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(210 ILCS 85/10.4)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 151.4)
Medical staff privileges.
(a) Any hospital licensed under this Act or any hospital organized under the
University of Illinois Hospital Act shall, prior to the granting of any medical
staff privileges to an applicant, or renewing a current medical staff member's
privileges, request of the Director of Professional Regulation information
concerning the licensure status, proper credentials, required certificates, and any disciplinary action taken against the
applicant's or medical staff member's license, except: (1) for medical personnel who
enter a hospital to obtain organs and tissues for transplant from a donor in accordance with the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act; or (2) for medical personnel who have been granted disaster privileges pursuant to the procedures and requirements established by rules adopted by the Department. Any hospital and any employees of the hospital or others involved in granting privileges who, in good faith, grant disaster privileges pursuant to this Section to respond to an emergency shall not, as a result of their acts or omissions, be liable for civil damages for granting or denying disaster privileges except in the event of willful and wanton misconduct, as that term is defined in Section 10.2 of this Act. Individuals granted privileges who provide care in an emergency situation, in good faith and without direct compensation, shall not, as a result of their acts or omissions, except for acts or omissions involving willful and wanton misconduct, as that term is defined in Section 10.2 of this Act, on the part of the person, be liable for civil damages. The Director of
Professional Regulation shall transmit, in writing and in a timely fashion,
such information regarding the license of the applicant or the medical staff
member, including the record of imposition of any periods of
supervision or monitoring as a result of alcohol or
substance abuse, as provided by Section 23 of the Medical
Practice Act of 1987, and such information as may have been
submitted to the Department indicating that the application
or medical staff member has been denied, or has surrendered,
medical staff privileges at a hospital licensed under this
Act, or any equivalent facility in another state or
territory of the United States. The Director of Professional Regulation
shall define by rule the period for timely response to such requests.
No transmittal of information by the Director of Professional Regulation,
under this Section shall be to other than the president, chief
operating officer, chief administrative officer, or chief of
the medical staff of a hospital licensed under this Act, a
hospital organized under the University of Illinois Hospital Act, or a hospital
operated by the United States, or any of its instrumentalities. The
information so transmitted shall be afforded the same status
as is information concerning medical studies by Part 21 of Article VIII of the
Code of Civil Procedure, as now or hereafter amended.
(b) All hospitals licensed under this Act, except county hospitals as
defined in subsection (c) of Section 15-1 of the Illinois Public Aid Code,
shall comply with, and the medical staff bylaws of these hospitals shall
include rules consistent with, the provisions of this Section in granting,
limiting, renewing, or denying medical staff membership and
clinical staff privileges. Hospitals that require medical staff members to
faculty status with a specific institution of higher education are not required
to comply with subsection (1) below when the physician does not possess faculty
(1) Minimum procedures for pre-applicants and
applicants for medical staff membership shall include the following:
(A) Written procedures relating to the acceptance
and processing of pre-applicants or applicants for medical staff membership, which should be contained in medical staff bylaws.
(B) Written procedures to be followed in
determining a pre-applicant's or an applicant's qualifications for being granted medical staff membership and privileges.
(C) Written criteria to be followed in evaluating
a pre-applicant's or an applicant's qualifications.
(D) An evaluation of a pre-applicant's or an
applicant's current health status and current license status in Illinois.
(E) A written response to each pre-applicant or
applicant that explains the reason or reasons for any adverse decision (including all reasons based in whole or in part on the applicant's medical qualifications or any other basis, including economic factors).
(2) Minimum procedures with respect to medical staff
and clinical privilege determinations concerning current members of the medical staff shall include the following:
(A) A written notice of an adverse decision.
(B) An explanation of the reasons for an adverse
decision including all reasons based on the quality of medical care or any other basis, including economic factors.
(C) A statement of the medical staff member's
right to request a fair hearing on the adverse decision before a hearing panel whose membership is mutually agreed upon by the medical staff and the hospital governing board. The hearing panel shall have independent authority to recommend action to the hospital governing board. Upon the request of the medical staff member or the hospital governing board, the hearing panel shall make findings concerning the nature of each basis for any adverse decision recommended to and accepted by the hospital governing board.
(i) Nothing in this subparagraph (C) limits a
hospital's or medical staff's right to summarily suspend, without a prior hearing, a person's medical staff membership or clinical privileges if the continuation of practice of a medical staff member constitutes an immediate danger to the public, including patients, visitors, and hospital employees and staff. In the event that a hospital or the medical staff imposes a summary suspension, the Medical Executive Committee, or other comparable governance committee of the medical staff as specified in the bylaws, must meet as soon as is reasonably possible to review the suspension and to recommend whether it should be affirmed, lifted, expunged, or modified if the suspended physician requests such review. A summary suspension may not be implemented unless there is actual documentation or other reliable information that an immediate danger exists. This documentation or information must be available at the time the summary suspension decision is made and when the decision is reviewed by the Medical Executive Committee. If the Medical Executive Committee recommends that the summary suspension should be lifted, expunged, or modified, this recommendation must be reviewed and considered by the hospital governing board, or a committee of the board, on an expedited basis. Nothing in this subparagraph (C) shall affect the requirement that any requested hearing must be commenced within 15 days after the summary suspension and completed without delay unless otherwise agreed to by the parties. A fair hearing shall be commenced within 15 days after the suspension and completed without delay, except that when the medical staff member's license to practice has been suspended or revoked by the State's licensing authority, no hearing shall be necessary.
