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Illinois House panel advances bill to expand Medicaid coverage for early autism diagnosis, treatment

It’s been a decade since Illinois became one of the first states to pass legislation mandating private insurers cover the cost of autism diagnosis and treatment in children. The Southern

Illinois House panel advances bill to expand Medicaid coverage for early autism diagnosis, treatment

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  • Mar 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

The Sunday Spin

Rick Pearson is joined by Tim Egan, President/CEO of Roseland Community Hospital, to discuss safety-net hospital funding. WGN Radio

  • Mar 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

Illinois' Poorest Live on Unstable Ground

Housing is a foundation for living, and a new report suggests it's an unstable foundation for hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans. Public News Service

  • Mar 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

MedPAC wants to boost Medicare acute-care hospital payments 2.8%

Medicare payment advisors are expected to call on Congress to boost payments to hospitals by 2.8%, with some of the raise going to fund a revamped quality program. Modern Healthcare

  • Mar 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

MACPAC to Congress: Roll out DSH cuts first in states with unspent funds

MACPAC is calling for legislators to consider tweaking federal law to roll out payment cuts to safety-net hospitals first in states that already have unspent money. Fierce Healthcare

  • Mar 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

Newer Heart Valves May Let More People Avoid Surgery

Surgery for certain bad heart valves may soon become a thing of the past. Associated Press

  • Mar 18, 2019
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Many Guidelines For Heart Care Rely On Weak Evidence

Doctors turn to professional guidelines to help them identify the latest thinking on appropriate medical treatments, but most of those guidelines aren't based on the highest level of evidence. NPR

  • Mar 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

HHS surges ahead on Medicaid work requirements

Legal challenges aren't slowing down the Trump administration's push to reframe Medicaid as something closer to a welfare program. Axios

  • Mar 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

Death By A Thousand Clicks

The U.S. government claimed that turning American medical charts into electronic records would make health care better, safer, and cheaper. Kaiser Health News

  • Mar 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

Democrats Pledged to Lower Health Costs. They Just Haven’t Figured Out How.

No issue animated the Democrats’ 2018 congressional campaigns like health care and the promises to expand access to insurance and to lower costs. New York Times

  • Mar 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

Medical Students Open Up Next Career Move On Match Day

Hundreds of medical school students across the Chicago area learned about the next step in their careers today. WBBM Radio

  • Mar 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

UIC Creates Scholarship Fund for Slain ER Doctor

The University of Illinois at Chicago has created a scholarship in memory of an emergency room doctor who was killed in a shooting at a Chicago hospital last year. Associated Press

  • Mar 18, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 18

Medicaid Policy Focus of HC3 Event

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Hospitals: Managed-care policies reducing Medicaid payments, affecting care

Springfield hospitals say they are being denied full payment from Medicaid to save patients going through drug overdoses and life-threatening infections. State Journal-Register

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Bill advances to expand Medicaid coverage for early autism diagnosis

It’s been a decade since Illinois became one of the first states to pass legislation mandating private insurers cover the cost of autism diagnosis and treatment in children. Capitol News Illinois

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Legislation raising age of tobacco sales goes to Illinois governor

A prohibition on tobacco sales to those under 21 is now under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s consideration. Associated Press

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Fentanyl Can Lead To Overdoses In Hospitals, Too

Experts often blame the painkiller fentanyl for skyrocketing overdose deaths among illegal drug users. Now a series of deaths at an Ohio hospital is raising questions. Illinois News Room

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Trump health chief reveals talks with states on Medicaid block grants

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar revealed Thursday that his department is in talks with states about instituting block grants in Medicaid without congressional approval. The Hill

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Can You Be Forced to Work in Order to Get Medicaid? A Federal Judge Will Soon Decide

A federal judge heard legal challenges Thursday to a Trump Administration policy that allows states to implement work requirements in order for residents to qualify for Medicaid. Time

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Rural hospitals struggling to keep their doors open

