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Full Text of SB1779  103rd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Nurse Practice Act is amended by changing
5the heading of Article 80 and Sections 80-10 and 80-45 as
7    (225 ILCS 65/Art. 80 heading)
(Article scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
10(Source: P.A. 98-990, eff. 8-18-14.)
11    (225 ILCS 65/80-10)
12    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
13    Sec. 80-10. Program Pilot program.
14    (a) The Department shall administer and enforce a Licensed
15Medication Aide Pilot Program. The program shall last for a
16period of 3 years, as determined by rule. During the 3-year
17pilot program, the Department shall license and regulate
18licensed medication aides. As part of the pilot program, no
19more than 10 skilled nursing homes, which shall be
20geographically located throughout the State, shall be
21authorized to employ licensed medication aides, as approved by
22the Department. The Department may consult with the Department



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1of Public Health as necessary to properly administer and
2enforce this Article.
3    (b) To be approved as a qualified facility under the for
4the duration of the pilot program, a facility must:
5        (1) be licensed in good standing as a skilled nursing
6    facility by the Department of Public Health;
7        (2) have an overall Five Star Quality Rating of 3, 4,
8    or 5 from the most recent data available on the Centers for
9    Medicare and Medicaid Services' website;
10        (3) certify that the employment of a licensed
11    medication aide will not replace or diminish the
12    employment of a registered nurse or licensed practical
13    nurse at the facility;
14        (4) certify that a registered nurse will be on-duty
15    and present in the facility to delegate and supervise the
16    medication administration by a licensed medication aide at
17    all times;
18        (5) certify that, with the exception of licensed
19    health care professionals, only licensed medication aides
20    will be employed in the capacity of administering
21    medication; and
22        (6) provide information regarding patient safety,
23    efficiency, and errors as determined by the Department;
24    failure to submit any required report may be grounds for
25    discipline or sanctions under this Act, the Nursing Home
26    Administrators Licensing and Disciplinary Act, or the



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1    Nursing Home Care Act.
2    The Department shall submit a report regarding patient
3safety, efficiency, and errors, as determined by rule, to the
4General Assembly no later than 6 months after termination of
5the pilot program.
6(Source: P.A. 98-990, eff. 8-18-14.)
7    (225 ILCS 65/80-45)
8    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
9    Sec. 80-45. Expiration of license. The expiration date for
10each license to practice as a licensed medication aide shall
11be set by the rule. Licenses under this Article may not be
12renewed or restored.
13(Source: P.A. 98-990, eff. 8-18-14.)