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Illinois Lawmakers Inch Closer to New Hospital Tax Despite Worries

As Illinois looks to change how the state taxes hospitals to pay for Medicaid, lawmakers have two major worries: Will Illinois' smallest and poorest hospitals survive? Illinois News Network

Illinois Lawmakers Inch Closer to New Hospital Tax Despite Worries

News Articles

  • Feb 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Proposed Medicaid cuts concern health care providers

Health and human services providers in Central Illinois were concerned Wednesday that Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget calls for cuts to Medicaid and other programs. The Pantagraph

  • Feb 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

This Year's Flu Shot Only Worked a Third of the Time, CDC Says

Early estimates suggest the flu shot only worked about a third of the time this year. Between Nov. 2 and Feb. 3, total vaccine effectiveness was estimated at 36%. Time

  • Feb 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Trump’s new health chief backs CDC research on gun violence

HHS Secretary Alex Azar [Thursday] opened the door to expanding federal gun violence research, waving off concerns about congressional restrictions on studying the issue. Politico

  • Feb 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Officials Renew Call to Limit Gun Access by the Mentally Ill

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida said on Thursday that he would call on state lawmakers and law enforcement authorities to keep firearms away from the mentally ill. New York Times

  • Feb 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

FDA Head Vows To Tackle High Drug Prices And Drugmakers ‘Gaming The System’

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he will do everything “within my lane” to combat high drug prices. Kaiser Health News

  • Feb 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Pain Hits After Surgery When A Doctor’s Daughter Is Stunned By $17,850 Urine Test

After Elizabeth Moreno had back surgery in late 2015, her surgeon prescribed an opioid painkiller and a follow-up drug test that seemed routine. Kaiser Health News

  • Feb 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Presence signs agreement to join AMITA Health

Presence Health, the parent company for Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, has signed a definitive agreement to become part of AMITA Health. Herald News

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Feb. 15

Lawmakers Working to Finalize Assessment Legislation

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • News from the Web

Reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2019 Budget Plan

Reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner's 2019 budget plan unveiled Wednesday. Associated Press

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • News from the Web

Rauner: Pension, Health Overhaul Needed to Balance Budget

Rep. Gov. Rauner said he could balance the budget and cut taxes by $1 billion provided the Democratic-controlled General Assembly agrees to make massive changes. Associated Press

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • News from the Web

Gov't says Health Costs to Keep Growing Faster than Economy

U.S. health care spending will keep growing faster than the overall economy in the foreseeable future, squeezing public insurance programs and employers who provide coverage. Associated Press

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • News from the Web

One Proven way to Improve U.S. Health Care: Expand Medicare Advantage

It's time for a better idea that addresses both cost and quality. That better idea is expanding the successful Medicare Advantage program. Harvard Business Review

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • News from the Web

FDA Approves First Blood Test that Can Help Diagnose a Concussion

The Food and Drug Administration approved a first-ever blood test to detect the telltale signs of serious brain injury. Los Angeles Times

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • News from the Web

Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat Good Match for Flu Season

When Dr. Anne Schuchat stepped back in as acting director of the CDC this month, few stories referenced her background in-depth. MassLive

  • Feb 15, 2018
  • News from the Web

Doctors Learn How to Talk to Patients about Dying

Hundreds of clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are getting trained to talk to seriously ill patients about their goals, values and prognoses. Kaiser Health News

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Feb. 14

Governor Delivers Budget Address

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • News from the Web

Rauner's Budget Will Ask Local Schools to Pay Millions More Toward Teachers' Retirements

Republican Gov. Rauner's budget will propose having Chicago Public Schools, downstate and suburban districts and state universities pay more of their teachers' pension costs. Chicago Tribune

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • News from the Web

Cullerton Dubious about Gov. Rauner's Budget Promises

Senate President John Cullerton sounded doubtful about Gov. Rauner's ability to meet all the goals he's laid out for his budget proposal. State Journal-Register

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • News from the Web

Our View: Rauner's Valentine's Day Gift to State Could be Balanced Budget Proposal

It probably wouldn't make anyone's Valentine's Day wish list, but all Illinois residents could benefit if Gov. Rauner remains true to his word. State Journal-Register Editorial

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • News from the Web

Rep. Spain Looking Forward to $3.5 Billion Hospital Assessment Bill Moving Forward

Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) is pleased SB1773, a $3.5 billion high-level proposal for a new and revised hospital assessment program is moving forward. Illinois Valley Times

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • News from the Web

Cost of U.S. Opioid Epidemic Since 2001 is $1 Trillion and Climbing

The opioid epidemic has cost the U.S. more than a trillion dollars since 2001, and may exceed another $500 billion over the next three years. NPR

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • News from the Web

Health Care Professionals Share their Stories about Opioid-Addicted Patients

In a recent On Medicine column, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee writes about a patient he treated early in his career. New York Times