Rural hospitals across the nation are struggling to keep their doors open. WTRF TV

  • Mar 15, 2019
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Study: One in three preteens screens positive in emergency rooms for suicide risk

One in three preteens screened positive for suicide risk during hospital emergency room visits, according to a small but alarming recent study by the National Institutes of Health. USA Today

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Broker Websites Expand Health Plan Shopping Options While Glossing Over Details

Some websites consumers use to buy their own health insurance don’t provide full information on plan choices or Medicaid and appear to encourage less comprehensive coverage. Kaiser Health News

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

West Side Health Collaborative Hosts Community Forum to Share Their 2019 Vision

West Side United, a community healthcare collaborative, recently hosted the Many Voices, One West Side event at Malcolm X College. The Chicago Citizen

  • Mar 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

IHA Daily Briefing: March 15

Nurse Staffing Ratios Hearing March 20

  • Mar 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Illinois legislators aim to address rising maternal mortality rate

Deaths among pregnant women have been on the rise in the U.S. for more than a decade, and a group of state lawmakers has introduced legislation aimed at reversing this trend. Capitol News Illinois

  • Mar 14, 2019
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Illinois lawmakers introduce ‘March to Mental Health’

A “March to Mental Health” – a package of bills announced by senators at the Capitol – aims to promote treatment and remove the stigma. WJBC

  • Mar 14, 2019
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FDA outlines e-cigarette rules, tightens restrictions on fruity flavors to try to curb teen vaping

Outgoing Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb released the agency's much-anticipated policy restricting e-cigarette sales on Wednesday. CNBC

  • Mar 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Understanding Loneliness In Older Adults — And Tailoring A Solution

For years, Dr. Linda Fried offered older patients who complained of being lonely what seemed to be sensible guidance. Kaiser Health News

  • Mar 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

How Employers Are Fixing Health Care

56-year-old man who works at Walmart we’ll call him Bill had been suffering from mild neck pain for years. Harvard Business Review

  • Mar 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

House Democrats Investigate Trump-Backed Short-Term Health Plans

House Democrats sent letters to 12 insurance companies seeking information about health cover-age they sell that critics refer to as “junk plans.” Bloomberg

  • Mar 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Democrats Support Expanding Medicare, With Some Caveats That Could Matter to Voters

After launching his 2020 presidential bid last week, John Hickenlooper took a different stance on establishing a "Medicare-for-all" government insurance program than many of his competitors. Reuters

  • Mar 14, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Longtime Rush CEO to retire

Dr. Larry Goodman, who has led the Rush system and its flagship hospital since 2002, is retiring later this year. Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Mar 14, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 14

CMS Updates Drug Dashboards with Pricing & Spending

  • Mar 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Tobacco 21 Bill Passes Illinois House

A bill raises the age at which people can buy tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and alternative nicotine products to 21, easily passed the House Tuesday. State Journal-Register

  • Mar 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Parent Company Tripled its Profit to $4.1 Billion Last Year

The parent company of Illinois’ largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, made a profit of $4.1 billion last year more than three times as much as it did the year before. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Illinois Health Officials Warn About Unauthorized Stem Cell Treatments

Illinois public health officials are warning that people can, and have, gotten sick from using non approved stem cell therapies. Illinois News Network

  • Mar 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Meet Freshman Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood of Illinois

Steve Inskeep talks to Dem. Rep. Lauren Underwood, who was elected from a formerly red district, about how she frames policy, and her place as the youngest black woman ever elected to Congress.

  • Mar 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Hospitals Could Sustain 10% Cut Under Medicare Public Option Proposals: Report

If the U.S. were to pursue a Medicare public option proposal, it could "decimate" insurance coverage as it looks today and result in a nearly 10% cut to U.S. hospitals. Fierce Healthcare

  • Mar 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

Trump's Cuts to Medicare Hospital Payments Trigger an Outcry

Democrats are accusing President Trump of going back on his campaign promise to protect Medicare after he introduced a 2020 budget that calls for steep cuts in Medicare payments to hospitals.

