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    (210 ILCS 55/1)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2801)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Licensing Act.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/1.01)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2801.01)
    Sec. 1.01. It is declared to be the public policy that the State has a legitimate interest in assuring that all home health services, home nursing services, and in‑home support services provided to a person at his residence are performed under circumstances that insure consumer protection and quality care. Therefore, the purpose of this Act is to provide for the better protection of the public health, well‑being, and safety through the development, establishment, and enforcement of standards for services, as well as standards for the care of individuals receiving home health services and home nursing services, and in the light of advancing knowledge, will provide a viable alternative to the premature institutionalization of these individuals.
    It is further declared that health care and support services are provided in the consumer's home by 3 basic types of agencies: home health care, home nursing care, and home support services. It is further understood that each type of agency delivers a different type and scope of care or service. Further, individuals providing the care or service require different levels of education, training, and supervision. Therefore, different types of regulatory oversight are required.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2802)
    Sec. 2. As used in this Act, unless the context requires otherwise, the terms defined in the following Sections preceding Section 3 have the meanings ascribed to them in those Sections.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06; 95‑331, eff. 8‑21‑07.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2.01) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2802.01)
    Sec. 2.01. "Department" means the Department of Public Health of the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 80‑804.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2.02) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2802.02)
    Sec. 2.02. "Director" means the Director of Public Health of the State of Illinois, or his designee.
(Source: P.A. 86‑130.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2.03) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2802.03)
    Sec. 2.03. "Person" means any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association, or any other legal entity.
(Source: P.A. 80‑804.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2.03a)
    Sec. 2.03a. "Agency" means a home health agency, home nursing agency, or home services agency unless specifically stated otherwise.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2.04) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2802.04)
    Sec. 2.04. "Home Health Agency" means a public agency or private organization that provides skilled nursing services and at least one other home health service as defined by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 80‑804.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2.05) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2802.05)
    Sec. 2.05. "Home health services" means services provided to a person at his residence according to a plan of treatment for illness or infirmity prescribed by a physician. Such services include part time and intermittent nursing services and other therapeutic services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social services, or services provided by a home health aide.
(Source: P.A. 80‑804.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2.08)
    Sec. 2.08. "Home services agency" means an agency that provides services directly, or acts as a placement agency, for the purpose of placing individuals as workers providing home services for consumers in their personal residences. "Home services agency" does not include agencies licensed under the Nurse Agency Licensing Act, the Hospital Licensing Act, the Nursing Home Care Act, the MR/DD Community Care Act, or the Assisted Living and Shared Housing Act and does not include an agency that limits its business exclusively to providing housecleaning services. Programs providing services exclusively through the Community Care Program of the Illinois Department on Aging, the Department of Human Services Office of Rehabilitation Services, or the United States Department of Veterans Affairs are not considered to be a home services agency under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96‑339, eff. 7‑1‑10; 96‑577, eff. 8‑18‑09; 96‑1000, eff. 7‑2‑10.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2.09)
    Sec. 2.09. "Home services" or "in‑home services" means assistance with activities of daily living, housekeeping, personal laundry, and companionship provided to an individual in his or her personal residence, which are intended to enable that individual to remain safely and comfortably in his or her own personal residence. "Home services" or "in‑home services" does not include services that would be required to be performed by an individual licensed under the Nurse Practice Act.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06; 95‑639, eff. 10‑5‑07.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2.10)
    Sec. 2.10. "Home services worker" or "in‑home services worker" means an individual who provides home services to a consumer in the consumer's personal residence.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2.11)
    Sec. 2.11. "Home nursing agency" means an agency that provides services directly, or acts as a placement agency, in order to deliver skilled nursing and home health aide services to persons in their personal residences. A home nursing agency provides services that would require a licensed nurse to perform. Home health aide services are provided under the direction of a registered professional nurse or Advanced Practice nurse. A home nursing agency does not require licensure as a home health agency under this Act. "Home nursing agency" does not include an individually licensed nurse acting as a private contractor or a person that provides or procures temporary employment in health care facilities, as defined in the Nurse Agency Licensing Act.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06; 95‑951, eff. 8‑29‑08.)

