Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County Hospital fills more outpatient prescriptions every day than are filled at 26 Walgreen's drug store combined.
   
     
     
     



Hospital revenue trailing budget

Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Daily Southtown
by Jonathan Lipman

Cook County's hospitals have collected about $23 million less than expected so far this year despite long-promised overhauls of the hospital billing systems.
The county health bureau has collected about $81 million of the $104 million projected by budget planners, according to a summary of the county's first fiscal quarter, which ended March 31.

"We're going to continue to monitor that," Comptroller Walter Knorr said. "Certainly, we're concerned anytime you have a shortfall ... but it's just a matter of keeping after the hospital and making sure they collect."

With other county fees also coming in below projections and sales and cigarette taxes doing better than expected, the county is about $16 million, or about 3 percent, behind on overall revenues for the first quarter.

Knorr said it was too early to worry about an impact on the county's overall $3 billion budget, but commissioners were less confident.

"I'd like to know what the plan is to get the numbers up," said Commissioner Bobbie Steele (D-Chicago). "By the end of the year, we'll have lost $100 million. We have to figure out why."

Commissioner Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) said he's beginning to worry the county will go broke before the end of the year.

"Their patient volume is up and their revenues are down, and that makes no sense," Quigley said. "They better detail a plan."

Stroger, Provident and Oak Forest hospitals care for some of the sickest and poorest of the region's patients and turn no one away regardless of ability to pay. Still, many of the patients are covered by Medicaid and other programs and can pay something for their care.

County health officials were not available for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Health bureau chief Daniel Winship has repeatedly promised an overhaul in the billing system, including retraining employees and the use of new software to create "superbills" that better track all of a patient's services.

"They tried to implement this superbill and they give you this hyped report, and then it kind of dies out," Steele said. "I haven't seen too much of a difference."

Against the advice of budget staff, commissioners voted to increase projections for cigarette taxes and some fees when passing the 2006 budget. Cigarette taxes are so far $7.6 million ahead of projections, but Knorr warned much of the boost came from a one-time floor audit that will not carry through the rest of the year.

The county also is spending below budget, Knorr said, so cash flow will not be an issue.

Quigley said he was less sure.

"Don't let the percentages fool you, $16 million would be a significant tax hike," Quigley said. "It was extraordinarily irresponsible to budget like this."



Recent Headlines

Northbrook will revisit Cook County minimum wage ordinance in May
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Suffredin: County to seek 'safeguards' for golf course road
Friday, November 16, 2018
Evanston NOW

She's been waiting 15 months for her rape kit to be processed. A new proposal to track evidence aims to change that.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle to unveil policy roadmap for Cook County for next five years
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

U.S. appeals judges: Go fight over lawsuits with Dorothy Brown in state court
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

COMMENTARY: Here's how the Shakman case curbed Cook County patronage
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Appeals court backs Dorothy Brown in lawsuit over public access to electronic records, says judge overstepped authority
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

What’s Next As Voters Overwhelmingly Support Higher Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Time
Monday, November 12, 2018
Journal and Topics Online

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's security chief fired after review spurred by watchdog report
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

An earlier opening day: 2019 Cook County forest preserves permits go on sale Nov. 15
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County opening 2019 picnic permit sales Nov. 15
Monday, November 05, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

The Cook County Land Bank looks to go commercial
Monday, November 05, 2018
RE Journal

Nov. 15 is new opening date for Cook County forest preserves permits
Monday, November 05, 2018
Daily Herald

Cook County Gun Dealer, Minimum Wage Referendums On Ballot
Monday, November 05, 2018
Patch

The Abandoned WWI Monument One Chicago Man Is Determined To Save
Friday, November 02, 2018
Chicago Patch

Cook County freed from federal oversight
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

First-of-its-kind trauma recovery center serves survivors of domestic violence, hate crimes, sexual assault, gun violence in Cook County
Monday, October 29, 2018
ABC 7

Northbrook opts in to Cook County paid sick leave ordinance, more uncertainty for employers, lawyer says
Monday, October 29, 2018
Cook County Record

First-of-its-kind Advocate Trauma Recovery Center serves survivors of domestic violence, hate crimes, sexual assault, gun violence in Cook County
Monday, October 29, 2018
WLS Channel 7

Cook County sheriff, CVS team up on safe prescription painkiller disposal
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP