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Don’t bank on pot revenues just yet, new study warns lawmakers

When Illinois lawmakers debated whether to legalize recreational weed, the potential funding from tax sales was presented as a new way to address the state’s buzzkill of a budget. Chicago Sun-Times

Don’t bank on pot revenues just yet, new study warns lawmakers

News Articles

  • Aug 20, 2019
  • News from the Web

CMS Plans 2021 'Update' For Hospital Quality Star Ratings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Monday it will update its controversial Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings in 2021. HealthLeaders Media

  • Aug 20, 2019
  • News from the Web

Are We Nearing The End Of Medicare’s Three-Day Rule That Makes Patients Pay For Skilled Nursing Care

President Trump’s Medicare chief, Seema Verma, may have signaled the beginning of the end of Medicare’s three-day rule for post-acute care or rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility. Forbes

  • Aug 20, 2019
  • News from the Web

Medicare Advantage is booming but not producing savings, report finds

Medicare Advantage is not producing any savings but spends between 2% and 5.5% more than traditional Medicare, a report in Health Affairs finds. Healthcare Dive

  • Aug 20, 2019
  • News from the Web

Why Medicare for All isn’t enough

A key issue on the stage throughout the first two rounds of Democratic debates has been health-care reform, with much focus on universal access. Washington Post

  • Aug 20, 2019
  • News from the Web

MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island to Close in September

MetroSouth Medical Center in south suburban Blue Island will close next month. ABC News

  • Aug 20, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Moore named CEO at Galesburg Cottage Hospital

Galesburg Cottage Hospital and Cottage Clinics announced Monday that Bob Moore has been named CEO. The Register-Mail

  • Aug 20, 2019
  • News from the Web

Strain on supply prompts call for blood donations in Eastern Iowa, nearby states

The typical shortage of blood donations around a holiday has been compounded after several hospitals in the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center region saw an increase in blood use.. The Gazette

  • Aug 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

Sexual assault victims in Illinois will be able to track evidence in their cases under new law

Sexual assault victims in Illinois will soon be able to track the progress of their rape kit evidence through the stages of processing, using a statewide online tracking system. Chicago Tribune

  • Aug 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

Congressman plans stops in the Illinois Valley next week

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger will make the rounds in North Central Illinois Monday and Tuesday, according to his press office. News Tribune

  • Aug 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

What’s Behind A Cluster Of Vaping-Related Hospitalizations?

When Dylan Nelson was admitted to the ICU in July with difficulty breathing, his mother, Kim Barnes. figured it was his asthma acting up. WAMU

  • Aug 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

Doctors say new rule will mean sicker immigrants

Diabetics skipping regular checkups. Young asthmatics not getting preventive care. A surge in expensive emergency room visits. Associated Press

  • Aug 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

CDC Looking Into Pulmonary Illness Linked to E-Cigarettes

The CDC is working with health departments in Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Indiana, and Minnesota to look into a “cluster of pulmonary illnesses” linked to e-cigarette product use. Bloomberg

  • Aug 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

This App Aims To Save New Moms' Lives

The U.S. has the worst rate of maternal deaths in the developed world. NPR

  • Aug 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

No Mercy: After The Hospital Closes, How Do People Get Emergency Care?

For more than 30 minutes on a frigid February morning, Robert Findley lay unconscious in the back of an ambulance as paramedics hand-pumped oxygen into his lungs. Kaiser Health News/NPR

  • Aug 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

Millions of Americans with employer health care are still spending a fortune

As Americans continue grappling with rising health care costs, research indicates that a sizable group of people with employer health care are still spending a ton on their medical bills. Yahoo

  • Aug 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

Signs of trouble - and progress - as Obamacare 2019 open enrollment nears

The latest health insurance data gives new ammunition to the Trump administration as it touts the latest bad news on Obamacare, but supporters of the law say there are positive signs. USA Today

  • Aug 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

Facing massive budget hole, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to give prime-time speech followed by tour

Mayor Lori Lightfoot will give a primetime speech later this month about the city’s massive budget deficit, which is expected to approach $1 billion, and follow up with town halls. Chicago Tribune

  • Aug 19, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 19

CMS Revamping Star Ratings Program

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Illinois sues over new rule that could deny green cards to those on public aid

For U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a new rule that could curb the ability of working-class immigrants to seek permanent residency in the United States struck a personal note. Chicago Tribune

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Millions going to statewide broadband expansion project

Governor JB Pritzker is announcing a historic investment of $420 million toward a broadband infrastructure across the state of Illinois. News Channel 20

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Trump health official: Controversial drug pricing move is 'top priority'

A top Trump administration health official indicated that the administration is pushing forward with a controversial proposal to lower drug prices, despite opposition from some Republicans. The Hill

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Senators call for closing “loopholes” that make health care fraud easy

Following an account of how scam artists can easily gain access to healthcare cash, six Democratic senators sent a letter to federal regulators urging them to “close loopholes” that allow fraud. Vox

