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INJURIES, ILLNESSES IN 79彩票注册网址 CARE: 79彩票注册网址The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recently released data on the rates of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among health care workers in Illinois in 2018 shows most recordable instances among hospital personnel did not take employees away from work or require a change or restriction in the type of work they did. Among workers at nursing homes and residential health care facilities, slightly more injuries or workplace illnesses resulted in either days off work or a change in the type of work an employee could do. 

NEW LEADERSHIP AT AMITA: Amita Health said this week that it named Keith A. Parrott president and CEO of the Lisle-based 19-hospital network. The joint venture of Ascension's Alexian Brothers Health System, Adventist Midwest Health and Presence Health had been searching for a new leader; former CEO Mark Frey stepped down in August. READ MORE. 

CITY HIV DIAGNOSES HIT RECORD LOW: New HIV diagnoses declined for a fourth consecutive year in Chicago in 2018, giving the city a new record low, according to a statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health. There were 734 new HIV diagnoses reported among Chicago residents in 2018, a 60 percent reduction since 2001, the statement said. 

79彩票注册网址"A world where we end the HIV epidemic is within our reach, and these latest findings prove that Chicago is on track to end the HIV epidemic by 2030," Lightfoot said in the statement.  

Read the health department’s 2019 HIV/STI Surveillance Report 

SENATORS SEEK INFORMATION ON SURPRISE BILLING:79彩票注册网址 Four congressional leaders who negotiated surprise-billing legislation that was left out of Congress' year-end spending deal have expanded an investigation of balance-billing practices to include insurers and physician staffing companies, , homing in on whether insurance companies refuse to negotiate reasonable reimbursement rates with some providers and on physician staffing companies' policies on sending patients surprise medical bills. 

The senators have sent , including Chicago-based Health Care Service Corp., seeing the number of beneficiaries that have been responsible for paying for out-of-network care in an in-network facility, reimbursement rates paid to physicians affiliated with a physician staffing company and those who aren't, and how insurers inform beneficiaries about potential costs for care provided by out-of-network providers.  

79彩票注册网址 SPINE GETS FDA OK ON SPINAL SPACER SYSTEM: Huntley-based spinal surgical device maker Life Spine said in a statement that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for its titanium stand-alone Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion spacer system. The system joins the company’s other stand-along spacers and is one of seven 510(k) FDA clearances the company received in 2019, Life Spine said. 

CHILD CHOKING DEATHS DECLINING:79彩票注册网址 Some good news during this toy-giving season: The number of deaths related to choking on objects in children and adolescents — especially among children younger than three years old — have decreased every year for 50 years, according to a study . Co-author Dr. Jennifer Lavin, Northwestern University assistant professor of otolaryngology, examined the link between choking-related legislation, initiatives implemented by the American Association of Pediatrics and rates of object-related aspiration deaths in children in the U.S. between 1968 and 2017. Over those 50 years, object-related aspiration deaths decreased from 1.02 per 100,000 children in 1968 to 0.25 per 100,000 children in 2017. The annual percentage change was -2.0 percent from 1968 to 1990, -6.1 percent from 1990 to 2003 and -2.5 percent from 2003 to 2017. 

CMS RULE WOULD REQUIRE MORE SKILLED NURSING REPORTING: 79彩票注册网址A proposal to ramp up reporting requirements is threatening one of skilled nursing operators' most significant revenue streams and could dent profitability, . 

79彩票注册网址The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services'  would redefine base and supplemental payments and force states to unbundle reimbursement data as the agency looks to cut down on "shady recycling schemes that drive up taxpayer costs." 

HOSPITAL LEADERS' PAY HIKE STORY A CRAIN'S MOST READ: Crain’s coverage of some of the big raises among hospital CEOs, despite pressure to control health care costs, was one of Crain's most-read stories of 2019. READ MORE. 

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Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox has made several medical staff appointments. 

 • Dr. Jovito Angeles, Dr. Ivan Eck and Dr. Brian Toolan, all board-certified orthopedic surgeons, will practice in Lockport. 

 • Dr. Bruce Dolitsky, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, will practice in Tinley Park. 

 • Dr. Cindy Devassy, a board-certified psychiatrist, will practice at Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital in New Lenox. 

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 • The American Society of Clinical Oncology has elected Dr. Everett Vokes, chair of University of Chicago Medicine’s department of medicine, as president for the 2021-22 term, and UC Medicine associate professor of pediatrics Dr. Tara Henderson as the designated pediatric oncologist on the society’s board for the 2020-24 term. 


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