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Illinois Could Get More Nurses Trained to Help Sexual Assault Survivors

A measure that has passed the Illinois House would require hospitals to have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) who can treat and examine victims of sexual assault. NPR Illinois/Illinois Issues

Illinois Could Get More Nurses Trained to Help Sexual Assault Survivors

News Articles

  • May 24, 2018
  • News from the Web

Survivor Shares Experience with Rape Kit Testing

A story about a measure that would train more nurses how to collect DNA evidence after a sexual assault for use in a criminal trial, often referred to as rape kits. NPR Illinois/Illinois Issues

  • May 24, 2018
  • News from the Web

Revamped Annie LeGere Law Could Equip Cops with EpiPens as Intended

Since her 13-year-old daughter, Annie, died from an allergic reaction, Shelly LeGere has led a push to equip police officers throughout Illinois with EpiPens that could save others. Daily Herald

  • May 24, 2018
  • News from the Web

Report: Uninsured Rate in Illinois Rises Above National Average

Illinois’ uninsured rate inched up in 2017, rising above the national average [9.1 percent], according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health News Illinois

  • May 24, 2018
  • News from the Web

Senate Passes $55 Billion Veterans Affairs Reform Bill

A major Veterans Affairs reform has passed the Senate by 92-5 and is on its way to the White House. NPR

  • May 24, 2018
  • News from the Web

Medicare's Stealth Price Hike: Seniors are Paying More for Generics

Here's a riddle about drug pricing to ask our healthcare administrators, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Los Angeles Times

  • May 24, 2018
  • News from the Web

Key Obamacare Plan Premiums Will Jump 15 Percent Next Year

The price of closely watched Obamacare plans will rise 15 percent next year, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday in a new report. CNBC News

  • May 24, 2018
  • News from the Web

It Costs $685 Billion a Year to Subsidize U.S. Health Insurance

It will cost the U.S. government almost $700 billion in subsidies this year help provide Americans under age 65 with health insurance. Bloomberg

  • May 24, 2018
  • News from the Web

Cook County Suburbs File Opioid Lawsuit Claiming Pharma Companies, Local Doctors Contributed

Ten Cook County towns and a central Illinois city are suing pharmaceutical companies and a trio of suburban doctors. Chicago Tribune

  • May 23, 2018
  • News from the Web

Court Considers Law that Allows Hospital Property Tax Exemptions

A state law violates requirements for nonprofit hospitals to receive property-tax exemptions without first requiring the hospitals be used exclusively for charitable purposes. State Journal-Register

  • May 23, 2018
  • News from the Web

Carle-initiated Bill to Help those Working while on Public Aid Heads to Rauner

A five-year, privately funded pilot program that would allow hundreds of people to hang onto their public assistance temporarily while they're working is on its way to Gov. Rauner. News-Gazette

  • May 23, 2018
  • News from the Web

Trump Admin Moves to Ban Federally Funded Clinics from Giving Abortion Referrals

Family planning clinics that refer patients for abortions or share locations or finances with abortion providers will be ineligible for funding through a federal family planning program. The Hill

  • May 23, 2018
  • News from the Web

House Approves 'Right to Try,' Sends Bill to Trump's Desk

The House sent “right to try” legislation on experimental drugs to President Trump’s desk. The Hill

  • May 23, 2018
  • News from the Web

Annual Report to Nation: Overall Cancer Mortality Continues to Decline

The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer finds that overall cancer death rates continue to decline in men, women, and children in the U.S. National Institutes of Health

  • May 23, 2018
  • News from the Web

How Banks and Law Firms Make Millions from Hospital Debt

Not-for-profit hospitals are paying bankers, lawyers and other financial advisers hundreds of millions of dollars every year to help them with a relatively routine task: issuing debt. Axios

  • May 23, 2018
  • News from the Web

Cook County's Health Care is Always Improving

In response to your recent editorial: In 2009, the taxpayers in Cook County provided more than $480 million in operating support to the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Chicago Tribune

  • May 23, 2018
  • News from the Web

DuPage Develops Plan to Spend $100,000 to Respond to Opioid Crisis

DuPage County is contributing $100,000 to kick-start two projects to combat the opioid crisis. Daily Herald

  • May 23, 2018
  • News from the Web

Magnet Recognition Program Site Visit Coming to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital was designated as a Magnet organization in 2009 and 2014 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program. Daily Herald

