(225 ILCS 65/65-55)
(was 225 ILCS 65/15-40)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2018)
Advertising as an APN.
(a) A person licensed under this Act as an advanced practice nurse
may advertise the availability of professional services in
the public media or on the premises where the professional
services are rendered. The advertising shall be limited to
the following information:
(1) publication of the person's name, title, office
hours, address, and telephone number;
(2) information pertaining to the person's areas of
specialization, including but not limited to appropriate board certification or limitation of professional practice;
(3) publication of the person's collaborating
physician's, dentist's, or podiatrist's name, title, and areas of specialization;
(4) information on usual and customary fees for
routine professional services offered, which shall include notification that fees may be adjusted due to complications or unforeseen circumstances;
(5) announcements of the opening of, change of,
absence from, or return to business;
(6) announcement of additions to or deletions from
professional licensed staff; and
(7) the issuance of business or appointment cards.
(b) It is unlawful for a person licensed under this Act as an advanced practice nurse to use testimonials or claims of superior quality of
care to entice the public. It shall be unlawful to advertise
fee comparisons of available services with those of other
(c) This Article does not authorize the advertising of
professional services that the offeror of the services is
not licensed or authorized to render. Nor shall the
advertiser use statements that contain false, fraudulent,
deceptive, or misleading material or guarantees of success,
statements that play upon the vanity or fears of the public,
or statements that promote or produce unfair competition.
(d) It is unlawful and punishable under the penalty
provisions of this Act for a person licensed under this Article to
knowingly advertise that the licensee will accept as payment
for services rendered by assignment from any third party
payor the amount the third party payor covers as payment in
full, if the effect is to give the impression of eliminating
the need of payment by the patient of any required deductible
or copayment applicable in the patient's health benefit plan.
(e) A licensee shall include in every advertisement for services
regulated under this Act his or her title as it appears on the license or the
initials authorized under this Act.
(f) As used in this Section, "advertise" means
solicitation by the licensee or through another person or entity by means of
handbills, posters, circulars, motion pictures, radio,
newspapers, or television or any other manner.
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07.)