IHA Healthcare News

Get the healthcare news you need to stay on top of legislative proposals, industry trends and local issues. This section has news articles, IHA's Daily Briefing, IHA's Regional Roundup, IHA press releases and our Member News Spotlight. You can sort by category.

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Second Illinois Measles Case Prompts Warning

A second case of measles is now confirmed in Illinois. WAND

Second Illinois Measles Case Prompts Warning

News Articles

  • Jan 19, 2018
  • News from the Web

Illinois Hospitals Urge Legislative Action to Avert Funding Cuts

Hospitals in Illinois are warning of dire federal funding cuts without quick action from the state legislature. Time is running out for the “hospital assessment program.” Peoria Public Radio

  • Jan 19, 2018
  • News from the Web

Southland lawmakers fight to save funding for safety-net hospitals

Some area lawmakers say proposed changes to the way the state doles out federal Medicaid funds to hospitals would hurt facilities that serve high numbers of low-income residents. Daily Southtown

  • Jan 19, 2018
  • News from the Web

Rauner says budget cuts are coming. But he won’t say where.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the spending plan he will present during his budget address next month will be balanced, but would include spending cuts. News-Democrat (Belleville)

  • Jan 19, 2018
  • News from the Web

Prescription For Fruits And Veggies: One Solution To Food Insecurity in Illinois

Health centers in Illinois are forming partnerships with local food banks to offer fresh fruits and vegetables to some patients. NPR

  • Jan 19, 2018
  • News from the Web

Senate takes shutdown drama into final day

The Senate adjourned Thursday night without resolving the fate of a House-passed funding bill, extending the drama about a possible government shutdown until the last possible day. The Hill

  • Jan 19, 2018
  • News from the Web

Government scientists scramble to save research ahead of shutdown that could ruin studies

The nation's premier medical research institute is preparing for a government shutdown that could ruin costly experiments and block sick patients from cutting-edge studies. Los Angeles Times

  • Jan 19, 2018
  • News from the Web

Trump Admin Will Protect Health Workers Who Refuse Services On Religious Grounds

Health care workers who want to refuse to treat patients because of religious or moral beliefs will have a new defender in the Trump administration. NPR

  • Jan 19, 2018
  • News from the Web

Hospitals eye making generics for 20 drugs that they say are overpriced or in short supply

Several hundred hospitals that plan to form their own generic drug company are eyeing making "about 20" pharmaceutical products. CNBC

  • Jan 19, 2018
  • News from the Web

4 Innovative Ways New Media Is Disrupting Healthcare

Healthcare is a global concern, of course. But in the U.S., it has taken on concerns that most of the rest of the world does not face – specifically cost. Forbes

  • Jan 19, 2018
  • News from the Web

Judge allows Covenant to continue fight for property-tax refund

A Champaign County judge will allow a lawsuit in which Presence Covenant Medical Center is seeking a multimillion-dollar refund from local taxing districts to continue on one condition. News Gazette

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

Shutdown Drama Grips the Capitol

House Republican leaders are within striking distance of securing enough GOP votes to pass a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. The Hill

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

U.S. Senate Committee Advances Azar Nomination as Health Secretary

A U.S. Senate committee voted to move forward the nomination of Alex Azar. Reuters

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

When States Make it Harder to Enroll, Even Eligible People Drop Medicaid

The decision to approve a first-of-its-kind work requirement has inspired concern that the program will leave behind Medicaid beneficiaries who are unable to find or keep work. New York Times

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

The State of Health Care in Rural America

As the U.S. health care delivery system continues to evolve, federal, state and local agencies must coordinate to improve health in rural America. U.S. News & World Report

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

Physician Burnout Takes a Toll on U.S. Patients

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors feel burned out, depressed, or both - and those feelings affect how they relate to patients. Reuters

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

Fed Up with Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own

Some of the country's largest hospital systems are taking an aggressive step to combat the problem. New York Times

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

Kane County Official: Naloxone Alone Won't Stop Opioid Epidemic

The latest numbers show Kane County's first responders tried to save people overdosing on heroin and opioids more than 100 times in the last three years. Daily Herald

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

City Council Approves $5.5M Presence Health Subsidy after Emotional Debate

A divided City Council signed off on a $5.5 million subsidy to Illinois' largest Catholic health system. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Prairie Heart Institute Implants Tiny Pacemaker in First Procedure at HSHS St. Elizabeth's

