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    Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois says it will continue to push its services into Chicago neighborhoods with a West Side center.

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    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

    A rendering of the planned Blue Door Neighborhood Center set to open this fall in Little Village.

     

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    THIRD BLUE DOOR NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER PLANNED IN CHICAGO:79彩票注册网址 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois plans to open 9,000-square-foot neighborhood center in Little Village offering classes and workshops on health and wellness. 

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    WHY JAMIE DIMON HAD EMERGENCY SURGERY: The JPMorgan Chase CEO had surgery yesterday for an aortic dissection, which involves a tear in the large blood vessel off of the heart. In some cases, time is of the essence to prevent death, cardiac surgeons say. READ MORE. 

    CORONAVIRUS UPDATES: 

    • Gov. J.B. Pritzker called on insurers to cover coronavirus treatments—and Blue Cross complied. At a news conference Friday evening , Pritzker said his administration has been in contact with all of the state’s major insurers and encouraged them to “fully cover” Illinoisans affected by the outbreak. The Chicago-based Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said in advance of Pritzker’s news conference with Mayor Lori Lightfoot that its network of 36 independent insurance companies will increase coverage for the coronavirus, in addition to increasing access to prescription drugs and telehealth. READ MORE. 

    79彩票注册网址• The Chicago-based American College of Healthcare Executives canceled the 2020 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which was scheduled to take place March 23-26 in Chicago, and America's Health Insurance Plans canceled two conferences in Washington, D.C.,  The article includes a health care industry event tracker that shows how other trade shows are affected by coronavirus. 

    • Drugmakers are racing to find treatments and vaccines for the new coronavirus, but crossing the finish line would mean bucking a long and discouraging history—and it may not pay off. READ MORE. 

    • Coronavirus fallout is pounding Chicago's logistics industry, with shipments in the I-80 corridor down significantly. READ MORE. 

    • McCormick Place lost its third event in a week to the coronavirus outbreak. Ace Hardware has canceled its 2020 spring convention set for next week amid the spread of the virus. READ MORE. 

    • The situation at U.S. hospitals is not as stark as in countries harder hit by coronavirus,  Case in point: Rush University Medical Center has sent emails telling patients there's no need to cancel appointments or procedures, as the hospital is ready to handle any infectious disease threat. 

    COMMONSPIRIT CEO IS ON HIS OWN: Lloyd Dean will become the system’s only CEO once co-CEO . Dean said leading a 142-hospital not-for-profit system has been his riskiest move to date.  

    PEOPLE ON THE MOVE: 

    • Former Illinois Medicaid director Douglas Elwell is returning to Health Management Associates as chief operating officer. Elwell, the state's former Medicaid director, previously served as a principal and managing principal in HMA’s Indianapolis office from 2003 through 2014. Elwell will be based in Chicago and will be responsible for consulting activities across the firm’s 23 offices. READ MORE.

    • Matt Armiger has been appointed regional vice president of ATI Physical Therapy’s Illinois region, while Shari Dropik-Hernandez has been appointed regional vice president of ATI’s South region. The appointments are part of a companywide rollout of regional vice president positions at the Bolingbrook-based company. READ MORE. 

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