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Regional News/Midwest: Report on Illinois hospitals shows their economic impact, struggles, and other news
By Rachel Landen and Associated Press | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Illinois' nearly 50 health systems and more than 200 hospitals contribute $83.4 billion annually to the state's economy, according to a report issued last week by the Illinois Hospital Association.
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Regional News/Midwest: Da Vinci ad controversy shows need to revamp conflict policies, U. of Illinois says
By Andis Robeznieks | March 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
University of Illinois conflict-of-interest policies and procedures need an overhaul to ensure uniformity across their various campuses, according to a report the school issued in response to a recent controversy involving an ad for Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robotic surgery system.
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Regional News/Midwest: Alexian Brothers seeks to boost behavioral health capacity, and other news
By Rachel Landen | March 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Alexian Brothers Health System, Arlington Heights, Ill., announced plans to integrate its acute-care and behavioral-health services in an effort to deal with increased demand for mental health treatment and a growing shortage of inpatient psychiatric beds.
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Regional News/Midwest: McLaren rebrands to offer expanded provider services, and other news
By Rachel Landen andJoseph Conn | March 08, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
McLaren Physician Hospital Organization is now McLaren Physician Partners, the result of a rebranding initiative that took effect March 1.
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Regional News/Midwest: Beaumont tries pay-for-performance, and other news
By Melanie Evans and Steven Ross Johnson | February 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
One of Michigan's largest health systems has entered its first insurance contract to pay hospitals based on performance, not volume, a move that underscores the industry's halting progress toward financing reform that is widely cited as essential to more affordable healthcare.
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Regional News/Midwest: Ascension cites protracted FTC review as it abandons sale of hospitals to HCA
By Melanie Evans | February 08, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Antitrust regulators apparently scuttled a deal between two giant U.S. hospital operators for two Missouri hospitals, a possible sign of the Federal Trade Commission's increasing attention to healthcare antitrust matters.
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Regional News/Midwest: Illinois seeks waiver to find housing for Medicaid enrollees, and other news
By Modern Healthcare | February 01, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Illinois plans to ask the CMS for permission to spend $60 million in Medicaid funding to help vulnerable enrollees find and maintain stable housing.
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Regional News/Midwest: Michigan's biggest two info exchanges plan merger
By Joseph Conn | January 25, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Michigan's two largest health information exchanges, Michigan Health Connect, Grand Rapids, and the Great Lakes Health Information Exchange, East Lansing, have agreed to merge. The two HIEs, both founded in 2009, had entered into a data exchange agreement in October 2013 before taking the plunge to unite.Michigan Health Connect claims 83 hospitals and more than 17,000 individual healthcare providers are connected to its system, while GLHIE claims 16 hospitals and 61 participating provider organizations, according to their websites.
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Regional News/Midwest: Chicago votes to ban use of e-cigarettes in indoor spaces
By Steven Ross Johnson | January 18, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Chicago once again earned the name Second City last week when its leaders voted to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public indoor areas, following a similar measure passed by New York City last month.
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Regional News/Midwest: Wisconsin adds some, subtracts others from Medicaid coverage
By Virgil Dickson | January 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won federal approval Jan. 9 to expand Medicaid coverage to as many as 83,000 low-income childless adults while ending coverage for about 77,000 childless adults who earn between 100% to 133% of the federal poverty level.Those taken off the state's Medicaid program, known as BadgerCare, will be directed to the new health insurance marketplace created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Regional News/Midwest: Milwaukee sues over wellness-program data theft, and other news
January 04, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The city of Milwaukee has filed a complaint with HHS' Office for Civil Rights over the loss of personal information of as many as 9,000 city employees, their spouses and domestic partners by the city's wellness program vendor.
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Regional News/Midwest: McLaren Health Care to add another Mich. hospital
By Beth Kutscher | December 21, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Port Huron (Mich.) Hospital will become McLaren Health Care system's 12th facility under a letter of intent signed earlier this month.
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Regional News/Midwest: Iowa to extend Medicaid under federal waiver
By Virgil Dickson | December 14, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad brought home evidence of how far the Obama administration will and won't bend to get more states to expand Medicaid coverage to the levels called for in the healthcare reform law.
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Regional News/Midwest: University of Michigan system plans affiliation with Allegiance Health, and other news
By Modern Healthcare | December 07, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The University of Michigan Health System plans to bring struggling central Michigan provider Allegiance Health into its fold.
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Regional News/Midwest: SSM Health Ministries will be new sponsorship body for SSM Health Care and other news
By Modern Healthcare | November 23, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The sponsorship of SSM Health Care will be transferred to a new body from the Franciscan Sisters of Mary because the nuns in the congregation are aging and their leadership roles in the St. Louis-based system are waning. The new sponsoring body, SSM Health Ministries, will be responsible for protecting SSM's Roman Catholic identity and serve as its liaison to the Vatican, according to a news release. Its six members will also serve on SSM's board of directors.
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Regional News/Midwest: Milwaukee police defend decision to shoot armed man in hospital
By Associated Press | November 16, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Milwaukee police chief defended a decision to confront and then shoot an armed man last week in the halls of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in suburban Wauwautosa. Shortly before noon on Nov. 14, Milwaukee police responded to a tip regarding a man wanted on a felony warrant and “known to carry a firearm.”
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Regional News/Midwest: Northwestern Memorial buys faculty practice
By Crain’s Chicago Business | November 09, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in Chicago is paying nearly $350 million to acquire the faculty practice of Northwestern University. The system, anchored by 868-bed Northwestern Memorial Hospital, agreed to pay $230.5 million upfront plus annual payments totaling at least $118.5 million through 2016 to acquire the 900-doctor Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, according to a notice to bondholders.
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Regional News/Midwest: McLaren Health Care to acquire Karmanos
By Crain's Detroit Business | November 02, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
McLaren Health Care, a nine-hospital not-for-profit system based in Flint, Mich., signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Detroit-based Karmanos Cancer Institute. Karmanos, one of the nation's 41 comprehensive cancer centers, and McLaren are now Michigan's largest cancer-care provider with more than 12,000 patients annually and the fourth-largest cancer center in the U.S., said Dr. Gerold Bepler, Karmanos' CEO.Karmanos, officials said, will continue its longstanding relationships with Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Detroit Medical Center.
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Regional News/Midwest: Ohio Gov. Kasich to expand Medicaid
By Modern Healthcare | October 26, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Thwarting resistance from state lawmakers in his own party, Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich persuaded a legislative panel to accept $2.5 billion in federal funding to enlarge Ohio's Medicaid program under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, extending coverage to more than 275,000 low-income state residents as soon as Jan. 1.Six Republican state representatives filed a lawsuit challenging the panel's authority to make the move.
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Regional News/Midwest: Sacred Heart Hospital sells off assets
By Modern Healthcare | October 19, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
CHICAGO—Unable to find a buyer, Sacred Heart Hospital held an auction last week to sell off assets piecemeal to the highest bidders. A liquidation firm sold off a wide range of items, such as a Siemens CT scanner, 37 hospital beds, eight laboratory microscopes, a half-dozen Ford vans and equipment for a full commercial kitchen, including several sinks, according to the online auction site. Also up for sale was more mundane equipment, such as IV stands, metal forceps and boxes of unused sutures. The auction came nearly six months after owner and CEO Edward Novak was arrested by...
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