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225 ILCS 84/ Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics Practice Act.

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(225 ILCS 84/1)(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 1.Short title.This Act may be cited as the Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics Practice Act. (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00.)(225 ILCS 84/5) (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 5. Declaration of public policy. The practice of orthotics and prosthetics in the State of Illinois is an allied health profession with educational standards established by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The practice of pedorthics in the State of Illinois is an allied health profession with educational standards established by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education. The increasing population of elderly and physically challenged individuals who need orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic services requires that the orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic professions be regulated to ensure the provision of high‑quality services and devices. The people of Illinois deserve the best care available, and will benefit from the assurance of initial and ongoing professional competence of the orthotists, prosthetists, and pedorthists practicing in this State. The practice of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics serves to improve and enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by enabling them to resume productive lives following serious illness, injury, or trauma. Unregulated dispensing of orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic care does not adequately meet the needs or serve the interests of the public. In keeping with State requirements imposed on similar health disciplines, licensure of the orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic professions will help ensure the health and safety of consumers, as well as maximize their functional abilities and productivity levels. This Act shall be liberally construed to best carry out these subjects and purposes. (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.) (225 ILCS 84/10) (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act: "Accredited facility" means a facility which has been accredited by the Center for Medicare Medicaid Services to practice prosthetics, orthotics or pedorthics and which represents itself to the public by title or description of services that includes the term "prosthetic", "prosthetist", "artificial limb", "orthotic", "orthotist", "brace", "pedorthic", "pedorthist" or a similar title or description of services."Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address, and such changes must be made either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department. "Assistant" means a person who is educated and trained to participate in comprehensive orthotic or prosthetic care while under the supervision, as defined by rule, of a licensed orthotist or licensed prosthetist. Assistants may perform orthotic or prosthetic procedures and related tasks in the management of patient care. Assistants may also fabricate, repair, and maintain orthoses and prostheses. "Board" means the Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics. "Custom fabricated device" means an orthosis, prosthesis, or pedorthic device fabricated to comprehensive measurements or a mold or patient model for use by a patient in accordance with a prescription and which requires clinical and technical judgment in its design, fabrication, and fitting."Custom fitted device" means an orthosis, prosthesis, or pedorthic device made to patient measurements sized or modified for use by the patient in accordance with a prescription and which requires clinical and technical judgment and substantive alteration in its design. "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. "Facility" means the business location where orthotic, prosthetic, or pedorthic care is provided and, in the case of an orthotic/prosthetic facility, has the appropriate clinical and laboratory space and equipment to provide comprehensive orthotic or prosthetic care and, in the case of a pedorthic facility, has the appropriate clinical space and equipment to provide pedorthic care. Licensed orthotists, prosthetists, and pedorthists must be available to either provide care or supervise the provision of care by unlicensed staff. "Licensed orthotist" or "LO" means a person licensed under this Act to practice orthotics and who represents himself or herself to the public by title or description of services that includes the term "orthotic", "orthotist", "brace", or a similar title or description of services. "Licensed pedorthist" or "LPed" means a person licensed under this Act to practice pedorthics and who represents himself or herself to the public by the title or description of services that include the term "pedorthic", "pedorthist", or a similar title or description of services. "Licensed physician" means a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987. "Licensed podiatrist" means a person licensed under the Podiatric Medical Practice Act of 1987. "Licensed prosthetist" or "LP" means a person licensed under this Act to practice prosthetics and who represents himself or herself to the public by title or description of services that includes the term "prosthetic", "prosthetist", "artificial limb", or a similar title or description of services. "Off‑the‑shelf device" means a prefabricated orthosis, prosthesis, or pedorthic device sized or modified for use by the patient in accordance with a prescription and that does not require substantial clinical judgment and substantive alteration for appropriate use. "Orthosis" means a custom‑fabricated or custom‑fitted brace or support designed to provide for alignment, correction, or prevention of neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction, disease, injury, or deformity. "Orthosis" does not include fabric or elastic supports, corsets, arch supports, low‑temperature plastic splints, trusses, elastic hoses, canes, crutches, soft cervical collars, dental appliances, or other similar devices carried in stock and sold as "over‑the‑counter" items by a drug store, department store, corset shop, or surgical supply facility. "Orthotic and Prosthetic Education Program" means a course of instruction accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, consisting of (i) a basic curriculum of college level instruction in math, physics, biology, chemistry, and psychology and (ii) a specific curriculum in orthotic or prosthetic courses, including: (A) lectures covering pertinent anatomy, biomechanics, pathomechanics, prosthetic‑orthotic components and materials, training and functional capabilities, prosthetic or orthotic performance evaluation, prescription considerations, etiology of amputations and disease processes necessitating prosthetic or orthotic use, and medical management; (B) subject matter related to pediatric and geriatric problems; (C) instruction in acute care techniques, such as immediate and early post‑surgical prosthetics and fracture bracing techniques; and (D) lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences related to the entire process of measuring, casting, fitting, fabricating, aligning, and completing prostheses or orthoses. "Orthotic and prosthetic scope of practice" means a list of tasks, with relative weight given to such factors as importance, criticality, and frequency, based on internationally accepted standards of orthotic and prosthetic care as outlined by the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics' professional profile for Category I