(210 ILCS 50/3.86)
Stretcher van providers.
(a) In this Section, "stretcher van provider" means an entity licensed by the Department to provide non-emergency transportation of passengers on a stretcher in compliance with this Act or the rules adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act, utilizing stretcher vans.
(b) The Department has the authority and responsibility to do the following:
(1) Require all stretcher van providers, both
publicly and privately owned, to be licensed by the Department.
(2) Establish licensing and safety standards and
requirements for stretcher van providers, through rules adopted pursuant to this Act, including but not limited to:
(A) Vehicle design, specification, operation, and
(B) Safety equipment requirements and standards.
(C) Staffing requirements.
(D) Annual license renewal.
(3) License all stretcher van providers that have met
the Department's requirements for licensure.
(4) Annually inspect all licensed stretcher van
providers, and relicense providers that have met the Department's requirements for license renewal.
(5) Suspend, revoke, refuse to issue, or refuse to
renew the license of any stretcher van provider, or that portion of a license pertaining to a specific vehicle operated by a provider, after an opportunity for a hearing, when findings show that the provider or one or more of its vehicles has failed to comply with the standards and requirements of this Act or the rules adopted by the Department pursuant to this Act.
(6) Issue an emergency suspension order for any
provider or vehicle licensed under this Act when the Director or his or her designee has determined that an immediate or serious danger to the public health, safety, and welfare exists. Suspension or revocation proceedings that offer an opportunity for a hearing shall be promptly initiated after the emergency suspension order has been issued.
(7) Prohibit any stretcher van provider from
advertising, identifying its vehicles, or disseminating information in a false or misleading manner concerning the provider's type and level of vehicles, location, response times, level of personnel, licensure status, or EMS System participation.
(8) Charge each stretcher van provider a fee, to be
submitted with each application for licensure and license renewal.
(c) A stretcher van provider may provide transport of a passenger on a stretcher, provided the passenger meets all of the following requirements:
(2) He or she needs no medical monitoring or clinical
(3) He or she needs routine transportation to or from
a medical appointment or service if the passenger is convalescent or otherwise bed-confined and does not require clinical observation, aid, care, or treatment during transport.
(d) A stretcher van provider may not transport a passenger who meets any of the following conditions:
(1) He or she is being transported to a hospital for
emergency medical treatment.
(2) He or she is experiencing an emergency medical
condition or needs active medical monitoring, including isolation precautions, supplemental oxygen that is not self-administered, continuous airway management, suctioning during transport, or the administration of intravenous fluids during transport.
(e) The Stretcher Van Licensure Fund is created as a special fund within the State treasury. All fees received by the Department in connection with the licensure of stretcher van providers under this Section shall be deposited into the fund. Moneys in the fund shall be subject to appropriation to the Department for use in implementing this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96-702, eff. 8-25-09; 96-1469, eff. 1-1-11; 97-689, eff. 6-14-12.)