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Trump policy targeting immigrants who use safety net services blocked by federal court in Illinois

A federal court blocked a Trump administration policy set to kick in that would withhold green cards from immigrants who receive public benefits in areas such as healthcare. Chicago Sun-Times

Trump policy targeting immigrants who use safety net services blocked by federal court in Illinois

News Articles

  • Oct 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Reports raising warning flag about cold-weather rodent baits

As winter weather rolls in, the Illinois Poison Center is warning homeowners to take care when using baits or poisons, which led to 325 exposure calls to the center last year. Jacksonville Courier

  • Oct 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Doctors expect one flu strain to be severe this year

It is officially flu season and doctors said one strain of the flu is expected to be especially severe this year. KDRV TV

  • Oct 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Why High Drug Prices Persist Despite The Fact Good Medicines Are Lowering Healthcare Spending

Healthcare spending in the U.S. is too high; Drug prices in the U.S. are growing rapidly; Drug prices in the U.S. are higher than they are in other parts of the world. Forbes

  • Oct 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Faced With a Drug Shortfall, Doctors Scramble to Treat Children With Cancer

A critical drug that serves as the backbone of treatment for most childhood cancers has become increasingly scarce; doctors warn they may soon be forced to consider rationing doses. New York Times

  • Oct 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

High School Vape Culture Can Be Almost As Hard To Shake As Addiction, Teens Say

When Will tried his first vape during his sophomore year, he didn't know what to expect. It was just something he had vaguely heard about at school. NPR

  • Oct 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Vaping Illness, Deaths Likely Very Rare Beyond U.S., Experts Say

Vaping-linked lung injuries that have killed 29 and sickened more than 1,000 people in the US are likely to be rare in Britain and other countries where the products are not widely used. Reuters

  • Oct 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Almost half of Americans have dealt with substance abuse in family: Gallup

Nearly half of U.S. adults say that substance abuse problems have affected someone in their family, according to a new Gallup poll released Monday. The Hill

  • Oct 15, 2019
  • News from the Web

Trump Is Trying Hard To Thwart Obamacare. How's That Going?

The day President Trump was sworn in he signed an executive order instructing administration officials "to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay" implementing parts of the ACA. NPR

  • Oct 15, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Rush Oak Park Hospital unveils new $30 million emergency department

Construction is finally complete on Rush Oak Park Hospital’s new $30 million state-of-the-art emergency department, and the building is expected to welcome its first patients this month. Oak Leaves

  • Oct 15, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 15

IHA Wraps Up Special Region Member Meetings

  • Oct 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Marijuana goes on sale in Illinois in January, but tight supply may make it hard to buy

When marijuana shops open their doors to the public in January, shoppers at the back of the line might notice something missing once they get inside: the weed. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Interest in ‘medical-aid-in-dying’ law rising in Illinois

"I could see my dad was not at ease after three months of being bedbound," she said. Pantagraph/State Journal-Register

  • Oct 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

E-Cigarettes Went Unchecked in 10 Years of F.D.A. Inaction

In 2009, not long after Dr. Margaret Hamburg became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, a package arrived at her home. New York Times

  • Oct 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

He Tried E-Cigarettes to Quit Smoking. Doctors Say Vaping Led to His Death.

In the spring, Kathleen Fimple buried her husband, John, and by the fall, she had reluctantly settled into her new life as a widow. New York Times

  • Oct 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Patients Eligible For Charity Care Instead Get Big Bills

Nonprofit hospitals admit they sent $2.7 billion in bills over the course of a year to patients who probably qualified for free or discounted care. Kaiser Health News

  • Oct 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

US Appeals Court Skeptical of Trump's Medicaid Work Rules

A federal appeals court questioned the Trump administration's work requirements for Medicaid recipients, casting doubt on an effort to place conditions on low-income people. Associated Press

  • Oct 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Reported suicide attempts among black teens have spiked since 1991, study shows, raising concerns

Suicide attempts that were self-reported by black teens have spiked since 1991, even as their peers in other groups have experienced a downward trend or remained unchanged. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Heads Up: A Ruling On The Latest Challenge To The Affordable Care Act Is Coming

A decision in the latest court case to threaten the future of the Affordable Care Act could come as soon as this month. NPR

  • Oct 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Signs and symptoms of a staph infection

“Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that lives on everyone's skin," says Dr. Tina Tan, who specializes in infectious diseases. Daily Herald

