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New Medical Practice Act Language Passed

Continuing the push for clarification in the Medical Practice Act (MPA), a new clean-up bill just passed both chambers and is now on its way to the Governor’s desk.  Senate Bill 664 tackled a number of issues, as seen below:

  • Extends the MPA’s expiration date back to December 31, 2012. The MPA is one of the few license acts that is consistently given only a one year sunset, and we are still supporting language to get that would extend that to 10 years.
  • Clarifies some of the language regarding “chiropractic physician” since the passage of our bill last year by standardizing many of the references throughout the act.
  • Removes prohibition against use of testimonials in advertising (although testimonials must still comply with all other standard advertising provisions).
  • Increases the authority and flexibility for the IDFPR when it comes to disciplinary action.  They may impose a disciplinary fine in the amount of $10,000 per violation, in addition to authority to revoke, suspend, place on probation or refuse to renew a license.  Also, they now have the authority to take non-disciplinary actions (such as a non-reportable fines), supervision, conditional discharge, or first offender probation.
  • Clarifies that chiropractic physicians may delegate tasks via any means, including oral, written, electronic, standing orders, protocols, guidelines or verbal orders.
  • Grants the Medical Licensing Board the authority to compel an applicant to submit to a mental or physical examination.
  • Defines “address of record” and reinforces that it is the doctor’s duty to inform the IDFPR of any address change.  This is the only way that the Department is required to contact you regarding your license.
As always, the ICS is hard at work protecting your interests at the Capitol.  The other major issue we are currently working with is the latest step regarding Illinois’ Insurance Exchanges.  The negotiations have seem to hit a wall due to lack of bi-partisan support which means Illinois may be missing out on some of its federal money and risking turning over the whole process to the federal government.  Click here for more.
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  1. November 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Nice work guys! Thanks for watching our backs. Would be great to have the MPA back on a ten year cycle.

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