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COVID public health emergency appears to be headed for extension

The Biden administration appears headed toward extending the COVID public health emergency for another three months, allowing special powers and programs to continue past the midterms. AXIOS

COVID public health emergency appears to be headed for extension

News Articles

  • Aug 17, 2022
  • News from the Web

Coming soon: Over-the-counter hearing aids

In a move years in the making, the FDA on Tuesday issued a final rule allowing over-the-counter sales of hearing aids to adults with mild or moderate hearing loss. AXIOS

  • Aug 17, 2022
  • News from the Web

Study: Tiny infants born to White mothers stand best chance of better care

The rate of active medical interventions to save very premature infants increased significantly across the United States from 2014 to 2020, a new study says. UPI

  • Aug 17, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 17

CDC Plans Overhaul After COVID Response Failures

  • Aug 17, 2022
  • News from the Web

Biden signs Democrats' $740 billion tax, climate and health care bill into law

President Biden signed into law the $740 billion reconciliation bill, which includes an increase in taxes on large corporations, address climate change and lower prescription drug costs. AXIOS

  • Aug 17, 2022
  • News from the Web

Congress isn’t done with messy health care fights

Year-end spending bills often contain "extenders" that delay cuts to hospitals that treat the poorest communities. But lawmakers may be hard-pressed to justify the price this time. AXIOS

  • Aug 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

Illinois launching program to provide better care for seniors

Illinois is launching the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to better meet the needs of older adults across Illinois. WSIL

  • Aug 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

CDC takes back control of pandemic hospitalization data despite criticism

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has won a months-long battle for control of Covid-19 hospital data, a rare victory during its pandemic response. Bloomberg

  • Aug 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

Biden to sign massive climate and health care legislation

President Joe Biden will sign Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill on Tuesday, delivering what he has called the “final piece” of his pared-down domestic agenda. AP

  • Aug 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

Buy a rural hospital for $100? Investors pick up struggling institutions for pennies

Braden Health is buying hospital buildings worth millions of dollars for next to nothing with a promise to keep running them as health centers serving their communities. WUIS

  • Aug 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

The Joint Commission to add health equity standards to accreditations

The Joint Commission has established new accreditation standards to accelerate equity efforts within healthcare organizations. Crain's Chicago Business

  • Aug 16, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 16

IHA Comments on CY 2023 HH Proposed Rule

  • Aug 15, 2022
  • News from the Web

Cook County back down to medium COVID risk level, but hospitalizations and deaths high in Illinois

Cook County is back to medium COVID transmission level under federal standards as case rates dip, but viral hospitalizations and deaths across Illinois remain near five-month highs. Chicago Sun-Times

  • Aug 15, 2022
  • News from the Web

House sends climate bill to Biden in party-line vote

House Democrats passed their sweeping tax, climate and health care bill on Friday, sending the $740 billion legislation to President Biden’s desk. The Hill

  • Aug 15, 2022
  • News from the Web

AMA launches initiative to increase HIV, STI screenings

A group of community health centers will follow best practices for efforts to boost visits for HIV, viral hepatitis, latent tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections. Crain's Chicago Business

  • Aug 15, 2022
  • News from the Web

WHO renames two monkeypox variants to avoid geographic references

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Saturday that it renamed variants of the virus monkeypox as it looks to counter concerns about the original naming conventions. The Hill

  • Aug 15, 2022
  • News from the Web

Highland Park Hospital doesn’t see many victims of gun violence. Then July Fourth happened

It was relatively quiet the morning of July Fourth at Highland Park Hospital. That all changed within a few hours, after a gunman fired into the town’s Fourth of July parade. Chicago Tribune
 

  • Aug 15, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 15

House Sends Inflation Reduction Act to President 
 

  • Aug 12, 2022
  • News from the Web

USDA invests $2.7 million to improve health care for people living in rural Illinois

USDA Rural Development Illinois State Director Betsy Dirksen Londrigan announced that USDA is awarding $2.7 million in grants to improve health care facilities in rural Illinois towns. WSIL

  • Aug 12, 2022
  • News from the Web

CDC releases new updates to its COVID-19 guidance

According to the CDC, its COVID guidance is streamlined to help people understand risk, how to protect themselves, what actions to take if exposed, and actions to take if sick or test positive. WAND

  • Aug 12, 2022
  • News from the Web

Democrats didn’t achieve all their goals, but Inflation Reduction Act makes historic Medicare change

The health care, climate, and tax bill expected to pass the House won’t be as sweeping as Democrats hoped, but it would help millions of Americans afford prescription drugs and health insurance. KHN

  • Aug 12, 2022
  • News from the Web

New data from several states show racial disparities in monkeypox infections

New data emerging from some states and localities closely tracking monkeypox outbreaks show extreme racial disparities that are alarming experts. STAT

