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Worst flu outbreak in more than a decade spikes hospitalizations

Yet another wave of viral illness is crashing on a health system already stretched to a breaking point by COVID-19 and, more recently, RSV. AXIOS

Worst flu outbreak in more than a decade spikes hospitalizations

News Articles

  • Dec 05, 2022
  • News from the Web

American Hospital Association urges DEA to extend telehealth prescribing rules

AHA asked the Drug Enforcement Admin. to extend and clarify pandemic-era rules that allowed providers to prescribe addiction-treatment medications through telehealth. Becker's Hospital Review

  • Dec 05, 2022
  • News from the Web

Mpox will not be renewed as a public health emergency next year

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it would not renew mpox as a public health emergency after January 31, 2023, following a drop in cases. NPR

  • Dec 05, 2022
  • News from the Web

Northwestern creates healthcare AI hub

Northwestern University has launched the Center for Collaborative AI in Healthcare through the university's Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine. Becker's Hospital Review

  • Dec 05, 2022
  • News from the Web

SSM Health introduces household medication disposal kiosks

SSM Health Illinois has a safe and sustainable solution for household medication disposal. WSIL

  • Dec 05, 2022
  • Press Release

Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety PSO announces 2022 Patient Safety Champion Awards

The Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Patient Safety Organization (PSO) announced the recipients of two MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion awards.

  • Dec 05, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 5

Advocacy Alert: Meet With Your State Legislators in Dec.

  • Dec 02, 2022
  • News from the Web

New HIV treatment to be available next year in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Thursday that a new, long-acting HIV treatment, called Cabenuva, will be available in 2023. WSIL

  • Dec 02, 2022
  • News from the Web

New documentary shows how maternal health crisis disproportionately hits Black women

A new documentary is emphasizing how the maternal health crisis disproportionately affects Black women — and how Black women are pushing to end the disparities. The Hill

  • Dec 02, 2022
  • News from the Web

Year-end package could increase access to addiction treatment

A bipartisan bill to increase access to treatment for opioid addiction has a good chance of being rolled into a year-end package during the lame-duck session. AXIOS

  • Dec 02, 2022
  • News from the Web

Study: Teens' brains physically altered, prematurely aged by pandemic stress

Stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic has physically altered -- and prematurely aged -- the brains of adolescents, a new Stanford University study suggests. UPI

  • Dec 02, 2022
  • News from the Web

CDC awards $86 million to Illinois for health infrastructure

More than $86 million is coming to the State of Illinois courtesy of the CDC. WCIA

  • Dec 02, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 2

IHA Urges Congress to Prevent Hospital Cuts

  • Dec 01, 2022
  • News from the Web

Tamiflu shortage: Some flu medicine, cold remedies running low amid high influenza activity

There is a shortage of some flu and cold remedies as doctors report high flu activity nationwide. The CDC said about two-thirds of the U.S. is reporting either "high" or "very high" levels. ABC7

  • Dec 01, 2022
  • News from the Web

After Thanksgiving, Illinois Sees Highest Single-Day COVID Case Total Since Summer

Amid concerns that a spike in COVID cases could occur after the Thanksgiving holiday, Illinois officials reported their highest single-day total since the summer. NBC5

  • Dec 01, 2022
  • News from the Web

Biden administration prepares to end monkeypox emergency declaration

The Biden administration is eyeing an end to its public health emergency declaration for mpox, a sign that officials believe they’ve brought the monthslong outbreak under control. Politico

  • Dec 01, 2022
  • News from the Web

CMS looks to create national healthcare provider directory

CMS is looking to create a national healthcare provider directory that would make it easier for Americans to find physicians and other providers. Becker's Hospital Review

  • Dec 01, 2022
  • News from the Web

If doctor says 'X', patients often hear 'Y', study suggests

At their next doctor's appointment, people might consider carrying along a handy dictionary of common medical jargon to avoid confusion -- or asking more questions for better understanding. UPI

  • Dec 01, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 1

Register: 12/13 IHA Webinar on Navigating Conflict

  • Nov 30, 2022
  • News from the Web

Flu season intensifies with 6M infected in US: CDC

Flu season is intensifying in the U.S. with more than 6 million cases confirmed so far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Monday. The Hill

  • Nov 30, 2022
  • News from the Web

New Alzheimer's drug faces uncertain regulatory path

Researchers have at last found a drug that can slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to clinical trial data presented last night. AXIOS

  • Nov 30, 2022
  • News from the Web

Racial Disparities in Lung Cancer Start With Research

A bus operated by Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute offers free lung-cancer screenings to people in 19 counties in North and South Carolina. KHN

