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  • Heroin recovery treatment ‘a partnership, a collaboration,’ counselors say Jan 25, 2015 4:34 PM
    When it comes to heroin addiction treatment, there's no magic formula. But Jim Scarpace, executive director of Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Aurora, says it can work -- with a lot of hard work and support. “There is nothing magical we’re going to do to you," Scarpace said. "This is a partnership, a collaboration.”

  • Study: Fewer struggle with medical costs as coverage grows Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM
    Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama’s health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday.

  • Teen drug treatment addresses motivation, relationships Jan 25, 2015 7:32 AM
    The younger the heroin user, the less likely he or she is to be in treatment by choice. “The kids, by and large, don’t really want to be here,” said Dr. David Lott, medical director of addiction treatment programs for Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward in Naperville.

  • Treatment centers, insurance work to agree on heroin care Jan 25, 2015 7:30 AM
    When a person wants treatment to end a heroin addiction, insurance shouldn’t hold him back. But sometimes addiction treatment professionals encounter disagreements with insurance companies about whether a patient meets medical criteria for a certain type of care. “Now the philosophy should really be ‘Let’s start the client where the clinical information indicates they need to start,’” said Tom Delegatto, executive director of business development for Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

  • Our series so far at dailyherald.com/more Jan 25, 2015 7:30 AM
    People who run heroin treatment programs, like Jim Scarpace of Gateway Foundation Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Aurora, know they can't be superheroes or work magic for their patients. But they're convinced a regimen of education to build coping skills, medication to ease withdrawal effects and family/community support can be effective in getting users off heroin.

  • McDonald’s trying to be all things to all people Jan 23, 2015 5:26 PM
    It’s not just the length of the menu that has been perplexing to McDonald’s customers — it’s the pricing structure. The company thinks of its products in three categories: entry level, core and premium. To keep its popular Dollar Menu pricing in place for entry-level items, it was forced to nudge prices up on core items, a category that includes the Big Mac and Quarter Pounder with Cheese.

  • Schaumburg lowers fee for medical pot dispensary Jan 22, 2015 1:23 PM
    Schaumburg officials have reduced their recommended annual impact fee for a medical marijuana dispensary from $100,000 to $37,752. The new recommendation, to be voted on Tuesday, assumes one police call and one paramedic call per week.

  • UnitedHealth earnings rise 6 pct, top Wall St. expectations Jan 21, 2015 10:45 AM
    UnitedHealth’s fourth-quarter earnings rose nearly 6 percent in a performance that topped Wall Street expectations, and the nation’s largest health insurer brought an optimistic vibe into the new year as it detailed final results from 2014.

  • Ethel Kolerus left imprint on township, Alexian Brothers Jan 21, 2015 5:30 AM
    The Northwest suburbs has lost a pioneer with the death this month of Ethel Kolerus. She was the first woman to be township supervisor in Cook County, and her leadershp of the Alexian Brothers Medical Center came during a time of great growth. “Ethel wanted this building to be one-stop-shop for residents in need,” says Jo Stellato, Wheeling Township’s director of finance and administration.

  • Griffin: Municipal retirees' insurance cost taxpayers millions Jan 21, 2015 10:51 AM
    More than 2,100 former employees in 57 suburbs cost taxpayers almost $16.5 million in health insurance costs last year. And experts expect that figure to keep rising as more municipal employees head into retirement before they are eligible for Medicare at age 65. But even then, Medicare eligibility only reduces the municipal burden, rather than putting an end to it.

  • Walgreen sells Infusion Services to Madison Dearborn Jan 21, 2015 3:04 PM
    Deerfield-based drugstore chain Walgreen Co. announced it will sell a majority interest in Walgreens Infusion Services division to Chicago-based capital firm Madison Dearborn Partners.

  • Kenneth Young Center to open new facility in Mt. Prospect Jan 22, 2015 7:34 AM
    The Kenneth Young Center, a social-service provider based in Elk Grove Village, is in the process of opening a new drop-in facility in Mount Prospect. The new facility, at 1585 Dempster St., will provide a variety of skill-building services for seniors and adults with mental-health issues. It will also house offices for a number of the Kenneth Young Center's service teams. “What this does is give us a better reach out to the eastern end of our service area,” said Mitchell Bruski, chief executive officer of the Kenneth Young Center.

  • Advocate Lutheran General receives top nursing honor for third time Jan 20, 2015 2:17 PM
    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital has once again attained Magnet recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. This voluntary credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice. It recognizes the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practices.

  • New Ronald McDonald House in Winfield welcomes its first family Jan 19, 2015 2:34 PM
    Lisa and Chris Post are about to take the next step in what has been an unimaginably painful journey — their little boy's battle against a brain tumor. But on Sunday, as they looked ahead to their son's next round of treatments, they said a small part of their stress had disappeared. The Post family is the first to move into the new Ronald McDonald House in Winfield.

  • GOP divided over using budget process on health care law Jan 19, 2015 10:27 AM
    Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama’s health care law. But now some are questioning whether to use the congressional budget process to derail the 2010 law or save the special step for more traditional purposes like cutting spending or overhauling the tax code. A potentially divisive debate between Tea Party forces and GOP pragmatists looms.

  • New tax forms to fill out on health insurance coverage Jan 18, 2015 7:28 AM
    Be prepared for the tax man to get even more personal this year — with questions about your health insurance. For the first time, you’ll have to state whether you had health insurance, through an employer, one of the exchanges or purchased privately. And if you didn’t, you could face a penalty.

  • New Ronald McDonald House ready to open in Winfield Jan 17, 2015 7:34 AM
    The new Ronald McDonald House is scheduled to open Sunday across the street from Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. The new 19,000-square-foot, two-story house will support families of hospitalized children at CDH, the CDH Proton Center in Warrenville, Delnor Hospital in Geneva and other area hospitals. "We are thrilled to provide a new place for families to stay and connect with others while they’re living through some of life’s most trying times," said Doug Porter, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.

  • Medicare chief steps down, ran health care rollout Jan 16, 2015 10:54 AM
    Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner — who oversaw the rocky rollout of the president’s health care law — says she’s stepping down at the end of February. In an email Friday to staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Tavenner says she’s leaving with “sadness and mixed emotions.”

  • Naperville Marathon plans more downtown involvement Jan 15, 2015 2:59 PM
    Naperville Marathon organizers say they are charting a course for the third annual race that more directly involves the commercial area of the city's downtown. “We want the spectators visiting the different shops and restaurants, and afterward we want to make sure there's much more of a festival-type atmosphere for not just the runners but the community as a whole," Race Director Bob Hackett said.

  • Booking a trip to the ER on your smartphone? It’s a breeze Jan 15, 2015 9:49 AM
    No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings. Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling patients with non-life-threatening conditions to schedule everything from doctor’s office visits to emergency room trips on their laptops and smartphones — much like OpenTable users do with restaurant reservations.

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