    (210 ILCS 55/2.12)
    Sec. 2.12. "Placement agency" means any person engaged for gain or profit in the business of securing or attempting to secure (i) work for hire for persons seeking work or (ii) workers for employers. The term includes a private employment agency and any other entity that places a worker for private hire by a consumer in that consumer's residence for purposes of providing home services. The term does not include a person that provides or procures temporary employment in health care facilities, as defined in the Nurse Agency Licensing Act.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/3) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2803)
    Sec. 3. No person shall open, manage, conduct or maintain a home health agency, or advertise as such, without a license issued by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 81‑490.)

    (210 ILCS 55/3.3)
    Sec. 3.3. Home services agency; license required. On and after September 1, 2008, no person shall open, manage, conduct, or maintain a home services agency, or advertise himself or herself as a home services agency or as offering services that would be included in the definition of home services or a home services agency, without a license issued by the Department. The Department shall adopt rules as necessary to protect the health, safety, and well‑being of clients through licensure of home services agencies.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/3.7)
    Sec. 3.7. Home nursing agency; license required. On and after September 1, 2008, no person shall open, manage, conduct, or maintain a home nursing agency, or advertise himself or herself as a home nursing agency or as offering services that would be included in the definition of a home nursing agency, without a license issued by the Department. The Department shall adopt rules as necessary to protect the health, safety, and well‑being of clients through licensure of home nursing agencies.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/4)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2804)
    Sec. 4. Types of licenses.
    (a) If an applicant for licensure has not been previously licensed, or if the home health agency, home services agency, or home nursing agency is not in operation at the time application is made, the Department may issue a provisional license. A provisional license shall be valid for a period of 120 days unless sooner suspended or revoked pursuant to Section 9 of this Act. Within 30 days prior to the termination of a provisional license, the Department shall inspect the agency and, if the applicant substantially meets the requirements for licensure, it shall issue a license under this Section. If the Department finds that a holder of a provisional license does not substantially meet the requirements for licensure, but has made significant progress toward meeting those requirements, the Director may renew the provisional license once for a period not to exceed 120 days from the expiration date of the initial provisional license.
    (b)(1) The Director may also issue a provisional license to any licensed agency which does not substantially comply with the provisions of this Act and the rules promulgated hereunder, provided he finds that the health, safety, and well‑being of the clients of the agency will be protected during the period for which such provisional license is issued. The term of such provisional license shall not exceed 120 days.
    (2) The Director shall advise the licensee of the conditions under which such provisional license is issued, including the manner in which the licensee fails to comply with the provisions of the Act or rules, and the time within which the corrections necessary for the agency to substantially comply with the Act and rules shall be completed.
    (3) The Director, at his discretion, may extend the term of such provisional license for an additional 120 days, if he finds that the agency has made substantial progress toward correcting the violations and bringing the agency into full compliance with this Act and the rules promulgated hereunder.
    (c) An annual license shall be issued to any person conducting or maintaining a home health agency upon receipt of an application and payment of the licensure fee, and when the other requirements of this Act, and the standards, rules and regulations promulgated hereunder, are met. The fee for each single home health agency license or any renewal shall be $25.
    (d) The Department shall establish, by rule, a system whereby an entity that meets the requirements for licensure may obtain licensure singly or in any combination for the categories authorized under this Act. The Department shall develop and implement one application to be used even if a combination of licenses authorized under the Act is sought. Applicants for multiple licenses under this system shall pay the higher of the licensure fees applicable. Fees collected under this system shall be deposited into the Home Care Services Agency Licensure Fund.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/5) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2805)
    Sec. 5. (a) Each application for a home health agency provisional license as provided in Section 4 shall contain the following information: (1) name, address and location of the agency; (2) organization and governing structure of agency; (3) number and qualification of staff; (4) sources of financing of services and agency; (5) service area; (6) patient load; (7) agency utilization; (8) service charges; (9) affiliation agreements with other health care providers; and (10) such other information as the Department may require.
    (b) Applications for licenses to be effective on and after March 1, 1978, shall be in accordance with departmental regulations.
(Source: P.A. 80‑804.)