and Category III orthotic and prosthetic personnel. "Orthotics" means the science and practice of evaluating, measuring, designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting, or servicing an orthosis under an order from a licensed physician or podiatrist for the correction or alleviation of neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction, disease, injury, or deformity. "Orthotist" means a health care professional, specifically educated and trained in orthotic patient care, who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services orthoses and may assist in the formulation of the order and treatment plan of orthoses for the support or correction of disabilities caused by neuro‑musculoskeletal diseases, injuries, or deformities. "Over‑the‑counter" means a prefabricated, mass‑produced device that is prepackaged and requires no professional advice or judgement in either size selection or use, including fabric or elastic supports, corsets, generic arch supports, elastic hoses. "Pedorthic device" means therapeutic shoes (e.g. diabetic shoes and inserts), shoe modifications made for therapeutic purposes, below the ankle partial foot prostheses, and foot orthoses for use at the ankle or below. It also includes subtalar‑control foot orthoses designed to manage the function of the anatomy by controlling the range of motion of the subtalar joint. Excluding footwear, the proximal height of a custom pedorthic device does not extend beyond the junction of the gastrocnemius and the Achilles tendon. Pedorthic devices do not include non‑therapeutic inlays or footwear regardless of method of manufacture; unmodified, non‑therapeutic over‑the‑counter shoes; or prefabricated foot care products. "Therapeutic" devices address a medical condition, diagnosed by a prescribing medical professional, while "non‑therapeutic" devices do not address a medical condition."Pedorthic education program" means an educational program accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education consisting of (i) a basic curriculum of instruction in foot‑related pathology of diseases, anatomy, and biomechanics and (ii) a specific curriculum in pedorthic courses, including lectures covering shoes, foot orthoses, and shoe modifications, pedorthic components and materials, training and functional capabilities, pedorthic performance evaluation, prescription considerations, etiology of disease processes necessitating use of pedorthic devices, medical management, subject matter related to pediatric and geriatric problems, and lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences related to the entire process of measuring and casting, fitting, fabricating, aligning, and completing pedorthic devices. "Pedorthic scope of practice" means a list of tasks with relative weight given to such factors as importance, criticality, and frequency based on nationally accepted standards of pedorthic care as outlined by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education comprehensive analysis with an empirical validation study of the profession performed by an independent testing company. "Pedorthics" means the science and practice of evaluating, measuring, designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting, or servicing a pedorthic device under an order from a licensed physician or podiatrist for the correction or alleviation of neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction, disease, injury, or deformity. "Pedorthist" means a health care professional, specifically educated and trained in pedorthic patient care, who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services pedorthic devices and may assist in the formulation of the order and treatment plan of pedorthic devices for the support or correction of disabilities caused by neuro‑musculoskeletal diseases, injuries, or deformities. "Person" means a natural person. "Prosthesis" means an artificial medical device that is not surgically implanted and that is used to replace a missing limb, appendage, or any other external human body part including an artificial limb, hand, or foot. "Prosthesis" does not include artificial eyes, ears, fingers, or toes, dental appliances, cosmetic devices such as artificial breasts, eyelashes, or wigs, or other devices that do not have a significant impact on the musculoskeletal functions of the body. "Prosthetics" means the science and practice of evaluating, measuring, designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting, or servicing a prosthesis under an order from a licensed physician. "Prosthetist" means a health care professional, specifically educated and trained in prosthetic patient care, who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services prostheses and may assist in the formulation of the order and treatment plan of prostheses for the replacement of external parts of the human body lost due to amputation or congenital deformities or absences. "Prosthetist/orthotist" means a person who practices both disciplines of prosthetics and orthotics and who represents himself or herself to the public by title or by description of services. A person who is currently licensed by the State as both a licensed prosthetist and a licensed orthotist may use the title "Licensed Prosthetist Orthotist" or "LPO"."Resident" means a person who has completed an education program in either orthotics or prosthetics and is continuing his or her clinical education in a residency accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education. "Residency" means a minimum of a one‑year approved supervised program to acquire practical clinical training in orthotics or prosthetics in a patient care setting."Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation."Technician" means a person who assists an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist/orthotist, or pedorthist with fabrication of orthoses, prostheses, or pedorthic devices but does not provide direct patient care. (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.) (225 ILCS 84/15) (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 15. Exceptions. This Act shall not be construed to prohibit: (1) a physician licensed in this State from engaging in the practice for which he or she is licensed; (2) a person licensed in this State under any other Act from engaging in the practice for which he or she is licensed; (3) the practice of orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics by a person who is employed by the federal government or any bureau, division, or agency of the federal government while in the discharge of the employee's official duties; (4) the practice of orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics by (i) a student enrolled in a school of orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics, (ii) a resident continuing his or her clinical education in a residency accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education, or (iii) a student in a qualified work experience program or internship in pedorthics; (5) the practice of orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics by one who is an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist licensed under the laws of another state or territory of the United States or another country and has applied in writing to the Department, in a form and substance satisfactory to the Department, for a license as orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist and who is qualified to receive the license under Section 40 until (i) the expiration of 6 months after the filing of the written application, (ii) the withdrawal of the application, or (iii) the denial of the application by the Department; (6) a person licensed by this State as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or advanced practice nurse from engaging in his or her profession; or (7) a physician licensed under the Podiatric Medical Practice Act of 1987 from engaging in his or her profession. (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09; 96‑1000, eff. 7‑2‑10.)