July 09, 2014

Illinois Hospital Fees To Pay For Error Reports

A new annual licensing fee for hospitals that's taking effect in Illinois will finally fund a system for reporting medical errors that was established by state law back in 2005.


HIV/AIDS drugs like AZT are lifesavers for many people. But insurers' policies on paying for the drugs vary widely.
(Will & Deni McIntyre/Science Source)
July 08, 2014

Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients

Four Florida insurers allegedly discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS by structuring their prescription drug benefits so that patients are discouraged from enrolling, according to a complaint filed by health advocacy groups.


July 08, 2014

Illinois Retired Workers Wait After High Court Win

Retired state workers aren't seeing any immediate advantage from an Illinois Supreme Court ruling last week in their favor. The court found that health insurance coverage is a constitutionally protected retirement benefit. 


June 30, 2014

Carle Working To Improve Its Score On Infections

Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana is one of more than 700 hospitals at risk of losing 1 percent of its Medicare payments. Those hospitals make up the 25 percent of U.S. hospitals that scored poorest for patient infections and complications, according to preliminary data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


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