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Nurse Staffing Ratios Could Save Illinois Hospitals $1.4B, Study Finds

Proposed legislation establishing limits on the number of patients that can be assigned to registered nurses would save Illinois hospitals about $1.4 billion. Becker's Hospital Review

Nurse Staffing Ratios Could Save Illinois Hospitals $1.4B, Study Finds

News Articles

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

Hospitals Oppose New Nurse Staffing Mandates Proposal

A proposal in Springfield to impose mandated nurse staffing ratios at Illinois hospitals is raising concerns among healthcare professionals around the state. The Times Weekly (Joliet)

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

At 100 Days, Pritzker Excited, Hopeful on Agenda

With today marking the 100th day of Gov. Pritzker’s first term, the governor says he’s had some “pretty big wins” like an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. State Journal-Register

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

IDPH Rolls Out Mobile Health Units to Increase Measles Vaccination Rates in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health is rolling out mobile units and community outreach programs in an effort to increase vaccination rates across the state. WTVO TV

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

CMS Proposes Updates to Hospital Wage Index, Payments for Emerging Therapies

The Trump administration has released its annual rule governing payments to inpatient providers, and in it, takes steps to target rural healthcare and new therapies. Fierce Healthcare

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

Hospitals Chafe Under a Medicare Rule that Reduces Payments to Far-Flung Clinics

Eric Lewis' plans of expanding his community hospital's reach have been derailed. NPR Illinois

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

Physician Shortage: The Numbers Keep Climbing, Now Estimated at 122K by 2032

There’s no good news when it comes to predictions of a physician shortage. Fierce Healthcare

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

Americans Getting More Inactive, Computers Partly to Blame

Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new study found. Associated Press

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

House Dems to Hold Hearing on 'Medicare for All' Next Week

The House Rules Committee will hold a hearing on "Medicare for All" legislation next week, a step forward for the legislation that is gaining ground in the progressive wing of the party. The Hill

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

U of C, Advocate Health Care Announce Joint Violence and Trauma Care Effort

The University of Chicago Medical Center and the Advocate Christ Medical Center announced the formation of Southland RISE (Resilience Initiative to Strengthen and Empower). Hyde Park Herald

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

2 Dead, at Least 17 Hospitalized in Series of Drug Overdoses in Chicago

Two people have died and at least 17 others have been hospitalized in a series of drug overdoses Tuesday on the West and Northwest sides. ABC 7 TV

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Graham Hospital School of Nursing Ranked One of Best

Graham Hospital School of Nursing has been named the #11 nursing school program out of 78 accredited nursing schools in Illinois by RegisteredNursing.org. Canton Daily Ledger

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

Health Care Laws Protect Citizens from Whims of Corporations

Pipeline has repeatedly tried to skirt Illinois law, the mayor of Melrose Park writes. Crain's Chicago Business Op-Ed (by Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico)

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

Westlake Hospital Standoff Highlights Tough Choices in Health Care

The Chicago region, like the health care industry, has two choices: Hold on to the past or move to the future where better and more cost-effective care can be provided to everyone. Crain's

  • Apr 24, 2019
  • News from the Web

Editorial: Put Patients First in the Fight Over the Closing of Westlake Hospital

At the heart of the debate over closing Westlake Hospital is a simple question: Is the 230-bed facility crucial to maintaining quality medical care in the near west suburbs? Chicago Sun-Times

  • Apr 23, 2019
  • News from the Web

For Your Safety, Let Hospitals - Not Politicians - Decide Workloads for Nurses

Every hour, every day, your local hospitals provide life-saving care to everyone who comes through their doors. Chicago Sun-Times Letter to the Editor (by A.J. Wilhelmi, President & CEO, IHA)

  • Apr 23, 2019
  • News from the Web

As Health Insurance Prices Soared, 'The State was Powerless to Stop it.'

In recent years, many Illinois consumers were socked with steep price increases when buying health insurance on the Obamacare exchange. Chicago Tribune

  • Apr 23, 2019
  • News from the Web

Medicare, Social Security Face Shaky Fiscal Futures

The financial condition of the government’s bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026. Associated Press

  • Apr 23, 2019
  • News from the Web

CMS Announces New Primary Care Payment Models Aimed at Greater Shared Risk

The Trump Administration is experimenting with several new primary care payment models, including one that would shift providers to global payments. Fierce Healthcare

  • Apr 23, 2019
  • News from the Web

Many Clinicians Feel Unprepared to Treat Behavioral Health Conditions

Clinicians are poorly prepared to screen and treat patients with substance abuse and behavioral health disorders, a recent survey found. HealthLeaders Media

