(225 ILCS 140/5)
Volunteer Health Practitioner Registration Systems.
(a) To qualify as a volunteer health practitioner registration system, a system must:
(1) accept applications for the registration of
volunteer health practitioners before or during an emergency;
(2) include information about the licensure and good
standing of health practitioners which is accessible by authorized persons;
(3) be capable of confirming the accuracy of
information concerning whether a health practitioner is licensed and in good standing before health services or veterinary services are provided under this Act; and
(4) meet one of the following conditions:
(A) be an emergency system for advance
registration of volunteer health-care practitioners established by a state and funded through the Department of Health and Human Services under Section 319I of the Public Health Services Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 247d-7b (as amended);
(B) be a local unit consisting of trained and
equipped emergency response, public health, and medical personnel formed pursuant to Section 2801 of the Public Health Services Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 300hh (as amended);
(C) be operated by a:
(i) disaster relief organization;
(ii) licensing board;
(iii) national or regional association of
licensing boards or health practitioners;
(iv) health facility that provides
comprehensive inpatient and outpatient health-care services, including a tertiary care, teaching hospital, or ambulatory surgical treatment center; or
(v) governmental entity; or
(D) be designated by the Illinois Department of
Public Health as a registration system for purposes of this Act.
(b) While an emergency declaration is in effect, the Illinois Department of Public Health, a person authorized to act on behalf of the Illinois Department of Public Health, or a host entity or disaster relief organization, may confirm whether volunteer health practitioners utilized in this State are registered with a registration system that complies with subsection (a). Confirmation is limited to obtaining identities of the practitioners from the system and determining whether the system indicates that the practitioners are licensed and in good standing.
(c) Upon request of a person in this State authorized under subsection (b), or a similarly authorized person in another state, a registration system located in this State shall notify the person of the identities of volunteer health practitioners and whether the practitioners are licensed and in good standing.
(d) A host entity or disaster relief organization is not required to use the services of a volunteer health practitioner even if the practitioner is registered with a registration
system that indicates that the practitioner is licensed and in good standing.
(Source: P.A. 96-983, eff. 1-1-11.)