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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
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
Health service providers of all kinds need rate increases after weathering funding challenges from the last few years. State Journal-Reg
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
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
Mental health care is accounting for a growing number of private insurance claims, according to a new report out Friday. Stat
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday,aldermen and aldermen-elect released a “100 Day Plan to Reimagine Chicago” for the first 100 days. Suburban Chicagoland
U.S. House Passes Healthcare Legislation
Hospital grades, rankings and ratings are supposed to make it easier to choose where to get care. Chicago Tribune
CEO George Miller Jr. recently gathered a small group of employees in the Loretto Hospital intensive care unit he plans to close. WBEZ Radio
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Chicago Bears take the field with a scripted series of plays for the opening drive. Chicago Sun-Times
Community Mental Health Training Webinars Cancelled
A new plan has been introduced that aims to end HIV in Illinois by the year 2030. Associated 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
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
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
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
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
Kamala Harris' unilateral crackdown on guns is expanding. Politico
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
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
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
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
Leapfrog Issues Spring Hospital Safety Grades – IL 14th
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
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
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
They’re currently charged $5 to see a doctor or dentist. NPR Illinois
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
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
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
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
The biggest health care bill of the year is coming to the House floor this week. Vox
Edward-Elmhurst Health has been named one of the nation's 15 Top Health Systems by IBM Watson Health. Daily Herald
The opioid epidemic has produced a shift in both attitudes and medical practice. Rockford Register Star
Reps Asks House Leaders for Medicaid DSH Cut Delay
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
Three powerful players in the health care industry are gearing up for battle over surprise medical bills. The Hill
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
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
Uninsured, undocumented immigrants often go to the emergency room for treatment. WAMU
Earlier this month, Southern Illinois Healthcare released its 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment. The Southern
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
Nurses keep the hospital running. Chambamasmoms
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
RAND Study Focuses on Hospital Prices
HFS Meetings Renew Integrated Health Home Planning
Senate Holds Hearing on MACRA Implementation
HHS: Drug Prices Required on TV Ads
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is expanding its mental health services. WBBM Radio
IHA Backs Cigarette Tax Increase for Health
Recreational Cannabis Bill Framework Announced
HHS Announces Final Conscience Rule
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.
4th Annual IHA Quality Advocacy Showcase on April 3 highlights statewide efforts to advance patient care, improve communities and reduce costs.
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.
Patients in Illinois are benefiting from reduced sepsis infection rates and enhancements in antimicrobial stewardship due to the efforts of two exceptional IHA members.
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.
Karen Harris will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective March 1.
On Jan. 31, IHA will lose its longest serving employee.
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association is pleased to announce its newly elected 2019 Board of Trustees.
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.
The Illinois Poison Center notes an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter.
Sarah Macchiarola will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association as its Vice President, Federal Government Relations, effective Nov. 29.
We are pleased that the Illinois Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the state’s hospital property tax exemption law.
Statement from A.J. Wilhelmi, President & CEO
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.
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.