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Wanted: Better hospitals

Of all the groups coming to the Capitol to ask for money or tell reporters they are asking for money the safety-net hospitals & community health clinics of Illinois are among the most recent.WTAXRadio

Wanted: Better hospitals

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  • May 17, 2019
  • News from the Web

Health Care Hits Capitol for Capital Spending

Health care leaders called on legislators in Springfield to pass a capital program that includes money to transform the state health care delivery system. Crain's

  • May 17, 2019
  • News from the Web

Illinois health service providers advocate for rate increases

Health service providers of all kinds need rate increases after weathering funding challenges from the last few years. State Journal-Reg

 

  • May 17, 2019
  • News from the Web

Trump administration backs off Medicare drug pricing rule

The Trump administration on Thursday backed off a Medicare drug pricing proposal that would have allowed insurers to exclude certain drugs if prices rise faster than inflation. The Hill

  • May 17, 2019
  • News from the Web

Heroin ODs Have Started Declining in Some States

After years of steady increases, the number of Americans showing up in emergency departments with heroin overdoses is on a downswing, at least in some states. HealthDay

  • May 17, 2019
  • News from the Web

Mental health care accounts for a growing number of private insurance claims, report finds

Mental health care is accounting for a growing number of private insurance claims, according to a new report out Friday. Stat

  • May 17, 2019
  • News from the Web

Hospital staff find themselves on the front lines of war on human trafficking

Dawn Culp has been an ER nurse at Bayhealth for more than 25 years but says she never had enough resources to focus on human trafficking until now. Fox News

  • May 17, 2019
  • News from the Web

House passes legislation to strengthen the ACA, boost generic drugs

House Dems pushed through legislation Thurs to lower prescription drug prices, strengthen the ACA and  position themselves for health-care consumers as 2020 election approaches. NPR

  • May 17, 2019
  • News from the Web

Will Washington State's New 'Public Option' Plan Reduce Heath Care Costs?

Millions of Americans who buy individual health insurance, and don't qualify for a federal subsidy, have been hit with sticker shock in recent years. NPR

  • May 17, 2019
  • News from the Web

After acquiring Presence Health, AMITA walks away from $5.5M city subsidy

Last year, a divided City Council signed off on a $5.5 million subsidy to Illinois’ largest Catholic health system, in spite of Presence Health’s anti-abortion policy. Chicago-Sun-Times

  • May 17, 2019
  • News from the Web

OSF St. Luke ranks high on CAH list

Becker’s Hospital Review, a national healthcare publication, named OSF HealthCare Saint Luke Medical Center among its list of 67 Critical Access Hospitals to Know in 2019. Star Courier

  • May 17, 2019
  • News from the Web

Chicago aldermen urge Mayor Lightfoot to support new agenda

Thursday,aldermen and aldermen-elect released a “100 Day Plan to Reimagine Chicago” for the first 100 days. Suburban Chicagoland

  • May 17, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 17

U.S. House Passes Healthcare Legislation

  • May 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Which Illinois hospitals are the best? The worst? Depends on whom you ask.

Hospital grades, rankings and ratings are supposed to make it easier to choose where to get care. Chicago Tribune

  • May 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Cutbacks At Loretto Hospital As Insurers Delay, Reject Payments

CEO George Miller Jr. recently gathered a small group of employees in the Loretto Hospital intensive care unit he plans to close. WBEZ Radio

  • May 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Changes are likely coming to the Illinois pot legalization bill. Here's what happened today.