  • Oct 14, 2019
  • News from the Web

Nursing assistant helps care for victims of Chicago violence: ‘My patients are the best part'

While Chicago’s high number of gun-related murders get nationwide attention, the thousands of victims who survive shootings every year often get overlooked. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Oct 14, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 14

Joint Letter to IL Delegation Supports IPC Funding

  • Oct 11, 2019
  • News from the Web

Deputy governor says Pritzker would sign new ethylene oxide regulations

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is ready to sign a pair of ethylene oxide regulatory bills should the General Assembly pass them, a representative of his office told a House committee. Capital News Illinois

  • Oct 11, 2019
  • News from the Web

Gov. Pritzker proposes consolidating suburban and downstate police and firefighter pension funds

Gov. Pritzker unveiled a plan to merge roughly 650 local pension funds for suburban and downstate police officers and firefighters into two statewide funds to narrow a funding gap. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 11, 2019
  • News from the Web

Health Officials Urge Caution in Reducing Opioids for Pain Patients

The Trump administration instructed doctors to use more caution when taking chronic pain patients off opioids, a response to reports that many have cut off prescriptions too quickly. New York Times

  • Oct 11, 2019
  • News from the Web

U.S. surgeons general: Dementia is our top public health crisis | Commentary

Over the span of more than 20 years and three presidents, as surgeons general we’ve confronted more than our fair share of devastating public health crises. Orlando Sentinel Commentary

  • Oct 11, 2019
  • News from the Web

States take back control of their ACA marketplaces

More states are taking control of their health insurance marketplaces to take advantage of cost savings, increase their autonomy, and support wide-ranging health reform efforts. Modern Healthcare

  • Oct 11, 2019
  • News from the Web

The Case for the Public Option Over Medicare for All

How can the United States better control its health care costs and quality and still achieve universal coverage? Harvard Business Review

  • Oct 11, 2019
  • News from the Web

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says her $6.2 billion proposed budget is ‘responsible'

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday presented a nearly $6.2 billion spending plan that steers clear of new taxes or fees to pay for it. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 11, 2019
  • News from the Web

Preckwinkle: No ‘magic wand’ to solve problem of disappearing health care money

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was at a loss to explain how she planned to handle nearly $600 million for healthcare the county provides but for which it is not paid. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Oct 11, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 11

Judge Blocks Public Charge Rule

  • Oct 10, 2019
  • News from the Web

Opinion | Dick Durbin: Rural health care in Illinois must improve

Rising costs. Long drives to see a doctor. Months-long waits to see a specialist. The Southern

  • Oct 10, 2019
  • News from the Web

Gov. Pritzker unveils five-year economic plan for Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has released a five-year economic plan for Illinois that builds on the state’s strongest sectors such as agriculture, health care and transportation. WGN TV

  • Oct 10, 2019
  • News from the Web

Poll shows widespread support for graduated tax

Still a year away from when voters will decide, a new poll shows there is widespread support for a graduated state income tax in Illinois. State Journal-Register

  • Oct 10, 2019
  • News from the Web

Overhaul is proposed for decades-old Medicare fraud rules

The Trump administration proposed overhauling old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating better care for patients. Associated Press

  • Oct 10, 2019
  • News from the Web

“We Vape, We Vote’: How Vaping Crackdowns Are Politicizing Vapers

Vapers across the country are swarming Twitter, the White House comment line and statehouse steps with the message “We Vape, We Vote.” Kaiser Health News

  • Oct 10, 2019
  • News from the Web

Drumbeat Builds For A Peace Corps Of Caregivers

Imagine a government program that would mobilize volunteers to help older adults across the nation age in place. Kaiser Health News

  • Oct 10, 2019
  • News from the Web

How Naperville's District 203 is working to prevent teen suicide

Efforts to screen students for suicide risk and standardize procedures for helping those in need have been "a real-time savior for students" in Naperville Unit District 203. Daily Herald

  • Oct 10, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

OSF HealthCare to merge with Chicago-based medical center

OSF HealthCare will be expanding into the Chicago area after the organization finalized a deal with Little Company of Mary Hospitals and Health Centers in Southwest Chicago. WEEK

  • Oct 10, 2019
  • News from the Web

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle says her $6.2 billion budget has no new taxes and fees

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will present a $6.2 billion spending plan that covers the smallest deficit she has faced since 2010 and proposes no new taxes or fees. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 10, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 10

DCFS, HFS Delay Medicaid Managed Care Expansion

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • News from the Web

State officials urge caution with rat poison as pests head indoors to avoid the cold

