Legislative Update: Illinois House Bill 4054 – Coroner Training Board Act

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Blog, Legislation | No Comments
Legislative Update:  Illinois House Bill 4054 – Coroner Training Board Act

House Bill HB4054 – Coroner Training Board ActStatus: July 15, 2015 Re-referred to rules committee. Synopsis as introduced Creates the Coroner Training Board Act. Creates the Coroner Training Board which will have the power to establish application, training, and certification standards for coroners, and to review and approve annual training curriculum for coroners. Provides that […]

Public Act 98-0988: Nursing Home – Anonymous Complaints

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Blog, Legislation | No Comments

  Public Act 98-0988 Nursing Home – Anonymous Complaints Name of Filing Sponsor: Dennis M. Reboletti (R) 45th District Date Sponsored: 2/14/2014 Date Enacted into Law: 8/18/2014 Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Nursing Home Care Act. Provides that a complaint regarding an alleged violation of the Nursing Home Care Act may be transmitted to the […]

HB5348 – Crib Bumper Pad Ban

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Blog, Legislation | No Comments

By Rabiya Bilfaqi, 2nd year law student, DePaul University College of Law and Ben Margolis, M.D. HB5348 Ban Crib Bumper Pads Name of Sponsor: Representative Emily McAsey (D)85th District Date Sponsored: 2/10/2014 Status: Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-9(b) / Referred to Assignments Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Children’s Product Safety Act. Prohibits a commercial dealer, manufacturer, importer, […]

Child Abuse Legislation and Reporting

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Blog, Legislation | No Comments

By Candace McPherson (3rd year law student, DePaul University College of Law) and Ben Margolis, M.D. (Director, Autopsy Center of Chicago). As in other years, 2014 has seen the introduction of bills which protect our children from abuse and neglect. Here are a few: SB3146 DCFS – Differential Response Programs This bill mandates and supports […]

Recent AMA postmortem communication guidelines favor hospitals over patient rights

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Blog, Legislation | No Comments

Summary In the fall of 2013, the AMA published new guidelines for communication between hospitals, coroners and families after an unanticipated or unexplained loss. These guidelines protect the interests of hospitals over the rights of families; and, in at least one state, the guidelines violate the law. Summary opinion: In need of revision. The passages of […]

HB4202 (Embalming Absent Instructions)

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Legislation | No Comments

HB4202 – Embalming Absent Instructions Date filed: 1/13/2013 I. Introduction Bill HB4202 (Embalming Absent Instructions) is structured to address family indecision or unresponsiveness in communicating their embalming and/or refrigeration wishes to the funeral director. While the bill functions to ensure timely disposition of the deceased, the bill takes insufficient steps to support the broad rights […]

Letter to Illinois Senate (Nursing Home – Violation – Review)

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Legislation | No Comments
Letter to Illinois Senate (Nursing Home – Violation – Review)

House Bill 5849 Financial Institutions Chairperson:  Jacqueline Y. Collins December 28, 2012   I.   Introduction: House Bill 5849 creates a review team to ensure that nursing home type “AA” and “A” violations meet uniform standards prior to the issuing of such violations to a nursing home (licensee).  However, apart from the above intent, there is […]