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Lawmakers Ask for Details on Projected Medicaid MCO Contract Savings

The Rauner administration says its plan for managed care organizations (MCOs) to take over serving Medicaid recipients will save taxpayers $200 million a year. Illinois News Network

Lawmakers Ask for Details on Projected Medicaid MCO Contract Savings

News Articles

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

Illinois Medical Payments for Comp Claims 24% Higher than Other States

Medical payments per comp claim in Illinois grew 3.1% per year on average from 2012 through 2015. Business Insurance

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

Opioid Crisis Impacts Farming Communities

A Morning Consult survey shows how hard the opioid epidemic is hitting farm communities across the nation, including those in Illinois. Illinois News Network

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

Doubts Rise about Sen. Collins' Strategy to Shore Up Insurance Market

Sen. Susan Collins thought she had a deal to bolster health care protections in exchange for her support. NPR

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

Price Hikes Push Health Insurance Shoppers into Hard Choices

This largely middle-class crowd of shoppers is struggling to stay insured. They’ve weathered years of price hikes and shrinking insurance choices with no help. Associated Press

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

[Rodney] Davis Favors Ending Individual Mandate

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, said he's hopeful a measure to end the individual health insurance mandate stays in the tax reform effort. WJBC/Illinois Radio Network

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

Durbin Urges ACA Signup as Deadline Nears

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin urged Illinoisans seeking health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to take action before Friday's deadline. State Journal-Register

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

Shimkus to be in the Room When Tax Reform Negotiations Happen

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, is serving on the conference committee charged with melding together the House and Senate versions of a tax reform plan. Belleville New-Democrat

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

'Very, Very Scary': 8.8 Million Americans Face Big Tax Hike if Republicans Scrap Medical Deduction

The House tax bill would eliminate the deduction, while the Senate bill would keep it (and even make it a bit more generous). Washington Post

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

Hospital Distress to Grow if Congress Closes Door to Muni Market

As Congress moves to assemble the final version of its tax plan, projects like Spooner, Wisconsin's 20-bed hospital hang in the balance. Bloomberg News

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

Fitch Upgrades Outlook for Health Insurance Industry

Despite the ongoing policy uncertainty facing the health insurance industry, Fitch Ratings has upgraded its outlook for the sector from negative to stable. Fierce Healthcare

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

Politics Don't Change Our Mission: How to Lead a Healthcare Organization Amid Uncertainty in DC

The healthcare policy turmoil that has defined 2017 is enough to give anyone whiplash, political affiliation and occupation aside. Becker's Hospital Review

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

Waiting Too Long to Use Hospice Care Can Make Suffering at End-of-Life Worse

Many people who are near the end of life wait too long to enter hospice care, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Washington Post/Consumer Reports

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

Ascension and Providence St. Joseph in Talks to Form U.S.'s Largest Hospital Operator

A merger between St. Louis-based Ascension, and Providence, of Washington, would have 191 hospitals, many clinics and just under $45 billion in annual revenue. Fortune

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

American Hospital Association Restructures to Focus on Advocacy

In his more than two years as leader of the American Hospital Association, CEO Rick Pollack has transformed the look and approach of the lobbying organization. Modern Healthcare

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

3 Stats You Need to Know from New U.S. Census Data

Among the massive volumes of data being released in the bureau's 2012-2016 American Community Survey is information on property taxes, veterans, health insurance and more. Daily Herald

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 8

Friday, December 8, 2017

IHA Submits MedPAC Comment Letter

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

The 109 Leapfrog Top Hospital Awardees for 2017

The Leapfrog Group named the recipients of its 2017 Top Hospital award, which goes to the hospitals that performed the best on the Leapfrog survey. Becker's Hospital Review

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

Rauner Health Chief Defends $63B Medicaid Contract

Gov. Rauner's health care chief says a $63B Medicaid managed care program will save up to $300 million a year because of the competitive process providers had to undergo. Associated Press

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

ACA Sign-ups [in Illinois] Approach 127,000 with Two Weeks to Go

From Nov. 1 to Dec. 2, 126,720 Illinois residents selected an exchange plan through the Healthcare.gov marketplace. Health News Illinois

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

Ending Individual Mandate Could Reduce Medicaid Burden on Illinois Taxpayers

One of the provisions that differed between the U.S. House and Senate tax reform proposals is still up in the air. Illinois News Network

