04/03/2020

Public Health Officials Announce 1,209 new COVID-19 cases

As of 4/3/2020 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,209 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 53 additional deaths. - Christian County: 1 female 80s - Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 50s, 4 male 50s, 4 females 60s, 6 males 60s, 1 unknown 60s, 2…

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04/02/2020

Public Health Officials announce 715 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois

From IDPH on 4/2/20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 715 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 16 additional deaths. - Christian County: 1 male 80s - Cook County: 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 2 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s,…

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04/02/2020

Financial help on the way for small and rural hospitals

Feature on Pana Community Hospital published on NPR Illinois on 3/31/20: CLICK HERE TO READ STORY  

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04/02/2020

Critical access and small, rural hospitals to receive CARES Act funds

Critical access and small rural hospitals that participate in the Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) will soon receive an award for approximately $90,000 per hospital.  The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy received $180 million in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support COVID-19 related…

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04/01/2020

IDPH announces 986 new cases of COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 986 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 42 additional deaths. - Carroll County: 1 male 80s - Cook County: 1 male 20s, 2 males 30s, 2 males 40s, 1 male 50s, 1 female 50s, 3 males 60s, 2 females 60s, 5…

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04/01/2020

To Wear or Not to Wear a Homemade Mask in Public

The World Health Organization, the CDC, and Johns Hopkins University offers advice in this April 1 Newsweek article: CLICK HERE TO READ MORE  

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03/31/2020

Public Health Officials Announce 937 New Cases of COVID-19

IDPH Communication on 3/31/20 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 937 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 26 additional deaths. - Cook County: 2 male 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 female 60s, 5 males 70s, 2 females 70s, 3 male 80s, 1 female 80s, 1 male 90s…

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03/31/2020

Trump Administration Makes Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help US Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge

From Medicaid.gov on 3/31/20 Today, at President Trump’s direction, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Made possible by President Trump’s recent emergency declaration…

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03/30/2020

The Discomfort You Are Feeling is Grief

Karen McNenny http://www.karenmcnenny.com/served as a keynote speaker during a past ICAHN conference. She wishes to share this article from the Harvard Business Review to the ICAHN team and its extended "team" of member hospitals: The Discomfort You are Feeling is Grief  The GIST of it:   What can individuals do to manage all this grief? Understanding…

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03/30/2020

Trump Administration provides relief for Medicare providers

From CMS Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers Mar 28, 2020  Billing & payments Physicians   Under the President’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers, to ensure they have the resources…

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03/24/2020

St. Francis Hospital accepting hand-sewn face masks

LITCHFIELD — As potential shortages of masks and other personal protective equipment are being reported in the news, the hospital has received several messages from members of the community asking if homemade, sewn cloth masks would be accepted. There are several ways the community can help with the efforts against COVID-19.  Those include staying home,…

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03/18/2020

Potential opportunity: Need your feedback immediately

Issue.  With the recent Illinois school closings expected through the end of March 2020 or potentially a few weeks longer, many healthcare workers have children now home or have lost their childcare providers. Healthcare workers most likely will have to add the cost of childcare and/or pay more for a new childcare site in their…

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03/16/2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act heads to Senate

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, supported by Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, was recently passed in the House of Representatives. The legislation is expected to be taken up in the Senate soon and signed into law by the President. This is the second legislative package moved by Congress to address the outbreak of the Coronavirus.…

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03/11/2020

COVID-19: Keeping the workplace safe

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently distributed the following COVID-19 information on keeping the workplace safe: WORKPLACE, SCHOOL AND HOME GUIDANCE A FRAMEWORK FOR MITIGATION For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19.

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