Section 265.1250† General Requirements for Licensure


a)†††††††† Birth centers shall obtain a permit from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and shall obtain a license from the Illinois Department of Public Health.† No person may engage in the business of providing birth center services, or represent to the public that the person is a provider of such services for pay or other consideration, without a license.


b)†††††††† A birth center shall be exclusively dedicated to serving the childbirth-related needs of women and their newborns and shall have no more than 10 beds.† (Section 35(6) of the Act)


c)†††††††† A birth center is a designated site that is away from the motherís usual place of residence and in which births are planned to occur following a normal, uncomplicated, and low-risk pregnancy.† (Section 35(6) of the Act)


d)†††††††† A birth center shall offer prenatal care and community education services and shall coordinate these services with other health care services available in the community.† (Section 35(6) of the Act)


e)†††††††† A birth center license shall be required if the birth center is operated as:


1)†††††††† A part of the operation of a federally qualified health center as designated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services; or


2)†††††††† A facility other than one described in Section 35(6)(A)(1) or (A)(2) of the Act or subsection (e)(1) of this Section whose costs are reimbursable under Title XIX of the federal Social Security Act.† (Section 35(6)(B)(2) of the Act)


f)†††††††† Each birth center must become accredited by either the Commission for the Accreditation of Freestanding Birth Centers or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations within two years after becoming licensed.† (Section 35(6) of the Act)


g)†††††††† A birth center shall be certified to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs under Titles 18 and 19, respectively, of the federal Social Security Act if allowable. (Section 35(6) of the Act)


h)†††††††† A birth center shall be located within a ground travel time distance from the general acute care hospital with which the birth center maintains a contractual relationship, including a transfer agreement that allows for an emergency caesarian delivery to be started within 30 minutes after the decision a caesarian delivery is necessary. (Section 35(6) of the Act)


i)††††††††† No person or place shall represent itself as a "birth center" or use the term "birth center" in its title, advertising, publications or other form of communication unless licensed as a birth center in accordance with this Part.


j)††††††††† Each license shall specify the licensed bed capacity of the birth center.


k)†††††††† Procedures performed at birth centers shall be limited to those normally accomplished in uncomplicated childbirth, including simple episiotomies and repairs of lacerations.† Surgical procedures such as tubal ligation or termination of pregnancy are prohibited at birth centers.


l)††††††††† Proposed changes in birth center licensed bed capacity shall be submitted in writing to the Department and shall be subject to the approval of the Department based upon need and compliance with Subpart B of this Part.


m)††††††† A birth center may not discriminate against any client requiring treatment because of the source of payment for services, including Medicare and Medicaid recipients.† (Section 35(6) of the Act)


n)†††††††† The medical director or his or her physician designee shall be available on the premises or within a close proximity.† Close proximity means being able to be physically present in the facility within 30 minutes after being called. (Section 35(6) of the Act)


o)†††††††† The birth center license shall be prominently displayed in the area accessible to the public.