(410 ILCS 417/15)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 15. Cervical cancer screening services; written report.
    (a) A hospital, outpatient department, clinic, mobile unit, or other entity that provides a cervical cancer screening service shall prepare a written report of the results of any cervical cancer screening service provided to a patient. The written report shall be provided to the patient's referring health care professional. If a patient's referring health care professional is not available or if there is no such referring health care professional, only the summary of the written report under subsection (b) is required.
    (b) A summary of the written report of the results of any cervical cancer screening service shall be sent directly to the patient in terms easily understood by a lay person. The summary of the written report may be provided electronically if the patient has consented to receive electronic communications. The summary of the written report shall advise the patient to consult with the patient's health care professional to discuss the results of the cervical cancer screening.
    (c) The Department, in collaboration with experts in cervical cancer and cervical cancer screening, shall develop suggested cervical cancer screening reporting language, in terms easily understood by a lay person, to be sent to patients with the summary of the written report required under subsection (b).
    (d) This Section does not create a duty of care or other legal obligation beyond the duty to provide a written report as set forth in this Section.
    (e) This Section is operative beginning 6 months after the Department makes the suggested cervical cancer screening reporting language required under subsection (c) publicly available, including by posting the suggested cervical cancer screening reporting language on the Department's website.
(Source: P.A. 102-1018, eff. 1-1-23.)