State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 1/21/2022, by Rep. Kathleen Willis


225 ILCS 150/5

    Amends the Telehealth Act. Provides that the definition of "health care professional" includes athletic trainers.

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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Telehealth Act is amended by changing
5Section 5 as follows:
6    (225 ILCS 150/5)
7    Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
8    "Asynchronous store and forward system" means the
9transmission of a patient's medical information through an
10electronic communications system at an originating site to a
11health care professional or facility at a distant site that
12does not require real-time or synchronous interaction between
13the health care professional and the patient.
14    "Distant site" means the location at which the health care
15professional rendering the telehealth service is located.
16    "Established patient" means a patient with a relationship
17with a health care professional in which there has been an
18exchange of an individual's protected health information for
19the purpose of providing patient care, treatment, or services.
20    "E-visit" means a patient-initiated non-face-to-face
21communication through an online patient portal between an
22established patient and a health care professional.
23    "Facility" includes a facility that is owned or operated



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1by a hospital under the Hospital Licensing Act or University
2of Illinois Hospital Act, a facility under the Nursing Home
3Care Act, a rural health clinic, a federally qualified health
4center, a local health department, a community mental health
5center, a behavioral health clinic as defined in 89 Ill. Adm.
6Code 140.453, an encounter rate clinic, a skilled nursing
7facility, a substance use treatment program licensed by the
8Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery of the
9Department of Human Services, a school-based health center as
10defined in 77 Ill. Adm. Code 641.10, a physician's office, a
11podiatrist's office, a supportive living program provider, a
12hospice provider, home health agency, or home nursing agency
13under the Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency
14Licensing Act, a facility under the ID/DD Community Care Act,
15community-integrated living arrangements as defined in the
16Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and
17Certification Act, and a provider who receives reimbursement
18for a patient's room and board.
19    "Health care professional" includes, but is not limited
20to, physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, advanced
21practice registered nurses, clinical psychologists licensed in
22Illinois, prescribing psychologists licensed in Illinois,
23dentists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical
24therapists, clinical social workers, speech-language
25pathologists, audiologists, hearing instrument dispensers,
26athletic trainers, licensed certified substance use disorder



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1treatment providers and clinicians, and mental health
2professionals and clinicians authorized by Illinois law to
3provide mental health services, and qualified providers listed
4under paragraph (8) of subsection (e) of Section 3 of the Early
5Intervention Services System Act, dietitian nutritionists
6licensed in Illinois, and health care professionals associated
7with a facility.
8    "Interactive telecommunications system" means an audio and
9video system, an audio-only telephone system (landline or
10cellular), or any other telecommunications system permitting
112-way, synchronous interactive communication between a patient
12at an originating site and a health care professional or
13facility at a distant site. "Interactive telecommunications
14system" does not include a facsimile machine, electronic mail
15messaging, or text messaging.
16    "Originating site" means the location at which the patient
17is located at the time telehealth services are provided to the
18patient via telehealth.
19    "Remote patient monitoring" means the use of connected
20digital technologies or mobile medical devices to collect
21medical and other health data from a patient at one location
22and electronically transmit that data to a health care
23professional or facility at a different location for
24collection and interpretation.
25    "Telehealth services" means the evaluation, diagnosis, or
26interpretation of electronically transmitted patient-specific



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1data between a remote location and a licensed health care
2professional that generates interaction or treatment
3recommendations. "Telehealth services" includes telemedicine
4and the delivery of health care services, including mental
5health treatment and substance use disorder treatment and
6services to a patient, regardless of patient location,
7provided by way of an interactive telecommunications system,
8asynchronous store and forward system, remote patient
9monitoring technologies, e-visits, or virtual check-ins.
10    "Virtual check-in" means a brief patient-initiated
11communication using a technology-based service, excluding
12facsimile, between an established patient and a health care
13professional. "Virtual check-in" does not include
14communications from a related office visit provided within the
15previous 7 days, nor communications that lead to an office
16visit or procedure within the next 24 hours or soonest
17available appointment.
18(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-84, eff. 7-19-19;
19102-104, eff. 7-22-21.)