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    The hospital system is among the first chains in the country to say it's not charging patients for COVID-19 tests and treatment.

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    ADVOCATE AURORA HOLDS OFF BILLING PATIENTS FOR CORONAVIRUS:  Advocate Aurora Health is holding off charging patients for coronavirus testing and treatment, one of the first systems in the country to declare its policy amid the fast-moving illness.

    79彩票注册网址The hospital system said in a statement, "At this time, we are refraining from sending patient bills related to coronavirus as we continue to work with regulatory and industry officials to navigate this developing situation."

    The 28-hospital system spanning Wisconsin and Illinois is one of the first to hold off on any coronavirus billing, although it may still send out bills later. MORE.

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    • Hospital workers gathered at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Thursday morning to push for a policy granting paid time off to workers who have been exposed to the coronavirus. Northwestern Medicine said it's offered to raise wages as part of union negotiations and that the hospital has sick leave policies in place for those who test positive for the virus. The hospital added in a statement that it will "continue to evaluate our policies" amid "this ever-changing environment."

    79彩票注册网址• Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois said it's accelerating expansion of its telehealth program in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. On Wednesday, the insurer began covering telehealth "virtual visits” just like regular office visits when made with in-network Illinois providers, according to a statement said. 

    • Almost a quarter of doctors  said they're seeing an uptick in procedure cancellations or deferrals because of COVID-19,   

    79彩票注册网址• The Illinois Nurses Association called the federal government’s handling of COVID-19 pandemic “incompetent,” pointing to shortages of face masks, shields and other items on the Strategic National Stockpile. President Donald Trump on Wednesday issued an executive order to increase the availability of respirators,    

    • The American Medical Association said it is considering a new administrative code for labs and providers to report COVID-19 testing to insurers,  The CMS also recently  two billing codes to be used by laboratories when testing for the virus.  

    79彩票注册网址• Oakbrook Terrace-based Joint Commission has canceled its Physician Leader Forum on April 2. For a list of health care industry events, nationwide, and whether they’ve been affected by COVID-19 news, see   

    LIVONGO INKS DEAL WITH CVS: 79彩票注册网址A deal with health tech company Livongo means patients through CVS' pharmacy benefit management service can set up and access digital management tools for diabetes and other chronic diseases

    79彩票注册网址 TECH HUB PLANNED FOR MICHAEL REESE SITE: A medical innovation center founded by the largest hospital in Israel will anchor the huge mixed-use project in Bronzeville on the old Michael Reese Hospital site. READ MORE. 

    HOSPITAL ENERGY SPENDING ROSE IN 2018: 79彩票注册网址Hospitals’ total cost for energy, per square foot, rose from $3.16 in 2017 to $3.31 in 2018, fueled by a sharp rise in electricity prices, according to energy efficiency consultants Grumman/Butkus Associates .

    CHEST PHYSICIAN GROUPS TO MERGE: The Glenview-based American College of Chest Physicians  will join forces with the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care to integrate their activities and operations, pending a vote. 

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