  • Aug 12, 2022
  • News from the Web

Hospital and drugmaker move to build vast database of New Yorkers’ DNA

The Mount Sinai Health System began an effort to build a vast database of patient genetic information that can be studied by researchers — and by a large pharmaceutical company. The New York Times

  • Aug 12, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 12

CDC Relaxes COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Aug 11, 2022
  • News from the Web

State filing on Medicaid delays asks court to reconsider

Saying a federal appeals court mistakenly created a “watershed moment” that could cost taxpayers, Illinois AG Kwame Raoul sides with insurance titans that administer healthcare reimbursements. BGA

  • Aug 11, 2022
  • News from the Web

Biden administration planning to extend Covid emergency declaration

The Biden administration is expected to extend the Covid public health emergency, ensuring federal measures expanding access to health coverage, vaccines and treatments beyond the midterms. POLITICO

  • Aug 11, 2022
  • News from the Web

Health care providers are shouldering rising costs. That could change soon

While the economy experienced record-breaking inflation, price increases in health care have been relatively subdued — which could end as Medicare and other payers adjust to new economics. POLITICO

  • Aug 11, 2022
  • News from the Web

HHS investing $60M to improve rural healthcare

HHS is investing $60 million in programs aiming to grow the healthcare workforce and increase access to care in rural communities. Becker's Hospital Review

  • Aug 11, 2022
  • News from the Web

Pelosi to urge House to pass Biden inflation-reduction bill as is

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will ask members of the House to pass without changes a $430 billion climate and prescription drug bill approved by U.S. Senate over the weekend. Reuters

  • Aug 11, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 11

AHRQ Brief on Nurses’ Role in Diagnostic Process

  • Aug 10, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 10

IHA Leadership Summit: Strategies for Leading Change

  • Aug 09, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 9

Complete the 2022 Racial Equity Progress Report by 9/30

  • Aug 08, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 8

Senate Passes Democratic Reconciliation Bill

  • Aug 05, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 5

DHS Publishes ‘988’ Frequently Asked Questions

  • Aug 04, 2022
  • Daily Briefing

IHA Daily Briefing: Aug. 4

Antibiotic Stewardship Program for Hospitals, LTCFs

  • Jul 12, 2022
  • Press Release

IPC Warns Public of Fake Prescription Pills, Drug Substitutions as Fentanyl Use Rises

Now that summer is in full swing, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) is warning the public to stay safe by avoiding recreational drugs, especially synthetic recreational drugs.

  • Jun 16, 2022
  • Press Release

IHA’s Annual Meeting Highlights Ways to Innovate, Strengthen Rural Healthcare

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association today kicked off the start of our Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting entitled “Inspiring Connections” at the Crowne Plaza Springfield.

  • Jun 16, 2022
  • News from the Web

FDA advisers endorse 1st COVID-19 shots for kids under 5

The first COVID shots for U.S. infants, toddlers and preschoolers moved a step closer. The FDA’s vaccine advisers gave a thumbs-up to vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer for the littlest kids. AP

  • Jun 14, 2022
  • Press Release

IHA to Host Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association will host our Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting, “Inspiring Connections,” on June 16-17 at the Crowne Plaza Springfield.

  • May 23, 2022
  • Press Release

IPC Offers Tips to Help Families Celebrate Summer Safely

The Illinois Poison Center encourages Illinoisans to take precautions against poison exposures, including foodborne illness, while enjoying fun in the sun this summer.

  • May 19, 2022
  • News from the Web

CDC: 36 states investigating 180 pediatric hepatitis cases

The CDC continues to work with health departments and clinicians nationwide to identify and investigate hepatitis of unknown cause impacting children. WSIL

  • May 09, 2022
  • Press Release

Media Advisory: IHA Health Equity Action Day Is May 13

IHA will host its second annual Health Equity Action Day, Accelerating Health Equity Across Illinois, on Friday, May 13 from 9-11:30 a.m.

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • Press Release

IHA Health Equity Action Day Is May 13

Bestselling author and policy expert Heather McGhee will deliver the keynote address at IHA’s second
annual Health Equity Action Day on May 13.

  • Mar 09, 2022
  • News from the Web

Illinois' big gap: Black workers worse off than peers

Research shows that racial and ethnic inequalities have cost the U.S. economy $51 trillion in lost economic output in the past 30 years. Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Jan 26, 2022
  • Press Release

Ted Rogalski Chairs 2022 IHA Board of Trustees

Ted Rogalski, Administrator, Genesis Medical Center, Aledo, became Chair of IHA's 2022 Board of Trustees on Jan. 1, 2022. The Board is the policymaking body for IHA.

