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Medical Practice Act Heads to Governor's Desk
Posted on: 11/8/2013

This week the Illinois Senate cleared legislation with a unanimous vote of 57 to 0, which would extend the sunset date of the Medical Practice Act until Dec. 31, 2014. The measure includes the following new provisions:

  1. If an applicant withdraws an application after receiving a written notice of intent to deny a license or permit, then the withdrawal must be reported to the Federation of State Medical Boards.
  2. A new ground for discipline is added for violating the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.
  3. Language is added that requires all fines to be paid within 60 days, either after the effective date of the order or in accordance with the terms in the order imposing the fine.
  4. The legislation codifies a current rule that requires program directors of any post-graduate clinical training program to report
    to the Disciplinary Board a person in a post-graduate clinical training program who leaves for any reason before concluding
    the program. The Board may request documentation relating to the separation if it determines that review of those documents is necessary to decide whether a violation of the Act occurred.
  5. The Medical Licensing Board is specifically included along with the Disciplinary Board and medical coordinators as being indemnified for any actions occurring within their scope of services on the board.  

Two weeks ago, the Illinois House passed the measure with a majority of 115-2. The legislation (Amendment #3 to S.B. 1496) will next go to Governor Quinn for signature.

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