  • May 23, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 23

Advocacy Alert: No Medicaid/Prompt Pay Penalty Cuts

  • May 22, 2018
  • News from the Web

Illinois Children Could be Helped by Medical Marijuana at Schools

A bill that would allow children to receive medical marijuana in schools is awaiting Gov. Bruce Rauner's signature. Public News Service

  • May 22, 2018
  • News from the Web

Illinois' Fiscal Crisis, Broken Budgeting Process and Growing Political Divisions

We go In Depth with State Rep Chad Hays (R) as he shares his experience of serving in the Illinois House. Illinois Channel

  • May 22, 2018
  • News from the Web

Illinois Ranks 38th in Nation for Senior Health

Illinois ranks in the lower quarter of states when it comes to the health of its seniors, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation. Health News Illinois

  • May 22, 2018
  • News from the Web

A Tricky Wrinkle in Trump's Medicare Rx "Blueprint"

The Trump administration's "Blueprint" made one thing clear: The government will not directly negotiate with drug companies to secure lower prescription prices. CBS News

  • May 22, 2018
  • News from the Web

GOP Chairman in Talks with 'Big Pharma' on Moving Drug Pricing Bill

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Monday he is in talks with drug companies about a possible deal to pass a drug-pricing bill in exchange for separate action that the companies want. The Hill

  • May 22, 2018
  • News from the Web

Are You and Your Primary Care Doc Ready to Talk About Your DNA?

If you have a genetic mutation that increases your risk for a treatable medical condition, would you want to know? Kaiser Health News

  • May 22, 2018
  • News from the Web

Despite Attacks on Obamacare, the Uninsured Rate Held Steady Last Year

Last year, Trump administration officials declared Obamacare “dead” and sent signals that the law’s requirement to buy health insurance was no longer in effect. New York Times

  • May 22, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Managing the Opioid Crisis Takes a Team Effort

At Amita Health, we are acutely aware of the challenge that the opioid crisis presents to heighten awareness of the public and medical professionals. Daily Herald Business Ledger Opinion

  • May 22, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

How a Winfield Doctor Helped Get New Opioid Withdrawal Drug Approved

A suburban doctor was one of the most active researchers to study a drug that recently became the first non-opioid approved by the FDA to treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Daily Herald

  • May 22, 2018
  • News from the Web

Former Alexian Chief had Vision for Suburban Health Giant

Dean Grant, who rose from an ambulance driver to health care system CEO, is being remembered for leading the growth of the Alexian Brothers Health System. Daily Herald

  • May 22, 2018
  • News from the Web

Quorum Health (QHC) Names Robert H. Fish as Interim CEO; Thomas D. Miller to Retire

Quorum Health Corporation announced [Monday] that the Board of Directors has appointed Robert H. Fish as Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Street Insider

  • May 22, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 22

IL Supreme Court Hears Hospital Tax-Exemption Case

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Supreme Court to Weigh Tax Exemption for Not-for-Profit Hospitals

The state’s highest court will weigh the constitutionality of a law that lets not-for-profit hospitals skip paying property taxes. Chicago Tribune

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Illinois Families Targeted by Out of State Patient Brokers

If you have a family member or friend struggling with an addiction, you want them to receive the best treatment possible. NBC Chicago TV

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Officials Hope Much-Hyped Drug Can Slow State's Opioid Crisis, but is it Worth the Costs?

A multinational drug company has quietly carved out a lucrative, publicly subsidized market for an expensive medicine that promises can help rescue Illinois from its opioid crisis. Chicago Reader

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Regional HHS Director Defends Trump's Drug Price Plan

Health and Human Services Regional Director Doug O’Brien pushed back against criticism that President Donald Trump’s plan to reduce drug prices won’t go far enough. Health News Illinois

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Trump Official on Defensive as Critics Scoff at Drug Plan

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar insists that the companies are misreading the administration's plan and that it will bring down drug prices. The Hill

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Republicans Claw at Each Other Over Farm Bill Implosion

House Republicans are at each other’s throats after the Freedom Caucus delivered a shock to party leaders by killing a key GOP bill over an unrelated simmering feud over immigration. Politico

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

What Does Trump's Proposal to Cut Planned Parenthood Funds Mean?