(ii) Nothing in this subparagraph (C) limits
a medical staff's right to permit, in the medical staff bylaws, summary suspension of membership or clinical privileges in designated administrative circumstances as specifically approved by the medical staff. This bylaw provision must specifically describe both the administrative circumstance that can result in a summary suspension and the length of the summary suspension. The opportunity for a fair hearing is required for any administrative summary suspension. Any requested hearing must be commenced within 15 days after the summary suspension and completed without delay. Adverse decisions other than suspension or other restrictions on the treatment or admission of patients may be imposed summarily and without a hearing under designated administrative circumstances as specifically provided for in the medical staff bylaws as approved by the medical staff.
(iii) If a hospital exercises its option to
enter into an exclusive contract and that contract results in the total or partial termination or reduction of medical staff membership or clinical privileges of a current medical staff member, the hospital shall provide the affected medical staff member 60 days prior notice of the effect on his or her medical staff membership or privileges. An affected medical staff member desiring a hearing under subparagraph (C) of this paragraph (2) must request the hearing within 14 days after the date he or she is so notified. The requested hearing shall be commenced and completed (with a report and recommendation to the affected medical staff member, hospital governing board, and medical staff) within 30 days after the date of the medical staff member's request. If agreed upon by both the medical staff and the hospital governing board, the medical staff bylaws may provide for longer time periods.
(C-5) All peer review used for the purpose of
credentialing, privileging, disciplinary action, or other recommendations affecting medical staff membership or exercise of clinical privileges, whether relying in whole or in part on internal or external reviews, shall be conducted in accordance with the medical staff bylaws and applicable rules, regulations, or policies of the medical staff. If external review is obtained, any adverse report utilized shall be in writing and shall be made part of the internal peer review process under the bylaws. The report shall also be shared with a medical staff peer review committee and the individual under review. If the medical staff peer review committee or the individual under review prepares a written response to the report of the external peer review within 30 days after receiving such report, the governing board shall consider the response prior to the implementation of any final actions by the governing board which may affect the individual's medical staff membership or clinical privileges. Any peer review that involves willful or wanton misconduct shall be subject to civil damages as provided for under Section 10.2 of this Act.
(D) A statement of the member's right to inspect
all pertinent information in the hospital's possession with respect to the decision.
(E) A statement of the member's right to present
witnesses and other evidence at the hearing on the decision.
(E-5) The right to be represented by a personal
(F) A written notice and written explanation of
the decision resulting from the hearing.
(F-5) A written notice of a final adverse
decision by a hospital governing board.
(G) Notice given 15 days before implementation of
an adverse medical staff membership or clinical privileges decision based substantially on economic factors. This notice shall be given after the medical staff member exhausts all applicable procedures under this Section, including item (iii) of subparagraph (C) of this paragraph (2), and under the medical staff bylaws in order to allow sufficient time for the orderly provision of patient care.
(H) Nothing in this paragraph (2) of this
subsection (b) limits a medical staff member's right to waive, in writing, the rights provided in subparagraphs (A) through (G) of this paragraph (2) of this subsection (b) upon being granted the written exclusive right to provide particular services at a hospital, either individually or as a member of a group. If an exclusive contract is signed by a representative of a group of physicians, a waiver contained in the contract shall apply to all members of the group unless stated otherwise in the contract.
(3) Every adverse medical staff membership and
clinical privilege decision based substantially on economic factors shall be reported to the Hospital Licensing Board before the decision takes effect. These reports shall not be disclosed in any form that reveals the identity of any hospital or physician. These reports shall be utilized to study the effects that hospital medical staff membership and clinical privilege decisions based upon economic factors have on access to care and the availability of physician services. The Hospital Licensing Board shall submit an initial study to the Governor and the General Assembly by January 1, 1996, and subsequent reports shall be submitted periodically thereafter.
(4) As used in this Section:
"Adverse decision" means a decision reducing,
restricting, suspending, revoking, denying, or not renewing medical staff membership or clinical privileges.
"Economic factor" means any information or reasons
for decisions unrelated to quality of care or professional competency.
"Pre-applicant" means a physician licensed to
practice medicine in all its branches who requests an application for medical staff membership or privileges.
"Privilege" means permission to provide medical or
other patient care services and permission to use hospital resources, including equipment, facilities and personnel that are necessary to effectively provide medical or other patient care services. This definition shall not be construed to require a hospital to acquire additional equipment, facilities, or personnel to accommodate the granting of privileges.
(5) Any amendment to medical staff bylaws required
because of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly shall be adopted on or before July 1, 2001.
(c) All hospitals shall consult with the medical staff prior to closing
membership in the entire or any portion of the medical staff or a department.
the hospital closes membership in the medical staff, any portion of the medical
staff, or the department over the objections of the medical staff, then the
shall provide a detailed written explanation for the decision to the medical
10 days prior to the effective date of any closure. No applications need to be
provided when membership in the medical staff or any relevant portion of the
medical staff is closed.
(Source: P.A. 102-4, eff. 4-27-21.)