Legal Issues

Policies can have legal implications for hospitals and health systems. IHA offers resources to assist general counsel, attorneys and other hospital staff on compliance with specific policies.

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Dec 05, 2019

PSQIA Case Law Alert: Rumsey v. Guthrie Medical Group

In Sept. 2019, the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued its opinion in the case of Rumsey v. Guthrie Medical Group. The case was heavily focused on the PSQIA.

Nov 06, 2019

IHA Summary: Stark and Anti-Kickback Proposed Regulations

On October 9, 2019, the US Dept. of Health and Human Services proposed significant amendments to the Stark, Anti-Kickback and Civil Monetary Penalty laws.

Mar 13, 2019

EMTALA Signage Requirements

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act requires hospitals to post a sign with the rights of individuals examined and treated for emergency medical conditions and for women in labor.

May 22, 2017

Cyber Security and Medical Devices

Hospitals depend on manufacturers to protect healthcare devices from software attacks. IHA offers ways to ensure manufacturers update software to correct security gaps in older operating systems.

Jan 21, 2020

Hospital Patient and Visitor Signs and Notices

Hospitals must meet state laws and regulations on posting signs and providing notices to patients and visitors. See summaries of these requirements.

Jan 21, 2020

Hospital Patient and Visitor Signs and Notices - Federal

Hospitals must meet federal laws and regulations on posting signs and providing notices to patients and visitors. See a summary of federal requirements.

Mar 15, 2019

Consent by Minors Infographic

IHA's infographic on Consent by Minors to Medical Treatment provides a visual reference on the Illinois law pertaining to minors' legal status and exceptions under the law.

Aug 24, 2018

Mental Health Forms

The Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code identifies the individuals who can sign forms for mental health services. Read more to learn about these requirements.

Jun 28, 2018

Supporting the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act

Illinois hospitals can now rely on a recent Illinois appellate court opinion that supports the PSQIA privilege. IHA filed an amicus brief differentiating the PSQIA and the Medical Studies Act.

Jul 08, 2015

Consent by Minors to Medical Treatment

Anyone who is younger than 18 can consent for medical treatment based on his or her legal status or the type of medical care he or she is seeking. See IHA's fact sheet on consent exceptions.

Jan 21, 2020

Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA)

IAHA serves the informational and educational needs of attorneys representing the healthcare industry, from hospitals and physicians to medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Jan 21, 2020

Illinois Supreme and Appellate Court Opinions

View Illinois Supreme Court opinions filed since May 23, 1996, and Appellate Court opinions filed since September 1, 1996.

Jan 21, 2020

Quality Improvement Privileges for Illinois Hospitals

In Illinois, two statutes protect hospitals’ quality improvement work: the Illinois Medical Studies Act and the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005.

Jan 21, 2020

City of Chicago Ordinance Requires Nonprofits to Register as Lobbyists

An ordinance passed by the Chicago City Council, effective Jan. 1, 2020, imposes new registration requirements on nonprofit lobbyists.

Jan 21, 2020

Political Campaign Activity by Tax-Exempt Hospital

These guidelines prepared by IHA's Legal Dept. and reviewed by Perkins Coie LLP provide a basic understanding of Internal Revenue Code rules for the political activities of tax-exempt organizations.

Jan 21, 2020

Record Management Reference

This electronic publication provides valuable information to assist your organization in developing a record retention management program.



Legal Resources

Hospital Patient and Visitor Signs and Notices
Hospitals must meet state and federal laws and regulations on posting signs and providing notices to patients and visitors. See the following summaries of these requirements.

IHA Record Management Reference 2013 Edition
This electronic publication provides valuable information to assist your organization in developing a record retention management program.

Political Campaign Activity by Tax-Exempt Hospital
These legal guidelines prepared by IHA's Legal Department and reviewed by the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP provide a basic understanding of Internal Revenue Code restrictions on the political activities of tax-exempt organizations.

Illinois Supreme and Appellate Court Opinions
This site contains Illinois Supreme Court opinions filed since May 23, 1996, and Appellate Court opinions filed since September 1, 1996.

Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA)
IAHA serves the informational and educational needs of attorneys representing the healthcare industry, from hospitals and physicians to medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Become a member.