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IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 11

Monday, December 11, 2017

ACA Open Enrollment Ends on Friday

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 11

News Articles

  • Dec 14, 2017
  • News from the Web

New law aimed at combatting fraudulent opioid prescriptions

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation aimed at combatting fraudulent opioid prescriptions by requiring drug prescribers to use a database containing patient prescription histories. Associated Press

  • Dec 14, 2017
  • News from the Web

Rauner's big health care headache in 2018? Medicaid.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's move to shake up a major Illinois Medicaid program and further privatize it sent shock waves around the state in 2017. Crain's Chicago Business

  • Dec 14, 2017
  • News from the Web

Fitch: States’ net pension liabilities rise in FY 2016; Illinois tops list

Illinois has the highest pension burden among all 50 states, said Fitch Ratings' 2017 state pension report released Tuesday. Pensions&Investments

  • Dec 14, 2017
  • News from the Web

Consumers Hunting For Health Insurance Find High Prices — And Some Great Deals

Brenda Linn and her husband logged on to HealthCare.gov to check the price of 2018 plans. To her surprise, the website brought up a great deal. NPR

  • Dec 14, 2017
  • News from the Web

Obamacare is helping patients get to the doctor and pay their medical bills, new report finds

Fewer Americans are putting off doctor visits or struggling with medical bills, according to a new report examining the effect of the Affordable Care Act. Los Angeles Times

  • Dec 14, 2017
  • News from the Web

Insurers Facing Impossible Scenario: Cover Everyone, But No Individual Mandate

Healthcare plans are already raising premiums and deductibles through the roof, but they will have to raise them even higher if the individual mandate is removed. HealthLeaders Media

  • Dec 14, 2017
  • News from the Web

Republican Tax Bill in Final Sprint Across Finish Line

The day after suffering a political blow in the Alabama special Senate election, congressional Republicans sped forward with the most sweeping tax rewrite in decades. New York Times

  • Dec 14, 2017
  • News from the Web

House spending bill includes children's health insurance funding

House Republicans proposed a new spending bill Wednesday to fund the government for roughly a month and plan to include a five-year reauthorization of CHIP. Washington Examiner

  • Dec 14, 2017
  • News from the Web

Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook

Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, "I am Adam Lanza's Mother." Associated Press

  • Dec 14, 2017
  • News from the Web

A health care paradox: measuring and reporting quality has become a barrier to improving it

We are at an inflection point in our efforts to measure the quality of U.S. health care. Most medical professionals accept that rigorous quality measurement is essential. Stat Opinion

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

New Report On Medicaid Overhaul

A new report is casting doubt on Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's massive Medicaid overhaul. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services just finalized a four-year contract worth $63 billion. WCIA

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

Illinois babies finally screened for deadly Krabbe disease

The Illinois legislature in 2007 passed a law requiring that all newborns in the state be screened for Krabbe, but the testing wasn't implemented until this week. Chicago Tribune

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

Illinois' home health care industry is rife with fraud and tainted by unscrupulous physicians

Unable to control a malignant blood pressure condition, a Tinley Park cardiac surgeon lost his malpractice insurance, his operating room privileges and his professional standing. Chicago Tribune

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

Flu threat has upgraded in Illinois

Illinois has upgraded its flu watch. The state is currently reporting the threat as regional flu activity, a result of an increase in flu or flu-like illnesses over the past few weeks. WRSP TV

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

Illinois Drives People Away

The taxpayer migration continues from the Land of Ever Higher Taxes. Illinois lost a record $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states in the 2015 tax year. Wall Street Journal Editorial

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

Time Running Out To Sign Up For Health Insurance

People have until this Friday, to sign up for ACA insurance…Adani Sanchez works at Champaign County Healthcare Consumers, and helps people sign up for ACA insurance. WILL/Illinois Public Media

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

State insurance department promotes ACA sign-up period

Donna Bowers of Springfield says she has been upset by the efforts of President Donald Trump and Republican members of Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. State Journal-Register

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

Consumers Who Froze Their Credit Reports Could Hit A Glitch Enrolling In Insurance

