the bill creating an income tax credit for nurse educators.