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Illinois Lawmakers Eye Sports Betting, Online Gambling

State lawmakers are looking at adding sports betting and online gambling to the state’s gaming portfolio. Illinois News Network

Illinois Lawmakers Eye Sports Betting, Online Gambling

News Articles

  • Oct 18, 2018
  • News from the Web

The People Spoke -- and We Listened

A statewide series of forums this year found plenty of concern about the direction Illinois is heading. NPR Illinois

  • Oct 18, 2018
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Halloween Safety

Today, our guest is Art Kubic. He's a pharmacist with the Illinois Poison Center. Radio Public

  • Oct 18, 2018
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1,495 Americans Describe the Financial Reality of Being Really Sick

The whole point of health insurance is protection from financial ruin in case of catastrophic, costly health problems. New York Times

  • Oct 18, 2018
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Health Care Tops Guns, Economy as Voters' Top Issue

Health care has emerged as the top issue for voters headed into the midterm elections, but fewer than half of them say they are hearing a lot from candidates on the issue. Kaiser Health News

  • Oct 18, 2018
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AMA President: It's Still 'No' to Single Payer

A single-payer healthcare system in the U.S. would break her practice, said the president of the American Medical Association (AMA). MedPage Today/HealthLeaders Media

  • Oct 18, 2018
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Why Doctors Need Leadership Training

Medicine involves leadership. Harvard Business Review

  • Oct 18, 2018
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Dems go on Offense Against GOP Lawsuit on Pre-Existing Conditions

A new lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act has a new starring role in Democratic advertisements across the country. The Hill

  • Oct 18, 2018
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McConnell says Senate Republicans Might Revisit Obamacare Repeal

Republicans could try again to repeal Obamacare if they win enough seats in U.S. elections next month. Reuters

  • Oct 18, 2018
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A Look at the State of Mental Health Services in Chicago

Chance the Rapper announced [last] Thursday that he’s donating $1 million dollars to help beef up mental health services in Chicago. WBEZ

  • Oct 18, 2018
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Emanuel Applauds Aldermen Who 'Took the Tough Votes' in Final Budget Address

In his final budget address, Emanuel asked his allies to take a bow for making the tough decisions that have begun to solve the city’s $28 billion pension crisis. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Oct 17, 2018
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Illinois is Short of Cash, but its Next Governor will be Very Rich

Illinois is known for its money troubles. But the two men vying to become the next governor don’t share that problem. Bloomberg News

  • Oct 17, 2018
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Hospitals Still Lagging on Cost Transformation Measures

The focus on adequately addressing the rising cost transformation issues facing health systems has not resulted in significant progress, according to an annual survey. HealthLeaders Media

  • Oct 17, 2018
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In Worrying Trend, Vaccination Rates in U.S. Children Keep Dropping: CDC Reports

While immunization rates among young children in the U.S. remain high, the percentage who haven't received recommended vaccines has been growing. Fierce Pharma

  • Oct 17, 2018
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CDC says 127 Suspected and Confirmed Cases of Polio-like Condition

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it has received reports of 127 suspected cases of a polio-like condition called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM. NBC News

  • Oct 17, 2018
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J&J says Putting Drug Prices in Ads May Scare Away Patients

Johnson & Johnson, the world’s most valuable health-care company, says U.S. patients may avoid buying their medications if they see the prices in television ads. Bloomberg News

  • Oct 17, 2018
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Federal Deficit Jumps 17 Percent as Tax Cuts Eat into Government Revenue

The federal deficit ballooned to $779 billion in the just-ended fiscal year a remarkable tide of red ink for a country not mired in recession or war. NPR

  • Oct 17, 2018
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NPR Poll: Rural Americans are Worried about Addiction and Jobs, but Remain Optimistic

Rural Americans are preoccupied with the problems of opioid and drug addiction in their communities, citing it as a worry on par with concerns about local jobs and the economy. NPR

  • Oct 17, 2018
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How Does a Well Baby Die? Respiratory Distress Event Gaining Attention of Doctors, Nurses

The first two hours after delivery are high risk for babies, even if they’ve been fine in utero and through labor and have good health screening scores at one and five minutes. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 17, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

SSM Health Tackles Transformation by Building Business Models

One year ago Carter Dredge joined SSM Health as chief transformation officer (CTO). HealthLeaders Media

  • Oct 17, 2018
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Chicago-area Hospitals Sending Opioid Overdose Patients Home with Antidote

Patients treated for opioid overdoses at two Oak Lawn hospitals are now leaving those facilities with medication that might save them the next time they overdose. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 17, 2018
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Suburban Health Insurance Providers Sue Opioid Manufacturers, Prescribers

Two suburban-based nonprofit risk pools that provide more than 203 local municipalities with employee health-care insurance filed a joint lawsuit. Daily Herald

  • Oct 17, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Riverside, Iroquois Memorial Exploring Merger

Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka is looking to join the Riverside Healthcare network. Daily Journal

  • 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.

