Health Desk http://wuis.org en State Panel Approves Memorial-Passavant Affiliation http://wuis.org/post/state-panel-approves-memorial-passavant-affiliation <p>The affiliation of two area health care organizations is a step closer to becoming a reality.&nbsp; Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville plans to join Memorial Health System, which oversees three other hospitals including Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.<br /><br />Tuesday, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved the change.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Ed Curtis, Memorial's CEO, says the affiliation is on target to take effect April first.&nbsp; Afterward, he says patients won't notice an immediate difference in how they access health care:<br /> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:57:24 +0000 Sean Crawford 20614 at http://wuis.org State Panel Approves Memorial-Passavant Affiliation Sangamon Co. Ranks Low In Health Outcomes; What Now? http://wuis.org/post/sangamon-co-ranks-low-health-outcomes-what-now <p>It might surprise you to learn Sangamon County ranked 80th out of 102 Illinois counties when it pertains to <a href="http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/illinois/2013/sangamon/county/outcomes/overall/snapshot/by-rank">health outcomes.&nbsp; </a>That's according to a survey by the County Health Rankings and Roadmap program.</p><p>After all, Springfield is known for quality medical care.&nbsp; But apparently, more work can be done.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:37:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 18840 at http://wuis.org Sangamon Co. Ranks Low In Health Outcomes; What Now? Illinois May Consider Taxing Soft Drinks http://wuis.org/post/illinois-may-consider-taxing-soft-drinks <p>An Illinois lawmaker wants to tax soft drinks as part of an effort to promote healthy living. &nbsp;</p><p>The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1oMu4vj ) the legislation is being sponsored by Sen. Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat. &nbsp;<br />Her proposal would charge a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers. &nbsp;<br />Money generated from the levy would be used to pay for a variety of health services and educational efforts. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:56:43 +0000 Associated Press 19190 at http://wuis.org Illinois May Consider Taxing Soft Drinks More Than 61K Illinois Residents Pick Health Plans http://wuis.org/post/more-61k-illinois-residents-pick-health-plans <p></p><p>Federal officials say more than 61,000 Illinois residents signed up for health insurance during the first three months of the troubled HealthCare.gov website. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:18:17 +0000 Associated Press 16892 at http://wuis.org More Than 61K Illinois Residents Pick Health Plans Another Affordable Care Act Deadline This Week http://wuis.org/post/another-affordable-care-act-deadline-week <p></p><p>It has been roughly two weeks since the first batch of consumers who signed up for the Affordable Care Act have been able to use their insurance. There's another deadline this week.</p><p></p><p>Consumers who signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act by Christmas saw their new benefits kick in Jan. 1.</p><p></p><p>There's no telling how many Illinois residents that is: the government hasn't released enrollment numbers for December. But insurers and so-called navigators, who are charged with helping people sign up, reported a last-minute rush.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 16805 at http://wuis.org Another Affordable Care Act Deadline This Week The Cost Of Keeping A Small Town Ambulance Service http://wuis.org/post/cost-keeping-small-town-ambulance-service <p>When it's a matter of life and death, you call for an ambulance.&nbsp; But seconds can save lives.&nbsp; Having an ambulance close by is a luxury for some communities, especially in smaller, rural areas.&nbsp; There's a cost and often, the number of calls are too few to support it.</p><p>In Auburn, it's a similar story.&nbsp; But the Auburn Area Ambulance Service won't give up.&nbsp; The not for profit has found a way to get donations.&nbsp; It's launched a subscription service.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 16556 at http://wuis.org The Cost Of Keeping A Small Town Ambulance Service Harvest Blog: FDA Pushing To Limit Livestock Antibiotics http://wuis.org/post/harvest-blog-fda-pushing-limit-livestock-antibiotics <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The FDA wants to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm378100.htm?source=govdelivery&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(0, 98, 160); text-decoration: underline;">phase out antibiotics in meat</a>. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:43:52 +0000 Peter Gray 14853 at http://wuis.org Harvest Blog: FDA Pushing To Limit Livestock Antibiotics Kids And Concussions: Advocate Pushes For Limits On Hits In High School Sports http://wuis.org/post/kids-and-concussions-advocate-pushes-limits-hits-high-school-sports <p>Coaches in Illinois are required by state law to remove from a game or practice any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion.</p><p>But responding quickly <em>after</em> a hard hit isn&#39;t enough for a former football player from the Chicago area who now advocates nationwide to<em> prevent</em> injury to still-developing brains.</p><p>In the latest report from the WUIS Health Desk, Peter Gray reports on a push for Illinois to follow the NFL and other states in limiting days of full contact football practice.