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

Illinois Insurance Department Head Navigates Obamacare Changes

Jennifer Hammer's first year as director of the state's Department of Insurance hasn't been an easy one. Chicago Tribune

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

Congress Clears Spending Bill, Averting Shutdown

Congress passed a two-week funding bill, staving off a government shutdown a day ahead of deadline. Politico

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

Ryan says Republicans to Target Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid Spending in 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan said that congressional Republicans will aim next year to reduce spending on both federal health care and anti-poverty programs. Washington Post

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

A Medicaid Challenge: Poor Health, but a Drive to Improve

While low-income people are more likely to struggle with health problems, new research shows many are motivated to improve. Associated Press

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

Fitch Issues Negative Outlook for Nonprofit Hospitals: 4 Things to Know

Fitch Ratings' outlook on the nonprofit healthcare sector is negative for 2018, as the sector faces regulatory, political and competitive challenges. Becker's Hospital Review

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

Innovation is Key to Solving America's Health Care Problems

Innovation can solve many of our most pressing health care problems by transforming lives, preventing disease, and making the health care delivery system more efficient. CNBC

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

New Estimate says 46 Million Americans Headed to Alzheimer's

Close to 50 million Americans could be in the early stages leading to Alzheimer's disease right now, according to a new forecast. NBC News

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

Nothing Protects Black Women from Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth

Not education. Not income. Not even an expert on racial disparities in health care. ProPublica/NPR

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

November Jobs Report Shows Businesses Hired Strongly

Businesses hired at a brisk pace in November, adding 228,000 jobs, a sign of the economy's continued strength in its eighth year of expansion. CBS News

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

Chicago Headquarters Planned for New Merged Hospital System

Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health announced that they've signed an agreement to create a new nonprofit system. Chicago Tribune

  • Dec 08, 2017
  • News from the Web

Hospital CEOs Get Candid About What it Takes to Survive

Eliminate insurers. Give patients the ability to choose hospitals and doctors. These were ideas discussed a panel discussion at Crain's largest event of the year. Crain's Chicago Business

  • Dec 07, 2017
  • News from the Web

Obamacare Enrollment Hits 3.6 Million on HealthCare.gov, but Risks Not Matching Last Year's Tally

Enrollment on the Obamacare marketplace HealthCare.gov hit 3.6 million, as the sign-up season on that federally run exchange entered its final two weeks. CNBC

  • Dec 07, 2017
  • News from the Web

Tax Bill is Likely to Undo Health Insurance Mandate, Republicans Say

House and Senate negotiators thrashing out differences over a major tax bill are likely to eliminate the insurance coverage mandate at the heart of the Affordable Care Act. New York Times

  • Dec 07, 2017
  • News from the Web

Study: Obamacare Bills Backed by Collins Would Lower Premiums

Two bipartisan Obamacare fixes being pushed by GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) would reduce premiums by 18 percent in 2019, according to a new study. The Hill

  • Dec 07, 2017
  • News from the Web

Surgeons Try Prescribing Fewer Options to Lower Addiction Risk

It may not be rocket science, but a group of surgeons at the University of Michigan has devised an approach to help curb the nation's opioid epidemic. NPR

  • Dec 07, 2017
  • News from the Web

The Surgeon General and His Brother: A Family's Painful Reckoning with Addiction

The path that Dr. Jerome Adamstook to the office of U.S. surgeon general begins in this southern Maryland town. Stat

  • Dec 07, 2017
  • News from the Web

Gov't Report: U.S. Health Care Tab Hit $3.3T in 2016

The government says U.S. health care spending reached $3.3 trillion last year, which averages out to $10,348 for every man, woman, and child. Associated Press

  • Dec 07, 2017
  • News from the Web

Shulkin Urges Emergency Aid for VA Private Health Care Soon

VA Secretary Shulkin said there could potentially be delays in providing care to tens of thousands of veterans if lawmakers don't act soon to approve billions in emergency funding. Associated Press

  • Dec 07, 2017
  • Member News Spotlight

Gov. Bruce Rauner Tours Rockford's Largest Development Project

Gov. Rauner got a sneak peek of the future home of Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center, the largest construction project in the city's history. Rockford Register-Star

