State of Illinois
2017 and 2018


Introduced , by Rep. Daniel Swanson


225 ILCS 60/22.6 new

    Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987. Exempts physicians from disciplinary action by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation based solely upon the licensee's recommendation or provision of a treatment method for Lyme disease or other tick-borne disease if specified criteria are met. Effective immediately.

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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 Medical Practice Act of 1987 is amended by
5adding Section 22.6 as follows:
6    (225 ILCS 60/22.6 new)
7    Sec. 22.6. Discipline exemption for Lyme disease
9    (a) A person licensed by the Department to practice
10medicine under this Act shall not be subject to disciplinary
11action based solely upon the licensee's recommendation or
12provision of a treatment method for Lyme disease or other
13tick-borne disease if the recommendation or provision of the
14treatment meets all of the following criteria:
15        (1) the treatment is provided after an examination is
16    performed and the patient has given informed consent;
17        (2) the licensee identifies a medical reason for
18    recommending or providing the treatment;
19        (3) the treatment is provided after the licensee
20    informs the patient about other recognized treatment
21    options and describes to the patient the licensee's
22    education, experience, and credentials regarding the
23    treatment of Lyme disease or other tick-borne disease;



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1        (4) the licensee uses the licensee's own medical
2    judgment based on a thorough review of all available
3    clinical information on Lyme disease or other tick-borne
4    disease literature to determine the best course of
5    treatment for the individual patient; and
6        (5) the treatment will not, in the opinion of licensee,
7    result in the direct and proximate death of or serious
8    bodily injury to the patient.
9    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
10becoming law.