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Illinois governor vetoes addiction treatment funding

Illinois governor vetoes addiction treatment funding

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 29, 2015

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner last week vetoed legislation passed nearly unanimously by the Legislature requiring state-funded coverage of medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction.

Four insurers win Iowa Medicaid contracts

By Bob Herman  |  August 22, 2015

Iowa's Department of Human Services has awarded Medicaid managed-care contracts to AmeriHealth Caritas, Anthem, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare Health Plans, a move that will funnel the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid program into the hands of private insurers.

MercyRockford to build $400 million campus

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 15, 2015

MercyRockford Health System, the product of a January merger between Mercy Health and Rockford (Ill.) Health System, plans to transfer most of its acute-care services to a new $400 million “destination campus.”

Five doc groups in Ohio forming collaborative

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 08, 2015

Five large, independent physician groups in Ohio are collaborating to ensure their survival against the increasing employment of physicians by health systems.

Chicago hospital expanding urgent-care settings

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 01, 2015

Chicago-based Swedish Covenant Hospital is expanding its Immediate Care Center program, joining a growing list of hospitals investing in urgent-care operations.

Like many public systems, Cook County gets boost from ACA

Like many public systems, Cook County gets boost from ACA

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 11, 2015

The Affordable Care Act has provided a much-needed boost to public providers such as the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, the two-hospital public system that serves Chicago and its surrounding communities.

Illinois budget battle clouds mental-healthcare merger

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 04, 2015

Nashville-based behavioral healthcare provider Centerstone has completed its merger with WellSpring Resources, a mental-health provider based in Alton, Ill., but leaders are concerned that the newly combined business will be affected by a protracted budget battle in the Illinois Legislature.

Group says Illinois could rent pieces of HealthCare.gov

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 20, 2015

Illinois lawmakers should create a state-based health insurance exchange and consider renting certain functions of HealthCare.gov if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against federal subsidies in states that haven't set up their own marketplaces.

Centura Health adds fourth Kansas affiliate

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 13, 2015

Englewood, Colo.-based Centura Health and Stanton County Hospital, Johnson City, Kan., have signed an affiliation agreement expected to allow the hospital to expand clinical services.

Report alleges poor care by Illinois prison system

By Michael Sandler  |  May 23, 2015

A report issued last week by court-approved researchers provides a detailed look at medical care in Illinois prisons, outlining delays in treatment, desultory follow-up care and poor record-keeping. The filing claims a host of issues could have cut short the lives of some inmates.

Illinois behavioral health providers to merge

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 09, 2015

Three major not-for-profit behavioral-health organizations in Illinois announced last week that they have signed a letter of intent to merge, citing rising costs, uncertain reimbursement and the need to invest in new technology and infrastructure.

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