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  •  Allowing Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Facilities to File Liens

    supportHB 4911 would amend the Health Care Services Lien Act to allow ambulatory surgical treatment facilities (ASTFs) to file liens. Under current law, only health care professionals and licensed medical facilities (hospitals, home health agencies, and ambulatory surgical treatment centers [ASTCs]) are able to file liens. 

     Employed Physicians' Bill of Rights

    supportHB 5238 (Rep. Pritchard) is legislation establishing a hospital-based employed physician’s bill of rights. The legislation states that every physician employed by a hospital or hospital affiliate has the right: 

    1. To compensation based on the totality of the physician’s activities for the hospital or affiliate, including but not limited to education endeavors and preparation, committee participation, student and resident activities, and administrative responsibilities;

    2. To academic freedom, without censorship in clinical research or academic pursuits;

    3. To not be solely responsible for data entry, coding, management of the use or electronic medical records system;

    4. To evaluation of clinical activity through the peer review process and to be judged only by clinicians and not corporate executives; 

    5. To perform activities outside of defined employed time boundaries solely at the prerogative of the individual and not the hospital or affiliate employing the physician, unless the activities directly conflict with or increase risk for the hospital or affiliate;

    6. To have conflict of interest disclosures limited to the physician’s activities that directly affect the hospital or affiliate, and the disclosures should only be made to entities that directly reimburse the physician during his or her period of employment;

    7. To have resources appropriately allocated by the hospital or affiliate for CME; and

    8. To be legally empowered to be a patient advocate and to be allowed to adhere to the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath allowing patient privacy, confidentially, and continuity of a patient’s health care.

     Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance License Number

    supportSB 3184 would amend the Illinois Controlled Substances Act to prohibit requests for or possession of a prescriber's Illinois controlled substance license number or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration number for purposes other than those for which these numbers are intended.

     Network Adequacy and Transparency 'Trailer Bill'

    supportSB 3491 is a technical follow-up to the Network Adequacy and Transparency Act (NAT Act), which was enacted in 2017.  This “trailer bill” would clarify that the tenets of the NAT Act do not apply to dental and vision plans, as requested by the Illinois Department of Insurance. The legislation will also clarify, in the provision regarding the accuracy of provider directories, that the network plans will be held harmless when the information submitted by the provider is inaccurate or incomplete.  

     Preventing Disclosure of Medical License Numbers

    issue-supportSB 3018 would prohibit the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from publicly disclosing an individual’s medical license number, as a means to thwart identity theft and fraud.


    support HB 4820 seeks to limit a payer’s ability to recoup payment to 60 days, as opposed to the current 18 months. 

     Refills for Non-Controlled Substances

    support SB 3170 would extend the time a patient can refill a prescription for a non-controlled substance from 12 months to 15 months.  

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