  • Mar 13, 2019
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Congress Warns Against Medicaid Cuts: 'You Just Wait for the Firestorm'

If President Trump allows states to convert Medicaid into a block grant with a limit on health care spending for low-income people, he will face a firestorm of opposition in Congress. New York Times

  • Mar 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

New Health Plans Expose the Insured to More Risk

One health plan from a well-known insurer promises lower premiums but warns that consumers may need to file their own claims and negotiate over charges from hospitals and doctors. Kaiser Health News

  • Mar 13, 2019
  • News from the Web

UnitedHealth Expands Discount Program to New Employer-Sponsored Plans

UnitedHealth Group Inc said on Tuesday that starting next year it will expand its drug discount program to all new employer-sponsored health plans and pass on rebates to consumers. Reuters

  • Mar 13, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

One Step at a Time: Central Illinois Nursing Homes, Hospitals Work to Reduce Falls

Reducing the risk of falls is nothing new for hospitals and nursing homes. Pantagraph

  • Mar 13, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Illini Community Hospital CEO Hull on a Mission to Provide Pike County with Highest Quality of Care

Through her role as Illini Community Hospital CEO, Kathy Hull helps make Pike County a healthier place. West Central Reporter

  • Mar 13, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 13

It's Patient Safety Awareness Week

  • Mar 12, 2019
  • News from the Web

Illinois Hospitals Say They're Not Getting Paid, Question State's Outsourcing of Medicaid

Last year, Illinois’ governor at the time, Bruce Rauner, revamped and expanded a program for paying for care for millions of Illinois residents, many of them poor. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 12, 2019
  • News from the Web

Gov. Pritzker Says His Income Tax Plan Would Generate $3.4 Billion in Revenue

Democrat J.B. Pritzker won a decisive victory in last year’s race for governor after campaigning in favor of higher taxes on the wealthy without revealing any details. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 12, 2019
  • News from the Web

U.S. Hospitals and Insurers Might be Forced to Reveal the True Prices they Negotiate

The Trump Administration is weighing whether to require hospitals to publicly reveal the prices they charge insurance companies for medical procedures and services prices. NPR Illinois

  • Mar 12, 2019
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Trump Proposes Big Cuts to Health Programs for Poor, Elderly and Disabled

The Trump administration is proposing a sharp slowdown in Medicaid spending as part of a broad reduction in the government’s investment in health care. Washington Post

  • Mar 12, 2019
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Highlights of Trump's $4.7 Trillion Budget Request

President Donald Trump's $4.7 trillion budget request proposes steep cuts to domestic spending, a funding boost for the Pentagon and $8.6 billion for his signature border wall with Mexico. AP

  • Mar 12, 2019
  • News from the Web

Smoking During Pregnancy Doubles Risk of Sudden Death for Baby, Study Says

Smoking even one cigarette a day during pregnancy can double the chance of sudden unexpected death for your baby. CNN

  • Mar 12, 2019
  • News from the Web

Readmissions Higher with Home Care Compared to SNF Care

The rate of readmissions for patients discharged to home health care is 5.6 percentage points higher than for patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities. HealthLeaders Media

  • Mar 12, 2019
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Medicare for All Gets Buzzy in Unexpected Locales

It was a sleepy Saturday in mid-February. But Virginia Sanders was speaking, and the audience was rapt. Kaiser Health News

  • Mar 12, 2019
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Melrose Park Continues Fight to Keep Westlake Hospital Open

Just days after the village of Melrose Park filed suit against the new owners of Westlake Hospital, now patients and medical staff are calling on the state to stop the shutdown.

