Healthcare Transformation

Transformation Policies

AMITA Health continues to grow and evolve using emerging technological capabilities and committing to advanced standards of care. Transformation policies help us achieve the goal of collaboration in providing effective, wholistic care to our patients.

2019 Legislation-

  • 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
  • Senate Bill 1739: Opposed by AMITA Health. Provides that any written review or findings of the Board staff set forth in the State Board Staff Report concerning an application for a permit must be made available to the public and the applicant (currently, only the public) at least 14 calendar days before the meeting of the State Board at which the review or findings are considered. STATUS: Public Act as of July 15, 2019.

2018 Legislation –

  • House Bill 5070: Sponsored by Presence Health. Amends the Telehealth Act so that “health care professional” includes dentists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, clinical social workers, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and hearing instrument dispensers. STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • House Bill 5351: Sponsored by Presence Health. Provides that an individual or group insurance policy covers telehealth services, it shall also provide coverage for licensed dietitians, nutritionists, and diabetes educators who counsel senior diabetes patients in the patients’ homes via telehealth. STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • Senate Bill 2446: Requires the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to reimburse psychiatrists and federally qualified health centers for mental health services provided by advanced practice registered nurses certified in psychiatric and mental health nursing to medical assistance recipients via telepsychiatry.  STATUS: Public Act as of August 10, 2018.
  • Senate Bill 2587: Updates the Telehealth Act so that “health care professionals” includes dentists.  STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • Senate Bill 3049: Expands the qualified healthcare professionals who may be reimbursed by Medicaid for telehealth services.  STATUS: Public Act as of January 1, 2019.