    (210 ILCS 55/6) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2806)
    Sec. 6. The Department shall, before March 1, 1978, promulgate standards for home health agencies operated in this State. The Department shall issue such rules and regulations as are deemed necessary for the proper regulation of home health agencies.
(Source: P.A. 81‑0149; 81‑0490; 81‑1509.)

    (210 ILCS 55/6.3)
    Sec. 6.3. Home services agencies; standards; fees.
    (a) Before January 1, 2008, the Department shall adopt standards for the licensure and operation of home services agencies operated in this State. The structure of the standards shall be based on the concept of home services and its focus on assistance with activities of daily living, housekeeping, personal laundry, and companionship being provided to an individual intended to enable that individual to remain safely and comfortably in his or her own personal residence. As home services do not include services that would be required to be performed by an individual licensed under the Nurse Practice Act, the standards shall be developed from a similar concept. After consideration and recommendations by the Home Health and Home Services Advisory Committee, the Department shall adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary for the proper regulation of home services agencies. Requirements for licensure as a home services agency shall include the following:
        (1) Compliance with the requirements of the Health
     Care Worker Background Check Act.
        (2) Notification, in a form and manner established by
     the Department by rule, to home services workers and consumers as to the party or parties responsible under State and federal laws for payment of employment taxes, social security taxes, and workers' compensation, liability, the day‑to‑day supervision of workers, and the hiring, firing, and discipline of workers with the placement arrangement for home services.
        (3) Compliance with rules, as adopted by the
     Department, in regard to (i) reporting by the licensee of any known or suspected incidences of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of an eligible adult, as defined in the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, by a home services worker employed by or placed by the licensee or (ii) reports to a law enforcement agency in connection with any other individual protected under the laws of the State of Illinois.
        (4) Compliance with rules, as adopted by the
     Department, addressing the health, safety, and well‑being of clients receiving home services.
    (b) The Department may establish fees for home services agency licensure in rules in a manner that will make the program self‑supporting. The amount of the licensure fees shall be based on the funding required for operation of the licensure program. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, the Department may not charge any fee to a certified local health department in connection with the licensure of a home services agency.
(Source: P.A. 95‑639, eff. 10‑5‑07; 96‑577, eff. 8‑18‑09.)

    (210 ILCS 55/6.5)
    Sec. 6.5. Vaccinations.
    (a) A home health agency shall annually administer or arrange for administration of a vaccination against influenza to each client, in accordance with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are most recent to the time of vaccination, unless the vaccination is medically contraindicated or the client has refused the vaccine. Influenza vaccinations for all clients age 65 or over shall be completed by November 30 of each year or as soon as practicable if vaccine supplies are not available before November 1. Home health clients whose services start after November 30, during the flu season, and until February 1 shall, as medically appropriate, receive an influenza vaccination prior to or upon service initiation or as soon as practicable if vaccine supplies are not available at the time of the service initiation, unless the vaccine is medically contraindicated or the client has refused the vaccine. If the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determines that dates of administration other than those stated in this Section are optimal to protect the health of clients, the Department may adopt rules to mandate vaccinations at those times rather than the times stated in this Section. A home health agency shall document in the client's medical record that an annual vaccination against influenza was administered, arranged, refused, or medically contraindicated.
    (b) A home health agency shall administer or arrange for administration of a pneumococcal vaccination, in accordance with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to each client who is age 65 or over and who has not received this immunization prior to or upon service initiation, unless the client refuses the offer for vaccination or the vaccination is medically contraindicated. A home health agency shall document in each client's medical record that a vaccination against pneumococcal pneumonia was offered and was administered, arranged, refused, or medically contraindicated.
(Source: P.A. 94‑429, eff. 8‑2‑05.)

