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Illinois Telehealth Regulations and Laws

Telehealth Regulations in Illinois

Most states have regulatory provisions governing the provision of telemedicine. This article provides clarity on Illinois’ laws and regulations regarding key requirements for providing virtual healthcare services including: standard of care, online prescribing, establishing the practitioner-patient relationship, informed consent, patient identification requirements, and requirements for medical records. This article also provides information on cross-state licensing and payment parity laws in the state of Illinois.

If you are looking for more information related to Illinois’ laws and rules on telehealth, you can review items such as the state medical board’s regulations, applicable health insurance codes (for reimbursement, payer information, etc.), and Medicaid laws.

Standard of Care

A healthcare professional may engage in the practice of telehealth services in Illinois to the extent of his or her scope of practice as established in his or her respective licensing act consistent with the standards of care for in-person services.

Practitioner-Patient Relationship

Illinois does not have any laws or regulations specific to practitioner-patient relationships via telehealth.

Are There Online Prescription Restrictions?

Illinois does not have any laws or regulations specific to prescribing non controlled substances via telemedicine. However, there may be healthcare provider-specific limitations on prescribing controlled substances via telehealth.

Informed Patient Consent

Illinois does not specify any particular conditions or requirements for informed patient consent around telehealth visits.

Patient Identification

Illinois does not specify any particular requirements for how a clinician should verify patient identification before treating a patient via telehealth.

Medical Records

Illinois does not specify any particular conditions or requirements for medical records around telehealth visits.

Cross-State Medicine Licensing

The Illinois legislature has pending legislation (HB4269 and HB4531) which, if signed into law, would allow the state to be a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC allows nurses to practice in other NLC states without having to obtain additional licenses.

Payment Parity Laws

There is a payment parity law for telehealth administered in Illinois, which means that patients will pay the same rate they do for the use of telehealth services that they do for in-person care.

What Types of Providers Are Allowed to Offer Telehealth Services in Illinois?

The types of providers allowed to offer telehealth services in Illinois include the following:

  • Physicians

  • Physician assistants

  • Podiatrist

  • Mental health professionals

  • Clinical psychologists

  • Clinical social workers

  • Behavioral health professionals

  • Advanced practice registered nurses

  • Nurse practitioners

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