(215 ILCS 170/52)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2016)
Sec. 52. Adequate access to specialty care.
(a) The Department shall ensure adequate access to specialty physician care for Program participants by allowing referrals to be accomplished without undue delay.
(b) The Department shall allow a primary care provider to make appropriate referrals to specialist physicians or other healthcare providers for an enrollee who has a condition that requires care from a specialist physician or other healthcare provider. The Department may specify the necessary criteria and conditions that must be met in order for an enrollee to obtain a standing referral. A referral shall be effective for the period necessary to provide the referred services or one year, whichever is less. A primary care provider may renew and re-renew a referral.
(c) The enrollee's primary care provider shall remain responsible for coordinating the care of an enrollee who has received a standing referral to a specialist physician or other healthcare provider. If a secondary referral is necessary, the specialist physician or other healthcare provider shall advise the primary care physician. The primary care physician or specialist physician shall be responsible for making the secondary referral. In addition, the Department shall require the specialist physician or other healthcare provider to provide regular updates to the enrollee's primary care provider.
(Source: P.A. 95-650, eff. 6-1-08.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015