    (210 ILCS 55/6.7)
    Sec. 6.7. Home nursing agencies; standards; fees.
    (a) Before January 1, 2008, the Department shall adopt standards for the licensure and operation of home nursing agencies operated in this State. After consideration and recommendations by the Home Health and Home Services Advisory Committee, the Department shall adopt such rules as are necessary for the proper regulation of home nursing agencies. Requirements for licensure as a home nursing agency shall include the following:
        (1) Compliance with the requirements of the Health
     Care Worker Background Check Act.
        (2) Notification, in a form and manner established by
     the Department by rule, to home nursing agency workers and consumers as to the party or parties responsible under State and federal laws for payment of employment taxes, social security taxes, and workers' compensation, liability, the day‑to‑day supervision of workers, and the hiring, firing, and discipline of workers with the placement arrangement for home nursing services.
        (3) Compliance with rules, as adopted by the
     Department, in regard to (i) reporting by the licensee of any known or suspected incidences of abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of an eligible adult, as defined in the Elder Abuse and Neglect Act, by a home nursing care worker employed by or placed by the licensee or (ii) reports to a law enforcement agency in connection with any other individual protected under the laws of the State of Illinois.
        (4) Compliance with rules, as adopted by the
     Department, addressing the health, safety, and well‑being of clients receiving home nursing services.
    (b) The Department may establish fees for home nursing agency licensure in rules in a manner that will make the program self‑supporting. The amount of the licensure fees shall be based on the funding required for the operation of the licensure program. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, the Department may not charge any fee to a certified local health department in connection with the licensure of a home nursing agency.
(Source: P.A. 96‑577, eff. 8‑18‑09.)

    (210 ILCS 55/7)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2807)
    Sec. 7. (a) The Director shall appoint a Home Health and Home Services Advisory Committee composed of 15 persons to advise and consult with the Director in the administration of this Act. Five of the appointed members shall represent the home health agency profession. Of these 5, one shall represent voluntary home health agencies, one shall represent for‑profit home health agencies, one shall represent private not‑for‑profit home health agencies, one shall represent institution‑based home health agencies, and one shall represent home health agencies operated by local health departments. Four of the appointed members shall represent the home services agency profession. Four of the appointed members shall represent the general public in the following categories: one individual who is a consumer of home health services or a family member of a consumer of home health services; one individual who is a consumer of home services or a family member of a consumer of home services; one individual who is a home services worker; and one individual who is a representative of an organization that advocates for consumers. One member shall be a practicing Illinois licensed physician; and one member shall be an Illinois registered professional nurse with home health agency experience. The recommendations of professional, home health industry, and home services industry organizations may be considered in selecting individuals for appointment to the Home Health and Home Services Advisory Committee.
    (b) Each member shall hold office for a term of 3 years, except that any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of such term and the terms of office of the members first taking office shall expire, as designated at the time of appointment, one at the end of the first year, one at the end of the second year, and 3 at the end of the third year. The term of office of each of the original appointees shall commence on January 1, 1978.
    (c) The term of office of each of the 6 members appointed to the Committee as a result of this amendatory Act of 1989 shall commence on January 1, 1990. The terms of office of the 6 members appointed as a result of this amendatory Act of 1989 shall expire, as designated at the time of appointment, 2 at the end of the first year, 2 at the end of the second year, and two at the end of the third year.
    (d) The Committee shall meet as frequently as the Director deems necessary. Committee members, while serving on business of the Committee, shall receive actual and necessary travel and subsistence expenses while so serving away from their places of residence.
    (e) The Committee shall provide input and recommendations to the Department on the development of rules for the licensure of home services agencies and home nursing agencies operating in this State. On or before July 1, 2007, the Committee shall issue an interim report to the General Assembly on the status of development and implementation of the rules for home services agency and home nursing agency licensure.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/8)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2808)
    Sec. 8. An application for a license may be denied for any of the following reasons:
        (a) failure to meet the minimum standards prescribed
     by the Department pursuant to Section 6;
        (b) satisfactory evidence that the moral character of
     the applicant or supervisor of the agency is not reputable. In determining moral character, the Department may take into consideration any convictions of the applicant or supervisor but such convictions shall not operate as a bar to licensing;
        (c) lack of personnel qualified by training and
     experience to properly perform the function of a home health agency;
        (d) insufficient financial or other resources to
     operate and conduct a home health, home services, or home nursing agency in accordance with the requirements of this Act and the minimum standards, rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/9) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2809)
    Sec. 9. A license may be suspended, revoked, or a renewal thereof denied for any of the following reasons:
    (a) a violation of any provision of this Act or of the minimum standards, rules, regulations or orders of the Department promulgated thereunder;
    (b) any ground upon which an application for a license may be denied as set forth in Section 8.
(Source: P.A. 86‑130.)

