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225 ILCS 95/9.7
(225 ILCS 95/9.7)
Temporary permit for health care.
(a) The Department may issue a temporary permit to an applicant who is licensed to practice as a physician assistant in another state. The temporary permit will authorize the practice of providing health care to patients in this State, with a collaborating physician in this State, if all of the following apply:
(1) The Department determines that the applicant's
services will improve the welfare of Illinois residents and non-residents requiring health care services.
(2) The applicant has obtained certification by the
National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants or its successor agency; the applicant has submitted verification of licensure status in good standing in the applicant's current state or territory of licensure; and the applicant can furnish the Department with a certified letter upon request from that jurisdiction attesting to the fact that the applicant has no pending action or violations against the applicant's license.
The Department will not consider a physician
assistant's license being revoked or otherwise disciplined by any state or territory based solely on the physician providing, authorizing, recommending, aiding, assisting, referring for, or otherwise participating in any health care service that is unlawful or prohibited in that state or territory, if the provision of, authorization of, or participation in that health care service, medical service, or procedure related to any health care service is not unlawful or prohibited in this State.
(3) The applicant has sufficient training and
possesses the appropriate core competencies to provide health care services, and is physically, mentally, and professionally capable of practicing as a physician assistant with reasonable judgment, skill, and safety and in accordance with applicable standards of care.
(4) The applicant has met the written collaborative
agreement requirements under subsection (a) of Section 7.5.
(5) The applicant will be working pursuant to an
agreement with a sponsoring licensed hospital, medical office, clinic, or other medical facility providing health care services. Such agreement shall be executed by an authorized representative of the licensed hospital, medical office, clinic, or other medical facility, certifying that the physician assistant holds an active license and is in good standing in the state in which they are licensed. If an applicant for a temporary permit has been previously disciplined by another jurisdiction, except as described in paragraph (2) of subsection (a), further review may be conducted pursuant to the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois and this Act. The application shall include the physician assistant's name, contact information, state of licensure, and license number.
(6) Payment of a $75 fee.
The sponsoring licensed hospital, medical office, clinic, or other medical facility engaged in the agreement with the applicant shall notify the Department should the applicant at any point leave or become separate from the sponsor.
The Department may adopt rules to carry out this Section.
(b) A temporary permit under this Section shall expire 2 years after the date of issuance. The temporary permit may be renewed for a $45 fee for an additional 2 years. A holder of a temporary permit may only renew one time.
(c) The temporary permit shall only permit the holder to practice as a physician assistant with a collaborating physician who provides health care services with the sponsor specified on the permit.
(d) An application for the temporary permit shall be made to the Department, in writing, on forms prescribed by the Department, and shall be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of $75. The Department shall grant or deny an applicant a temporary permit within 60 days of receipt of a completed application. The Department shall notify the applicant of any deficiencies in the applicant's application materials requiring corrections in a timely manner.
(e) An applicant for a temporary permit may be requested to appear before the Board to respond to questions concerning the applicant's qualifications to receive the permit. An applicant's refusal to appear before the Board may be grounds for denial of the application by the Department.
(f) The Secretary may summarily cancel any temporary permit issued pursuant to this Section, without a hearing, if the Secretary finds that evidence in his or her possession indicates that a permit holder's continuation in practice would constitute an imminent danger to the public or violate any provision of this Act or its rules. If the Secretary summarily cancels a temporary permit issued pursuant to this Section or Act, the permit holder may petition the Department for a hearing in accordance with the provisions of Section 22.11 to restore his or her permit, unless the permit holder has exceeded his or her renewal limit.
(g) In addition to terminating any temporary permit issued pursuant to this Section or Act, the Department may issue a monetary penalty not to exceed $10,000 upon the temporary permit holder and may notify any state in which the temporary permit holder has been issued a permit that his or her Illinois permit has been terminated and the reasons for that termination. The monetary penalty shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the penalty. The order shall constitute a judgment and may be filed, and execution had thereon in the same manner as any judgment from any court of record. It is the intent of the General Assembly that a permit issued pursuant to this Section shall be considered a privilege and not a property right.
(h) While working in Illinois, all temporary permit holders are subject to all statutory and regulatory requirements of this Act in the same manner as a licensee. Failure to adhere to all statutory and regulatory requirements may result in revocation or other discipline of the temporary permit.
(i) If the Department becomes aware of a violation occurring at the licensed hospital, medical office, clinic, or other medical facility, or occurring via telehealth services, the Department shall notify the Department of Public Health.
(j) The Department may adopt emergency rules pursuant to this Section. The General Assembly finds that the adoption of rules to implement a temporary permit for health care services is deemed an emergency and necessary for the public interest, safety, and welfare.
(Source: P.A. 102-1117, eff. 1-13-23.)