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 01:59:14 +0000 Peter Gray 10412 at http://wuis.org Kids And Concussions: Advocate Pushes For Limits On Hits In High School Sports Quinn Says Health Marketplace Launch "Historic" http://wuis.org/post/quinn-says-health-marketplace-launch-historic <p>Gov. Pat Quinn says the launch of the health insurance marketplace marks a ``historic&#39;&#39; day that will change the lives of hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans. &nbsp;<br />Quinn spoke at a press conference in Chicago on Tuesday, the same day the marketplace opened in Illinois and other states. &nbsp;<br />But the federal website where people enroll was experiencing some glitches. Consumers couldn&#39;t get beyond initial screens, and some reported waits of 20 minutes on a hotline set up to assist them. &nbsp;<br />Quinn says glitches are part of any new endeavor. &nbsp; Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:55:25 +0000 Associated Press 10056 at http://wuis.org Quinn Says Health Marketplace Launch "Historic" Health Law Could Reduce Incarceration Rates http://wuis.org/post/health-law-could-reduce-incarceration-rates <p>Tuesday marks the launch of state health insurance exchanges, a major part of the Affordable Care Act. Among the many changes likely after the new health coverage takes effect: Fewer people behind bars.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:58:31 +0000 Sean Powers 10017 at http://wuis.org Health Law Could Reduce Incarceration Rates Illinois To Launch Obamacare Ad Campaign http://wuis.org/post/illinois-launch-obamacare-ad-campaign <p>Illinois will launch an advertising campaign Tuesday to inform Illinois residents about the health insurance marketplace opening that day that will connect people with new benefits under President Barack Obama&#39;s health care law. &nbsp;<br />Marketplace spokeswoman Kelly Sullivan provided copies of the ads to The Associated Press. She says the Get Covered Illinois campaign will begin with newspaper ads in 50 state markets. Radio and TV ads are planned for later this fall. &nbsp; Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:54:05 +0000 Associated Press 9962 at http://wuis.org Illinois To Launch Obamacare Ad Campaign Details On Next Phase Of Obamacare http://wuis.org/post/details-next-phase-obamacare <p>The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, is among the most controversial domestic policy laws in history.&nbsp; And it remains so just days before the next phase launches October 1. &nbsp; At that time, a window opens allowing comparative shopping for coverage.&nbsp;<br><br>While the debate in Washington continues, we wanted to take a closer look at the law and what it will mean for those who are uninsured and those who already have coverage.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:14:34 +0000 Sean Crawford 9537 at http://wuis.org Details On Next Phase Of Obamacare Report: Illinois Lags In Health Services For Poor http://wuis.org/post/report-illinois-lags-health-services-poor <p>A new report says Illinois ranks 36th among the states for delivering health care services to its low-income residents.&nbsp;</p><p>The Commonwealth Fund released a scorecard Wednesday on how states are<br>performing on health care coverage, prevention and treatment of low-income<br>people.<br>The report looks at 30 health indicators and finds wide geographic variations<br>with big gaps between the highest-performing and lowest-performing states.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:08:58 +0000 Associated Press 9173 at http://wuis.org Report: Illinois Lags In Health Services For Poor Springfield Researcher Promotes Treatment For Hearing Loss http://wuis.org/post/springfield-researcher-promotes-treatment-hearing-loss <p>Imagine taking a pill before going to a concert to help protect your hearing.&nbsp; Or taking one afterwards to restore it.&nbsp; That day may be sooner than you think.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Dr. Kathleen Campbell, Director of Audiology Research at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, has patented a treatment.&nbsp; It's currently undergoing a clinical trial.&nbsp;</p><p>Campbell's treatment involved D-methionine, an amino acid.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:58:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 8726 at http://wuis.org Springfield Researcher Promotes Treatment For Hearing Loss 10 Month Old's Fight Calls Attention To Bone Marrow Registry http://wuis.org/post/10-month-olds-fight-calls-attention-bone-marrow-registry <p>Lauren and Aaron Smith of Springfield, pictured with their 10 month old son Gabriel, who has a rare form of anemia.&nbsp; He's required to undergo regular blood transfusions.&nbsp; Their is hope after a bone marrow donor match was discovered earlier this year.&nbsp; A transplant is scheduled for this fall .&nbsp;&nbsp; The couple is wanting to raise awareness of the <a href="http://bethematch.org">Bone Marrow Registry</a> and the <a href="http://www.cicbc.org/">need to donate blood. &nbsp; </a></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 15:06:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 5288 at http://wuis.org 10 Month Old's Fight Calls Attention To Bone Marrow Registry Feds Delay Won't Impact Illinois Health Marketplace http://wuis.org/post/feds-delay-wont-impact-illinois-health-marketplace <p>Illinois officials say the one-year delay in a central requirement of President Barack Obama's health care law will have no direct impact on the new online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for coverage. &nbsp;<br>A spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace is on track to begin enrollment on Oct. 1. Mike Claffey says consumers can expect a range of affordable health care options. &nbsp; Wed, 03 Jul 2013 16:48:38 +0000 Sean Crawford 5186 at http://wuis.org Feds Delay Won't Impact Illinois Health Marketplace Rehab Program Helps Cancer Survivors Fight http://wuis.org/post/rehab-program-helps-cancer-survivors-fight <p></p><p>Some cancer survivors struggle with pain, fatigue and other crippling symptoms following aggressive treatments such as radiation.</p><p>A nationwide program now offered in Springfield connects patients with occupational therapists who can help speed the healing process.</p><p>Peter Gray reports from the&nbsp;WUIS&nbsp;Health Desk.&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>[LINKS to more information about oncology rehab can be found below]</strong></em></p><p>63-year-old Verna Stallone of Springfield was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:36:12 +0000 Peter Gray 5060 at http://wuis.org Rehab Program Helps Cancer Survivors Fight