    (210 ILCS 55/9.01)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2809.01)
    Sec. 9.01. The Department may conduct any such investigations and inspections as it deems necessary to assess compliance with this Act and the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto. Investigations and inspections may include the direct observation of patient care or the provision of home services in the home, if consent is given by the consumer or patient under treatment. Agencies licensed under this Act shall make available to the Department all books, records, policies and procedures, or any other materials requested during the course of an investigation or inspection. Refusal to make such materials available to the Department shall be grounds for license revocation, or the imposition of any other penalty provided in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/9.02)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2809.02)
    Sec. 9.02. When the Department determines that an agency is in violation of this Act or any rule promulgated hereunder, a notice of violation shall be served upon the licensee. Each notice of violation shall be prepared in writing and shall specify the nature of the violation and the statutory provision or rule alleged to have been violated. The notice shall inform the licensee of any action the Department may take under this Act, including the requirement of an agency plan of correction under Section 9.03, assessment of a penalty under Section 9.04, or licensure action under Section 9. The Director or his designee shall also inform the licensee of rights to a hearing under Section 10.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/9.03)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2809.03)
    Sec. 9.03. (a) Each agency served with a notice of violation under Section 9.02 of this Act shall file with the Department a written plan of correction within 10 days of receipt of the notice. The plan of correction is subject to approval of the Department. The plan of correction shall state with particularity the method by which the agency intends to correct each violation and shall contain a stated date by which each violation shall be corrected.
    (b) If the Department rejects a plan of correction, it shall send notice of the rejection and the reason for the rejection to the licensee. The agency shall have 10 days after receipt of the notice of rejection in which to submit a modified plan. If the modified plan is not submitted on time, or if the modified plan is rejected, the agency shall follow a plan of correction imposed by the Department.
    (c) If an agency desires to contest any Department action under this Section, it shall send a written request for a hearing under Section 10 to the Department within 10 days of receipt of notice of the contested action. The Department shall commence the hearing as provided under Section 10. Whenever possible, all action of the Department under this Section arising out of a violation shall be contested and determined at a single hearing. Issues decided at a hearing may not be reheard at subsequent hearings under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/9.04)(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2809.04)
    Sec. 9.04. (a) The licensee of an agency operating in violation of this Act or any rule adopted hereunder may be subject to the penalties or fines levied by the Department as specified in this Section.
    (b) When the Director determines that an agency has failed to comply with this Act or any rule adopted hereunder, the Department may issue a notice of fine assessment which shall specify the violations for which the fine is levied. The Department may impose a fine of $100 per day commencing on the date the violation was identified and ending on the date the violation is corrected, or action is taken to suspend, revoke, or deny renewal of the license, whichever comes first.
    (c) In determining whether a fine is to be imposed, the Director shall consider the following factors:
        (1) the gravity of the violation, including the
     probability that death or serious physical or mental harm to a patient or consumer will result or has resulted, the severity of the actual or potential harm, and the extent to which the provisions of the applicable statutes or regulations were violated;
        (2) the reasonable diligence exercised by the
     licensee and efforts to correct violations;
        (3) any previous violations committed by the
     licensee; and
        (4) the financial benefit to the agency of committing
     or continuing the violation.
(Source: P.A. 94‑379, eff. 1‑1‑06.)

    (210 ILCS 55/10) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 2810)
    Sec. 10. (a) Before denying an application, refusing to renew a license, suspending a license, revoking a license, or levying a fine, the Department shall notify the applicant or licensee.
    (b) Such notice shall be effected by certified mail or by personal service setting forth the particular reasons for the proposed action and informing the agency of its right to request a hearing to contest the Department action by submitting a written request for a hearing within 10 days of receipt of the notice. Such hearing shall be c