Today’s NewsStand – November 7, 2018

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

Iowa News

Hancock County Health System providing at-school behavioral health appointments 
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Schools are working with the Hancock County Health System (HCHS) to provide at-school appointments for students in all grade levels who need to talk about issues that are affecting them, such as anxiety, depression and bullying. Appointments began in October, and Shelanski says they’re already seeing positive responses. Ashley Shelanski is a Behavioral Health Counselor with HCHS, and is working with students in the district, saying it’s a beneficial program. (KIMT)

Woodbury County votes against adding Lyon County into mental health region
It could be a moot point as the agency will likely add a new member, but the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday against adding Lyon County into the Sioux Rivers Regional Mental Health and Disability Services agency. The Sioux Rivers governance board members on October 23 voted to add Lyon County as of July 1, 2019, when Woodbury County moves out of the region. (Southwest Iowa News Source)

Iowa high school students visit hands-on health care expo
Juniors and seniors from nine area high schools interested in health care careers were able to explore their options Thursday during the Health Careers Expo at Southeastern Community College. This year was more hands-on, with students taking part in simulation activities, such as reviving a heart attack patient, in the Health Professions Center. The keynote speaker was Paula Willoughby Dejesus, an emergency medical specialist at Great River Medical Center. “Health care can take you tons of places,” Dejesus said. (EMS World)

National News

Midterm results show health is important to voters but no magic bullet
Health care proved important but apparently not pivotal in the 2018 midterm elections on Tuesday as voters gave Democrats control of the U.S. House, left Republicans in charge in the Senate and appeared to order an expansion of Medicaid in at least three states long controlled by Republicans. In taking over the House, Democrats are unlikely to be able to advance many initiatives when it comes to health policy, given the GOP’s control of the Senate and White House. But they will be able to deliver an effective veto to Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (Kaiser Health News)

Three red states vote to expand Medicaid during an election where health care was the top issue
Voters in Utah, Nebraska and Idaho were all expected to pass ballot measures to broaden the federal and state health insurance program, according to NBC. The support for Medicaid expansion came over the objections of many officials who had so far declined to adopt it, citing budgetary constraints. The results in the red-leaning states underscore the warming attitudes toward Obamacare and its Medicaid expansion provision that most states have adopted. (CNBC)

Massachusetts voters reject Question 1, which would have mandated nurse staffing levels
Massachusetts voters rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have set strict limits on the numbers of patients assigned to hospital nurses, following a bruising and costly campaign that pitted nurses against hospital administrators — and nurses against nurses. The result was a blow to the Massachusetts Nurses Association, a labor union that sponsored the measure and had argued that limits were needed to ensure that patients were receiving safe care. (Boston Globe)

CDC says cases of polio-like illness on the rise
Cases of a paralyzing illness affecting mostly children are still on the rise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday. The CDC has identified 80 confirmed cases of Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) among 219 reports in 2018, officials said. The cases were spread across 25 states. Despite an increase in cases since 2014, AFM remains a very rare condition, the CDC said. Less than one in a million people in the United States get AFM each year. (The Hill)