Some provisions that advocates for recreational marijuana legalization have said are the most important facets of their bill faced the stiffest questions at a legislative hearing. Herald&Review

  • May 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Here's how to prevent dementia, according to new world health guidelines

Eat well, exercise often and don't take some of those vitamins, the World Health Organization said in newly released guidelines on how to reduce risk of dementia. USA Today

  • May 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Alabama governor signs bill banning nearly all abortions

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, setting up a court fight that Republicans hope will end with the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. Politico

  • May 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Trump’s Talk On Preexisting Conditions Doesn’t Match His Administration’s Actions

Delivering remarks on surprise medical billing, which is a concern that has drawn bipartisan interest, President Donald Trump waded into another high-profile health issue. Kaiser Health News

  • May 16, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

SIUE Alumnus Edgar J. Curtis Honored with Prestigious Order of Lincoln Award

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing alumnus Edgar J. Curtis, FACHE, has been named among six recipients of the Order of Lincoln award from the Governor. River Bender

  • May 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Study finds errors in PPE doffing

As part of a study on doffing strategies, researchers at Rush University Medical Center monitored 125 health care workers as they removed personal protective equipment (PPE). Health Facilities

  • May 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

To battle drug shortages and high prices, Advocate to start buying medications from new, not-for-pro

As part of an effort to battle generic drug shortages and high prices, Advocate Aurora Health plans to soon start buying medications from a new type of drug company. Chicago Tribune

  • May 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Lightfoot Signals Choices for Top City Council Committee Chairs: Source

With six days until Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot is sworn in, on Tuesday she briefed aldermen on her plans to limit their power, though not everyone is on board. NBC Chicago

  • May 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Lightfoot outlines ambitious agenda for her first 100 days at City Hall

The Chicago Bears take the field with a scripted series of plays for the opening drive. Chicago Sun-Times
 

  • May 16, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 16

Community Mental Health Training Webinars Cancelled

  • May 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

New plan aims to end HIV in Illinois by the year 2030

A new plan has been introduced that aims to end HIV in Illinois by the year 2030. Associated Press

  • May 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

A new effort boosts a diminished Illinois statehouse press

Just four months after the launch of an Illinois Press Foundation project aimed at providing nonpartisan statehouse news, nearly 300 papers have reprinted its content. Columbia Journalism Review

  • May 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Low-rated US hospitals are deadlier due to mistakes, botched surgery, infections

Patients' risk of dying from medical mistakes, deadly infections and safety lapses have gotten much worse at the lowest ranked U.S. hospitals. USA Today

  • May 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

After Trump's blessing, House rolls out plan to end surprise medical bills

Bipartisan legislation unveiled Tuesday would limit hospitals and doctors to charging health insurers local market prices for care that is outside a patient's network. Washington Examiner

  • May 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

New liver transplant rules begin amid fight over fairness

Wilnelia Cruz-Ulloa spent the last months of her life in a New York City hospital, waiting for a donated liver that never came. Associated Press

  • May 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Put the prescription drug cartel to an end

No matter how much evidence piles up that pharmaceutical companies are gouging consumers and manipulating prices, many defend the industry’s multi-billion-dollar profits. Chicago Sun-Times Opinion

  • May 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Kamala Harris escalates gun control agenda

Kamala Harris' unilateral crackdown on guns is expanding. Politico

  • May 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

ACA Brief: Trump Administration Shows Change in Thinking

The legal brief by the Dept. of Justice agreeing with a group of Republican attorneys general that the ACA should be overturned shows the Trump Administration's position has changed. Medpage Today

  • May 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Five Chicago hospitals earn D grades for patient safety in new report, Northwestern slips to a B

Five Chicago hospitals earned D grades for patient safety, though Illinois ranks 14th in the nation when it comes to hospitals protecting patients, according to a new report. Chicago Tribune

  • May 15, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

New lab at Northwest Community will offer cutting-edge cardiac care

Martha Atherton of Palatine fit right in last week at Northwest Community Hospital, wearing her monogrammed lab coat and mingling with all of the physicians and foundation members. Daily Herald

  • May 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

State comptroller visits Loretto

Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza was at Loretto Hospital on May 10 to talk about challenges that safety-net hospitals are confronting because of slow Medicaid payments. Austin Weekly News

  • May 15, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 15

Leapfrog Issues Spring Hospital Safety Grades – IL 14th

  • May 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Nurse staffing ratios not good for patients or health care

Your local hospitals provide life-saving care to everyone coming through their doors. Rockford Register Star Letter from IHA President and CEO A.J. Wilhelmi

  • May 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Marijuana’s impact on health and safety in Colorado remains unclear

