Health Care Issues

Legal Issues

  • IHA Issue Brief: Cyber Security and Medical Devices (5/22/17)
  • Consent by Minors for Medical Treatment (updated July 8, 2015)
  • Organ Donation: Legal Considerations for Hospitals (Webinar held June 25, 2014)
    - Presentation Slides
    - Webinar Audio
    Hospital Responsibilities and Best Practices (Webinar held July 23, 2014)
    - Presentation Slides
    - Webinar Audio

  • Political Campaign Activity by Tax-Exempt Hospitals: Legal Guidelines (updated Feb. 2014)
    Prepared by the IHA Legal Department and reviewed by the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP, this document is intended to provide a basic understanding of Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") restrictions on the political activities of tax-exempt organizations. While the restrictions are substantial, there are meaningful opportunities for hospitals and their supporters to participate in the electoral process.
  • EMTALA Signage Requirements
    Summary of requirement under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) for hospitals to post signs in the emergency department as well as certain off-campus and outpatient departments, including the language for English and Spanish signs.
  • Hospital Patient and Visitor Signs and Notices
    Many state and federal laws and regulations require hospitals to post signs and provide notices to patients and visitors. See the following summaries for a description of these requirements.
    - Federal Requirements
    - Illinois Sign Requirements
    - Illinois Notice Requirements
  • Record Management Reference
    The Record Management Reference (formerly Record Retention Reference) 2013 Edition is a valuable resource for state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the retention and management of records commonly generated by health care organizations, including those related to accounting, administration, clinical, human resources, laboratory, nursing, and more. The Record Management Reference 2013 Edition is published electronically and includes an interactive worksheet as well as links to every state or federal law and regulation cited. For more information and to order, click here. If you have any questions, contact Joanne Sommers.

Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA)
Founded in 1976, IAHA serves the informational and educational needs of attorneys representing the health care industry, from hospitals and physicians to medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Its membership is open to attorneys, law students and others interested in legal issues surrounding the delivery of health care.

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. Opinions filed prior to those dates are not available.

IHA Contacts

Mark Deaton

Marilyn Hanzal

Jody Wittenberg