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CHIP Renewal Ohio Senator's Priority as Congress Reconvenes (VIDEO/AUDIO)

CLEVELAND -- Congress reconvenes this week with several top priorities this month, according to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH): to raise the debt limit, pass a budget, take care of victims of Hurricane Harvey, and insure that CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program, gets renewed.

"CHIP funding runs out September thirtieth," says Senator Brown. "It's authorization and reauthorization, meaning keeping it in affect and expanding it and growing it and perfecting it if you can ever do that precisely with health insurance, and making sure all kids have the best possible care is something we should work together on, something that that congress in the past has done."

Senator Brown says for tens of thousands of Ohio children using CHIP, they can see a family doctor instead going to the emergency department for an expensive visit among other things. "It means vaccine and shots, it means dental coverage, it means better treatment if kids get sick, it means better attendance at school," Senator Brown says.

During his confirmation hearings, Senator Brown says he asked Tom Price, President Trump's selection for Secretary of Health and Human Services about CHIP, and Price told the senator he was for the reauthorization of CHIP but didn't answer definitely if he was in favor of keeping the CHIP expansion which came with the Affordable Care Act.

This Thursday, Brown says he expects the Senate Finance Committee to bring up CHIP reauthorization.

U.S. News & World Report Once Again Names University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Among Nation's Best Hospitals (VIDEO)

CLEVELAND -- University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center once again has been recognized as one of the nation's best hospitals for 2017–18 by U.S. News & World Report. UH Cleveland Medical Center was named among the country’s Top 50 in eight methodology-ranked specialties. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with the most challenging conditions.
UH Cleveland Medical Center is ranked among the nation’s Top 50 in: Cancer; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology and GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Gynecology; Nephrology; Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics. These results place UH in the top 1 percent of the nation’s 4,500 hospitals eligible for ranking this year.

UH also received rankings of high performing in eight Common Adult Procedure and Condition Ratings for patients 65 and older: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair; Aortic Valve Surgery; Heart Bypas Surgery; Heart Failure; Colon Cancer Surgery; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); Knee Replacement; and Lung Cancer Surgery.

In July, U.S. News & World Report ranked UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital among America's Best Children's Hospitals in nine pediatric specialties, including #7 in Neonatology. Eight other pediatric specialties at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital were also ranked.

Too many studies? Researchers call for new consistent, robust standards for the development of meta-analyses (VIDEO/AUDIO)

CLEVELAND -- In light of the increasing number of meta-analyses published annually about heart research disease, the American Heart Association (AHA) published a scientific statement to provide recommendations for physicians and researchers who wish to do meta-analyses, journal editors who publish them, and health care policy makers who use these studies to develop policy, and others, such as general readers.
Goutham Rao, MD, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is the lead author of the statement published on Aug. 9 by the AHA.

Rock Legend Roger Daltrey Visits Rainbow Cancer Patients (VIDEO)

CLEVELAND -- Roger Daltrey, lead singer for the rock band The Who and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, visited the Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Daltrey is the founder of Teen Cancer America, an organization that advocates for adolescent cancer care. In addition to meeting patients on Angie's rooftop garden, the singer autographed a guitar which will be displayed in the new 7th floor inpatient unit.

What does the failure of the "Skinny Repeal" mean to Ohio patients? (VIDEO)

CLEVELAND -- Heidi Gartland, Vice President of Government and Community Relations at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, talks about what the failure of the "Skinny Repeal" of the Affordable Care Act means to Ohio patients.

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