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210 ILCS 89/25
(210 ILCS 89/25)
(a) The Attorney General is responsible for administering and ensuring compliance with this Act, including the development of any rules necessary for the implementation and enforcement of this Act.
(b) The Attorney General shall develop and implement a process for receiving and handling complaints from individuals or hospitals regarding possible violations of this Act.
(c) The Attorney General may conduct any investigation deemed necessary regarding possible violations of this Act by any hospital including, without limitation, the issuance of subpoenas to:
(1) require the hospital to file a statement or
report or answer interrogatories in writing as to all information relevant to the alleged violations;
(2) examine under oath any person who possesses
knowledge or information directly related to the alleged violations; and
(3) examine any record, book, document, account, or
paper necessary to investigate the alleged violation.
(d) If the Attorney General determines that there is a reason to believe that any hospital has violated this Act, the Attorney General may bring an action in the name of the People of the State against the hospital to obtain temporary, preliminary, or permanent injunctive relief for any act, policy, or practice by the hospital that violates this Act. Before bringing such an action, the Attorney General may permit the hospital to submit a Correction Plan for the Attorney General's approval.
(e) This Section applies if:
(1) A court orders a party to make payments to the
Attorney General and the payments are to be used for the operations of the Office of the Attorney General; or
(2) A party agrees in a Correction Plan under this
Act to make payments to the Attorney General for the operations of the Office of the Attorney General.
(f) Moneys paid under any of the conditions described in subsection (e) shall be deposited into the Attorney General Court Ordered and Voluntary Compliance Payment Projects Fund. Moneys in the Fund shall be used, subject to appropriation, for the performance of any function, pertaining to the exercise of the duties, to the Attorney General including, but not limited to, enforcement of any law of this State and conducting public education programs; however, any moneys in the Fund that are required by the court to be used for a particular purpose shall be used for that purpose.
(g) The Attorney General may seek the assessment of a civil monetary penalty not to exceed $500 per violation in any action filed under this Act where a hospital, by pattern or practice, knowingly violates Section 10 of this Act.
(h) In the event a court grants a final order of relief against any hospital for a violation of this Act, the Attorney General may, after all appeal rights have been exhausted, refer the hospital to the Illinois Department of Public Health for possible adverse licensure action under the Hospital Licensing Act.
(i) Each hospital shall file Worksheet C Part I from its most recently filed Medicare Cost Report with the Attorney General within 60 days after the effective date of this Act and thereafter shall file each subsequent Worksheet C Part I with the Attorney General within 30 days of filing its Medicare Cost Report with the hospital's fiscal intermediary.
(j) No later than September 1, 2022, the Attorney General shall provide data on the Attorney General's website regarding enforcement efforts performed under this Act from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Thereafter, no later than September 1 of each year through September 1, 2027, the Attorney General shall annually provide data on the Attorney General's website regarding enforcement efforts performed under this Act from July 1 through June 30 of each year. The data shall include the following:
(1) The total number of complaints received.
(2) The total number of open investigations.
(3) The number of complaints for which assistance in
resolving complaints was provided to constituents throughout the State by the Attorney General without resorting to investigations or actions filed.
(4) The total number of resolved complaints.
(5) The total number of actions filed.
(6) A list of the names of facilities found by a
pattern or practice to knowingly violate Section 10, along with any civil penalties assessed against a listed facility.
(Source: P.A. 102-581, eff. 1-1-22