  • Nov 30, 2022
  • News from the Web

CMS reminds hospitals of obligation to protect patients, staff from workplace violence

CMS reminded hospitals of their obligation under Medicare's conditions of participation to ensure safety and the effective delivery of care for patients and staff. Becker's Hospital Review

  • Nov 30, 2022
  • News from the Web

Tamiflu fill rate jumps to over 100%

The fill rate for Tamiflu is nearly 100 percent higher than it was this time last year, but the drugmaker has said it has "sufficient supply." Becker's Hospital Review

  • Nov 30, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Nov. 30

Register: IHA, ICAHN Advocacy Training Starts 12/7

  • Nov 29, 2022
  • News from the Web

How Hospital Emergency Preparedness Is Evolving

The biggest lesson COVID-19 taught hospitals is how thin they can be stretched—and that includes morale. TIME

  • Nov 29, 2022
  • News from the Web

WHO renames monkeypox as mpox

The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it is renaming monkeypox as mpox due to concerns that the original name could be perceived as racist or stigmatizing. AXIOS

  • Nov 29, 2022
  • News from the Web

Benefits of 'bloodless medicine' boost surgery without transfusions

Also known as patient blood management, bloodless medicine techniques are used when a transfusion is not an option for religious reasons or safety concerns. UPI 

  • Nov 29, 2022
  • News from the Web

Healthcare Data Breaches Doubled in 3 Years: Here's Why

Federal statistics show that the number of individuals affected by the more than 5,000 major health data breaches since 2009 exceeds the total U.S. population. Bank Info. Security

  • Nov 29, 2022
  • News from the Web

COVID fatigue stunts booster messaging

Public health officials have repeatedly warned that the U.S. will likely face another wave of COVID-19 infections as the weather gets colder and people travel and gather for the holidays. The Hill

  • Nov 29, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Nov. 29

IRMS Webinar on Workplace Violence is 12/1

  • Nov 28, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Nov. 28

Register: IHA Webinar on CMS CoPs Is 11/30

  • Nov 23, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Nov. 23

New National Broadband Map for Public Review

  • Nov 22, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Nov. 22

New National Broadband Map for Public Review

  • Nov 16, 2022
  • Press Release

IHA, ICAHN to Celebrate National Rural Health Day on Nov. 17

In recognition of National Rural Health Day on Nov. 17, IHA and ICAHN are celebrating Illinois' rural hospital community for their tireless efforts to provide high quality care. 

  • Nov 15, 2022
  • Press Release

Illinois’ Rural Hospitals Celebrate National Rural Health Day on Nov. 17

IHA President & CEO A.J. Wilhelmi and ICHAN Executive Director Pat Schou recognize Illinois' 86 small and rural hospitals and the vital role they play within Illinois communities. 

  • Nov 07, 2022
  • Press Release

Beware of 'Silent Killer' in Homes: IPC Urges Residents to Purchase Carbon Monoxide Detectors

With cold weather on the horizon, Illinois Poison Center (IPC) wants to remind the public that heating your home to combat the icy temperatures also increases the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Nov 07, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Nov. 7

11/10 IHA Webinar on CMS CoPs Covers Patient Rights

  • Oct 17, 2022
  • Press Release

Illinois' Poison Center Offers Safety 'Tricks' to Prevent Poisoning This Halloween

According to the Illinois Poison Center (IPC), accidential poisonings from Halloween candy is rare, but IPC manages cases each year involving dry ice, glow sticks and more. 

  • Oct 04, 2022
  • Press Release

Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris Receives Outstanding Leadership Award

Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris was presented the "Outstanding Leadership Award" last week at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association's (IHA) Leadership Summit.

  • Jul 12, 2022
  • Press Release

IPC Warns Public of Fake Prescription Pills, Drug Substitutions as Fentanyl Use Rises

Now that summer is in full swing, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) is warning the public to stay safe by avoiding recreational drugs, especially synthetic recreational drugs.

  • Jun 16, 2022
  • Press Release

IHA’s Annual Meeting Highlights Ways to Innovate, Strengthen Rural Healthcare

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association today kicked off the start of our Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting entitled “Inspiring Connections” at the Crowne Plaza Springfield.

  • Jun 14, 2022
  • Press Release

IHA to Host Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association will host our Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting, “Inspiring Connections,” on June 16-17 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield.

  • May 23, 2022
  • Press Release

IPC Offers Tips to Help Families Celebrate Summer Safely

The Illinois Poison Center encourages Illinoisans to take precautions against poison exposures, including foodborne illness, while enjoying fun in the sun this summer.

