Today’s NewsStand – August 10, 2018

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

Iowa News

Storm Lake nurse named Iowa Hospital Hero
A Siouxland nurse has been named a Hospital Hero in Iowa. The Iowa Hospital Association selected Emily Bodholdt of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake as one of the 10 Hospital Heroes in the state. Working in First Embrace Obstetrics as a nurse, the center says that Bodholt likes to take care of parents during the birthing process. The Buena Vista Regional Medical Center say that she is their hero “because she truly is there to support parents the day they meet their baby and beyond.” (Siouxland Proud)

Strategic Behavioral Health project pushed back
The completion date for the Strategic Behavioral Health (SBH) project in Bettendorf, Iowa has been pushed from January 2019 to February 2020, approximately one year later than they originally thought. The project however is moving forward according to a spokesperson for the State Health Facilities Council. SBH recently submitted a cost overrun and extension request. Both requests were considered at and approved by the Health Facilities Council at their July 25 meeting. (KWQC)

West Nile Virus confirmed in North Iowa
Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa says it is treating a confirmed case of West Nile Virus. Details on who was infected or when have not been released. The Iowa Department of Public Health says West Nile is spread by mosquitoes and can produce symptoms ranging from fever and mild headache to life-threatening inflammation of the brain. Brian Hanft is the environmental health services manager for Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health. With the news of the first case in the area, Hanft says it’s something that should not be cause for alarm. (KIMT)

Video interview with UI Health Care highlights EMR adoption
University of Iowa (UI) Health Care has been on the cutting edge on electronic medical record (EMR) adoption, having been Stage 7 since 2012. They use their EMR to create value across the health system, from advanced analytics, to clinical physician support and pharmacy alerts. Maia Hightower, CMIO at The University of Iowa Health Care, speaks about the value realized by the organization through achieving HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7. (HIMSS Analytics)

National News

Medicare to overhaul ACOs but critic fear less participation
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) were among the key initiatives of the Affordable Care Act, designed to help control soaring Medicare costs. On Thursday, the Trump administration proposed an overhaul to the program. The move could dramatically scale back the number of participating health providers. Tom Nickels, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association, criticized the new ACO rules. (Kaiser Health News)

Texas is suing — again — to end Obamacare
At the helm of a 20-state coalition, Texas sued the federal government in February to end the Affordable Care Act, arguing that the law is no longer constitutional after Congress gutted the individual mandate. In April, the state asked a US district judge to block the law nationwide as the case works its way through the system. After a deadline last week for parties to submit all their arguments, the judge could decide any day whether to let the law stand, block it in part or entirely, or to ask for more arguments from both sides. Experts predict a decision in the next few months. (Texas Tribune)

Companies respond to an urgent health care need: Transportation
As America’s baby boomers are hitting 65 at a rate of 10,000 a day, and healthier lifestyles are keeping them in their homes longer, demand is escalating for a little talked-about — yet critical — health care-related job: Transporting people to and from nonemergency medical appointments. For people requiring oxygen tanks and wheelchairs, it’s an even bigger challenge, and long waiting periods are often required to arrange for specially equipped vehicles. (New York Times)

Once its greatest foes, doctors are embracing single-payer
When the American Medical Association met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change. Though they had tried for years to advance a resolution calling on the organization to drop its decades-long opposition to single-payer health care, this was the first time it got a full hearing. But this year’s youth uprising at the nexus of the medical establishment speaks to a cultural shift in the medical profession, and one with big political implications. (Kaiser Health News)