(225 ILCS 84/20) (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 20. Powers and duties of the Department.(a) The Department shall exercise the powers and duties prescribed by the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois for the administration of licensure Acts and shall exercise other powers and duties necessary for effectuating the purposes of this Act.(b) The Department shall adopt rules to administer and enforce this Act including, but not limited to, fees for original licensure, renewal and restoration of licenses and may prescribe forms to be issued to implement its rules. The Department shall exercise the powers and duties prescribed by this Act. At a minimum, the rules adopted by the Department shall include standards and criteria for licensure and for professional conduct and discipline. The Department shall consult with the Board in adopting rules. Notice of proposed rulemaking shall be transmitted to the Board, and the Department shall review the Board's response and inform the Board of any deviations. (c) The Department at any time may seek the expert advice and knowledge of the Board on any matter relating to the enforcement of this Act. (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.) (225 ILCS 84/25) (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 25. Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics.(a) There is established a Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics, which shall consist of 6 voting members to be appointed by the Secretary. Three members shall be practicing licensed orthotists, licensed prosthetists, or licensed pedorthists. These members may be licensed in more than one discipline and their appointments must equally represent all 3 disciplines. One member shall be a member of the public who is a consumer of orthotic, prosthetic, or pedorthic professional services. One member shall be a public member who is not licensed under this Act or a consumer of services licensed under this Act. One member shall be a licensed physician. (b) Each member of the Board shall serve a term of 3 years, except that of the initial appointments to the Board, 2 members shall be appointed for one year, 2 members shall be appointed for 2 years, and 2 members shall be appointed for 3 years. Each member shall hold office and execute his or her Board responsibilities until the qualification and appointment of his or her successor. No member of the Board shall serve more than 8 consecutive years or 2 full terms, whichever is greater. (c) Members of the Board shall receive as compensation a reasonable sum as determined by the Secretary for each day actually engaged in the duties of the office and shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in performing the duties of the office. (d) Four members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. A quorum is required for all Board decisions. (e) The Secretary may terminate the appointment of any member for cause which, in the opinion of the Secretary reasonably justifies termination, which may include, but is not limited to, a Board member who does not attend 2 consecutive meetings. (f) Membership of the Board should reasonably reflect representation from the geographic areas in this State. (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)(225 ILCS 84/30)(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 30.Board; immunity; chairperson. (a) Members of the Board shall be immune from suit in any action based upon any disciplinary proceeding or other activities performed in good faith as members of the Board. (b) The Board shall annually elect a chairperson and vice chairperson who shall be licensed under this Act. (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00.) (225 ILCS 84/35)(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 35.Application for original license. An application for an original license shall be made to the Department in writing on a form prescribed by the Department and shall be accompanied by the required fee, which shall not be refundable. An application shall require information that in the judgement of the Department will enable the Department to pass on the qualifications of the applicant for a license. (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00.)(225 ILCS 84/40) (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 40. Qualifications for licensure as orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist. (a) To qualify for a license to practice orthotics or prosthetics, a person shall:(1) possess a baccalaureate degree from a college or university;(2) have completed the amount of formal training, including, but not limited to, any hours of classroom education and clinical practice established and approved by the Department;(3) complete a clinical residency in the professional area for which a license is sought in accordance with standards, guidelines, or procedures for residencies inside or outside this State established and approved by the Department. The majority of training must be devoted to services performed under the supervision of a licensed practitioner of orthotics or prosthetics or a person certified as a Certified Orthotist (CO), Certified Prosthetist (CP), or Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO) whose practice is located outside of the State;(4) pass all written, practical, and oral examinations that are required and approved by the Department; and(5) be qualified to practice in accordance with internationally accepted standards of orthotic and prosthetic care. (b) To qualify for a license to practice pedorthics, a person shall:(1) submit proof of a high school diploma or its equivalent;(2) have completed the amount of formal training, including, but not limited to, any hours of classroom education and clinical practice established and approved by the Department;(3) complete a qualified work experience program or internship in pedorthics that has a minimum of 1,000 hours of pedorthic patient care experience in accordance with any standards, guidelines, or procedures established and approved by the Department. The majority of training must be devoted to services performed under the supervision of a licensed practitioner of pedorthics or a person certified as a Certified Pedorthist (C.Ped) whose practice is located outside of the State;(4) pass all examinations that are required and approved by the Department; and(5) be qualified to practice in accordance with nationally accepted standards of pedorthic care. (c) The standards and requirements for licensure established by the Department shall be substantially equal to or in excess of standards commonly accepted in the profession of orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics. The Department shall adopt rules as necessary to set the standards and requirements. (d) A person may be licensed in more than one discipline. (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)(225 ILCS 84/45)(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 45.Examination requirement. (a) The Department may authorize examinations of applicants as orthotists, prosthetists, or pedorthists at times and places as it may determine. The examination of applicants shall be of a character to fairly test the qualifications of the applicant to practice orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics. (b) Applicants for examination as orthotists, prosthetists, and pedorthists shall be required to pay, either to the Department or the designated testing service, a fee covering the