Thursday, May 29, 2014

Loyola doctor leads physician group that meets with Illinois congressional delegation

MAYWOOD, Ill. (May 29, 2014) – Dr. Daniel Dilling of Loyola University Medical Center led a delegation from the American College of Physicians that recently met with the Illinois congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.

On May 21, Dilling had lunch with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). The next day, Dilling and 10 other physicians, residents and medical students met with aides to 11 northern Illinois congressmen: Democrats Bobby Rush, Dan Lipinski, Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley, Danny Davis, Jan Schakowsky, Brad Schneider, Bill Foster and Tammy Duckworth and Republicans Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren.

“It was a very enlightening and rewarding experience,” said Dilling, who is medical director of lung transplantation and an associate professor in the division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dilling is secretary of the Northern Illinois Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). He and other members of the ACP delegation discussed legislation that Dilling said would improve access to care. The four legislative initiatives would:

  • Provide adequate reimbursement to physicians who treat Medicaid patients newly covered by the Affordable Care Act.
  • Pass an innovative tort reform bill (HB 4601) titled “Saving Lives, Saving Costs."
  • Maintain funding and increase the number of slots in the Graduate Medical Education program that trains resident physicians. This would ensure there will be enough physicians to meet the growing demand for health care.
  • Replace the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula - used to determine what Medicare pays to physicians - with a more rational process.

The ACP is the largest medical specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States, representing 137,000 members.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.