Today’s NewsStand – August 8, 2018

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

Iowa News

Dallas County Hospital employee Lupita Chavez receives Iowa Hospital Hero Award
Every day across the state of Iowa more than 72,000 individuals work at hospitals and could be considered a hero by their contribution to their communities and selfless service. To recognize and promote these individuals, IHA has awarded 100 employees since 2007 with the Iowa Hospital Hero Awards. Dallas County Hospital is proud to announce Lupita Chavez will receive this honor. Lupita was nominated for her impact to the community through her commitment to Dallas County Hospital’s mission. (Dallas County News)

Sioux Center Health selects Nebraska man as new CEO
The board of directors of Sioux Center Health has announced that a Nebraska man has been hired to serve as the new administrator of Sioux Center Health. Cory D. Nelson most recently served as CEO of Genoa Medical Facilities in Genoa, Nebraska. In Nelson, he said they found a CEO who engages effectively with communities, understands the Sioux Center Health mission of service and who can provide clear vision for the future of health care. (KIWA)

Finney: ‘Depression be damned,’ city columnist returns to stacking paragraphs
Daniel Finney, a columnist for the Des Moines Register, is back after taking medical leave for depression. He explains that his return to work comes far later than he imagined it would when he took medical leave to get treatment for major depression over five weeks ago. Coming back to work is, at least intellectually, the next logical step in recovery from major depression. (Des Moines Register)

National News

Tackling the rural access crisis: Cardiologists need tools to meet patients’ needs
The demand for cardiologists is continuing to outpace supply. According to the Health Resources & Service Administration, rural America is home to more than half of the health professional shortage. And it’s not just physicians: At least 83 rural hospitals have closed since 2010; another 600+ facilities are considered vulnerable. It’s little surprise then that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from heart disease and stroke than their urban counterparts. (Cardiovascular Business)

Arkansas phasing in work requirements for those on Medicaid
Arkansas is at the forefront of a national experiment to see whether requiring work for health care coverage helps lift people out of poverty. So far, the state’s plan has seen low compliance among beneficiaries who may soon see themselves fall off the Medicaid rolls. Out of the around 10,000 people who were supposed to report their work in the state’s first phase of the work requirements, 7,464 had not reported as of June. If they miss three consecutive months of reporting they will lose insurance for the rest of the year. (Marketplace)

Trump officials take new step to encourage opioid abuse treatments
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday took a step to encourage the development of more drugs to treat opioid addiction. The FDA issued guidance to encourage the development of more drugs that can be used in what is known as Medication Assisted Treatment, a leading way to treat people with opioid addiction, through using certain drugs to reduce dependence on opioids. A lack of access to effective medication-assisted treatment is one of the main challenges in fighting the opioid epidemic. (The Hill)

US to boost drug price negotiation in Medicare Advantage health plans
The Trump administration said on Tuesday it would give Medicare Advantage health plans for the elderly new tools to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Medicare Advantage plans will be allowed to require that patients first try certain lower-cost drugs before moving to a more expensive alternative if the first treatment is not effective. Until now, such requirements could not be made on drugs covered by Medicare Part B, which are administered in a hospital or doctor’s office. (Reuters)