cost of providing the examination. Failure to appear for the examination on the scheduled date at the time and place specified after the applicant's application for examination has been received and acknowledged by the Department or the designated testing service shall result in the forfeiture of the examination fee. (c) If an applicant neglects, fails, or refuses to take an examination or fails to pass an examination for a license under this Act within 3 years after filing his or her application, the application shall be denied. All fees are nonrefundable. The applicant may make a new application for examination accompanied by the required fee and must furnish proof of meeting qualifications for licensure in effect at the time of new application. (d) The Department shall set by rule the maximum number of attempts that an applicant may make to pass the examination within a specified period of time. The Department shall also determine any further training required before a reexamination. (e) The Department may employ consultants for the purpose of preparing and conducting examinations. An applicant for an examination as an orthotist, a prosthetist, or pedorthist shall be required to pay, either to the Department or to the designated testing service, a fee covering the cost of providing the examination. (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00.) (225 ILCS 84/50)(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 50.Assistants; technicians. (a) No person shall work as an assistant to an orthotist, prosthetist, or prosthetist/orthotist and provide patient care services or fabrication of orthoses or prostheses, unless he or she is doing the work under the supervision of a licensed orthotist or prosthetist. (b) No person shall work as a technician, as defined in this Act, unless the work is performed under the supervision of a person licensed under this Act. (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00.)(225 ILCS 84/55) (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 55. License required.No person shall practice orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics in this State or hold himself or herself out as being able to practice either profession, unless he or she is licensed in accordance with this Act. (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.) (225 ILCS 84/56) Sec. 56. (Repealed). (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00. Repealed by P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)(225 ILCS 84/57) (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 57. Limitation on provision of care and services. A licensed orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist may provide care or services only if the care or services are provided pursuant to an order from (i) a licensed physician, (ii) a podiatrist, (iii) an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician or podiatrist that specifically authorizes ordering the services of an orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthist, (iv) an advanced practice nurse who practices in a hospital or ambulatory surgical treatment center and possesses clinical privileges to order services of an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist, or (v) a physician assistant who has been delegated the authority to order the services of an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist by his or her supervising physician. A licensed podiatrist or advanced practice nurse collaborating with a podiatrist may only order care or services concerning the foot from a licensed prosthetist. (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.) (225 ILCS 84/60) (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 60. Renewal; restoration; military service; inactive status.(a) The expiration date and renewal period for each license issued under this Act shall be set by rule of the Department. The Board shall establish continuing education requirements for the renewal of a license. These requirements shall be based on established standards of competence. (b) A person who has permitted his or her license to expire or who has had his or her license on inactive status may have his or her license restored by (i) making application to the Department, (ii) filing proof acceptable to the Department of his or her fitness to have his or her license restored including, but not limited to, sworn evidence certifying to active practice in another jurisdiction satisfactory to the Department, and (iii) paying the required restoration fee. If the person has not maintained an active practice in another jurisdiction satisfactory to the Department, the Board shall determine, by an evaluation program established by rule, his or her fitness to resume active status and may require the person to complete a period of evaluated clinical experience and may require successful completion of an examination. (c) A person whose license expired while he or she was (i) in federal service on active duty within the armed forces of the United States or with the State militia called into service or training or (ii) in training or education under the supervision of the United States preliminary to induction into military service may have his or her license renewed or restored without paying a lapsed renewal fee if, within 2 years after termination from the service, training, or education except under conditions other than honorable, he or she furnished the Department with satisfactory evidence that he or she has been so engaged and that his or her service, training, or education has been terminated. (d) A person who notifies the Department in writing on forms prescribed by the Department may elect to place his or her license on an inactive status and shall, subject to rules of the Department, be excused from payment of renewal fees until he or she notifies the Department in writing of his or her desire to resume active status.(e) A person requesting restoration from inactive status shall be required to pay the current renewal fee and shall be required to restore his or her license as provided in Section 60 of this Act.(f) An orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist whose license is on inactive status shall not practice orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics in this State. (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.) (225 ILCS 84/65) Sec. 65. (Repealed). (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00. Repealed by P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)(225 ILCS 84/70) (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 70. Endorsement. The Department may, at its discretion, license as either an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist, without examination and on payment of the required fee, an applicant who is an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist who is (i) licensed under the laws of another state, territory, or country, if the requirements for licensure in that state, territory, or country in which the applicant was licensed were, at the date of his or her licensure, substantially equal to the requirements in force in this State on that date or (ii) certified by a national certification organization with educational and testing standards as set forth by rule. (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)(225 ILCS 84/75)(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020) Sec. 75.Fees. (a) The Department shall provide by rule for a schedule of fees to be paid for licenses by all applicants. All fees are not refundable. (b) The fees for the ad
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  •     (225 ILCS 84/1)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics Practice Act.
    (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00.)

