Excellence: Quality and Safety

Excellence: Quality and Safety

The value of excellence depends on policies that increase quality and safety in the delivery of exceptional health care. Policies related to excellence are critical to delivering health care that is advanced, safe and cost-efficient.

2019 Legislation-

  • House Bill 1:Creates the Task Force on Infant and Maternal Mortality Among African Americans Act. Public Act as of July 12, 2019.
  • House Bill 1459:Ratifies and approves the Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows for the issuance of multistate licenses that allow nurses to practice in their home state and other compact states.STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.
  • House Bill 2156:Amends the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Provides that it is an unlawful practice to offer to consumers at retail a rebate made on a rebate card that charges dormancy fees or other post-issuance fees.STATUS: Public Act as of August 26, 2019.
  • House Bill 2604:Provides the maximum number of patients that may be assigned to a registered nurse in specified situations. Provides that nothing shall preclude a facility from assigning fewer patients to a registered nurse than the limits provided in Act.STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.
  • House Bill 3192:Provides that certain health care providers licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation who have applied for license renewal shall be presumed licensed until their license renewals have been approved or denied by the Department. STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.
  • House Joint Resolution 23:Urges the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives to create a joint legislative cancer caucus, to be known as the Illinois Legislative Cancer Caucus, to provide a forum for discussing and evaluating public policies affecting cancer research, treatment, education, and prevention efforts.STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.
  • House Joint Resolution 49:Declares April 22, 2019 “Sisters of the Resurrection Day” in Illinois.STATUS: Bill is no longer under consideration.
  • Senate Bill 1506:Repeals a provision requiring the Department of Public Health to enforce provisions regarding the duty of providers of mammography services to provide specific notifications if a patient’s mammogram demonstrates dense breast tissue and requires the Illinois Emergency management Agency to enforce the provisions. STATUS: Public Act as of August 23, 2019.

2018 Legislation

  • House Bill 1338: Sponsored by Presence Health. Updates the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act to provide that “unused medication” means any unopened, expired, or excess medication that has been dispensed for patient or resident care and that is in liquid or solid form (rather than solely solid form).  STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • House Bill 4440: Provides that the Department of Public Health shall provide nursing home facilities with educational information on all vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • House Resolution 759: Urges all citizens to visit “cancerscreenweek.org” for cancer screening resources and talk to their healthcare providers about their risk factors for all cancer types and recommended screening options. Declares the first week of December of 2018 as “Cancer Screen Week”. STATUS: Resolution adopted.
  • Senate Bill 2226: Provides that a healthcare professional with prescriptive authority, who provides a prescription for epinephrine auto-injectors in the name of the Department of State Police, shall incur no civil or professional liability.  STATUS: Public Act as of July 31, 2018.
  • Senate Bill 3532: Creates the Sepsis Review Task Force.  STATUS: Public Act as of August 26, 2018.