  • May 09, 2022
  • Press Release

Media Advisory: IHA Health Equity Action Day Is May 13

IHA will host its second annual Health Equity Action Day, Accelerating Health Equity Across Illinois, on Friday, May 13 from 9-11:30 a.m.

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • Press Release

IHA Health Equity Action Day Is May 13

Bestselling author and policy expert Heather McGhee will deliver the keynote address at IHA’s second
annual Health Equity Action Day on May 13.

  • Jan 26, 2022
  • Press Release

Ted Rogalski Chairs 2022 IHA Board of Trustees

Ted Rogalski, Administrator, Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, became Chair of IHA's 2022 Board of Trustees on Jan. 1, 2022. The Board is the policymaking body for IHA.

  • Jul 21, 2021
  • Press Release

Beware of Fake Prescription Pills This Summer

The Illinois Poison Center has a warning for anyone who may purchase pills that were not prescribed by a doctor: Chances are, the drugs are counterfeit and you may be ingesting fentanyl.

  • Jun 18, 2021
  • Press Release

IHA Launches the Racial Equity in Healthcare Progress Report

IHA launched the Racial Equity in Healthcare Progress Report during IHA’s Health Equity Action Day on June 18. The report is a long-term tool to document progress toward racial health equity.

  • Jun 17, 2021
  • Press Release

IHA Health Equity Action Day: Media Advisory

IHA Health Equity Action Day will be live streamed on June 18 at 9 a.m. Speakers include Michelle Silverthorn, founder of Inclusion Nation, Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

  • May 18, 2021
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

18 vulnerable Chicago neighborhoods. 10 leading health systems. One powerful goal.

More than three years ago, a meeting with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and the CEOs of 10 major hospitals in Chicago sparked the Chicago Hospital Engagement, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Initiative. 

  • Mar 22, 2021
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Unveils New Website

The Illinois Poison Center's newly redesigned website provides easy access to reliable health and safety information for the public and healthcare providers.

  • Mar 01, 2021
  • Press Release

March Is Illinois Poison Prevention Month

In March, Illinois Poison Prevention Month, IPC encourages all Illinoisans to learn about the potential hazards lurking in homes, schools and workplaces. 

  • Feb 22, 2021
  • Press Release

Telehealth Legislation Protects Virtual Healthcare Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic

The Coalition to Protect Telehealth announced support for a legislative proposal to protect Illinoisans’ access to the innovative telehealth services they have relied on during the COVID pandemic.

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • Press Release

Statement from IHA Re: Hospital and Healthcare Transformation – Senate Bill 1510

IHA and the Illinois hospital community want to thank Representative Greg Harris, Senator Heather Steans, and HFS Director Theresa Eagleson for their leadership in moving this legislation forward.

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • Press Release

Statement from IHA Re: Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch

IHA congratulates State Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch on his historic election as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 102nd General Assembly. 

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • Press Release

Illinois Health and Hospital Association Elects New Board

IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2021 Board of Trustees. Board officers serve a one-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • Press Release

Karen Teitelbaum to Chair 2021 Illinois Health and Hospital Association Board

Karen Teitelbaum, president and CEO, Sinai Chicago, is the chair of IHA's 2021 Board of Trustees as of Jan. 1, 2021. The Board of Trustees is the policymaking body for IHA.

  • Dec 17, 2020
  • Press Release

Avoid Toxic Drug Combinations This Flu Season

Experts at the Illinois Poison Center are alerting the public to dangerous drug combinations that could interact poorly with HIV medication, or cause a rapid increase in blood pressure.

  • Dec 16, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Chief Says Vaccine Delivery ‘on Track' to Illinois County Health Departments

Illinois hospitals are working around the clock with Gov. Pritzker, IDPH, the entire state pandemic response team and local health depts. to ensure the vaccine is administered. We urge patience.

  • Nov 20, 2020
  • Press Release

Leading Business and Health Care Groups Urge Safe Holiday Celebrations

The state’s leading business and healthcare organizations are urging Illinoisans to safely celebrate the holidays and help slow the spread of the coronavirus by following all health guidelines.

  • Nov 17, 2020
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award to DuPage Medical Group

MAPS PSO awarded the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award to DuPage Medical Group in Downers Grove and gave an Honorable Mention to Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

  • Nov 17, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Governor Pritzker's Action Today to Mitigate COVID-19 Surge

IHA and our member hospitals and health systems commend Governor Pritzker for his exceptional leadership in this extraordinary time, including his action to mitigate the alarming surge in COVID-19.