        (225 ILCS 84/5)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 5. Declaration of public policy. The practice of orthotics and prosthetics in the State of Illinois is an allied health profession with educational standards established by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The practice of pedorthics in the State of Illinois is an allied health profession with educational standards established by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education. The increasing population of elderly and physically challenged individuals who need orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic services requires that the orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic professions be regulated to ensure the provision of high‑quality services and devices. The people of Illinois deserve the best care available, and will benefit from the assurance of initial and ongoing professional competence of the orthotists, prosthetists, and pedorthists practicing in this State. The practice of orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics serves to improve and enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by enabling them to resume productive lives following serious illness, injury, or trauma. Unregulated dispensing of orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic care does not adequately meet the needs or serve the interests of the public. In keeping with State requirements imposed on similar health disciplines, licensure of the orthotic, prosthetic, and pedorthic professions will help ensure the health and safety of consumers, as well as maximize their functional abilities and productivity levels. This Act shall be liberally construed to best carry out these subjects and purposes.
    (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)

        (225 ILCS 84/10)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
        "Accredited facility" means a facility which has been accredited by the Center for Medicare Medicaid Services to practice prosthetics, orthotics or pedorthics and which represents itself to the public by title or description of services that includes the term "prosthetic", "prosthetist", "artificial limb", "orthotic", "orthotist", "brace", "pedorthic", "pedorthist" or a similar title or description of services.
        "Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address, and such changes must be made either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department.
        "Assistant" means a person who is educated and trained to participate in comprehensive orthotic or prosthetic care while under the supervision, as defined by rule, of a licensed orthotist or licensed prosthetist. Assistants may perform orthotic or prosthetic procedures and related tasks in the management of patient care. Assistants may also fabricate, repair, and maintain orthoses and prostheses.
        "Board" means the Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics.
        "Custom fabricated device" means an orthosis, prosthesis, or pedorthic device fabricated to comprehensive measurements or a mold or patient model for use by a patient in accordance with a prescription and which requires clinical and technical judgment in its design, fabrication, and fitting.
        "Custom fitted device" means an orthosis, prosthesis, or pedorthic device made to patient measurements sized or modified for use by the patient in accordance with a prescription and which requires clinical and technical judgment and substantive alteration in its design.
        "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
        "Facility" means the business location where orthotic, prosthetic, or pedorthic care is provided and, in the case of an orthotic/prosthetic facility, has the appropriate clinical and laboratory space and equipment to provide comprehensive orthotic or prosthetic care and, in the case of a pedorthic facility, has the appropriate clinical space and equipment to provide pedorthic care. Licensed orthotists, prosthetists, and pedorthists must be available to either provide care or supervise the provision of care by unlicensed staff.
        "Licensed orthotist" or "LO" means a person licensed under this Act to practice orthotics and who represents himself or herself to the public by title or description of services that includes the term "orthotic", "orthotist", "brace", or a similar title or description of services.
        "Licensed pedorthist" or "LPed" means a person licensed under this Act to practice pedorthics and who represents himself or herself to the public by the title or description of services that include the term "pedorthic", "pedorthist", or a similar title or description of services.
        "Licensed physician" means a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987.
        "Licensed podiatrist" means a person licensed under the Podiatric Medical Practice Act of 1987.
        "Licensed prosthetist" or "LP" means a person licensed under this Act to practice prosthetics and who represents himself or herself to the public by title or description of services that includes the term "prosthetic", "prosthetist", "artificial limb", or a similar title or description of services.
        "Off‑the‑shelf device" means a prefabricated orthosis, prosthesis, or pedorthic device sized or modified for use by the patient in accordance with a prescription and that does not require substantial clinical judgment and substantive alteration for appropriate use.
        "Orthosis" means a custom‑fabricated or custom‑fitted brace or support designed to provide for alignment, correction, or prevention of neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction, disease, injury, or deformity. "Orthosis" does not include fabric or elastic supports, corsets, arch supports, low‑temperature plastic splints, trusses, elastic hoses, canes, crutches, soft cervical collars, dental appliances, or other similar devices carried in stock and sold as "over‑the‑counter" items by a drug store, department store, corset shop, or surgical supply facility.
        "Orthotic and Prosthetic Education Program" means a course of instruction accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, consisting of (i) a basic curriculum of college level instruction in math, physics, biology, chemistry, and psychology and (ii) a specific curriculum in orthotic or prosthetic courses, including: (A) lectures covering pertinent anatomy, biomechanics, pathomechanics, prosthetic‑orthotic components and materials, training and functional capabilities, prosthetic or orthotic performance evaluation, prescription considerations, etiology of amputations and disease processes necessitating prosthetic or orthotic use, and medical management; (B) subject matter related to pediatric and geriatric problems; (C) instruction in acute care techniques, such as immediate and early post‑surgical prosthetics and fracture bracing techniques; and (D) lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences related to the entire process of measuring, casting, fitting, fabricating, aligning, and completing prostheses or orthoses.
        "Orthotic and prosthetic scope of practice" means a list of tasks, with relative weight given to such factors as importance, criticality, and frequency, based on internationally accepted standards of orthotic and prosthetic care as outlined by the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics' professional profile for Category I and Category III orthotic and prosthetic personnel.
        "Orthotics" means the science and practice of evaluating, measuring, designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting, or servicing an orthosis under an order from a licensed physician or podiatrist for the correction or alleviation of neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction, disease, injury, or deformity.
        "Orthotist" means a health care professional, specifically educated and trained in orthotic patient care, who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services orthoses and may assist in the formulation of the order and treatment plan of orthoses for the support or correction of disabilities caused by neuro‑musculoskeletal diseases, injuries, or deformities.
        "Over‑the‑counter" means a prefabricated, mass‑produced device that is prepackaged and requires no professional advice or judgement in either size selection or use, including fabric or elastic supports, corsets, generic arch supports, elastic hoses.
        "Pedorthic device" means therapeutic shoes (e.g. diabetic shoes and inserts), shoe modifications made for therapeutic purposes, below the ankle partial foot prostheses, and foot orthoses for use at the ankle or below. It also includes subtalar‑control foot orthoses designed to manage the function of the anatomy by controlling the range of motion of the subtalar joint. Excluding footwear, the proximal height of a custom pedorthic device does not extend beyond the junction of the gastrocnemius and the Achilles tendon. Pedorthic devices do not include non‑therapeutic inlays or footwear regardless of method of manufacture; unmodified, non‑therapeutic over‑the‑counter shoes; or prefabricated foot care products. "Therapeutic" devices address a medical condition, diagnosed by a prescribing medical professional, while "non‑therapeutic" devices do not address a medical condition.
        "Pedorthic education program" means an educational program accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education consisting of (i) a basic curriculum of instruction in foot‑related pathology of diseases, anatomy, and biomechanics and (ii) a specific curriculum in pedorthic courses, including lectures covering shoes, foot orthoses, and shoe modifications, pedorthic components and materials, training and functional capabilities, pedorthic performance evaluation, prescription considerations, etiology of disease processes necessitating use of pedorthic devices, medical management, subject matter related to pediatric and geriatric problems, and lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences related to the entire process of measuring and casting, fitting, fabricating, aligning, and completing pedorthic devices.
        "Pedorthic scope of practice" means a list of tasks with relative weight given to such factors as importance, criticality, and frequency based on nationally accepted standards of pedorthic care as outlined by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education comprehensive analysis with an empirical validation study of the profession performed by an independent testing company.
        "Pedorthics" means the science and practice of evaluating, measuring, designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting, or servicing a pedorthic device under an order from a licensed physician or podiatrist for the correction or alleviation of neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction, disease, injury, or deformity.
        "Pedorthist" means a health care professional, specifically educated and trained in pedorthic patient care, who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services pedorthic devices and may assist in the formulation of the order and treatment plan of pedorthic devices for the support or correction of disabilities caused by neuro‑musculoskeletal diseases, injuries, or deformities.
        "Person" means a natural person.
        "Prosthesis" means an artificial medical device that is not surgically implanted and that is used to replace a missing limb, appendage, or any other external human body part including an artificial limb, hand, or foot. "Prosthesis" does not include artificial eyes, ears, fingers, or toes, dental appliances, cosmetic devices such as artificial breasts, eyelashes, or wigs, or other devices that do not have a significant impact on the musculoskeletal functions of the body.
        "Prosthetics" means the science and practice of evaluating, measuring, designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting, or servicing a prosthesis under an order from a licensed physician.
        "Prosthetist" means a health care professional, specifically educated and trained in prosthetic patient care, who measures, designs, fabricates, fits, or services prostheses and may assist in the formulation of the order and treatment plan of prostheses for the replacement of external parts of the human body lost due to amputation or congenital deformities or absences.
        "Prosthetist/orthotist" means a person who practices both disciplines of prosthetics and orthotics and who represents himself or herself to the public by title or by description of services. A person who is currently licensed by the State as both a licensed prosthetist and a licensed orthotist may use the title "Licensed Prosthetist Orthotist" or "LPO".
        "Resident" means a person who has completed an education program in either orthotics or prosthetics and is continuing his or her clinical education in a residency accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education.
        "Residency" means a minimum of a one‑year approved supervised program to acquire practical clinical training in orthotics or prosthetics in a patient care setting.
        "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
        "Technician" means a person who assists an orthotist, prosthetist, prosthetist/orthotist, or pedorthist with fabrication of orthoses, prostheses, or pedorthic devices but does not provide direct patient care.
    (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)