  • Mar 12, 2019
  • News from the Web

Black Chicago Neighborhoods Farther from Trauma Care than White Areas

Chicagoans in mostly black neighborhoods are still more likely to live far from hospital trauma centers than those in white neighborhoods though the gap has shrunk dramatically. Chicago Tribune

  • Mar 12, 2019
  • News from the Web

Civic Federation Outlines Financial Challenges Confronting Next Mayor

No matter who wins the April 2 runoff election, the financial challenges confronting Chicago’s next mayor will be daunting. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Mar 12, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 12

HFS: More Time Needed to Consider Transformation

  • Mar 11, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 11

RSVP for IHA's Hospital Advocacy Day April 30

  • Mar 08, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Sinai Health System Receives Grant to Address Opioid Addiction

Sinai Health System will receive $2 million from the State of Illinois Department of Human Services to improve services for persons with Opioid Use Disorder. Lawndale News

  • Mar 08, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 8

Governor Signs SB 1469: Healthcare Omnibus Bill

  • Mar 07, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

West Side United Invests in Neighborhoods, Businesses

Over the past two years, a newly formed coalition of healthcare institutions and professionals raised $10.5m to fund initiatives vital to improving the life expectancy of West Side residents. WTTW

  • Mar 07, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 7

Violence Prevention Act, De-Escalation Resources

  • Mar 06, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Loyola Medical Center Officers Get Creative to Help Patient with Autism

Walker Hughes, a mild-mannered 33-year-old man with autism, and his parents have spent their fair share of time in and out of hospitals for doctors’ appointments and charity work. Campus Safety

  • Mar 05, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: March 5

Governor Announces More Appointments

  • 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 28, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Feb. 28

CMS Updates Quality Data & Star Ratings

  • 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 18, 2018
  • Press Release

The IPC Celebrates 65 Years of Keeping Illinois Safe

Nation's oldest poison center marks milestone anniversary.

  • 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 20, 2018
  • Press Release

Tragic Event at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association expresses our condolences to the family and friends of the victims.

  • 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.

  • Oct 01, 2018
  • Press Release

IPC Warns of Dangers from Fall Mushrooms

The Illinois Poison Center strongly advises mushroom foragers to take caution when consuming any wild mushroom for any purpose, especially since many mushrooms can be misidentified.

  • Sep 25, 2018
  • Press Release

IHA Honors Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems for Quality Improvement Initiatives

The 8th Annual IHA Quality Excellence Achievement Awards were presented to leaders from two health systems and three hospitals during the IHA Leadership Summit on Sept. 25 in Lombard.

  • 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.

  • Jul 16, 2018
  • Press Release

Luis Andrade Joins IHA's Government Relations Team

Luis Andrade, lead human services and Medicaid analyst for the Office of the Illinois House Speaker, joins IHA as its director of government relations, effective Aug. 6.

  • 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.

  • Apr 25, 2018
  • Press Release

IHA Statement re: Amendment to House Bill 5245 (SANEs)

IHA opposes amendment to HB5245 that does not include key suggestions from the hospital community.

  • Apr 04, 2018
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital Leaders Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives at the State Capitol

Over 90 Illinois hospitals and health systems displayed their efforts to improve quality care and patient safety while decreasing costs during IHA’s 3rd annual Quality Advocacy Showcase on April 12.

  • 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.

  • Feb 28, 2018
  • Press Release

IHA Statement re: General Assembly Votes on Hospital Assessment Program

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association commends the General for overwhelmingly approving Senate Bills 1773 and 1573.

  • Jan 17, 2018
  • Press Release

IHA Recognizes Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems for IHA Innovation Challenge

Because of three exceptional Illinois Health and Hospital members, patients in Illinois are benefiting from reduced Clostridium difficile infection rates.

  • Jan 08, 2018
  • Press Release

Camphor Products: A Cause for Concern

Nation's oldest poison center urges parents to be careful when storing products in their medicine cabinet

  • Sep 21, 2017
  • Press Release

Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Repeal Proposal

Statement from A.J. Wilhelmi, President & CEO, Illinois Health and Hospital Association