  • Apr 23, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

SSM Health Introduces New Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Officials at SSM Health hope you'll take advantage of an open house to learn more about a new program they're offering. WSIL TV

  • Apr 23, 2019
  • News from the Web

Needed: More African-American Blood Donors

Chicago needs more African-American blood donors. Chicago Tribune Editorial

  • Apr 23, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Elmhurst Hospital President Named to Board of Global Organization

The president and CEO of Elmhurst Hospital, Pamela Dunley, has been named to the Planetree International board of directors. Daily Herald

  • Apr 23, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Kim Foxx Allowed to Join Fight to Save Westlake Hospital

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has joined the fight to a keep open a west suburban hospital that serves many low-income and minority patients. WGN TV

  • Apr 23, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Westlake Hospital Owners Agree to Keep Operating; Critical Hearing Slated for Next Week

The owners of Westlake Hospital a Cook County judge Monday that they will abide by all the conditions set out in a temporary restraining order issued nearly two weeks ago. ABC 7 TV

  • Apr 23, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: April 23

CMS Announces Primary Care VBP Models

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • News from the Web

Patrick Kennedy Asks Illinois Lawmakers to Oppose Marijuana Legalization

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy is urging Illinois lawmakers not to legalize marijuana, warning that the commercialization of pot will have “devastating consequences” for public health. Tribune

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • News from the Web

Illinois Health Officials Seek to Build Vaccine Stockpile to Combat Measles

The U.S. is on pace to shatter the record of measles cases in any year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000. Capital News Illinois

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • News from the Web

FDA OKs 1st Generic Nasal Spray of Overdose Reversal Drug

U.S. regulators have approved the first generic nasal spray version of Narran, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses. Associated Press

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • News from the Web

Amid Opioid Prescriber Crackdown, Health Officials Reach Out to Pain Patients

A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes this week, in a multistate sting. NPR

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • News from the Web

Two-Wave U.S. Flu Season is Now the Longest in a Decade

Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. Associated Press

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • News from the Web

Hospitals Stand to Lose Billions Under 'Medicare for All'

For a patient’s knee replacement, Medicare will pay a hospital $17,000. New York Times

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • News from the Web

Republicans Offer Health Care Bills to Protect Patients (and Themselves)

President Trump and Republicans in Congress say they are committed to protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions. New York Times

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • News from the Web

Westlake Controversy Shows Where Hospitals are Headed

The battle over the proposed closure of a Melrose Park hospital is a sign of things to come for other community hospitals squeezed by tectonic shifts in health care. Crain's Chicago Business

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

State's Attorney Joins Fight to Keep Open Westlake Hospital

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office has sided with the village of Melrose Park in its battle to keep Westlake Hospital open. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Paris Hospital Named to Top Critical Access List

Paris Community Hospital, a service of Horizon Health, has been named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the nation by The Chartism Center for Rural Health. Tribune Star

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

OSF HealthCare Expands Downtown Plans, Moves Ahead on Headquarters Work

OSF HealthCare’s footprint in Downtown Peoria is going to be larger than expected, and work will soon be underway on the headquarters facility there. Journal Star

  • Apr 22, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: April 22

CMS FFY2020 Proposed SNF Payment Policy Changes

  • Apr 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

'Already in Crisis:' Report says Medicaid Funding Shortfalls Causing Nursing Homes to Close

Since March 2014, 20 state-licensed skilled-care nursing homes have closed for financial reasons. Capitol News Illinois

  • Apr 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

High-Deductible Health Policies Linked to Delayed Diagnosis and Treatment

In 2017, Susan learned that she carries a genetic mutation that may elevate her lifetime risk of developing breast cancer to 72 percent. NPR

  • Apr 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

U.S. Awards $350M in Research Funds to Fight Opioid Epidemic

U.S. health officials said they will spend $350 million in four states to study ways to best deal with the nation's opioid crisis on the local level. Associated Press

  • Apr 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

McConnell Introducing Bill to Raise Age to Buy Tobacco to 21

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he will introduce legislation that would raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. The Hill

  • Apr 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

Undaunted by Trump's ACA Threats, Centene Plans to Forge Ahead

The CEO of Centene called news about the so-called end of the ACA "headline volatility" that shouldn't affect the health insurer's day-to-day operations and growth plan for the future. HealthLeaders

  • Apr 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

Medicine's Racist Past Makes Many African-Americans Wary of Giving Blood

Patients with sickle cell disease, in particular, develop fewer reactions when given blood from donors of similar racial backgrounds. Chicago Tribune