  • Oct 17, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 17

Macchiarola to Lead IHA Federal Government Relations

  • Oct 16, 2018
  • News from the Web

Illinois' Fiscal Situation Worst in Nation: Study

Illinois' fiscal situation ranked dead last in America, according to a new study by George Mason University. USA Patch

  • Oct 16, 2018
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Controversial Former Aide to Maine's LePage to Run Medicaid

The Trump administration has tapped Mary Mayhew, the architect of Maine's aggressive conservative reforms to the social safety net, to oversee the national Medicaid program. Politico

  • Oct 16, 2018
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CMS Will Require Drugmakers to List Prices in Ads

The CMS plans to require prescription drug manufacturers to their list prices in direct-to-consumer television advertisements, according to a proposed rule released Monday. Modern Healthcare

  • Oct 16, 2018
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U.S. TV Drug Ads to Carry Information on Prices

TV advertisements for drugs made by major U.S. companies will soon direct patients to information about the potential price of medicines. Reuters

  • Oct 16, 2018
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Drugmakers Funnel Millions to Lawmakers; A Few Dozen Get $100,000-Plus

Before the midterm elections heated up, dozens of drugmakers had already poured about $12 million into the war chests of hundreds of members of Congress. Kaiser Health News

  • Oct 16, 2018
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Influential Leapfrog Group Jumps in to Rate 5,600 Surgery Centers

The influential Leapfrog Group, which grades nearly 2,000 U.S. hospitals, is launching a national survey to evaluate the safety and quality of up to 5,600 surgery centers. Kaiser Health News

  • Oct 16, 2018
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Insurer Anthem Will Pay Record $16M for Massive Data Breach

The nation's second-largest health insurer has agreed to pay a record $16 million to settle potential privacy violations in the biggest known healthcare hack in U.S. history. Associated Press

  • Oct 16, 2018
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Government Policies are Driving Doctors to Quit Health Care

Doctors nationwide are burnt out and unsatisfied. Many want to quit the profession entirely, according to a new survey from the Physicians Foundation. Forbes

  • Oct 16, 2018
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Medicare and Medicaid Administrator: Signs of Stability in Individual Health Care Market

For millions of Americans who purchase their health insurance in the volatile individual market, the fall is greeted with dread. Fox News Opinion

  • Oct 16, 2018
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Task Force Aims to Curb Breast Cancer Mortality Rate, Inequities for Black Women

Louise Tatum did what most women do when they find a lump in their breast –– she scheduled a mammogram. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Oct 16, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 16

Maine Official Named Head of Medicaid/CHIP Programs

  • Oct 15, 2018
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Rauner Skeptical About Value of ACA-Funded Medicaid Expansion to Illinois Taxpayers

Gov. Rauner says his administration has put into place a managed-care program to make Illinois’ Medicaid program more efficient for taxpayers. State Journal-Register

  • Oct 15, 2018
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On the Issues: Candidates for Illinois Governor Answer 11 Questions

All four candidates were asked 11 of the most important questions to help inform voters on who they are and where they stand on certain issues facing Illinois. NBC Chicago

  • Oct 15, 2018
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Rep. Ford Calls for 'Safe Spaces in Public Places,' Files Bill to Deter Mass Shooters

Illinois State Rep. LaShawn Ford announced he has filed new legislation that will provide a safe environment in many of the state's public places. WBBM Radio

  • Oct 15, 2018
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Another Illinois Child Diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis, a Poliolike Condition

A 10th child in Illinois has now been diagnosed with the poliolike condition known as acute flaccid myelitis, which causes paralysis and difficulty swallowing. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 15, 2018
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Illinois Rural Health Association Honors Local Physicians with Physician of Excellence Award

Two local physicians are being honored with the 2018 Physician of Excellence Award from the Illinois Rural Health Association. The Southern

  • Oct 15, 2018
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Frustrated with Health Insurance Costs, Some Turn to Religious Plans: 'For us it's been a Godsend'

Sarah Barazza doesn’t have health insurance, but money was the last thing on her mind as she and her 15-month-old son raced to the hospital in an ambulance last year. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 15, 2018
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As Blue Wave Crests, Health Insurers Brace for 'Medicare for All' Push

Inside the headquarters of the nation’s health insurance lobbies an increasing amount of time and money is being spent preparing for the coming debates in Washington. Forbes

  • Oct 15, 2018
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As U.S. Suicides Rates Rise, Hispanics Show Relative Immunity

The young man held the medication in his hand and considered using it to end his life. Kaiser Health News

  • Oct 15, 2018
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Hidden Drugs and Danger Lurk in Over-the-Counter Supplements, Study Finds

Everyone has seen the ads or the products on the shelves. A dietary supplement that promises to make consumers skinny, without dieting or exercise. Kaiser Health News

  • Oct 15, 2018
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Physician Pay System Rewards Quality

A key part in the way the United States is changing how it pays for health care is feeling some growing pains. Citizens Voice

  • Oct 15, 2018
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Medicare Advantage Riding High as New Insurers Flock to Sell to Seniors

Health care experts widely expected the ACA to hobble Medicare Advantage, the government-funded private health plans that millions of seniors have chosen as an alternative to original Medicare.

