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Public Act 094-0335




Public Act 094-0335
HB2453 Enrolled LRB094 08680 DRJ 41056 b

    AN ACT concerning regulation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Hospital Licensing Act is amended by
changing Section 6.09 as follows:
    (210 ILCS 85/6.09)  (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 147.09)
    Sec. 6.09. (a) In order to facilitate the orderly
transition of aged and disabled patients from hospitals to
post-hospital care, whenever a patient who qualifies for the
federal Medicare program is hospitalized, the patient shall be
notified of discharge at least 24 hours prior to discharge from
the hospital. With regard to pending discharges to a skilled
nursing facility or if home health services are ordered, the
hospital must inform its designated case coordination unit, as
defined in 89 Ill. Adm. Code 240.260, of the pending discharge
and must provide the patient with the case coordination unit's
telephone number and other contact information.
    (b) Every hospital shall develop procedures for a physician
with medical staff privileges at the hospital or any
appropriate medical staff member to provide the discharge
notice prescribed in subsection (a) of this Section. The
procedures must include prohibitions against discharging or
referring a patient to any of the following if unlicensed,
uncertified, or unregistered: (i) a board and care facility, as
defined in the Board and Care Home Registration Act; (ii) an
assisted living and shared housing establishment, as defined in
the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act; (iii) a facility
licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act; (iv) a supportive
living facility, as defined in Section 5-5.01a of the Illinois
Public Aid Code; or (v) a free-standing hospice facility
licensed under the Hospice Program Licensing Act if licensure,
certification, or registration is required. The Department of
Public Health shall annually provide hospitals with a list of
licensed, certified, or registered board and care facilities,
assisted living and shared housing establishments, nursing
homes, supportive living facilities, and hospice facilities.
Reliance upon this list by a hospital shall satisfy compliance
with this requirement. The procedure may also include a waiver
for any case in which a discharge notice is not feasible due to
a short length of stay in the hospital by the patient, or for
any case in which the patient voluntarily desires to leave the
hospital before the expiration of the 24 hour period.
    (c) At least 24 hours prior to discharge from the hospital,
the patient shall receive written information on the patient's
right to appeal the discharge pursuant to the federal Medicare
program, including the steps to follow to appeal the discharge
and the appropriate telephone number to call in case the
patient intends to appeal the discharge.
(Source: P.A. 86-487.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 7/26/2005