Cade Barry says that his use of marijuana increased, and his addiction got worse, after sales of recreational cannabis began in early 2014 in Colorado. Gatehouse Media/State Journal-Register

  • May 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Medical center's traumas illustrate struggle of all Medicaid-dependent hospitals

At Community First Medical Center on the Northwest Side the other day, an intercom repeated, "Code diversion, cath lab." Modern Healthcare/Crain’s Chicago Business

  • May 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Lawmakers Renew Effort To Eliminate Prisoner Medical Co-Pays

They’re currently charged $5 to see a doctor or dentist. NPR Illinois

  • May 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Largest U.S. Measles Outbreak in 25 Years Surpasses 800 Cases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday reported a new total of 839 individual cases of measles across 23 states so far this year. New York Times

  • May 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Bills seek special consent for pelvic exams under anesthesia

Savanah Harshbarger estimates she performed as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients before gynecologic surgeries, feeling for fibroid tumors or other abnormalities. Associated Press

  • May 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Hospitals: RAND price study doesn’t add up

A study published last week shedding light on the wide variation in prices paid by employer-sponsored health plans to U.S. hospitals sparked debate. Modern Healthcare

  • May 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Dems tee up new document fight with DOJ over Obamacare

House Democrats are mounting yet another confrontation with the Justice Department that could lead to subpoenas, but this time it's not about special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Politico

  • May 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

The House’s big bill to lower drug prices and shore up Obamacare, explained

The biggest health care bill of the year is coming to the House floor this week. Vox

  • May 14, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Edward-Elmhurst named a top health system

Edward-Elmhurst Health has been named one of the nation's 15 Top Health Systems by IBM Watson Health. Daily Herald

  • May 14, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Beyond survival: Hospitals closing gap in getting opioid patients addiction treatment

The opioid epidemic has produced a shift in both attitudes and medical practice. Rockford Register Star

  • May 14, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 14

Reps Asks House Leaders for Medicaid DSH Cut Delay

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

State Medicaid Backlog Creates Delays, Frustration Locally

Tens of thousands of Illinois residents have been waiting beyond the 45-day limit for their Medicaid applications to be processed, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Illinois Public Media

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Illinois revenue bump spurs debate over Pritzker tax hikes

The terms “Illinois budget” and “extra revenue” are rarely heard in the same sentence. But now that they are, “spending agreement” is the elusive terminology. Associated Press

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

States inch forward on nurse staffing laws

Illinois this week is the latest state to take a run at legislation setting a limit on how many patients a nurse can care for at once, part of union efforts. Healthcare Dive

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Legislation adjusting nursing ratios would drive up costs, not improve care, hospitals say

The Illinois General Assembly is considering a bill that will call for mandatory maximum nurse to patient ratios for different parts of hospitals. Belleville News-Democrat/Herald & Review (Decatur)

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Editorial: Spread the word: Illinois has a strong law to protect newborns of panicked parents

Illinois has a strong law, the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act, that allows families to relinquish a baby to a police station, firehouse or hospital without questions. Chicago Tribune

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

House Republicans troubled by Pritzker’s revocation of his own board appointments

House Republicans on Thursday accused Gov. J.B. Pritzker of revoking his own state board appointments as political retribution for votes he did not agree with. The Southern

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Bernard Schoenburg: 2020 health care battle underway in 13th

Health care was a big issue in races for Congress in 2018 — including the contest in the 13th Congressional District — and voters are in for another round. State Journal Register

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Health industry to clash over surprise medical bills

Three powerful players in the health care industry are gearing up for battle over surprise medical bills. The Hill

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Hospital Prices Boost Bernie Sanders And Michael Bennet Medicare Plans

Employers paying double and even triple what Medicare pays for hospital care could give a boost to Medicare for All and a public option proposal by presidential candidate Michael Bennet. Forbes

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Why Racial Gaps In Maternal Mortality Persist

Medicine continues to advance on many fronts, yet basic health care fails hundreds of women a year who die during or after pregnancy, especially women of color. NPR

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Transplants A Cheaper, Better Option For Undocumented Immigrants With Kidney Failure