The planned revival that was slightly retooled may finally present a way for President Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to "defund" Planned Parenthood. NPR

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Patients and Doctors Push Back on 'Avoidable' ER Visits

At the emergency room, Mr. Burton, a 37-year-old resident of Lexington, Ky., was found to have a back sprain, with no signs of other serious injury, and was sent home. New York Times

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

New Incentives for Hospitals are Improving Quality of Care for Patients at Home

New York resident Rodney Nelson said that his 77-year-old mother receives medical support from her one-bedroom apartment. CNBC

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Lowest U.S. Birth Rate in 3 Decades Could Pose Risk to Economy

Women in the United States gave birth last year at the lowest rate in 30 years, a trend that could weigh on economic growth in the coming decades. ABC News

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Hospitals Impacted by Water Crisis

The Rend Lake Water crisis forcing local medical groups to enact emergency plans, and even forcing some clinics- like the SIH Cancer Center - to temporarily close. WSIL TV

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Governor Declares 9 Southern Illinois Counties Disaster Areas as Water Supplies Slowly Replenish

In a Friday news conference, Gov. Bruce Rauner declared nine Southern Illinois counties disaster areas following Rend Lake Water Conservancy District’s breach at Inter-City Water Plant. The Southern

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Official Updated on Opioid Crisis Efforts

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continues to take steps to address the opioid crisis in America. Bureau County Republican

  • May 21, 2018
  • News from the Web

Chicago-Area Hospitals Aim to Boost Transplants with 'Lung in a Box'

Emphysema crept up on Bob Falat, gradually robbing him of his ability to breathe. Chicago Tribune

  • May 21, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 21

Kaiser: 2017 Insurers' Best Year Under the ACA

  • May 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

Hospitals Push Back Against Bill to Increase Number of Providers to Treat Sexual Assault Patients

A group that represents Illinois hospitals is pushing back against a bill that would require hospitals to have specially trained medical providers available to treat rape and sexual assault victims.

  • May 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

Hospitals are Soft Targets: Nurses and Staff Need More Training to Deal with Violence

National nurses organizations are pushing for federal law to protect members. Illinois state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit is pushing state legislation in the hopes of keeping nurses safe. Chicago Tribune

  • May 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

Illinois Cities to State: Hands Off Our Taxes

Illinois lawmakers have two weeks to get together a spending plan. NPR

  • May 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

Ryan: 'Compromise' in the Works for Controversial Drug Pricing Bill

Speaker Paul Ryan said that a compromise is being worked out on a controversial bill aimed at lowering drug prices, boosting hopes from supporters that the bill could move forward. Politico

  • May 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

Pulse Check: Azar to Drug Plan Critics: Bring on the Fight

HHS Secretary Alex Azar has a message for critics of the Trump administration's plan to lower drug prices: Bring it on. Politico

  • May 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

FDA Calls Out 39 Drug Companies for Allegedly Blocking Access to Generics

Johnson & Johnson’s Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Celgene, and Gilead Life Sciences are all potentially blocking generic drug makers from accessing samples of their products. Stat

  • May 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

U.S. Approves 1st Drug Developed to Prevent Chronic Migraines

U.S. regulators Thursday approved the first drug designed to prevent chronic migraines. Associated Press

  • May 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

Insurers Figured Out How to Make a Profit from Obamacare Last Year

After years of losses, the U.S. health insurance industry figured out how make money from Obamacare last year, a new analysis shows. Bloomberg

  • May 18, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center Recognized as One of the 'Best Places to Work'

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center is the only Illinois hospital selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. Central Illinois Proud

  • May 18, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 18

GAO Reports on Patient Medical Record Access

  • May 17, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 17

IHA Opposes Cuts to Medicaid, Prompt Pay Penalty

  • May 16, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 16

IHA Advocacy Alert-Telehealth Legislation SB 3049

  • May 15, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 15

IHA, ISMS Push for Key Workers' Comp Legislation

  • May 14, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: May 14

IHA Sends Assessment Redesign Letter to CMS

  • Apr 25, 2018
  • Press Release

IHA Statement re: Amendment to House Bill 5245 (SANEs)

IHA opposes amendment to HB5245 that does not include key suggestions from the hospital community.

  • Apr 04, 2018
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital Leaders Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives at the State Capitol

Over 90 Illinois hospitals and health systems displayed their efforts to improve quality care and patient safety while decreasing costs during IHA’s 3rd annual Quality Advocacy Showcase on April 12.

  • Mar 27, 2018
  • Press Release

$95.3 Billion: The State Economic Impact of Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems

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.

  • Feb 28, 2018
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Prevention Month

Educate yourself with the Illinois Poison Center during Illinois Poison Prevention Month

  • Feb 28, 2018
  • Press Release

IHA Statement re: General Assembly Votes on Hospital Assessment Program

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association commends the General for overwhelmingly approving Senate Bills 1773 and 1573.

  • 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

  • Sep 21, 2017
  • Press Release

Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Repeal Proposal

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