Today’s NewsStand – February 6, 2019

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

Iowa News

MercyOne CEO speaks about medical center’s future in Siouxland
On Friday, Mercy Medical Center took on a new logo and name. The Mercy Health Network is now known as MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center. “Previously Mercy Health Network, now MercyOne has existed for nearly 20 years,” said Rob Ritz, MercyOne President and CEO. “I think this gives us more energy, more excitement about our future, serving as a highly organized system of health services across Iowa and the surrounding regions.” (KTIV)

Mission: Lifeline program saves lives
To identify gaps in effective cardiac care, the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health has collaborated with health care systems and emergency medical service providers for a program, Mission: Lifeline, aimed at providing resources to patients in need of life-saving equipment and care. Mission: Lifeline has helped build partnerships between hospitals like Floyd Valley Healthcare and UnityPoint Health — St. Luke’s and set goals to give heart attack patients their best chance for recovery. (Le Mars Daily Sentinel)

Weather, government shutdown leave Des Moines blood centers in critical need of donations
Below freezing temperatures brought more than just traffic, classes and jobs to a slowdown; it also created a hurdle for blood donation facilities in desperate need of inventory. Both LifeServe Blood Center and the American Red Cross have declared emergency blood needs as local and national supplies run dangerously low. As snowstorms struck and temperatures plunged over the past two weeks, many Des Moines-area blood drives were canceled and West said local donation centers saw dozens of no-shows. (Des Moines Register)

National News

1 in 3 doctors say prior authorization has led to a serious adverse event
It just keeps getting worse. That’s a major finding of an AMA survey of 1,000 practicing physicians who were asked about the impact prior authorization (PA) is having on their ability to help their patients. More than nine in 10 respondents said PA had a significant or somewhat negative clinical impact. In January 2018, the AMA joined the American Hospital Association and other organizations in a consensus statement outlining a shared commitment to industry-wide improvements to prior authorization processes and patient-centered care. (American Medical Association)

Trump highlights health agenda with vow to lower ‘unfair’ drug prices
It was not the centerpiece, but health was a persistent theme in President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address at the Capitol on Tuesday night. Although the administration has focused more on issues of trade, taxes and immigration, the president laid out a series of health-related goals, including some that even Democrats indicated could be areas of bipartisan negotiation or compromise. Trump vowed to take on prescription drug prices, pursue an end to the HIV epidemic and boost funding for childhood cancers. (Kaiser Health News)

Most inmates with mental illness still wait for decent care
Inadequate treatment of mentally ill prisoners is a problem across the U.S. When psychiatric institutions began closing down in the 1950s, they weren’t replaced with mental health services in the community. So, many people with mental illness have scrapes with the law and end up in prisons that are ill-equipped to treat them. According to federal data on state and federal prisons from 2011 to 2012, nearly 40 percent of inmates reported having been told by a mental health professional that they had a mental health disorder. (NPR)