  • Jul 21, 2021
  • Press Release

Beware of Fake Prescription Pills This Summer

The Illinois Poison Center has a warning for anyone who may purchase pills that were not prescribed by a doctor: Chances are, the drugs are counterfeit and you may be ingesting fentanyl.

  • Jun 18, 2021
  • Press Release

IHA Launches the Racial Equity in Healthcare Progress Report

IHA launched the Racial Equity in Healthcare Progress Report during IHA’s Health Equity Action Day on June 18. The report is a long-term tool to document progress toward racial health equity.

  • Jun 17, 2021
  • Press Release

IHA Health Equity Action Day: Media Advisory

IHA Health Equity Action Day will be live streamed on June 18 at 9 a.m. Speakers include Michelle Silverthorn, founder of Inclusion Nation, Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

  • May 18, 2021
  • IL Hospitals Doing More

18 vulnerable Chicago neighborhoods. 10 leading health systems. One powerful goal.

More than three years ago, a meeting with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and the CEOs of 10 major hospitals in Chicago sparked the Chicago Hospital Engagement, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Initiative. 

  • Mar 22, 2021
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Unveils New Website

The Illinois Poison Center's newly redesigned website provides easy access to reliable health and safety information for the public and healthcare providers.

  • Mar 01, 2021
  • Press Release

March Is Illinois Poison Prevention Month

In March, Illinois Poison Prevention Month, IPC encourages all Illinoisans to learn about the potential hazards lurking in homes, schools and workplaces. 

  • Feb 22, 2021
  • Press Release

Telehealth Legislation Protects Virtual Healthcare Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic

The Coalition to Protect Telehealth announced support for a legislative proposal to protect Illinoisans’ access to the innovative telehealth services they have relied on during the COVID pandemic.

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • Press Release

Statement from IHA Re: Hospital and Healthcare Transformation – Senate Bill 1510

IHA and the Illinois hospital community want to thank Representative Greg Harris, Senator Heather Steans, and HFS Director Theresa Eagleson for their leadership in moving this legislation forward.

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • Press Release

Statement from IHA Re: Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch

IHA congratulates State Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch on his historic election as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for the 102nd General Assembly. 

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • Press Release

Illinois Health and Hospital Association Elects New Board

IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2021 Board of Trustees. Board officers serve a one-year term beginning January 1, 2021.

  • Jan 11, 2021
  • Press Release

Karen Teitelbaum to Chair 2021 Illinois Health and Hospital Association Board

Karen Teitelbaum, president and CEO, Sinai Chicago, is the chair of IHA's 2021 Board of Trustees as of Jan. 1, 2021. The Board of Trustees is the policymaking body for IHA.

  • Dec 17, 2020
  • Press Release

Avoid Toxic Drug Combinations This Flu Season

Experts at the Illinois Poison Center are alerting the public to dangerous drug combinations that could interact poorly with HIV medication, or cause a rapid increase in blood pressure.

  • Dec 16, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Chief Says Vaccine Delivery ‘on Track' to Illinois County Health Departments

Illinois hospitals are working around the clock with Gov. Pritzker, IDPH, the entire state pandemic response team and local health depts. to ensure the vaccine is administered. We urge patience.

  • Nov 20, 2020
  • Press Release

Leading Business and Health Care Groups Urge Safe Holiday Celebrations

The state’s leading business and healthcare organizations are urging Illinoisans to safely celebrate the holidays and help slow the spread of the coronavirus by following all health guidelines.

  • Nov 17, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Governor Pritzker's Action Today to Mitigate COVID-19 Surge

IHA and our member hospitals and health systems commend Governor Pritzker for his exceptional leadership in this extraordinary time, including his action to mitigate the alarming surge in COVID-19.

  • Nov 17, 2020
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award to DuPage Medical Group

MAPS PSO awarded the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award to DuPage Medical Group in Downers Grove and gave an Honorable Mention to Pinckneyville Community Hospital.

  • Nov 13, 2020
  • Press Release

Hospitals, Doctors and Nurses Plead: “Don’t Let Your Guard Down. Keep Your Mask Up”

With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surging, IHA has launched a new statewide campaign to communicate the importance of taking reasonable precautions to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

  • Nov 02, 2020
  • Press Release

Jordan Powell Joining IHA to Lead on Health Policy and Finance

Jordan Powell joins IHA as Senior Vice President of Health Policy and Finance on Dec. 14. He will provide leadership on strategic policy, payment system, health equity and healthcare reform issues.

  • Oct 05, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Letter re: Graduated Income Tax Proposal

IHA urges Illinoisans to vote Yes on a proposed constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax.