  • Dec 07, 2017
  • Regional Roundup

Regional Roundup 12-7-17

IHA Weekly Regional Roundup: December 7, 2017

  • Dec 07, 2017
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 7

Thursday, December 7, 2017

IHA Alert: Talk to Legislators about the Assessment

  • Dec 06, 2017
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 6

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

National Health Spending Slows in 2016

  • Dec 06, 2017
  • Member News Spotlight

Here's a First Look at UChicago Medicine's New ER and Trauma Center

UChicago Medicine offered a glimpse of its new adult emergency department, a move that aims to alleviate overcrowding and makes way for the return of adult trauma services. Crain's Chicago Business

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

Roskam, Shimkus Tapped by Speaker Ryan to Negotiate Tax Overhaul Bill

Republicans Roskam and Shimkus were tapped by Speaker Ryan to be among the GOP lawmakers on the committee to negotiate differences between the House and Senate tax overhaul bills. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

Rauner: I'm 'not in charge,' Speaker Madigan Is

Rep. Gov. Rauner has been Illinois' chief executive for nearly three years, but he offered the observation that he's "not in charge," suggesting Democratic House Speaker Madigan is. Chicago Tribune

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

Rep. Ives Officially Launches Campaign for Governor

A Republican state legislator is officially kicking off her primary challenge against Illinois Gov. Rauner. Associated Press

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

When Every Year Means an 'Agonizing' Search for New Insurance

After spending months figuring out her insurance deductibles, doctor networks, and other fine print, Cyndee Weston received notice her policy will be canceled as of Dec. 31. New York Times

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

'I've Never Been this Busy': As Marketplace Deadline Nears, Navigators Feel the Pinch

This year, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which oversees the federal health insurance marketplace, lashed federal funding for navigator groups. Kaiser Health News

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

Tax Bill Could Fuel Push for Medicare, Social Security Cuts

The tax bill that Republicans are muscling through Congress could result in cuts to entitlement spending if it significantly increases the national debt. The Hill

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

Funding Bill Could Provide Short-Term CHIP Relief

The legislation to fund the government for two weeks could also provide some short-term relief to help states keep their Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) afloat. The Hill

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

Deaths During Opioid-Driven Hospital Stays Have Quadrupled

Opioid-driven deaths during hospital stays in the U.S. quadrupled between 1993 and 2014, according to a new study. PBS

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

'Opiophobia' Has Left Africa in Agony

The American delegation to the International Narcotics Control Board, a United Nations agency, "uses frightening war-on-drugs rhetoric," said Meg O'Brien, founder of Treat the Pain. New York Times

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

Dangling a Carrot for Patients to Take Healthy Steps: Does it Work?

Health plans, medical practices and some Medicaid programs are increasingly offering financial incentives to motivate Medicaid patients to engage in more preventive care. Kaiser Health News

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • Member News Spotlight

Advocate Looks Across State Line for Proposed Mega-Merger

The Downers Grove-based system, the largest hospital network in Illinois, has announced plans to merge with Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care. Crain's Chicago Business

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

Local Hospital Hosts Open Enrollment Events Before Dec. 15th Deadline

HSHS St. Mary's Hospital is holding two final open enrollment events before the deadline. Fox News/WRSP

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • News from the Web

Todd Stroger Decides Not to Run for Cook County Board Prez

Two weeks after ex-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger said he was going to challenge Toni Preckwinkle for his old job, he has dropped out of the race. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Dec 05, 2017
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 5

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gov. Rauner Launches 24/7 Opioid Helpling

  • Dec 04, 2017
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 4

Monday, December 4, 2017

IHA Submits MH Testimony to IL House Committee

  • Nov 30, 2017
  • Regional Roundup

Regional Roundup 11-30-17

IHA Weekly Regional Roundup: November 30, 2017

  • Nov 16, 2017
  • Regional Roundup

Regional Roundup 11-16-17

IHA Weekly Regional Roundup: November 16, 2017

  • Nov 13, 2017
  • Press Release

Lose Harmful Bacteria

Nation's oldest poison center offers tips to avoid foodborne illness during the holiday season

  • Nov 09, 2017
  • Regional Roundup

Regional Roundup 11-9-17

IHA Weekly Regional Roundup: November 9, 2017

  • Nov 02, 2017
  • Regional Roundup

Regional Roundup 11-2-17

IHA Weekly Regional Roundup: November 2, 2017

  • Sep 21, 2017
  • Press Release

Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Repeal Proposal

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