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes

U.S. health officials are making a new attempt at adding graphic images to cigarette packets to discourage Americans from lighting up. Associated Press

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Most Kids On Medicaid Who Are Prescribed ADHD Drugs Don't Get Proper Follow-Up

Most children enrolled in Medicaid who get a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder don't get timely or appropriate treatment afterward. NPR

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Creative Recruiting Helps Rural Hospitals Overcome Doctor Shortages

In the central Idaho community of Arco, where Lost Rivers Medical Center is located, the elk and bear outnumber the human population of a thousand. NPR

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Man’s Missing Dentures Found In His Throat 8 Days After Surgery

The man went to the emergency room because he was having a hard time swallowing and was coughing up blood. Associated Press

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Trump health chief: Officials actively 'working on' ObamaCare replacement plan

A top Trump health administrator said officials are actively “working on” a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, which has remained a priority for President Trump. The Hill

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Despite Strong Economy, Uninsured Ranks Grew by 700,000 People

Even with a strong economy and robust job market, 700,000 people lost health insurance between 2016 and 2017, an Urban Institute study shows. HealthLeaders Media

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • News from the Web

Air testing for EtO in Waukegan, Gurnee shows highest results in residential area near Medline

The final results are in from ambient air monitoring conducted this summer around two Lake County facilities that use the cancer-causing chemical ethylene oxide. Lake County News-Sun

  • Aug 16, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 16

IHA Issues Fair Workweek Ordinance Memo

  • Aug 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Mental health medication more accessible under new law

Pharmacists will be able to administer long-term mental health treatment to patients thanks to a new law. Times Weekly

  • Aug 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Which hospital rating system is best?

Hospitals have long bemoaned quality and safety rating systems for confusing patients with conflicting results rather than empowering them to choose the right facility. Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Aug 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Old folks. Who cares?

For senior care advocates in Illinois, a state funding increase is a reason for optimism after a prolonged period of government disinvestment. Capital News Illinois

  • Aug 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Doctors Can Change Opioid Prescribing Habits, But Progress Comes In Small Doses

When they started practicing medicine, most surgeons say, there was little or no information about just how many pain pills patients needed after specific procedures. Kaiser Health News

  • Aug 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

FDA approves TB pill that cures more hard-to-treat patients

U.S. regulators Wednesday approved a new tuberculosis medicine that shortens and improves treatment for the hardest-to-treat cases, a worsening problem in many poor countries. Associated Press

  • Aug 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

The Ethical Mess of Our Health Care System

Recent Democratic primary debates made one thing clear: The party responsible for passing the ACA is now waging political warfare over whether to reform it or eliminate it. New York Times Opinion

  • Aug 15, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Organ donors now receiving honor walks at OSF HealthCare St. Francis

Organ donation was something Kewanee resident Mario Massens always wanted to do, but only fate could decide if he would get the chance. Pekin Times

  • Aug 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Willowbrook and neighbor towns explore possibility of joint acquisition of Sterigenics property

Willowbrook and three of its neighboring communities are considering jointly acquiring the Sterigenics property in Willowbrook. Chicago Tribune

  • Aug 15, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 15

Illinois Joins Lawsuit on Public Charge Rule

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

First human case of West Nile virus reported in Illinois for 2019

The first confirmed human case of the West Nile virus in Illinois for 2019 has been discovered.  KMOV TV

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Feds give more than $1.5 million to battle opioid epidemic in southern Illinois

Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced HHS awarded community health centers in southern Illinois $1,560,000 through the the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. WSIL TV

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Illinois became the first state to require insurance companies to cover EpiPen injectors for kids

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed a law that would require insurance companies to cover costs for kids needing EpiPen injections for cases of severe allergic reactions. Fox 8 TV

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Employee health benefits’ costs expected to rise 5% in 2020, new survey says

The total cost of worker health benefits is expected to increase 5% in 2020, topping $15,000 per employee, according to the National Business Group on Health annual survey. CNBC

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

California counties sue to block Trump's controversial "public charge" immigration rule

Two California counties sued the Trump administration over a newly unveiled regulation that would make it easier to deny green cards, temporary visas to legal immigrants on public benefits. CBS News

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

22 people have been hospitalized with vaping-linked breathing problems. Doctors don't know why.

Almost two dozen people in the Midwest have been hospitalized with severe breathing difficulties linked to vaping, and doctors aren't sure why. NBC News

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

With opioid abuse surging, expert panel recommends drug screening for all U.S. adults

It’s time for doctors to start asking every patient, every time: Have you engaged in any illicit drug use? Los Angeles Times

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Trump Administration Hits Brakes On Law To Curb Unneeded Medicare CT Scans, MRIs

Five years after Congress passed a law to reduce unnecessary MRIs, CT scans and other expensive diagnostic imaging tests, federal officials have yet to implement it. Kaiser Health News

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

How to talk to a doctor online for free (and for a fee)

It's Saturday night and you're coming down with something: itchy throat, watery eyes, pounding head, aching stomach. CNET