  • Apr 19, 2019
  • News from the Web

Trump Administration Releases 2020 ACA Rules

Insurers will still be allowed to "silver load" on the individual market next year, the Trump administration announced yesterday. Axios

  • Apr 19, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Marking a Century - OSF St. Luke Makes 100th Birthday Official

Another Kewanee institution hit the 100 year mark this week. Star Courier

  • Apr 19, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

A Conflicting Series of Rulings Leaves Westlake Patients and Staff Members More Bewildered than Ever

A whirlwind week of back-and-forth court rulings over the fate of Westlake Hospital continued Thursday with two courts weighing in on what should happen next. Chicago Tribune

  • Apr 19, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

West Side Health Care Group Awarded $3 Million Grant

A West Side health care group will increase training to help health care workers get higher-paying jobs with a $3 million grant announced Thursday. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Apr 19, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: April 19

CMS Issues ACA Exchange 2020 Rule

  • Apr 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

For First Time, Population in All Illinois' Metro Areas Declines

U.S. Census data released Thursday showed the population in every one of the state's metropolitan areas declined in the past year for the first time. Illinois News Network

  • Apr 18, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

OSF HealthCare Top-Ranked Health Care Employer in Illinois by Forbes

OSF HealthCare has been named one of the best employers in the country for 2010, and the highest ranked Illinois-based health care system earning the distinction, for the second year in a row. WMBD

  • Apr 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

Why Hospitals Should Fear Blue Cross Primary Care Centers

Now come the nation’s largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans that dominate big diverse markets like Florida, Illinois, Texas and New Jersey. Forbes

  • Apr 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

Most Hospitals Use EHR Data to Support Quality Improvement Efforts

Eighty-two percent of hospitals used EHR data to support quality improvement from 2015 to 2017, according to a newly-released ONC data brief. EHR Intelligence

  • Apr 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

60 People Charged in Illegal Prescription Opioid Crackdown

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman of Cincinnati described the action, with 31 doctors facing charges, as the biggest known takedown yet of drug prescribers. Associated Press

  • Apr 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

Doctors Use HIV in Gene Therapy to Fix 'Bubble Boy Disease'

They were born without a working germ-fighting system, every infection a threat to their lives. Associated Press

  • Apr 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

As Syphilis Invades Rural America, a Fraying Health Safety Net is Failing to Stop It

Pregnant women, young men and teens are all part of the rapidly growing number of syphilis patients coming to the Choices Medical Services clinic in the rural southwestern Mo.. Kaiser Health News

  • Apr 18, 2019
  • Member News Spotlight

Day after Rebuke from Judge, Owners of Westlake Hospital Offer to Give it to Melrose Park

The Los Angeles-based owner of Westlake Hospital is now offering to give the hospital to the Village of Melrose Park, following days of court battles over its future. Chicago Tribune

  • Apr 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

How a Chicago Woman Fell Victim to Candida Auris, a Drug-Resistant Fungus

Gregory Spoor got the distressing news about his wife while standing outside her room in the intensive care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. New York Times

  • Apr 18, 2019
  • News from the Web

Pregnant Women Can Now Text Reporters for Free to Get Tips, Ask Questions and Share Stories

Pregnant women in Chicago can now get tips and ask questions by texting journalists under a new initiative. Block Club Chicago

  • Apr 18, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: April 18

RSVP by April 19 for IHA's State Advocacy Day

  • Apr 17, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

Cook County Health Cuts Ribbon on Outpatient Center in Arlington Heights

On April 12, Cook County Health held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public open house at its new Arlington Heights Health Center as part of its ongoing plans to expand care into suburban Cook County.

  • Apr 17, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: April 17

SIHF Part of New Medical Apprenticeship Program

  • Apr 16, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

BroMenn Rebuilds Therapy Gym into Simulated Home

Theresa Prosser, Ashley Buldak and Michael Vogel showed off a new kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, laundry room and front porch without leaving Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.

  • Apr 16, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: April 16

FDA: Pediatric Breathing Tube Shortage

  • Apr 15, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: April 15

Submit Sexual Assault Treatment/Transfer Plans to IDPH

  • Apr 12, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: April 12

IL House Vote Not Taken on Nurse Staffing Ratios

  • Apr 11, 2019
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

University of Chicago Medicine to Receive Millions to Support Child Trauma Victims

A new $9.1 million gift to the University of Chicago Medicine will help children who suffer from trauma. WBEZ Radio

  • Apr 11, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: April 11

Call Your State Rep Now: Vote NO or Present on HB 2604

  • 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.

  • Apr 03, 2019
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: April 3

IHA Quality Advocacy Showcase Held Today in Springfield

  • 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.