  • Sep 30, 2020
  • Press Release

Healthcare Providers, Advocates Urge General Assembly to Protect Telehealth

The Coalition to Protect Our Telehealth, which includes IHA, urges the General Assembly to protect telehealth approaches so Illinoisans can access critically needed, affordable care beyond COVID-19.

  • Sep 16, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Opinion: Hospitals Committed to Serving Everyone

Illinois hospitals of all shapes and sizes are the cornerstones of their communities and provide some of the highest quality healthcare in the world.

  • Sep 14, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Poison Center Leader Named President-Elect of AAPCC

Carol DesLauriers, PharmD, DABAT, Assistant Vice President of the Illinois Poison Center (IPC), has been named president-elect of the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

  • Aug 09, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on IDPH Emergency Rules on Face Coverings

A statement from IHA President and CEO A.J. Wilhelmi urges the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules to allow emergency rules on face coverings to move forward to help ensure health and safety.

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospital and Health Systems Showcase Quality Improvement Initiatives

Eighty quality improvement projects from Illinois hospitals and health systems represent the dedicated efforts of healthcare professionals to advance quality care and enhance health and well-being.

  • Jul 15, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Business and Healthcare Groups Encourage Use of Face Masks to Save Lives, Protect Jobs

A diverse coalition of business groups renewed calls for Illinoisans to wear face masks when in public to save lives and protect the state’s economy.

  • Jun 24, 2020
  • Press Release

Summer Plants: Safe or Not?

As Illinoisans venture outside for summer fun, the Illinois Poison Center (IPC) reminds you that some of the season’s most attractive plants can be harmful—or even deadly.

  • Jun 15, 2020
  • Press Release

IHA Statement on Health Disparities

Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, which has highlighted glaring health disparities. Illinois’ hospital community is engaged on this issue.

  • Apr 29, 2020
  • Press Release

Health Care Organizations Speak Out Against Legal Challenge to Stay-at-Home Order

IHA, along with ANA, ISAPN and ISMS, submitted an amicus brief on April 29 in the legal case challenging Governor Pritzker's stay-at-home executive order.

  • Apr 27, 2020
  • News from the Web

Please Do Not Eat Disinfectant

There is no evidence that sunlight can cure coronavirus on the human body. New York Times

  • Apr 24, 2020
  • News from the Web

Hospitals Take Huge Financial Hits Because Of COVID-19

Many hospitals are struggling financially right now, and in some cases, jobs are on the line. CBS 2 TV

  • Apr 13, 2020
  • Press Release

IPC Cleaning Product Exposures Up 30%

The Illinois Poison Center (IPC) urges people to use caution with cleaning products, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Mar 23, 2020
  • Press Release

Help Us Help You: A Message From Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems During COVID-19 Pandemic

IHA along with its 200 member hospitals and nearly 40 health systems called on all Illinois residents to help hospitals prevent a surge of COVID-19 patients.

  • Mar 19, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospitals Issue Plea for Medical Supplies

IHA issued a plea to the construction industry, dentists, veterinarians and other groups that may be able to help Illinois’ more than 200 hospitals protect staff as they care for COVID-19 patients.

  • Feb 27, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Hospitals and Health Systems Infuse More Than $100 Billion Annually Into State’s Economy

Illinois hospitals and health systems infuse more than $100 billion in state and local economies. They are the number one creator of jobs supporting working families.

  • Feb 26, 2020
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Releases White Paper on Top 10 Patient Safety Issues for 2020

MAPS PSO has released Patient Safety Focus: Top 10 Safety Issues for 2020, a white paper offering strategies to address some of healthcare’s top challenges.

  • Jan 02, 2020
  • Press Release

Illinois Health and Hospital Association Elects New Board

IHA is pleased to announce its newly elected 2020 Board of Trustees. Board officers serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

  • Dec 16, 2019
  • Press Release

Holiday Plants Are Not on the Menu

The Illinois Poison Center--the nation's oldest poison center--warns of gastrointestinal distress from three common holiday plants.

  • Nov 18, 2019
  • Press Release

Illinois’ Rural Hospitals Celebrate National Rural Health Day

Over 1.4 million Illinoisans live in rural regions and rely on their local hospital as a vital—and often only—source of care. IHA and ICAHN are proud to recognize National Rural Health Day on Nov. 21.

  • Nov 04, 2019
  • Press Release

MAPS PSO Presents Patient Safety Champion Award to a Rush Copley Medical Center Employee

MAPS PSO awarded Suzanne Khoury, a senior medical technologist at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, with the MAPS PSO Patient Safety Champion award for preventing patient harm.

  • Oct 07, 2019
  • Press Release

Is That a Mouse In Your House?

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

  • 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.

  • 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.