Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.
Job skills tax cuts, mental health top Governor Reynolds’ 2019 legislative priorities
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ priorities for the 2019 legislative session include developing workers’ skills, funding education, enacting new tax cuts and improving Iowa’s mental health system. In her first news conference, one week after being elected to full, four-year term, Reynolds broadly laid out some key points of her legislative agenda Tuesday while acknowledging many details are yet to be resolved. (Des Moines Register)
Kossuth Regional Health Center Fire and Ice Ball raises a cool $80,000
Approximately 245 guests gathered at the Kossuth Regional Health Center (KRHC) Foundation’s annual Legacy Ball on Saturday, November 3 to honor four physicians whose commitment inspired the growth and development of KRHC that local patients continue to enjoy today. The event provided an opportunity to reflect upon KRHC’s history, and raised $80,235 for the Foundation’s endowment fund. (Kossuth Regional Health Center)
UI Dance Marathon marking 25 years of making waves for the Children’s Hospital patients
Every year, thousands of students dance to make sure pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients located on the 11th floor get the best care possible at the University of Iowa (UI) Stead Family Children’s Hospital. UI Dance Marathon is in its 25th year and to help mark is are launching their first year-long campaign. The students have raised $24.5 million in the in their 24-year history. One of their latest dedications announced Thursday is a $2.2 million endowment that will add and fund a Child Life Specialist for cancer patients. (Our Quad Cities)
More leeway for states to expand inpatient mental health
The Trump administration Tuesday allowed states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid, a potentially far-reaching move to address issues from homelessness to violence. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement Tuesday in a speech to state Medicaid directors, a group that represents Republican and Democratic officials from around the country who are confronting common, deeply-rooted social problems. (Associated Press)
With divided Congress, health care action hightails it to the states
Newly-elected leaders in the states will be in a stronger position than those in Washington to steer significant shifts in health care policy over the next couple of years as a divided Congress struggles with gridlock. State Medicaid work requirements, prescription drug prices, insurance exchanges and short-term health plans are among the areas with the potential for substantial change. Some states with new Democratic leaders may also withdraw from a multistate lawsuit aimed at killing the 2010 health care law or look for ways to curb Trump administration policies. (Roll Call)
US has highest rate of drug overdoses, study says
The United States has more than double the rate of premature overdose deaths of at least 12 other countries, according to a new study. The research, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, says that there were an estimated 63,632 drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the US. The researchers also found that the United States had the second-highest increase in drug overdose deaths: 4.3 percent per year in men and 5.3 percent per year in women. (CNN)
Should childhood trauma be treated as a public health crisis?
When public health officials get wind of an outbreak of Hepatitis A or influenza, they spring into action with public awareness campaigns, monitoring and outreach. But should they be acting with equal urgency when it comes to childhood trauma? A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests the answer should be yes. It shows how the effects of childhood trauma persist and are linked to mental illness and addiction in adulthood. (NPR)