Today’s NewsStand – July 11, 2018

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

Iowa News

Broadlawns to add a third floor hospital with $29 million expansion
Broadlawns Medical Center will expand its medical facilities by adding a third, 41,900-square-foot floor to the hospital’s Sands Building, the Des Moines hospital announced today. With the addition, Broadlawns will shift to single occupancy medical-surgical rooms and an improved intensive care unit and family birthing center. Broadlawns is also renovating its 7,400-square-foot oncology and hematology center to provide an enhanced environment for cancer patients to receive care, according to a release. (Des Moines Business Record)

Clarinda Regional Health Center receives LUCAS chest compression system
First responders in Clarinda will have another tool to help save lives. Thanks to grant money from the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Emergency Medical Services Association and Leona & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, Clarinda Regional Health Center’s emergency medical services department is now equipped with a LUCAS chest compression system. “The design of LUCAS gives our staff members more flexibility to administer other medical interventions while LUCAS provides consistently precise compressions for patients in cardiac arrest,” said CRHC EMS Director Ryan Adams. (KMALand)

Representative Rod Blum hosts idea sharing conference on Iowa opioid epidemic
Iowa’s opioid crisis right now is bad. And it is quite possible it will get worse. “Often, in government, I’m amazed that the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing,” US Rep. Rod Blum said Monday during the conference the 1st District Republican hosted in Dubuque to discuss federal, state and local efforts to address the opioid epidemic in Iowa. In a panel during the conference, local law enforcement, health care professionals and elected leaders talked about specific challenges and the barriers to addressing those problems. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

National News

Trump administration cuts grants to help people get Obamacare
The Trump administration is cutting most of the funds previously provided to groups that help people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act and will push them to promote plans lacking the law’s benefits and protections, a government agency said on Tuesday. Under the latest cuts, so-called navigators who sign up Americans for the ACA will get $10 million for the year starting in November, down from $36.8 million in the previous year. (Reuters)

Democrats rally against threats to the ACA to block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
Senate Democrats, who are divided on abortion policy, are instead turning to health care as a rallying cry for opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Specifically, they are sounding the alarm that confirming conservative District Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh could jeopardize one of the Affordable Care Act’s most popular provisions — its protections for people with preexisting health conditions. Democratic senators spent Tuesday trying to connect the dots between potential threats to health care and Trump’s high court pick. (Kaiser Health News)

Lawsuit seeks to keep Medicaid proposal off Nebraska ballot
Opponents of a measure to expand Medicaid coverage in Nebraska have filed a lawsuit to try to keep the issue from appearing on the November general-election ballot. The lawsuit argues that the petition violates Nebraska’s Constitution as well as a law that dictates how state money can be spent. The petition drive’s campaign manager, Meg Mandy, says the lawsuit is “clearly a desperate attempt to block the people’s ability to voice their opinion on this issue and ensure affordable health care for 90,000 Nebraskans.” (Associated Press/Audubon County Advocate Journal)

The other victims: First responders to horrific disasters often suffer in solitude
Calamities seem to be multiplying in recent years, including mass shootings, fires, hurricanes and mudslides. Some firefighters, emergency medical providers, law enforcement officers and others say the scale, sadness and sometimes sheer gruesomeness of their experiences haunt them, leading to tearfulness and depression, job burnout, substance abuse, relationship problems, even suicide. Experts have found a dearth of research on treatment, insufficient preparation by employers for traumatic events and significant stigma associated with seeking care for the emotional fallout of those events. (HealthLeaders Media)