Author: Adrienne Hersh, JD, ICS Legal Counsel

Is Your Home Address (and more) Available from IDFPR to the Public?

Is Your Home Address (and more) Available from IDFPR to the Public?

Because government is intended to work for its citizens, the public has the right to view certain documents that agencies create or receive in doing their work. In Illinois, the Freedom of Information Act expresses a clear policy “…that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government…access by all persons to public records promotes…transparency and accountability of public bodies…

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Child Abuse Reporting Alert: NEW REQUIREMENT FOR PHYSICIAN TRAINING

Child Abuse Reporting Alert: NEW REQUIREMENT FOR PHYSICIAN TRAINING

Illinois licensed physicians are included in a list of “mandated reporters” who must notify the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) when they have reasonable cause to believe that a child may be abused or neglected. All mandated reporters, including physicians, must now complete DCFS mandated reporter training under a recent amendment to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, effective January 1, 2020.[i]

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TELEMEDICINE SERVICES IN ILLINOIS

TELEMEDICINE SERVICES IN ILLINOIS

As the health care market experiences increasing demand for patient convenience, so grows the interest in health care services via telemedicine. Telemedicine under Illinois law means “rendering written or oral opinions concerning diagnosis or treatment of a patient in Illinois by a person in a different location than the patient …by telephonic, electronic, or other means of communication.” This could include physician-patient interaction by electronic mail, texting, video or telephone. Some services are, of course, better suited than others for this type of health care delivery.

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