  • Oct 15, 2018
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The Great American Health Care Panic

“Health care,” said Rickert, 56, a hospice nurse. “It’s the top issue,” said Brown, 64, a hairdresser. Politico

  • Oct 15, 2018
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Study: Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Forgo Medical Care

Low-income people in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states. Associated Press

  • Oct 15, 2018
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Health, Immigration Advocates Oppose Rule

Several Catholic hospital and community leaders called on people in their networks to oppose a proposed immigration rule change. Chicago Catholic

  • Oct 15, 2018
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Budget Plan Calls for Extra Spending on Garbage and Recycling Bins

Mayor Emanuel will use his final budget address to try to underline his legacy on big-picture issues such as financial stability, education and public safety. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 15, 2018
  • Member News Spotlight

Illinois Hospital Stepping Up Preps for Impending Flu Season

One small hospital is already gearing up for flu season after already treating two people who tested positive for the virus this month. KSDK TV

  • Oct 15, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 15

CMS Announces 2019 Medicare Premiums, Deductibles

  • Oct 12, 2018
  • News from the Web

Investors Just Want an Illinois Governor Who Will Avoid a Junk Rating

Illinois investors are endorsing fiscal stability this election. Bloomberg News

  • Oct 12, 2018
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Rauner, Pritzker Trade Jabs Over Leadership, Taxes at Debate

Illinois’ candidates for governor again traded accusations over leadership, taxes and alleged corruption in a debate Thursday. Associated Press

  • Oct 12, 2018
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401(k)s, raise taxes, change the constitution: Candidates vary on how to solve pension crisis

Races up and down the state will determine who will be in the Illinois statehouse and could shape how the state addresses its massive pension debt. Illinois News Network

  • Oct 12, 2018
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Hospitals Pummeled by Hurricane Michael Scramble to Evacuate Patients

Bay Medical Center, a 300-bed hospital in the center of town, was a tumultuous mess. Staff were frantically working to evacuate patients just as new ones showed up. New York Times

  • Oct 12, 2018
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Doctor detectives help diagnose mysterious illnesses with DNA analysis

For years, the Miller family has faced an uphill battle trying to find a diagnosis for their two sons, Carson and Chase. CBS News
 

  • Oct 12, 2018
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Every Older Patient Has a Story. Medical Students Need to Hear It

Whatever the cluster of second-year students at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York expected to hear from an 82-year-old woman this probably wasn’t it. New York Times
 

  • Oct 12, 2018
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Dementia And Guns: When Should Doctors Broach The Topic?

Some patients refuse to answer. Many doctors don’t ask. Kaiser Health News
 

  • Oct 12, 2018
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Thousands of young U.S. children get no vaccines, survey finds

A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials. Associated Press

  • Oct 12, 2018
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Bernie Sanders: Trump lies about 'Medicare for All' and he's made health care worse

Medicare for All is popular because it would save people money and assure them the health care they need. Trump's only defense is to lie about my bill. USA Today
 

  • Oct 12, 2018
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Cook County health system to add jobs

Cook County's health system intends to add more than 240 jobs next year to keep up with growth. Crain's Chicago Business

  • Oct 12, 2018
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Chicago to file 2nd suit against DOJ over funding for sanctuary cities

Chicago is set to file a second lawsuit today against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice over federal funding for sanctuary cities.WGN TV

  • Oct 12, 2018
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Kanye West to Trump: CPD does not need more stop-and-frisk power to curb crime

Rapper Kanye West, in a wide-ranging, free-flowing session with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office Thursday, talked about ways to reduce crime in Chicago. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Oct 12, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 12

Hospitals Making Progress on HAIs

  • Oct 11, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 11

CMS: Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums Drop

  • Oct 10, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 10

Illinois ACA Marketplace Rates Dropping for Many Plans

  • Oct 09, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 9

DOJ Awards $320M to Combat Opioid Crisis

  • Oct 08, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 8

OIG Issues Report Examining IRF Medicare Payments

  • Oct 05, 2018
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 5

IHA Advocacy Alert on OPPS Site-Neutral Cuts

  • Oct 01, 2018
  • Press Release

IPC Warns of Dangers from Fall Mushrooms

The Illinois Poison Center strongly advises mushroom foragers to take caution when consuming any wild mushroom for any purpose, especially since many mushrooms can be misidentified.

  • Sep 25, 2018
  • Press Release

IHA Honors Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems for Quality Improvement Initiatives

The 8th Annual IHA Quality Excellence Achievement Awards were presented to leaders from two health systems and three hospitals during the IHA Leadership Summit on Sept. 25 in Lombard.

  • 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.

  • Jul 16, 2018
  • Press Release

Luis Andrade Joins IHA's Government Relations Team

Luis Andrade, lead human services and Medicaid analyst for the Office of the Illinois House Speaker, joins IHA as its director of government relations, effective Aug. 6.

  • Jun 27, 2018
  • Press Release

The IPC Celebrates 65 Years of Keeping Illinois Safe

Nation's oldest poison center marks milestone anniversary.

  • 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.

  • Apr 25, 2018
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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.

  • Sep 21, 2017
  • Press Release

Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson ACA Repeal Proposal

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