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The health problems facing rural and urban poor in Illinois

Each year, researchers at the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute put out the County Health Rankings. The rankings show how counties across the country match up on things like life expectancy and residents’ health. Julie Willems Van Dijk is one of the directors. “The reason we do it is to raise awareness about how healthy our communities are, and how healthy they’re not. To do ...

Bills could pave way for more volunteer medical care

Photo by Marie Dirle/New Jersey Herald Dr. Jeffrey Liegner stands outside the new location of his free clinic at 67 High St. in Newton.

Medicaid ADHD treatment under scrutiny

ATLANTA — Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, affects one in seven school-age children in the U.S., and from 2003 to 2011 the number of children diagnosed with the condition rose by more than 40 percent.

UnitedHealthcare Introduces Medicare Advantage Plan for Beneficiaries in DuPage County

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company, today introduced its first Medicare Advantage plan in DuPage County. Illinois Health Partners physicians in DuPage County

Illinois hospitals face fines over readmissions

Some of the Chicago area's most prominent research hospitals — and others that serve its poorest residents — face significant penalties from Medicare for having too many patients in recent years return for a second visit within a month of being admitted.

Obamacare Sunshine Act sheds light on $3.5B paid to doctors

U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals received nearly $3.5 billion from pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers over the last five months of 2013, according to a partial set of data released Tuesday by the federal government.

Patient Horror: Medicaid recommends woman to doctor accused of sex assault

A medical doctor criminally accused of sexually assaulting a former patient had his Illinois medical license suspended. So why did the state refer new patients to Dr. Mark G. Lewis?

Feds to publicize drug company payments to doctors

For decades, Big Pharma and medical technology firms have made gifts and other payments to physicians as part of developing, testing and marketing their products, an expense long recognized as another cost of doing business.

HFS approves NextLevel Health’s plan to provide community-based care coordination

Medicaid Health Plan’s care coordination model aims to improve Black and Latino Health in Cook County. (PRWeb September 25, 2014) Read the full story at

Bypassing pharmacies boosts workers' comp prescription costs in Pa.

Nearly half of what Pennsylvania's workers' compensation program pays for prescription drugs goes to physicians who dispense them directly to patients, bypassing pharmacies, a lucrative practice that is limited by many states and not reimbursed at all by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, according to a new report.