Uninsured, undocumented immigrants often go to the emergency room for treatment. WAMU

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

The health of Southern Illinois: SIH releases 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment

Earlier this month, Southern Illinois Healthcare released its 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment. The Southern

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Letter: Happy Hospital Week to our team of caregivers

In honor of National Hospital Week, I would like to thank our colleagues, medical staff, board, committee members, volunteers and friends of HSHS St. John’s Hospital. State Journal-Register

  • May 13, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

HSHS St. John's Hospital hosts nursing exemplar award ceremony

In honor of National Nurses Week, HSHS St. John's Hospital hosted a nursing exemplar award ceremony for the HSHS Central Illinois division. WICS/WRSP

  • May 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

IHA Daily Briefing: May 13

RAND Study Focuses on Hospital Prices

  • May 10, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 10

HFS Meetings Renew Integrated Health Home Planning

  • May 09, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 9

Senate Holds Hearing on MACRA Implementation

  • May 08, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 8

HHS: Drug Prices Required on TV Ads

  • May 07, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Lurie Children's Receives $15M Grant From Pritzker Foundation To Fund Pediatric Mental Health Servic

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is expanding its mental health services. WBBM Radio

  • May 07, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 7

IHA Backs Cigarette Tax Increase for Health

  • May 06, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 6

Recreational Cannabis Bill Framework Announced

  • May 03, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 3

HHS Announces Final Conscience Rule

  • May 01, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital Leaders Urge Legislative Action on Needed Medicaid Managed Care Reforms

Hospital and health system leaders from across Illinois are urging the General Assembly to pass legislation on needed reforms to the state’s Medicaid managed care program before it adjourns May 31.

  • Apr 04, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital Leaders to Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives at the State Capitol

4th Annual IHA Quality Advocacy Showcase on April 3 highlights statewide efforts to advance patient care, improve communities and reduce costs.

  • Feb 28, 2019
  • Press Release

March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month

This week, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) kicks off Illinois Poison Prevention Month, which serves as a timely reminder of the substantial harm poisoning can cause to people of all ages.

  • Feb 21, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Award Presented

Patients in Illinois are benefiting from reduced sepsis infection rates and enhancements in antimicrobial stewardship due to the efforts of two exceptional IHA members.

  • Feb 15, 2019
  • Press Release

Comprehensive Medicaid Managed Care Reform Legislation Will Strengthen Illinois Medicaid Program

A comprehensive legislative package of Medicaid managed care reform bills strongly backed by the IHA and the hospital community has been introduced in the General Assembly.

  • Feb 15, 2019
  • Press Release

Karen Harris Named IHA Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Karen Harris will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective March 1.

  • Jan 28, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA's Longest Serving Employee Retires

On Jan. 31, IHA will lose its longest serving employee.

  • Jan 02, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Elects New Board

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association is pleased to announce its newly elected 2019 Board of Trustees.

  • Dec 17, 2018
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Texas District Court Ruling on the ACA

Illinois hospitals and health systems are extremely deeply disappointed by the district court's decision. This ruling threatens access to healthcare coverage for one million Illinoisans.

  • Nov 19, 2018
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Warns About "Silent Killer" in Homes

The Illinois Poison Center notes an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter.

  • Oct 17, 2018
  • Press Release

Sarah Macchiarola Named IHA Vice President, Federal Government Relations

Sarah Macchiarola will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association as its Vice President, Federal Government Relations, effective Nov. 29.

  • Sep 20, 2018
  • Press Release

Statement from A.J. Wilhelmi Re: Illinois Supreme Court Ruling in Oswald v. Beard

We are pleased that the Illinois Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the state’s hospital property tax exemption law.

  • Jun 06, 2018
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award

The Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Patient Safety Organization (PSO) awarded Valerie Skroch of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers with the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award.

  • Mar 27, 2018
  • Press Release

$95.3 Billion: The State Economic Impact of Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems

Illinois’ more than 200 hospitals and nearly 50 health systems generate a total impact of $95.3 billion annually on the state’s economy, according to an IHA report.