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Here’s how ‘Medicare for All’ would affect every part of the $3.5 trillion US healthcare system

Medicare for All" sound like a simple idea: Everyone in the US would receive comprehensive healthcare coverage from the government. Business Insider

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

How local community hospitals survive

I have never written an opinion piece before, but the politics and pain of what has been going on with Westlake Hospital is too much. Oak Park.com Opinion

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Westlake Hospital’s bankruptcy filing raises questions about new health care bill

Within weeks of buying Westlake Hospital, its new owner announced plans to shutter the building, which has operated in west suburban Melrose Park for almost a century. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

UnityPoint Health names new CEO

UnityPoint Health-Trinity has found a new CEO. Dispatch-Argus

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Morris Hospital re-designated as Level II Trauma Center

This means Morris Hospital has the necessary resources, including personnel and equipment, to diagnose and treat severely injured patients at all hours around the clock. The Herald-News

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Promise Healthcare, Gibson Area Hospital get federal grants for behavioral health

Two area health providers are receiving federal funding to help them expand their behavioral-health services. Press Gazette

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Memorial Hospital announces altered partnership with UnityPoint Health

UnityPoint Health and Memorial Hospital announced Monday that they have changed their partnership. Herald-Whig

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Lightfoot says crime trending positively—but she's 'not satisfied'

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson held their regular accountability press conference yesterday, addressing weekend shootings. Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Aug 14, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 14

HHS Awards Grants to Fight Opioid Epidemic

  • Aug 13, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 13

Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Legislation

  • Aug 12, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 12

Illinois ACA Enrollment Holds Steady

  • Aug 12, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Cook County plans new Provident Hospital — building on history of ‘iconic South Side institution’

The proposed new hospital will include 42 medical and surgical beds, six intensive care unit beds, eight operating rooms and two procedure rooms, and 70 outpatient exam rooms. Chicago Sun-Times
 

  • Aug 12, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

In Maywood, Sen. Durbin, Loyola Unite Against Gun Violence As Community Searches For Answers

Two weeks after a double homicide rocked Maywood and two mass shootings rocked the nation, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited Maywood to discuss his Chicago HEAL initiative. Village Free Press

  • Aug 09, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Keeping meds out of landfills and water supplies

A local drug disposal program has kept six tons of medications out of local landfills and water supplies since 2009. News Tribune

  • Aug 09, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 9

Medicare to Cover CAR T-Cell Cancer Therapy

  • Aug 08, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Little Company of Mary Hospital launches $25 million expansion

Little Company of Mary Hospital has begun a $25 million renovation project that includes nearly doubling the size of its emergency department. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Aug 08, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 8

CMS Announces New Medicaid DUR Program Standards

  • Aug 07, 2019
  • News from the Web

Doctors Argue Plans To Remedy Surprise Medical Bills Will ‘Shred’ The Safety Net

Chances are, you or someone you know has gotten a surprise medical bill. Kaiser Health News

  • Aug 07, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 7

Tell Congress to Reject Setting Rates for Hospitals

  • Aug 06, 2019
  • News from the Web

Medicaid managed care reforms signed into law

Gov. Pritzker said people applying for Medicaid benefits in Illinois will see those applications processed more quickly and healthcare providers will be paid more promptly. Capitol News Illinois

  • Aug 06, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 6

CMS Issues Inpatient and LTCH PPS Final Rule

  • Jul 22, 2019
  • News from the Web

Nearly 2 Billion Opioid Pills Flowed Into Illinois, Data Shows

Close to 2 billion prescription painkillers were distributed to Illinois between 2006 and 2012, according to new data released by The Washington Post. CBS Chicago TV

  • Jun 28, 2019
  • News from the Web

Sterigenics moves to upgrade shuttered device sterilization plant

Sterigenics said that it has applied for permits to upgrade emissions controls at its Willowbrook, Ill. medical device sterilization plant. Medical Design & Outsourcing

  • Jun 27, 2019
  • News from the Web

US vaccine panel downgrades pneumonia shot recommendation

A scientific panel has downgraded its recommendation that all retirement-age Americans get a vaccination against bacteria that can cause pneumonia, meningitis and other illnesses. Associated Press

  • Jun 20, 2019
  • News from the Web

Pharmacies back bill instituting state oversight of pharmacy benefit managers

A bill that passed would give the state more oversight over companies criticized for slashing payments to independent pharmacies that serve low-income patients. Gatehouse Media Illinois

  • Jun 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Illinois nursing homes rank third worst in the country, nonprofit group says

Illinois is the third worst state in the country for nursing home quality, according to a new report from an advocacy group. Chicago Tribune

  • Jun 11, 2019
  • News from the Web

The Elderly Are Getting Complex Surgeries. Often It Doesn’t End Well.

People over 65 represent roughly 16 percent of the American population, but account for 40 percent of patients undergoing surgery in hospitals. New York Times

  • Jun 04, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: June 4

U.S. Committee Considers Healthcare Extenders

  • 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.