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • News from the Web

A Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic is Discovered in Dirt

Superbugs have evolved resistance to dozens of drugs in doctors' arsenals, leading to infections that are increasingly difficult to treat. Washington Post

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • News from the Web

House GOP Discussing Repeal of Obamacare Employer Mandate

House Republicans are in discussions about repealing or delaying Obamacare's employer mandate to offer health insurance. The Hill

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Regulators Approve Advocate, Aurora Health Care Merger

Aurora Health Care of Milwaukee and Advocate Health Care of suburban Chicago received approval for their planned merger. Milwaukee Business Journal

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Feb. 13

Wilhelmi Testifies at House Committee Meeting

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • News from the Web

As State Gears Up for Vote, Safety-Net Hospitals Eye Latest Funding Numbers

As state lawmakers gear up to vote on a redesign of a program that distributes Medicaid money to hospitals, some hospital executives are breathing sighs of relief. Chicago Tribune

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • News from the Web

Trump Releases 2019 Budget with $3 Trillion in Cuts

President Trump rolled out a budget that includes deep cuts to some federal agencies, an increase in funding for the Pentagon and $18 billion for a wall on the Mexican border. The Hill

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • News from the Web

Winners and Losers Under Medicare Drug Plan in Trump Budget

Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Trump's budget even as the sickest patients save thousands of dollars. Associated Press

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • News from the Web

White House Releases 55-page, $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

The plan puts forth a framework for lawmakers to craft legislation for a package that would focus on public-private partnerships and funding from state and local governments. The Hill

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • News from the Web

ACHE: 10 Most Concerning Issues for Hospital CEOs

Hospital CEOs ranked financial challenges as the top concern their organization confronted in 2017. Becker's Hospital Review

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • News from the Web

How Drug Company Money Turned Patient Groups into 'Cheerleaders for Opioids'

The five biggest opioid manufacturers shelled out more than $10 million to patient advocacy groups, professional medical societies and affiliated individuals. USA Today

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • News from the Web

Nasty Flu Season Takes Toll on Small Businesses

A brutal flu season may barely give the U.S. economy a case of the sniffles, but it's crimping productivity, delaying product launches and battering sales for many businesses. USA Today

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • News from the Web

Hospital Supplier Shares Dive as Amazon Reportedly Ramping Up Medical Supply Business

Amazon is gearing up to launch a larger offering in the medical supplies business. CNBC

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • News from the Web

Trump Budget Seeks Savings through Obamacare Repeal

The White House budget for fiscal 2019 seeks major savings by repealing Obamacare. The Hill

  • Feb 13, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Northwestern Opens New $399 Million Lake Forest Hospital

Situated on a 160-acre campus with pedestrian and bike paths, the new $399 million Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital opens March 3. Crain's Chicago Business

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Feb. 12

IHA Releases 2018 State Advocacy Agenda

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Some Illinois Hospitals Warn Medicaid Change Could Mean Cuts

Three of every five patients entering South Shore Hospital are poor or disabled and get their health care coverage through government-subsidized Medicaid. Associated Press

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Gov. Rauner Lays Out Ambitious Goals for Budget

Gov. Rauner will deliver the final budget speech of his current term Wednesday, laying out his spending priorities as he heads into his bid for another four years. State Journal-Register

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Lawmaker Wants Better Tracking of Opioid Deaths

A proposal in the Illinois House would standardize how overdoses are reported across the state. NPR

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Flu Season Still Getting Worse; Now as Bad as 2009 Swine Flu

The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. Associated Press

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

OxyContin Maker Will Stop Promoting Opioids to Doctors

The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors. Associated Press

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

White House to Unveil $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

The White House will unveil its long-awaited $1.5 trillion infrastructure package aimed at overhauling U.S. public works. The Hill

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

How Will CDC Cuts Affect Health Programs Abroad and at Home?

President Trump signed a bill that slashed $1.35 billion from the CDC's Prevention and Public Health Fund over the next 10 years. PBS

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Could a Rare, Deadly 'Superbug' Fungus be Gaining a Foothold?

The number of U.S. patients infected with a rare but dangerous fungal "superbug" called Candida auris has climbed quickly to 200 as of Dec. 31. Kaiser Health News

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Can a Patient Gown Makeover Move Hospitals to Embrace Change?

A medical company is trying to make hospital gowns less terrible -- maybe even good. NPR

  • Feb 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Editorial: The Next Healthcare Reform Agenda

Everyone should have access to healthcare. Modern Healthcare

  • Feb 09, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Feb. 9

IHA Advocacy Alert: Support Hospital Assessment Redesign

  • Feb 08, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Feb. 8

Member Value Report Outlines IHA Successes & Priorities

  • Feb 07, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Feb. 7

Assessment Draft Legislation Filed

  • Feb 06, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Feb. 6

House GOP Releases CR with Rural Medicare Extenders

  • Feb 05, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Feb. 5

Congress Asks FDA about Saline/Drug Shortages

  • 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

  • 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