Today’s NewsStand – April 28, 2017

Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.

Iowa News

New clinic puts urgent care on the fast track
A new clinic opening Monday is redefining the “urgent” in urgent care. UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care — San Marnan promises to deliver “care at the speed of now,” said Sarah Brown, vice president of operations for UnityPoint Clinic. What’s coming to the new clinic is a streamlined, “one-stop shop” approach, Brown said. The clinic will offer diagnostic, X-ray and pharmacy services to patients with non-emergency conditions like colds, flu, sore throats and minor injuries. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

Montgomery County Memorial Hospital received grant for cutting-edge CT scanner
Patients at Montgomery County Memorial Hospital will soon benefit from access to the latest computed tomography (CT) diagnostic technology made possible through a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program. The new 64-slice CT scanner will allow for faster scans that produce high-quality images and allow staff to quickly determine health status and treatments. (Montgomery County Memorial Hospital)

Sensory-therapy room will help dementia patients at Buchanan County Health Center
Bright lights, fluffy pillow and sweet aromas – all things found in a new room at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence. The room is called a Snoezelen room and it is meant to help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The room offers sensory-therapy to people who are often sensory-deprived. The health center says sensory rooms have reduced fear and aggressive behavior and even improve mood and self-esteem for patients. (KCRG)

UI student-owned business wins $100,000 at prestigious TCU start-up competition
HealthTech Solutions, a business founded by two University of Iowa (UI) students, both from Iowa, that makes it easier to connect organ donors with recipients, won the grand prize in a start-up venture competition sponsored by Texas Christian University (TCU). The team won $25,000 in cash and $75,000 in in-kind services, including marketing/advertising, IT consulting, legal consulting, and financial services consulting. (Iowa Now)

National News

Doctor, hospital groups say GOP’s health bill worse with changes
The US’s biggest groups representing doctors, hospitals and older Americans came out against changes Republicans have proposed to get their health care bill more support from conservatives, saying the amendments make the proposal worse. The groups said the alterations will make it harder for people with pre-existing conditions to buy coverage and will raise insurance costs for older Americans. Rick Pollack, CEO of the American Hospital Association, said in a statement that the changes would “dramatically worsen the bill.” (Bloomberg)

House will not vote on ACA rewrite, smoothing way for government to stay open
Despite pressure from the White House, House GOP leaders determined Thursday night that they didn’t have the votes to pass a rewrite of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and would not seek to put their proposal on the floor on Friday. A late push to act on health care had threatened the bipartisan deal to keep the government open for one week while lawmakers crafted a longer-term spending deal. Now, members are likely to approve the short-term spending bill when it comes to the floor and keep the government open past midnight on Friday. (Washington Post)

The role of Medicaid in rural America
People in rural areas face unique challenges in health care coverage and access, including low density of providers and longer travel times to care, limited access to employer-sponsored coverage and greater health care needs due to older age and lower income. Medicaid plays an important role in helping to address these challenges. The share of people living in rural areas who are covered by Medicaid has grown under the Affordable Care Act, corresponding with reductions in the uninsured rate. (Kaiser Family Foundation)

Wisconsin wants Medicaid recipients to pony up more money
Paying for health care is an issue that worries many people. Yet some state and federal lawmakers want people on Medicaid to be more concerned about health care costs. There’s a movement to increase premiums and cost-sharing for those who are in the program. The state of Wisconsin is pushing a radical proposal. It would “increase the monthly premiums that people pay as much as $10 more a month,” said Kevin Kane from Citizen Action of Wisconsin. (Marketplace)

Scientists create artificial womb that could help prematurely born babies
Scientists have created an “artificial womb” in the hopes of someday using the device to save babies born extremely prematurely. So far the device has only been tested on fetal lambs. A study published Tuesday involving eight animals found the device appears effective at enabling very premature fetuses to develop normally for about a month. The device could also help scientists learn more about normal fetal development, says Thomas Shaffer a professor of physiology and pediatrics at Temple University. (NPR)