Today’s NewsStand – September 11, 2018

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

Iowa News             

‘Momcologists’ help children and each other fight cancer
Cancer is tough for anyone, especially a child. But the kids don’t fight alone. Meet their momcologists. Kristin Gaber said, “We kind of call ourselves momcologists because you very quickly have to step into roll of nurse, researcher, doctor almost. You have to understand all of that very quickly.” They’re part of a group called Des Moines Area Oncology Moms. It’s a closed Facebook group started by two moms about four years ago. Nearly two hundred people are now part of the online community exclusive to moms. (WHO)

In cancer research, people and pets are side by side
The University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and Iowa State University are collaborating more broadly on cancer research. This month, they are kicking off the Side-by-side in cancer research collaboration. Through this new collaborative program, they will explore how cancer research in pets can be used to help people, and cancer research in people can be used to help pets, and collaborate on other cancer research projects that combine the talents and expertise of cancer researchers at both institutions. (Medcom)

UnityPoint Health explains maternal fetal medicine
 Expecting a baby can be an exciting time for new parents. But sometimes there may be issues that come up and you may need to see a maternal fetal medicine specialist. Dr. Stephen Pedron with UnityPoint Clinic in Cedar Rapids talks to KCRG about his specialty. (KCRG)

National News

Maine governor vow to keep denying Medicaid applications until lawmakers provide money
Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he’ll continue denying applications for aid under a voter-approved Medicaid expansion until lawmakers provide funding under his terms. Advocates who are suing to force Maine to roll out Medicaid expansion have encouraged Mainers to apply for Medicaid this summer. But LePage said the plan is to deny those applications “until they’re funded.” Nearly three out of five Maine voters last November supported expanding Medicaid to an additional 70,000 to 80,000 low-income residents starting July 2. (Portland Press Herald)

Michigan asks Trump administration to approve Medicaid work requirements
Michigan is asking the Trump administration to approve work requirements for thousands of low-income adults who gained health care under Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Under the proposal, beneficiaries between the ages of 19 to 62 will have to work, volunteer or attend job training for at least 80 hours a month to keep their benefits. There are 12 exemptions, including for those who are caretakers of family members younger than six and those who are pregnant. Michigan aims to begin the program in 2020. (The Hill)

Medicaid work requirements would net 1% in savings
“Community engagement” policies — or work requirements — for Medicaid would result in narrow savings if correctly applied, but would likely lead to eligible beneficiaries losing insurance due to challenges in navigating the red tape, researchers reported. If work requirements were instituted nationwide, 2.8 percent of enrollees would no longer be eligible for coverage, representing roughly 0.7 percent in total Medicaid spending, according to Anna Goldman, MD, MPH, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues. (MedPage Today)

Hospitals step up the war on superbugs
During 32 years as a physician, Daniel Federman has used his stethoscope to listen to patients’ hearts and lungs. But a recent study at the West Haven, Conn., veterans’ hospital where Dr. Federman works left him aghast. After seeing an image of the bacteria accumulated on his stethoscope, he admits, “I was appalled… The basic fact is that I don’t recall cleaning my stethoscope”—ever. (Wall Street Journal)