HSHS St. Elizabeth's has announced the first implantation of one of the world's smallest pacemakers. Illinois Business Journal

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Two Ribbon Cuttings Planned at Northwest Community Healthcare

Northwest Community Healthcare announces two ribbon cutting ceremonies to celebrate additions to the hospital campus. Daily Herald

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Junis Takes Reins of OSF St. Mary

Roxanna Crosser, regional CEO, named Jennifer Junis as the new president for OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center. Register-Mail

  • 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 17, 2018
  • News from the Web

Judge Orders Illinois to Expand Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions to Include Pain

A judge has ordered Illinois officials to add intractable pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Chicago Tribune

  • Jan 17, 2018
  • News from the Web

Mental Health Advocates Hold National Summit in Chicago

Olympian Michael Phelps was among more than 50 speakers who took the stage at The Kennedy Forum Annual Meeting. CBS Chicago

  • Jan 17, 2018
  • News from the Web

CDC: 20 Children Dead from Flu in U.S. this Winter

Officials at the Centers for Disease control said 20 children across the country have died from the flu this winter. WLS

  • Jan 17, 2018
  • News from the Web

Flu Stresses Hospitals, Shows We're Not Ready for Emergencies

Experts agree the U.S. is not ready for a bad epidemic, or even for some other disaster that would affect hospital supplies. NBC News

  • Jan 17, 2018
  • News from the Web

GOP to Use Children's Health Insurance as Lure for Averting Shutdown

Republicans in Congress are looking to head off a government shutdown by pairing another stopgap spending measure with long-term funding for CHIP. New York Times

  • Jan 17, 2018
  • News from the Web

Walmart, Jewel-Osco Join List of Retailers Taking Steps to Curb Opioid Epidemic

Walmart and Jewel-Osco are joining the list of retailers making efforts to address the nation's opioid epidemic. Chicago Tribune

  • Jan 17, 2018
  • News from the Web

Justice Department to Appeal Court's DACA Ruling

The Dept. of Justice is appealing a federal district court judge's decision to block the Trump administration from ending the Obama-era DACA program. The Hill

  • Jan 17, 2018
  • News from the Web

Lawmakers Weigh Measure to Fight High Drug Prices

Lawmakers are considering adding a measure aimed at fighting high drug prices to an upcoming spending deal. The Hill

  • Jan 17, 2018
  • News from the Web

Memorial to Replace Original Taylorville Hospital Building

Memorial Health System plans to spend more than $50 million on a two-story building that would replace most of Taylorville Memorial Hospital. State Journal-Register

  • Jan 17, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Jan. 17

IHA Selects Innovation Challenge Award Recipients

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Illinois Nursing Homes Sue State Over Low Medicaid Rates

A handful of Illinois-based nursing homes sued the Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services saying low Medicaid rates are jeopardizing their ability to provide adequate quality of care. Reuters

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

IL Safety Net Hospitals Want a Funding Fix

Illinois lawmakers have been discussing funding for so-called safety-net hospitals. Public News Service

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Gov. Rauner Supports Medicaid Work Rules, but Sees Other Policy Priorities First

Gov. Rauner expressed support for new federal rules that would make it easier for states to impose work requirements in order for people to receive Medicaid. Peoria Journal Star

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Court Battle Brewing Over Work Rules for Medicaid

A battle is brewing in the courts over the Trump administration's move to let states impose work requirements for recipients of Medicaid. The Hill

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Kentucky is First State Granted Approval for Medicaid Work Requirements

Thousands of poor adults in Kentucky will have to find jobs and pay monthly premiums to retain their Medicaid coverage. Kaiser Health News

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Smoking Penalties, ER Fees, Premiums on the Poor: How States Want to Shrink Medicaid

Proposals that are part of a host of changes that mostly conservative states have unsuccessfully sought for years to overhaul Medicaid. Washington Post

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Saving America's Hospitals: Why Recent Mega Mergers Will Fail

Thanks to operational inefficiencies and declining utilization, more and more hospitals are experiencing financial problems and waning influence. Forbes Opinion

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

CDC Says, 'There's Lots of Flu in Lots of Places.' And it's Not Going Away Anytime Soon.