        (225 ILCS 84/15)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 15. Exceptions. This Act shall not be construed to prohibit:
        (1) a physician licensed in this State from engaging in the practice for which he or she is licensed;
        (2) a person licensed in this State under any other Act from engaging in the practice for which he or she is licensed;
        (3) the practice of orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics by a person who is employed by the federal government or any bureau, division, or agency of the federal government while in the discharge of the employee's official duties;
        (4) the practice of orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics by (i) a student enrolled in a school of orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics, (ii) a resident continuing his or her clinical education in a residency accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education, or (iii) a student in a qualified work experience program or internship in pedorthics;
        (5) the practice of orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics by one who is an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist licensed under the laws of another state or territory of the United States or another country and has applied in writing to the Department, in a form and substance satisfactory to the Department, for a license as orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist and who is qualified to receive the license under Section 40 until (i) the expiration of 6 months after the filing of the written application, (ii) the withdrawal of the application, or (iii) the denial of the application by the Department;
        (6) a person licensed by this State as a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or advanced practice nurse from engaging in his or her profession; or
        (7) a physician licensed under the Podiatric Medical Practice Act of 1987 from engaging in his or her profession.
    (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09; 96‑1000, eff. 7‑2‑10.)

        (225 ILCS 84/20)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 20. Powers and duties of the Department.
        (a) The Department shall exercise the powers and duties prescribed by the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois for the administration of licensure Acts and shall exercise other powers and duties necessary for effectuating the purposes of this Act.
        (b) The Department shall adopt rules to administer and enforce this Act including, but not limited to, fees for original licensure, renewal and restoration of licenses and may prescribe forms to be issued to implement its rules. The Department shall exercise the powers and duties prescribed by this Act. At a minimum, the rules adopted by the Department shall include standards and criteria for licensure and for professional conduct and discipline. The Department shall consult with the Board in adopting rules. Notice of proposed rulemaking shall be transmitted to the Board, and the Department shall review the Board's response and inform the Board of any deviations.
        (c) The Department at any time may seek the expert advice and knowledge of the Board on any matter relating to the enforcement of this Act.
    (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)

