Bill Text: IL HB2907 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: Amends the Medical Assistance Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. In a provision concerning access to psychiatric mental health services via telepsychiatry, provides that the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall not require that a physician or other licensed health care professional be physically present in the same room as the patient for the entire time during which the patient is receiving telepsychiatry services. Provides that the Department shall not require that a physician or other licensed healthcare professional be physically present in the same room as the patient for the entire time during which the patient is receiving telemedicine services. Defines "telemedicine" as the use of a telecommunication system to provide medical services for the purpose of evaluation and treatment when the patient is at one location and the rendering provider is at another location.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 29-13)

Status: (Enrolled) 2017-06-28 - Sent to the Governor [HB2907 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB2907-Enrolled.html



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1 AN ACT concerning public aid.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Illinois Public Aid Code is amended by
5changing Section 5-5.25 as follows:
6 (305 ILCS 5/5-5.25)
7 Sec. 5-5.25. Access to psychiatric mental health services.
8The General Assembly finds that providing access to psychiatric
9mental health services in a timely manner will improve the
10quality of life for persons suffering from mental illness and
11will contain health care costs by avoiding the need for more
12costly inpatient hospitalization. The Department of Healthcare
13and Family Services shall reimburse psychiatrists and
14federally qualified health centers as defined in Section
151905(l)(2)(B) of the federal Social Security Act for mental
16health services provided by psychiatrists, as authorized by
17Illinois law, to recipients via telepsychiatry. The
18Department, by rule, shall establish: (i) criteria for such
19services to be reimbursed, including appropriate facilities
20and equipment to be used at both sites and requirements for a
21physician or other licensed health care professional to be
22present at the site where the patient is located; however, the
23Department shall not require that a physician or other licensed

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1health care professional be physically present in the same room
2as the patient for the entire time during which the patient is
3receiving telepsychiatry services; , and (ii) a method to
4reimburse providers for mental health services provided by
5telepsychiatry.
6 On and after July 1, 2012, the Department shall reduce any
7rate of reimbursement for services or other payments or alter
8any methodologies authorized by this Code to reduce any rate of
9reimbursement for services or other payments in accordance with
10Section 5-5e.
11(Source: P.A. 97-689, eff. 6-14-12.)
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