Author: Tim Stumm

Feds provide more funding for opioid crisis

The state is receiving an additional $29 million in federal funding to fight the opioid crisis, bringing its recent total to $61 million. The new funding is from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and is part of $930 million in state opioid response grants announced nationally […]

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Washington County Hospital names new president

Brian Monsma is the new president of Washington County Hospital. He’ll report to Washington County’s board of directors as well as the regional president for SSM Health. Washington County Hospital entered a management agreement with SSM in May. Monsma succeeds Nancy Newby, who has led the hospital for nearly 20 years. Monsma most recently served […]

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Report: Readmissions higher at for-profit hospitals

Patients at for-profit hospitals are more likely to be readmitted than those receiving care at non-profit or public hospitals. That’s according to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which looked at general-acute non-profit, public and for-profit hospitals across the country.

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Tenet’s price for three Chicago hospitals is $70 million

The sale price for Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s three remaining Chicago-area hospitals is $70 million, according to documents recently filed with the Health Facilities and Services Review Board. Tenet also revealed the price in an investor presentation late last month. In July, Tenet announced it had reached an agreement to sell Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, […]

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Democrats file resolution calling for new audit of managed care denials

Democrats have filed a resolution calling on the Auditor General to conduct a new audit of the average claims denial rate of hospitals, a persistent point of friction between providers and managed care organizations. The audit would place extra focus on critical access and safety net hospitals, where the average denial rate is 20 percent, […]

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Illinois sees increase in adult obesity

More than 30 percent of Illinois adults are obese, according to data released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state’s rate has increased 4 percentage points since 2011. Illinois was ranked 27th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia when it came to having the highest percentage of […]

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University of Chicago inks collaboration agreement with Saudi Arabia hospital

The University of Chicago Medicine has signed a collaboration agreement with Almoosa Specialist Hospital, a private hospital in the Al-Ahsa region of Saudi Arabia. UChicago Medicine will work with Almoosa leaders to, among other things, boost their cardiology, oncology and orthopedic programs. They will also explore opportunities for UChicago Medicine specialists to provide telehealth services, […]

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