        (225 ILCS 84/25)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 25. Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics.
        (a) There is established a Board of Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Pedorthics, which shall consist of 6 voting members to be appointed by the Secretary. Three members shall be practicing licensed orthotists, licensed prosthetists, or licensed pedorthists. These members may be licensed in more than one discipline and their appointments must equally represent all 3 disciplines. One member shall be a member of the public who is a consumer of orthotic, prosthetic, or pedorthic professional services. One member shall be a public member who is not licensed under this Act or a consumer of services licensed under this Act. One member shall be a licensed physician.
        (b) Each member of the Board shall serve a term of 3 years, except that of the initial appointments to the Board, 2 members shall be appointed for one year, 2 members shall be appointed for 2 years, and 2 members shall be appointed for 3 years. Each member shall hold office and execute his or her Board responsibilities until the qualification and appointment of his or her successor. No member of the Board shall serve more than 8 consecutive years or 2 full terms, whichever is greater.
        (c) Members of the Board shall receive as compensation a reasonable sum as determined by the Secretary for each day actually engaged in the duties of the office and shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in performing the duties of the office.
        (d) Four members of the Board shall constitute a quorum. A quorum is required for all Board decisions.
        (e) The Secretary may terminate the appointment of any member for cause which, in the opinion of the Secretary reasonably justifies termination, which may include, but is not limited to, a Board member who does not attend 2 consecutive meetings.
        (f) Membership of the Board should reasonably reflect representation from the geographic areas in this State.
    (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)

        (225 ILCS 84/30)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 30. Board; immunity; chairperson.
        (a) Members of the Board shall be immune from suit in any action based upon any disciplinary proceeding or other activities performed in good faith as members of the Board.
        (b) The Board shall annually elect a chairperson and vice chairperson who shall be licensed under this Act.
    (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00.)

        (225 ILCS 84/35)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 35. Application for original license. An application for an original license shall be made to the Department in writing on a form prescribed by the Department and shall be accompanied by the required fee, which shall not be refundable. An application shall require information that in the judgement of the Department will enable the Department to pass on the qualifications of the applicant for a license.
    (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00.)

        (225 ILCS 84/40)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 40. Qualifications for licensure as orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist.
        (a) To qualify for a license to practice orthotics or prosthetics, a person shall:
            (1) possess a baccalaureate degree from a college or
         university;
            (2) have completed the amount of formal training,
         including, but not limited to, any hours of classroom education and clinical practice established and approved by the Department;
            (3) complete a clinical residency in the
         professional area for which a license is sought in accordance with standards, guidelines, or procedures for residencies inside or outside this State established and approved by the Department. The majority of training must be devoted to services performed under the supervision of a licensed practitioner of orthotics or prosthetics or a person certified as a Certified Orthotist (CO), Certified Prosthetist (CP), or Certified Prosthetist Orthotist (CPO) whose practice is located outside of the State;
            (4) pass all written, practical, and oral
         examinations that are required and approved by the Department; and
            (5) be qualified to practice in accordance with
         internationally accepted standards of orthotic and prosthetic care.
        (b) To qualify for a license to practice pedorthics, a person shall:
            (1) submit proof of a high school diploma or its
         equivalent;
            (2) have completed the amount of formal training,
         including, but not limited to, any hours of classroom education and clinical practice established and approved by the Department;
            (3) complete a qualified work experience program or
         internship in pedorthics that has a minimum of 1,000 hours of pedorthic patient care experience in accordance with any standards, guidelines, or procedures established and approved by the Department. The majority of training must be devoted to services performed under the supervision of a licensed practitioner of pedorthics or a person certified as a Certified Pedorthist (C.Ped) whose practice is located outside of the State;
            (4) pass all examinations that are required and
         approved by the Department; and
            (5) be qualified to practice in accordance with
         nationally accepted standards of pedorthic care.
        (c) The standards and requirements for licensure established by the Department shall be substantially equal to or in excess of standards commonly accepted in the profession of orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics. The Department shall adopt rules as necessary to set the standards and requirements.
        (d) A person may be licensed in more than one discipline.
    (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)

