(225 ILCS 65/80-10)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2028)
    Sec. 80-10. Pilot program.
    (a) The Department shall administer and enforce a Licensed Medication Aide Pilot Program. The program shall last for a period of 3 years, as determined by rule. During the 3-year pilot program, the Department shall license and regulate licensed medication aides. As part of the pilot program, no more than 10 skilled nursing homes, which shall be geographically located throughout the State, shall be authorized to employ licensed medication aides, as approved by the Department. The Department may consult with the Department of Public Health as necessary to properly administer and enforce this Article.
    (b) To be approved as a qualified facility for the duration of the pilot program, a facility must:
        (1) be licensed in good standing as a skilled nursing
facility by the Department of Public Health;
        (2) have an overall Five Star Quality Rating of 3, 4,
or 5 from the most recent data available on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' website;
        (3) certify that the employment of a licensed
medication aide will not replace or diminish the employment of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse at the facility;
        (4) certify that a registered nurse will be on-duty
and present in the facility to delegate and supervise the medication administration by a licensed medication aide at all times;
        (5) certify that, with the exception of licensed
health care professionals, only licensed medication aides will be employed in the capacity of administering medication; and
        (6) provide information regarding patient safety,
efficiency, and errors as determined by the Department; failure to submit any required report may be grounds for discipline or sanctions under this Act, the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing and Disciplinary Act, or the Nursing Home Care Act.
    The Department shall submit a report regarding patient safety, efficiency, and errors, as determined by rule, to the General Assembly no later than 6 months after termination of the pilot program.
(Source: P.A. 98-990, eff. 8-18-14.)