A nasty flu season is in full swing across the U.S., with a sharp increase in the number of older people and young children getting hospitalized. Washington Post

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Springfield Hospitals Seeing More Stroke Patients

Long known in downstate Illinois for its heart care, Springfield is experiencing a surge of patients seeking care for a related problem - stroke. State Journal-Register

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Presence Health TIF Passes City Council Panel

Illinois' largest Catholic health system is a step closer to getting $5.5 million in blight-fighting tax money for its downtown headquarters move. Crain's Chicago Business

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Geriatric ER Program Cuts Unnecessary Admissions by 33%

An emergency department program that focused on geriatric transitional care has significantly reduced the risk of unnecessary admissions of geriatric patients. Fierce Healthcare

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Saving Lives, Saving Money: Hospitals Set Up Homeless Patients with Permanent Housing

Latesha Holman owes the roof over her head to University of Illinois Hospital, among a handful of hospitals starting to invest in permanent housing for chronically homeless patients. Chicago Tribune

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Editorial: Good Economic News (for a change)

After back-to-back Januaries carrying terrible economic news, Peoria was overdue for a more welcome introduction to a new year. Peoria Journal-Star

  • Jan 16, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Jan. 16

IHA Legislative Reception Feb. 13; Advocacy Day April 18

  • Jan 12, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Jan. 12

House Committee Releases 340B Report

  • Jan 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Rauner Administration Looks to Update Hospital Assessment Program

The Rauner administration is looking to update a hospital assessment program, causing some hospitals to worry about receiving enough money. WRSP TV

  • Jan 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

No Work, No Medicaid? Illinois Reviews New Federal Guidelines

Illinois is reviewing new guidance from the Trump administration that opens the door for states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Chicago Tribune

  • Jan 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Insurers Wait on Federal Circuit to Determine Fate of Risk-Corridor Payments

Insurers renewed their fight to claw back billions of dollars in unpaid risk corridor payments. Modern Healthcare

  • Jan 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

MedPAC Votes 14-2 to Junk MIPS, Providers Angered

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted 14-2 to repeal and replace a Medicare payment system that aims to improve the quality of patient care. Modern Healthcare

  • Jan 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

GOP Chairman Eyes Floor Action for CHIP Next Week

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) said that he is aiming to bring a six-year reauthorization of CHIP to the floor next week. The Hill

  • Jan 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Health Insurer Centene is Sued Over Lack of Medical Coverage

People who bought policies from Centene filed a lawsuit claiming the company does not provide adequate access to doctors in 15 states. New York Times

  • Jan 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

The Real Reason Health Care is Bankrupting America

The United States spends more on health care than any other nation on the globe. CNBC Commentary

  • Jan 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Health Care's 'Upstream' Conundrum

At the heart of America's vaunted health care system is a frustrating puzzle. Politico

  • Jan 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Memorial's Not Abandoning Belleville. They've Invested $71 Million Since 2012.

While Memorial Hospital in Belleville has expanded with a new hospital in Shiloh, the hospital's leaders have invested more than $71 million in the original hospital campus. Belleville News-Democrat

  • Jan 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Developer Plans to Make Old County Hospital a Community Anchor

The restoration and redevelopment of old Cook County Hospital has just taken a major step forward. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Jan 11, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

New CEO for U of I Hospital

The University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics named Chief Financial Officer Michael Zenn its new CEO, effective Feb. 1. Crain's Chicago Business

  • Jan 11, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing Jan. 11

CMS: Guidance for Testing Medicaid Requirements

  • Jan 10, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Jan. 10

Work on Hospital Assessment Program Continues

  • Jan 09, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Jan. 9

Hospitals, Chicago Tackle Homelessness

  • 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

  • Jan 08, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Jan. 8

IHA Quality Advocacy Showcase: Submit a Project

  • Jan 03, 2018
  • Press Release

Illinois Health and Hospital Association Elects New Board

IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2018 Board of Trustees.

  • Dec 21, 2017
  • Regional Roundup

Regional Roundup 12-21-17

IHA Weekly Regional Roundup: December 21, 2107

  • Dec 07, 2017
  • Regional Roundup

Regional Roundup 12-7-17

IHA Weekly Regional Roundup: December 7, 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