STATE, UNION REACH AGREEMENT ON TWO 79彩票注册网址 CARE CONTRACTS: Illinois reached two contract agreements with SEIU Healthcare Illinois that cover 45,000 child care providers and home care workers.
Health care workers had worked throughout the term of former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration without a fair contract, Pritzker's office said in a statement, and the new contracts "provide stability for 15,000 child care providers in the DHS Child Care Assistance Program—which serves nearly 80,000 working families—and 30,000 home care workers in the DHS Home Services Program—which serves over 30,000 people with disabilities.”
79彩票注册网址“After years of instability, I’m proud these contracts deliver good wages and good benefits to the people who offer this critical care,” Pritzker said in the statement.
Home care workers will see a 50-cents-an-hour increase twice a year for the first 3½ years of the contract and a 75-cents-an-hour increase during the last year of the contract. Child care providers will get a 5 percent increase this year and then a 3.5 percent increase twice a year, with a 4.5 percent increase in 2022.
79彩票注册网址 Both agreements also establish joint state worker and union employee committees that will explore feasibility of and options for future retirement benefits, according to a statement from SEIU.
PRECKWINKLE SAYS 79彩票注册网址 DEPARTMENT MOVE NOT A 'POWER GRAB': Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle defended new proposals to give her more control over the county Health & Hospitals System, saying they do not amount to a power grab.
“This is about communication, accountability and transparency,” she repeated multiple times, to different questions about her motivations. She noted that commissioners who served in 2008, when a political and financial crisis led to the creation of an independent board to oversee the health system, are co-sponsors of the proposals. READ MORE.
GUILTY PLEAS FROM TWO FORMER OUTCOME EMPLOYEES: Two former low-level employees at Outcome Health pleaded guilty last week to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. READ MORE.
NORTHWESTERN DOCS IMPLANTING NEW INCONTINENCE CONTROL DEVICE: Northwestern Medicine doctors have begun using a newly approved nerve stimulator, implanted in the pelvic area, to control incontinence.
79彩票注册网址Urogynecologists at Northwestern are the first in Illinois to use the implant, which restores nerve signals communicating between the brain, bladder and bowel, the health system said in a statement.
“For these patients, incontinence is caused by the brain not able to read the signal from the bowel or bladder,” Dr. Margaret Mueller, urogynecologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said in the statement. “The sacral neuromodulator provides a gentle stimulation that triggers this signal, eliminating incontinence.”
79彩票注册网址The Axonics r-SNM System device was recently approved by the U.S. Food &. Drug Administration (FDA) for patients suffering from overactive bladder, urinary retention and fecal incontinence, the statement said.
SONARMD COMPLETES TRIGGR 79彩票注册网址 PURCHASE: 79彩票注册网址Chicago-based SonarMD said it closed its acquisition of Triggr Health, an artificial intelligence-based care coordination company also based in Chicago whose technology will be used to enhance SonarMD’s solution for treating inflammatory bowel disease.
ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES DROPPING FAITH-BASED REFERRAL REQUIREMENT:79彩票注册网址 The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is proposing to reverse an Obama administration policy so that faith-based health and social service providers receiving federal funds no longer would have to inform clients about services they don't provide for religious reasons and would not have to refer them to alternative providers, The also would clarify that HHS would not discriminate against faith-based organizations on applications for grants or awards on the basis of the organization's religious policies. That could affect Title X reproductive health care funding for pregnancy counseling groups that oppose contraception and abortion.
FEDERAL PAYMENT COMMISSION RECOMMENDS 3.3% MAXIMUM RAISE FOR HOSPITALS: The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted unanimously last week to recommend hospitals receive a 3.3% raise in 2021, . The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled a 2.8 percent pay raise to hospitals for inpatient and outpatient services. But the MedPAC recommendation would instead increase base payment rates to acute care hospitals by 2 percent, with an additional 1.3 percent tied to financial rewards under the hospital value incentive program and the elimination of current quality penalties. Under MedPAC's recommendations, hospital payments would increase by $750 million to $2 billion in 2021 and $5 billion to $10 billion over five years.
79彩票注册网址The commission needs to find a way to make sure hospitals are more accountable for the total cost of care, said MedPac Commissioner Dana Safran, head of measurement for Haven, the health care venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase.
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE:
• Dr. Elizabeth M. Pieroth has been named director of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush’s concussion program. Pieroth has been involved in the assessment of players in the National Hockey League since 1997 and is the head injury/concussion specialist for the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Fire Soccer Club and the National Women's Soccer League.
• John Starr has been hired as chief financial officer of SonarMD. Starr was recently CFO of Forte Research Systems, a privately held enterprise software company serving the clinical research industry.
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