TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER f: EMERGENCY SERVICES AND HIGHWAY SAFETY
PART 515 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, TRAUMA CENTER, COMPREHENSIVE STROKE CENTER, PRIMARY STROKE CENTER AND ACUTE STROKE READY HOSPITAL CODE
SECTION 515.420 SYSTEM PARTICIPATION SUSPENSIONS


 

Section 515.420  System Participation Suspensions

 

a)         An EMS Medical Director may suspend from participation within the System any individual, individual provider or other participant considered not to be meeting the requirements of the Program Plan of that approved EMS System. (Section 3.40(a) of the Act)

 

b)         Except as allowed in subsection (l) of this Section, the EMS Medical Director shall provide the individual, individual provider or other participant with a written explanation of the reason for the suspension; the terms, length, and condition of the suspension; and the date the suspension will commence, unless a hearing is requested.  The procedure for requesting a hearing within 15 days through the Local System Review Board shall be provided.

 

c)         Failure to request a hearing within 15 days shall constitute a waiver of the right to a Local System Review Board hearing.

 

d)         The Resource Hospital shall designate the Local System Review Board, consisting of at least three members, one of whom is an emergency department physician with knowledge of EMS, one of whom is an EMT and one of whom is of the same professional category as the individual, individual provider or other participant requesting the hearing.  (Section 3.40(e) of the Act) The EMS Medical Director shall prepare and post, in a 24-hour accessible location at the Resource Hospital, the System Review Board List.

 

e)         The hearing shall commence as soon as possible but at least within 21 days after receipt of a written request.  The EMS Medical Director shall arrange for a certified shorthand reporter to make a stenographic record of that hearing and thereafter prepare a transcript of the proceedings.  The transcript, all documents or materials received as evidence during the hearing and the Local System Review Board's written decision shall be retained in the custody of the EMS System.  The System shall implement a decision of the Local System Review Board unless that decision has been appealed to the State Emergency Medical Services Disciplinary Review Board in accordance with the Act and this Part.  (Section 3.40(e) of the Act)

 

f)         The Local System Review Board shall state in writing its decision to affirm, modify or reverse the suspension order.  Such decision shall be sent via certified mail or personal service to the EMS Medical Director and the individual, individual provider or other participant who requested the hearing within five business days after the conclusion of the hearing.

 

g)         The transcripts, all documents or materials received as evidence during the hearing and the Local System Review Board's written decision shall be retained in the custody of the EMS System.

 

h)         The EMS Medical Director shall notify the Department, in writing, within five business days after the Board's decision to either uphold, modify or reverse the EMS Medical Director's suspension of an individual, individual provider or participant.  The notice shall include a statement detailing the duration and grounds for the suspension.

 

i)          If the Local System Review Board affirms or modifies the EMS Medical Director's suspension order, the individual, individual provider or other participant shall have the opportunity for a review of the Local Board's decision of the State EMS Disciplinary Review Board.  (Section 3.40(b)(1) of the Act)

 

j)          If the Local System Review Board reverses or modifies the EMS Medical Director's suspension order, the EMS Medical Director shall have the opportunity for review of the Local Board's decision by the State EMS Disciplinary Review Board.  (Section 3.40(b)(2) of the Act)

 

k)         Requests for review by the State EMS Disciplinary Review Board shall be submitted in writing to the Chief of the Department's Division of Emergency Medical Services and Highway Safety, within 10 days after receiving the Local Board's decision or the EMS Medical Director's suspension order, whichever is applicable.  A copy of the Board's decision or the suspension order shall be enclosed.  (Section 3.45(h) of the Act)

 

l)          An EMS Medical Director may immediately suspend an individual, individual provider or other participant if he or she finds that the information in his or her possession indicates that the continuation in practice by an EMT or other provider would constitute an imminent danger to the public.  The suspended EMT or other provider shall be issued an immediate verbal notification followed by a written suspension order to the EMT or other provider by the EMS Medical Director which states the length, terms and basis for the suspension.  (Section 3.40(c) of the Act)

 

1)         Within 24 hours following the commencement of the suspension, the EMS Medical Director shall deliver to the Department, by messenger or telefax, a copy of the suspension order and copies of any written materials which relate to the EMS Medical Director's decision to suspend the EMT or provider.

 

2)         Within 24 hours following the commencement of the suspension, the suspended EMT or provider may deliver to the Department, by messenger or telefax, a written response to the suspension order and copies of any written materials which the EMT or provider feels relate to that response.

 

3)         Within 24 hours following receipt of the EMS Medical Director's suspension order or the EMT's or provider's written response, whichever is later, the Director or the Director's designee shall determine whether the suspension should be stayed pending the EMT's or provider's opportunity for hearing or review in accordance with the Act, or whether the suspension should continue during the course of that hearing or review.  The Director or the Director's designee shall issue this determination to the EMS Medical Director, who shall immediately notify the suspended EMT or provider.  The suspension shall remain in effect during this period of review by the Director or the Director's designee.  (Section 3.40(c) of the Act)

 

(Source:  Amended at 22 Ill. Reg. 11835, effective June 25, 1998)