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Author: Tim Stumm

SIU School of Medicine considering rural tract at Carbondale campus

The SIU School of Medicine is considering a new program that would create a “rural tract” for medical students with the aim of combating doctor shortages in rural Illinois. The Lincoln Scholars Program is still in development and will need appropriate approvals to proceed, according to spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon. If approved, the program would accept […]

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State eases restrictions on hepatitis C drugs for Medicaid participants

The state signed off last week on policy changes making it easier for Medicaid participants to receive drugs that treat hepatitis C. Advocacy groups accused the state of “rationing” the antiviral drugs that can cure the disease by preventing Medicaid participants from receiving treatment until the late stages of the disease. “[This] new policy will […]

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Cost of nursing home care lower in Illinois than national average

The cost of long-term nursing home care is lower in Illinois than it is nationwide, according to a survey released last week. In Illinois, the median annual cost for a semi-private nursing room home is approximately $71,000. That compares to an average of $89,000 nationally. For private room nursing home care, Illinoisans spend a median […]

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Illinois providers take part in federal bundled payment model

Illinois providers are well represented in a new bundled payment effort from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that aims to replace fee-for-service payments for certain episodes of care. The model went into effect Oct. 1 at more than 80 facilities in the state, representing some of its biggest systems. Under the program, CMS […]

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