Some Americans who froze their credit reports this year at the credit-rating firm Equifax may be in for a surprise if they try to purchase insurance on the federal marketplaces. Kaiser Health News

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

Dems call for Trump officials to extend ObamaCare deadline

Two top Senate Democrats are calling on the Trump administration to extend ObamaCare’s sign-up period, arguing it is being cut off too soon this year before people have time to enroll. The Hill

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

Republicans Propose to Delay, Pause Obamacare Taxes

U.S. House Republicans proposed on Tuesday to delay or suspend several taxes under former President Barack Obama's healthcare law, including a tax on medical devices. Reuters

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

Study debunks idea that uninsured patients overuse the ER

Despite the common perception that the uninsured are more likely to visit the emergency room, new research contends that isn't actually the case. Fierce Healthcare

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

America's healthiest and least healthy states

Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report. CNN

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System

The life expectancy of Native Americans in some states is 20 years shorter than the national average. Health programs for American Indians are chronically underfunded. NPR/Montana Public Radio

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

Edward-Elmhurst Health launches online cost estimator tool for patients

Edward-Elmhurst Health is the first hospital or health system in the Chicago area and among the first in the nation to provide an online cost estimator tool. Suburban Life

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • News from the Web

How GOP tax bill hurts Cook County health care

Republicans in Washington are as persistent as they are wrong in their efforts to roll back health insurance coverage for millions of Americans who need it. Chicago Sun-Times Op-Ed by Toni Preckwinkle

  • Dec 13, 2017
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing Dec. 13

Guv Signs New PMP Requirements Bill

  • Dec 12, 2017
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 12

IHA Joins Amicus Brief on 340B Drug Cuts

  • Dec 12, 2017
  • News from the Web

Chicago Hospital First to Sue Over Bad Rating

For two years, Saint Anthony Hospital has celebrated its top-rated "A" grade from the national Leapfrog Group. Kaiser Health News/WBEZ

  • Dec 12, 2017
  • News from the Web

Some Glitches Seen in Deadline Week for 'Obamacare' Sign-Ups

Some consumers successfully completed an application through HealthCare.gov got a message they would likely be eligible to buy a health plan, but none were available in their area. Associated Press

  • Dec 12, 2017
  • News from the Web

Opioid Painkiller Prescriptions May Run in Families

When one person in a household gets prescribed opioids, the other people who live with them are more likely to get their own prescriptions. Reuters Health

  • Dec 12, 2017
  • News from the Web

Parents Worry Congress Won't Fund the Children's Health Insurance Program

Though nine million kids across the U.S. get their health insurance through CHIP, Congress let the program expire Sept. 30. NPR

  • Dec 12, 2017
  • News from the Web

Experts Tell Congress How to Cut Drug Prices

The nation's most influential science advisory group will tell Congress that the U.S. pharmaceutical market is not sustainable and needs to change. Kaiser Health News

  • Dec 12, 2017
  • News from the Web

FDA Launches Adult Smoking Cessation Campaign at C-Stores & Gas Stations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is launching an adult smoking cessation campaign that will encourage smokers to quit through messages of support. CS News

  • Dec 12, 2017
  • News from the Web

There's a Medical 'Land Grab' Underway as Hospitals Try to Get Larger

Two large nonprofit Catholic hospital chains are discussing a possible merger, according to the Wall Street Journal. Washington Post

  • Dec 12, 2017
  • News from the Web

The Next Flu Pandemic Will Appear When You Least Expect It

The epidemic is most likely to appear in spring or summer, researchers have found -- not in the midwinter depths of the flu season. New York Times

  • Dec 12, 2017
  • News from the Web

Cop, Convict Team Up to Fight Addiction

Naperville nonprofit group KidsMatter is working with the Naperville Police Department to present a program aimed at helping teens and parents head off or recover from drug addition. Daily Herald

  • Dec 11, 2017
  • News from the Web

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

  • 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
  • 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 08, 2017
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 8

Friday, December 8, 2017

IHA Submits MedPAC Comment Letter

  • 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 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 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 06, 2017
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Dec. 6

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

National Health Spending Slows in 2016

  • 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

  • Sep 21, 2017
  • Press Release

Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Repeal Proposal

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