  • Nov 13, 2020
  • Press Release

Hospitals, Doctors and Nurses Plead: “Don’t Let Your Guard Down. Keep Your Mask Up”

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging, IHA has launched a new statewide campaign to communicate the importance of taking reasonable precautions to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

  • Nov 02, 2020
  • Press Release

Jordan Powell Joining IHA to Lead on Health Policy and Finance

Jordan Powell joins IHA as Senior Vice President of Health Policy and Finance on Dec. 14. He will provide leadership on strategic policy, payment system, health equity and healthcare reform issues.

  • Oct 05, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Letter re: Graduated Income Tax Proposal

IHA urges Illinoisans to vote Yes on a proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax.

  • Sep 30, 2020
  • Press Release

Healthcare Providers, Advocates Urge General Assembly to Protect Telehealth

The Coalition to Protect Our Telehealth, which includes IHA, urges the General Assembly to protect telehealth approaches so Illinoisans can access critically needed, affordable care beyond COVID-19.

  • Sep 16, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Opinion: Hospitals Committed to Serving Everyone

Illinois hospitals of all shapes and sizes are the cornerstones of their communities and provide some of the highest quality healthcare in the world.

  • Sep 14, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Leader Named President-Elect of AAPCC

Carol DesLauriers, PharmD, DABAT, Assistant Vice President of the Illinois Poison Center (IPC), has been named president-elect of the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

  • Aug 09, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on IDPH Emergency Rules on Face Coverings

A statement from IHA President and CEO A.J. Wilhelmi urges the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to allow emergency rules on face coverings to move forward to help ensure health and safety.

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Business and Healthcare Groups Encourage Use of Face Masks to Save Lives, Protect Jobs

A diverse coalition of business groups renewed calls for Illinoisans to wear face masks when in public to save lives and protect the state’s economy.

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital and Health Systems Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives

Eighty quality improvement projects from Illinois hospitals and health systems represent the dedicated efforts of healthcare professionals to advance quality care and enhance health and well-being.

  • Jun 24, 2020
  • Press Release

Summer Plants: Safe or Not?

As Illinoisans venture outside for summer fun, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) reminds you that some of the season’s most attractive plants can be harmful—or even deadly.

  • Jun 15, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Health Disparities

Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, which has highlighted glaring health disparities. Illinois’ hospital community is engaged on this issue.

  • Apr 29, 2020
  • Press Release

Health Care Organizations Speak Out Against Legal Challenge to Stay-at-Home Order

IHA, along with ANA, ISAPN and ISMS, submitted an amicus brief on April 29 in the legal case challenging Governor Pritzker's stay-at-home executive order.

  • Apr 13, 2020
  • Press Release

IPC Cleaning Product Exposures Up 30%

The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) urges people to use caution with cleaning products, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Mar 23, 2020
  • Press Release

Help Us Help You: A Message From Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems During COVID-19 Pandemic

IHA along with its 200 member hospitals and nearly 40 health systems called on all Illinois residents to help hospitals prevent a surge of COVID-19 patients.

  • Mar 19, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospitals Issue Plea for Medical Supplies

IHA issued a plea to the construction industry, dentists, veterinarians and other groups that may be able to help Illinois’ more than 200 hospitals protect staff as they care for COVID-19 patients.

  • Feb 27, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems Infuse More Than $100 Billion Annually Into State’s Economy

Illinois hospitals and health systems infuse more than $100 billion in state and local economies. They are the number one creator of jobs supporting working families.

  • Feb 26, 2020
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Releases White Paper on Top 10 Patient Safety Issues for 2020

MAPS PSO has released Patient Safety Focus: Top 10 Safety Issues for 2020, a white paper offering strategies to address some of healthcare’s top challenges.

  • Jan 02, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Health and Hospital Association Elects New Board

IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2020 Board of Trustees. Board officers serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

  • Dec 16, 2019
  • Press Release

Holiday Plants Are Not on the Menu

The Illinois Poison Center--the nation's oldest poison center--warns of gastrointestinal distress from three common holiday plants.

  • Nov 18, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois’ Rural Hospitals Celebrate National Rural Health Day

Over 1.4 million Illinoisans live in rural regions and rely on their local hospital as a vital—and often only—source of care. IHA and ICAHN are proud to recognize National Rural Health Day on Nov. 21.

  • Nov 04, 2019
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award to a Rush Copley Medical Center Employee

MAPS PSO awarded Suzanne Khoury, a senior medical technologist at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, with the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award for preventing patient harm.

  • Oct 07, 2019
  • Press Release

Is That a Mouse In Your House?

Nation’s oldest poison center offers rodent removal and prevention safety tips

  • Sep 26, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Honors Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems for Quality Initiatives with Significant Impact

Hospitals and health systems in Illinois devote significant resources to advancing patient care and safety. IHA recognizes those dedicated efforts through its Quality Excellence Achievement Awards.

  • 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.