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Public Act 094-1063




Public Act 094-1063
SB2170 Enrolled LRB094 13493 DRJ 50420 b

    AN ACT concerning business.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Nursing Home Care Act is amended by adding
Section 2-217 as follows:
    (210 ILCS 45/2-217 new)
    Sec. 2-217. Order for transportation of resident by
ambulance. If a facility orders transportation of a resident of
the facility by ambulance, the facility must maintain a written
record that shows (i) the name of the person who placed the
order for that transportation and (ii) the medical reason for
that transportation. The facility must maintain the record for
a period of at least 3 years after the date of the order for
transportation by ambulance.
    Section 10. The Hospital Licensing Act is amended by adding
Section 6.22 as follows:
    (210 ILCS 85/6.22 new)
    Sec. 6.22. Arrangement for transportation of patient by
    (a) In this Section:
        "Ambulance service provider" means a Vehicle Service
    Provider as defined in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
    Systems Act who provides non-emergency transportation
    services by ambulance.
        "Patient" means a person who is transported by an
    ambulance service provider.
    (b) If a hospital arranges for transportation of a patient
of the hospital by ambulance, the hospital must provide the
ambulance service provider, prior to transport, a Physician
Certification Statement formatted and completed in compliance
with federal regulations or an equivalent form developed by the
hospital. The Physician Certification Statement or equivalent
form is not required prior to transport if a delay in transport
can be expected to negatively affect the patient outcome.
    (c) If a hospital is unable to provide a Physician
Certification Statement or equivalent form, then the hospital
shall provide to the patient a written notice and a verbal
explanation of the written notice, which notice must meet all
of the following requirements:
        (1) The following caption must appear at the beginning
    of the notice in at least 14-point type: Notice to Patient
    Regarding Non-Emergency Ambulance Services.
        (2) The notice must contain each of the following
    statements in at least 14-point type:
            (A) The purpose of this notice is to help you make
        an informed choice about whether you want to be
        transported by ambulance because your medical
        condition does not meet medical necessity for
        transportation by an ambulance.
            (B) Your insurance may not cover the charges for
        ambulance transportation.
            (C) You may be responsible for the cost of
        ambulance transportation.
            (D) The estimated cost of ambulance transportation
        is $(amount).
        (3) The notice must be signed by the patient or by the
    patient's authorized representative. A copy shall be given
    to the patient and the hospital shall retain a copy.
    (d) The notice set forth in subsection (c) of this Section
shall not be required if a delay in transport can be expected
to negatively affect the patient outcome.
    (e) If a patient is physically or mentally unable to sign
the notice described in subsection (c) of this Section and no
authorized representative of the patient is available to sign
the notice on the patient's behalf, the hospital must be able
to provide documentation of the patient's inability to sign the
notice and the unavailability of an authorized representative.
In any case described in this subsection (e), the hospital
shall be considered to have met the requirements of subsection
(c) of this Section.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
31, 2007.

Effective Date: 1/31/2007