        (225 ILCS 84/45)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 45. Examination requirement.
        (a) The Department may authorize examinations of applicants as orthotists, prosthetists, or pedorthists at times and places as it may determine. The examination of applicants shall be of a character to fairly test the qualifications of the applicant to practice orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics.
        (b) Applicants for examination as orthotists, prosthetists, and pedorthists shall be required to pay, either to the Department or the designated testing service, a fee covering the cost of providing the examination. Failure to appear for the examination on the scheduled date at the time and place specified after the applicant's application for examination has been received and acknowledged by the Department or the designated testing service shall result in the forfeiture of the examination fee.
        (c) If an applicant neglects, fails, or refuses to take an examination or fails to pass an examination for a license under this Act within 3 years after filing his or her application, the application shall be denied. All fees are nonrefundable. The applicant may make a new application for examination accompanied by the required fee and must furnish proof of meeting qualifications for licensure in effect at the time of new application.
        (d) The Department shall set by rule the maximum number of attempts that an applicant may make to pass the examination within a specified period of time. The Department shall also determine any further training required before a reexamination.
        (e) The Department may employ consultants for the purpose of preparing and conducting examinations. An applicant for an examination as an orthotist, a prosthetist, or pedorthist shall be required to pay, either to the Department or to the designated testing service, a fee covering the cost of providing the examination.
    (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00.)

        (225 ILCS 84/50)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 50. Assistants; technicians.
        (a) No person shall work as an assistant to an orthotist, prosthetist, or prosthetist/orthotist and provide patient care services or fabrication of orthoses or prostheses, unless he or she is doing the work under the supervision of a licensed orthotist or prosthetist.
        (b) No person shall work as a technician, as defined in this Act, unless the work is performed under the supervision of a person licensed under this Act.
    (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00.)

        (225 ILCS 84/55)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 55. License required. No person shall practice orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics in this State or hold himself or herself out as being able to practice either profession, unless he or she is licensed in accordance with this Act.
    (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)

        (225 ILCS 84/56)
        Sec. 56. (Repealed).
    (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00. Repealed by P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)

        (225 ILCS 84/57)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 57. Limitation on provision of care and services. A licensed orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist may provide care or services only if the care or services are provided pursuant to an order from (i) a licensed physician, (ii) a podiatrist, (iii) an advanced practice nurse who has a written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician or podiatrist that specifically authorizes ordering the services of an orthotist, prosthetist or pedorthist, (iv) an advanced practice nurse who practices in a hospital or ambulatory surgical treatment center and possesses clinical privileges to order services of an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist, or (v) a physician assistant who has been delegated the authority to order the services of an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist by his or her supervising physician. A licensed podiatrist or advanced practice nurse collaborating with a podiatrist may only order care or services concerning the foot from a licensed prosthetist.
    (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)

        (225 ILCS 84/60)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 60. Renewal; restoration; military service; inactive status.
        (a) The expiration date and renewal period for each license issued under this Act shall be set by rule of the Department. The Board shall establish continuing education requirements for the renewal of a license. These requirements shall be based on established standards of competence.
        (b) A person who has permitted his or her license to expire or who has had his or her license on inactive status may have his or her license restored by (i) making application to the Department, (ii) filing proof acceptable to the Department of his or her fitness to have his or her license restored including, but not limited to, sworn evidence certifying to active practice in another jurisdiction satisfactory to the Department, and (iii) paying the required restoration fee. If the person has not maintained an active practice in another jurisdiction satisfactory to the Department, the Board shall determine, by an evaluation program established by rule, his or her fitness to resume active status and may require the person to complete a period of evaluated clinical experience and may require successful completion of an examination.
        (c) A person whose license expired while he or she was (i) in federal service on active duty within the armed forces of the United States or with the State militia called into service or training or (ii) in training or education under the supervision of the United States preliminary to induction into military service may have his or her license renewed or restored without paying a lapsed renewal fee if, within 2 years after termination from the service, training, or education except under conditions other than honorable, he or she furnished the Department with satisfactory evidence that he or she has been so engaged and that his or her service, training, or education has been terminated.
        (d) A person who notifies the Department in writing on forms prescribed by the Department may elect to place his or her license on an inactive status and shall, subject to rules of the Department, be excused from payment of renewal fees until he or she notifies the Department in writing of his or her desire to resume active status.
        (e) A person requesting restoration from inactive status shall be required to pay the current renewal fee and shall be required to restore his or her license as provided in Section 60 of this Act.
        (f) An orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist whose license is on inactive status shall not practice orthotics, prosthetics, or pedorthics in this State.
    (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)

        (225 ILCS 84/65)
        Sec. 65. (Repealed).
    (Source: P.A. 91‑590, eff. 1‑1‑00. Repealed by P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)

        (225 ILCS 84/70)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 70. Endorsement. The Department may, at its discretion, license as either an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist, without examination and on payment of the required fee, an applicant who is an orthotist, prosthetist, or pedorthist who is (i) licensed under the laws of another state, territory, or country, if the requirements for licensure in that state, territory, or country in which the applicant was licensed were, at the date of his or her licensure, substantially equal to the requirements in force in this State on that date or (ii) certified by a national certification organization with educational and testing standards as set forth by rule.
    (Source: P.A. 96‑682, eff. 8‑25‑09.)

        (225 ILCS 84/75)
        (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
        Sec. 75. Fees.
        (a) The Department shall provide by rule for a schedule of fees to be paid for licenses by all applicants. All fees are not refundable.
        (b) The fees for the ad

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