Poison control officials want people to be cautious in how they use poison as the weather turns cooler and mice and rats seek out warmer places. The Center Square

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • News from the Web

Trump administration proposes changes to anti-kickback rules for healthcare

The Trump administration proposed changes to federal anti-kickback provisions that restrict the kinds of patient referrals doctors can make. Physician’s Weekly

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • News from the Web

Letter: Hospitals need access to accurate cost-sharing information

Hospitals and health systems understand and share consumers’ frustrations with understanding how much they will be expected to pay for care. Modern Healthcare Letter from AHA President Rick Pollack

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • News from the Web

Doctors turn to thumbs for diagnosis and treatment by text

Dr. Anna Nguyen spoke with none of the five patients she treated on a recent weekday morning. Associated Press

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • News from the Web

They Enrolled in Medical School To Practice Rural Medicine. What Happened?

The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina opened in 2011 a one-building campus in the heart of wheat country dedicated to producing the rural doctors the country needs. Kaiser Health News

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • News from the Web

Colorado's proposed public option uses lower hospital pay to cut premiums

Colorado state agencies unveiled a draft proposal of a public insurance option that they say could reduce residents' average monthly premiums, largely by paying hospitals less. Modern Healthcare

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • News from the Web

My 75-year-old partner had surgery and was prescribed a bottle of opioids with no words of caution

Within months of turning 75, my significant other was facing surgery his first ever. Chicago Tribune

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • News from the Web

Democratic Presidential Hopeful Sanders Says He Was 'Dumb' to Ignore Health Warnings

US Senator Bernie Sanders said he had wrongly ignored warning signs about his health before suffering a heart attack last week, but that he did not think the scare would damage his campaign. Reuters

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • News from the Web

Most pregnant women aren't getting flu and whooping cough shots, CDC warns

Most pregnant women in the United States don't get flu and whooping cough vaccines even though the shots are safe and recommended as part of routine prenatal care. CNN

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • News from the Web

3 sexually transmitted diseases hit new highs again in US

U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year. Associated Press

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Joliet hospital embarks on multimillion-dollar ‘Heart Hospital within a Hospital’ campaign

AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center is eyeing a multimillion-dollar project that would create space for a heart hospital in the existing hospital. The Herald-News

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on HHS Proposed Rules on Reforms to Support Value-Based Care and Coordinated Care

IHA applauds HHS for taking meaningful action to update the Physician Self-Referral Law (the “Stark Law”) and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute with its proposed changes to regulations.

  • Oct 09, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 9

HHS Proposes Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute Reforms

  • Oct 08, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Advocate Sherman's home visit program receives state award

Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin received an IHA award for its mobile integrated program where paramedics visit patients at home to help them manage conditions, avoid readmission. Daily Herald

  • Oct 08, 2019
  • News from the Web

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 8

Chicago HEAL Initiative Report Released

  • Oct 07, 2019
  • Press Release

Is That a Mouse In Your House?

Nation’s oldest poison center offers rodent removal and prevention safety tips

  • Oct 07, 2019
  • News from the Web

U.S. adds 136,000 jobs in September, unemployment rate hits 50-year low

The economy added 136,000 new jobs in September, the government said Friday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 150,000 increase. MarketWatch

  • Oct 07, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 7

Immigrant Visas Suspended for Uninsured

  • Oct 04, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 4

Special IHA Member Meetings Begin

  • Oct 03, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

McDonough District Hospital showcases new Dolores Kator Switzer Women’s Center

On Wednesday, the hospital and city leaders held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the hospital’s new women’s center. WGEM TV

  • Oct 03, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

BJC HealthCare will raise minimum hourly pay to $15; more than 3,500 workers will benefit

BJC HealthCare, the area’s largest employer, announced plans Wednesday to increase its minimum hourly pay to $15 per hour. St Louis Post Dispatch

  • Oct 03, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Lyft offering free rides to screenings for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It's October 1st and the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ABC 7 TV

  • Oct 03, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 3

14 Organizations Receive Well-Woman Care Grants

  • Oct 02, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 2

CMS Seeks Info on 340B Drug Acquisition Costs

  • Sep 27, 2019
  • News from the Web

How can Chicago erase $838 million budget shortfall? Lightfoot asks aldermen for ideas

Chicago aldermen are urging Mayor Lori Lightfoot to lift the city’s ban on video gambling and, if a massive property tax increase is unavoidable, phase it in. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Sep 26, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Honors Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems for Quality Initiatives with Significant Impact

Hospitals and health systems in Illinois devote significant resources to advancing patient care and safety. IHA recognizes those dedicated efforts through its Quality Excellence Achievement Awards.

