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225 ILCS 47/15

    (225 ILCS 47/15)
    Sec. 15. Definitions. In this Act:
    (a) "Board" means the Health Facilities and Services Review Board.
    (b) "Entity" means any individual, partnership, firm, corporation, or other business that provides health services but does not include an individual who is a health care worker who provides professional services to an individual.
    (c) "Group practice" means a group of 2 or more health care workers legally organized as a partnership, professional corporation, not-for-profit corporation, faculty practice plan or a similar association in which:
        (1) each health care worker who is a member or
employee or an independent contractor of the group provides substantially the full range of services that the health care worker routinely provides, including consultation, diagnosis, or treatment, through the use of office space, facilities, equipment, or personnel of the group;
        (2) the services of the health care workers are
provided through the group, and payments received for health services are treated as receipts of the group; and
        (3) the overhead expenses and the income from the
practice are distributed by methods previously determined by the group.
    (d) "Health care worker" means any individual licensed under the laws of this State to provide health services, including but not limited to: dentists licensed under the Illinois Dental Practice Act; dental hygienists licensed under the Illinois Dental Practice Act; nurses and advanced practice registered nurses licensed under the Nurse Practice Act; occupational therapists licensed under the Illinois Occupational Therapy Practice Act; optometrists licensed under the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987; pharmacists licensed under the Pharmacy Practice Act; physical therapists licensed under the Illinois Physical Therapy Act; physicians licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987; physician assistants licensed under the Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987; podiatric physicians licensed under the Podiatric Medical Practice Act of 1987; clinical psychologists licensed under the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act; clinical social workers licensed under the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act; speech-language pathologists and audiologists licensed under the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act; or hearing instrument dispensers licensed under the Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Act, or any of their successor Acts.
    (e) "Health services" means health care procedures and services provided by or through a health care worker.
    (f) "Immediate family member" means a health care worker's spouse, child, child's spouse, or a parent.
    (g) "Investment interest" means an equity or debt security issued by an entity, including, without limitation, shares of stock in a corporation, units or other interests in a partnership, bonds, debentures, notes, or other equity interests or debt instruments except that investment interest for purposes of Section 20 does not include interest in a hospital licensed under the laws of the State of Illinois.
    (h) "Investor" means an individual or entity directly or indirectly owning a legal or beneficial ownership or investment interest, (such as through an immediate family member, trust, or another entity related to the investor).
    (i) "Office practice" includes the facility or facilities at which a health care worker, on an ongoing basis, provides or supervises the provision of professional health services to individuals.
    (j) "Referral" means any referral of a patient for health services, including, without limitation:
        (1) The forwarding of a patient by one health care
worker to another health care worker or to an entity outside the health care worker's office practice or group practice that provides health services.
        (2) The request or establishment by a health care
worker of a plan of care outside the health care worker's office practice or group practice that includes the provision of any health services.
(Source: P.A. 100-513, eff. 1-1-18.)