Bill would boost home dialysis • Michigan company to operate Schwab Rehab Hospital • Rush to make “urgent” home visits


REPRESENTING. RUSH PRESENTS LEGISLATION TO EXPAND HOME DIALYSIS AND STUDY RACIAL INEQUITY IN KIDNEY CARE: U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush, D-Chicago, and Jason Smith, R-Mo., Introduced legislation to expand access to home dialysis for patients with kidney failure, offering the Medicare reimbursement to trained staff to visit home dialysis patients and also ensure that all kidney patients are informed of home dialysis options early in their treatment process and receive the support they need to use home dialysis, ”Rush’s office said in a statement.

The law on improving access to home dialysis would also require the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a study on racial disparities in the use of home dialysis. A 2016 study found that compared to white Americans, black Americans were 60% less likely to be treated with home hemodialysis and 47% less likely to be treated with home peritoneal dialysis, according to the release. Home dialysis is preferable because it often leads to better health outcomes and fewer hospitalizations for patients with kidney failure; it is also much more flexible than center dialysis, the statement said. READ MORE.

RUSH IS LOOKING FOR HOME CALLS FOR SOME EMERGENCY CARE CALLS: Rush University System for Health wants to bring the clinic to some of its patients. Through a partnership with Colorado-based Dispatch Health, Rush will begin providing home medical care for acute health conditions that could otherwise send people to emergency departments or emergency care clinics on October 7.

After the initial triage to ensure that a patient does not need to be rushed to an emergency department, the typical home visit involves a nurse practitioner or medical assistant employed by DispatchHealth as well as a medical assistant who visits a patient, treats the illness, and connects the patient with a DispatchHealth physician, usually via telehealth. The DispatchHealth car carries all of the tools for most emergency care needs, lab tests, intravenous drugs and medical imaging equipment, DispatchHealth said in a statement. READ MORE.

SINAI PARTNERS WITH MICHIGAN’S REHAB SUPPLIER TO MANAGE OPERATIONS AT REHAB SCHWAB HOSPITAL: Sinai Chicago has signed a three-year professional services agreement with the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to oversee outpatient hospital and therapy services and manage the day-to-day operations of the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital in Sinai.

The move, which is not a sale or acquisition, involves Mary Free Bed’s vice president of network operations, Bruce Brasser, taking on the role of interim president at Schwab, according to a joint statement from Sinai-Mary Free. Bed. Most of the employees at the 92-bed Schwab will continue to be employed by Sinai Chicago, the statement said, with the exception of some hospital executives who will be employed by Mary Free Bed. This decision aims to reach more patients, according to the press release.

With the addition of Schwab, Mary Free Bed manages or provides care for 482 inpatient rehabilitation beds and comprehensive outpatient services in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

MEDLINE STARTS JUNK SALE OF $ 7.77 BILLION TO FINANCE BUYBACK: Banks began marketing a $ 7.77 billion junk bond sale on Monday to help fund the debt buyout of medical supplies company Medline Industries. The sale ends today.

The bonds are split into a $ 3.77 billion over 7.5-year portion guaranteed by the company’s assets and $ 4 billion in eight-year unsecured notes, according to people familiar with the matter. The notes are the largest dollar-denominated junk-bond deal since Valeant Pharmaceuticals International sold $ 8.5 billion in March 2015 to finance the acquisition of Salix Pharmaceuticals.

Medline is also marketing $ 7 billion in leveraged loans to support the buyout and has advanced the commitment timeframe from one day to today. READ MORE.

AHA WANTS TO BE SR THAT THE FEDERAL IMMUNIZATION RULE IS DOABLE AND FAIR: The American Hospital Association said in a statement that it is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to be careful about developing its rule requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for workers at most healthcare facilities receiving Medicare reimbursement. or Medicaid. The AHA on Monday “urged the agency to include appropriate safeguards to preserve access to care in all communities, to provide clear information on how hospitals can demonstrate compliance, and how CMS will proceed with it. application, and to minimize the risk of misalignment and duplication with existing federal vaccines. Strategies. “

NOVIAN OBTAINS A DESIGNATION OF AN UNPRECEDENTED LASER DEVICE FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF BREAST TUMORS: Chicago-based Novian Health said the United States Food & Drug Administration had awarded its Novilase interstitial laser system the Breakthrough Device designation for “the focal destruction of malignant breast tumors in adult women seeking a procedure. of breast conservation “.

The breakthrough device designation assists in the rapid development of technologies that have the potential to provide more effective treatment of life-threatening diseases, Novian said in a statement, so that Novian will benefit from an expedited regulatory review process. Novilase is a minimally invasive procedure that uses laser ablation to destroy tumors as an alternative to surgery.

The system has already been approved in the United States for the treatment of benign breast tumors, or fibroadenomas, according to the release.

HOWARD BROWN HEALTH RECEIVES $ 1M FROM COL. JENNIFER PRITZKER FOUNDATION: Chicago nonprofit healthcare provider Howard Brown Health has received a $ 1 million pledge from the TAWANI Foundation, founded by Col. Jennifer N. Pritzker.

The funds include a donation of $ 500,000 and another $ 500,000 as part of a challenge grant to build a new clinic and support the expansion of LGBTQ + health care, according to a statement.

Since 2003, Howard Brown’s clinic in East Lakeview has provided affirmative primary and specialist care to all people, including people living with HIV, serving 7,500 patients per year, the statement said.

However, he hasn’t had the space to accept new patients for several years, and in February 2020 Howard Brown announced plans to relocate and expand the clinic, which will be built in Halsted and Cornelia. The challenge grant requires Howard Brown to raise $ 250,000 in new or increased gifts for the Halsted Clinic in fiscal years 2022 and 2023, the statement said.

REAL ESTATE OPERATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF BCBSIL CENTER HOUSING CONSIDERED AS A POSITIVE SIGN FOR A SOUTHERN CTÉ INVESTMENT: A Beitel Group company, based in Brooklyn, NY, recently purchased the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois multi-use center at 11840 S. Marshfield Ave. at Morgan Park, according to sources familiar with the sale, which could help spur other major projects in Chicago. disinvested neighborhoods.

The deal complements what was likely a profitable overhaul from Chicago developer DL3 Realty, which signed a 10-year lease in 2019 with health insurer Blue Cross & Blue Shield from the Illinois parent company to transform the vacant 129,000 square foot store in a Blue Door Neighborhood Center and office building with over 500 new jobs. READ MORE.

THE VASCULAR QUALITY GROUP PARTNERS WITH THE SOFTWARE COMPANY TO IMPROVE THE USE OF MEDICAL DEVICE DATA: The Vascular Quality Initiative of the Society for Vascular Surgery, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving vascular quality in hospitals and ambulatory care settings, said in a statement that it will partner with Symmetric Health Solutions to improve the consistency and integrity of medical device data used by vascular health professionals.

Symmetric, which makes healthcare supply chain data software, will help the initiative in its work to eliminate inaccuracies and discrepancies in medical device reporting. The release says physicians who use SVS VQI registries will benefit from the availability of accurate, reliable and consistent information on devices.


Terry foster was elected President-elect of the Emergency Nurses Association in 2022 after four decades as a member. Foster works for St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Kentucky as a Critical Care Nurse in System Emergency Departments. He is currently secretary / treasurer of the board of directors of the ENA.

Steven M. Chaouki was appointed to the board of directors of the immuno-oncology company MAIA Biotechnology. Chaouki is a financial executive with over two decades of experience in capital markets and financial services and currently serves as President, US Markets and Interactive Consumers of TransUnion, overseeing two business lines of TransUnion.


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