  • Sep 25, 2019
  • News from the Web

Cook County State’s Attorney, activists sue Trump administration over proposed immigration rules

Cook County’s government and a prominent advocacy group sued President Trump’s administration over its planned changes to immigration rules this week. Chicago Tribune

  • Sep 20, 2019
  • News from the Web

Health Officials: 69 Hospitalizations Linked to Vaping in Illinois

Nearly 70 Illinois residents are among 530 people across the country who have been hospitalized and diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, according to health officials. WTTW TV

  • Sep 17, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Sept. 17

CDC Activates Emergency Operations Center

  • Sep 11, 2019
  • News from the Web

Rate of uninsured Americans rises for the first time since Obamacare took effect in 2014

The rate of Americans without health insurance rose last year for the first time since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. CNBC News

  • Aug 07, 2019
  • News from the Web

Doctors Argue Plans To Remedy Surprise Medical Bills Will ‘Shred’ The Safety Net

Chances are, you or someone you know has gotten a surprise medical bill. Kaiser Health News

  • Aug 06, 2019
  • News from the Web

Medicaid managed care reforms signed into law

Gov. Pritzker said people applying for Medicaid benefits in Illinois will see those applications processed more quickly and healthcare providers will be paid more promptly. Capitol News Illinois

  • Jun 28, 2019
  • News from the Web

Sterigenics moves to upgrade shuttered device sterilization plant

Sterigenics said that it has applied for permits to upgrade emissions controls at its Willowbrook, Ill. medical device sterilization plant. Medical Design & Outsourcing

  • Jun 27, 2019
  • News from the Web

US vaccine panel downgrades pneumonia shot recommendation

A scientific panel has downgraded its recommendation that all retirement-age Americans get a vaccination against bacteria that can cause pneumonia, meningitis and other illnesses. Associated Press

  • Jun 20, 2019
  • News from the Web

Pharmacies back bill instituting state oversight of pharmacy benefit managers

A bill that passed would give the state more oversight over companies criticized for slashing payments to independent pharmacies that serve low-income patients. Gatehouse Media Illinois

  • Jun 11, 2019
  • News from the Web

The Elderly Are Getting Complex Surgeries. Often It Doesn’t End Well.

People over 65 represent roughly 16 percent of the American population, but account for 40 percent of patients undergoing surgery in hospitals. New York Times

  • May 01, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital Leaders Urge Legislative Action on Needed Medicaid Managed Care Reforms

Hospital and health system leaders from across Illinois are urging the General Assembly to pass legislation on needed reforms to the state’s Medicaid managed care program before it adjourns May 31.

  • Apr 04, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital Leaders to Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives at the State Capitol

4th Annual IHA Quality Advocacy Showcase on April 3 highlights statewide efforts to advance patient care, improve communities and reduce costs.

  • Feb 28, 2019
  • Press Release

March is Illinois Poison Prevention Month

This week, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) kicks off Illinois Poison Prevention Month, which serves as a timely reminder of the substantial harm poisoning can cause to people of all ages.

  • Feb 21, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Award Presented

Patients in Illinois are benefiting from reduced sepsis infection rates and enhancements in antimicrobial stewardship due to the efforts of two exceptional IHA members.

  • Feb 15, 2019
  • Press Release

Comprehensive Medicaid Managed Care Reform Legislation Will Strengthen Illinois Medicaid Program

A comprehensive legislative package of Medicaid managed care reform bills strongly backed by the IHA and the hospital community has been introduced in the General Assembly.

  • Feb 15, 2019
  • Press Release

Karen Harris Named IHA Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Karen Harris will join the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective March 1.

  • Jan 28, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA's Longest Serving Employee Retires

On Jan. 31, IHA will lose its longest serving employee.

  • Jan 02, 2019
  • Press Release

IHA Elects New Board

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association is pleased to announce its newly elected 2019 Board of Trustees.

  • Dec 17, 2018
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Texas District Court Ruling on the ACA

Illinois hospitals and health systems are extremely deeply disappointed by the district court's decision. This ruling threatens access to healthcare coverage for one million Illinoisans.

  • Nov 19, 2018
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Warns About "Silent Killer" in Homes

The Illinois Poison Center notes an increase in carbon monoxide poisoning in the winter.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.