Today’s NewsStand – February 21, 2019

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

Iowa News

Science Center exhibits national leadership on mental health
The Science Center of Iowa part of a breakthrough phenomenon that will transform society’s understanding and attitudes about mental health. Visitors to the Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibition, which opens in Des Moines this month, will be greeted by a wall of digital photographs of real people who have mental illness. Various photos alight for a few seconds into short videos of individuals introducing themselves and declaring that they have mental illness, and that hope and help exists. (Iowa City Press-Citizen)

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital receives $4.5 million gift
The Richard O. Jacobson Foundation recently contributed $4.5 million to create two endowed chairs at the University of Iowa (UI) Stead Family Pediatrics Department. There are 15 divisions in the Pediatrics Department, each with a pediatric specialization. Each specialty has a director, said Raphael Hirsch, the chair of the Children’s Hospital Pediatrics Department. With the gift, two directors will receive endowed chairs to support their department, research or salaries. (University of Iowa Daily Iowan)

Carroll Hospital partners with other organizations to offer transportation to those in need
St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Carroll County Public Health are continually working on ways to help area residents, not only in access to health care services, but also ensuring our elderly, disabled and mentally ill citizens are able to rely on different forms of public transportation to meet their needs. Next Monday, March 4, these two groups are partnering with Pizza Ranch, asking everyone to pitch in and help with the purchase of transportation vouchers at Tip Night. (KCIM)

National News

Changes coming to Medicaid in New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Executive Council has tabled a nearly $1 billion contract for Medicaid services to hold public hearings and share more information about the three companies who will manage health care for one out of seven New Hampshire residents over the next five years. Part of the reason for the delay is to allow councilors more time to review the contracts and become acquainted with the new vendor, Amerihealth Caritas, which had problems administering its Medicaid contract in Iowa. (New Hampshire Union Leader)

Health care spending projected to accelerate as population ages
The growth in US health care spending is expected to accelerate over the coming eight years as baby boomers age and the prices for medical services grow, the Trump administration said Wednesday. The report from actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is likely to add to the pressures making health care a significant issue in the 2020 election. Health care’s share of the economy is projected to climb to 19.4 percent by 2027 from 17.9 percent in 2017, assuming no legislative changes to the US health system. (Wall Street Journal)

Trump plan to beat HIV hits rough road in rural America
One of the goals President Donald Trump announced in his State of the Union address was to stop the spread of HIV in the US within 10 years. Trump’s plan targets seven states where rural transmission of HIV is especially high. Health officials and doctors treating patients with HIV in those states say any extra funding would be welcome. But they say strategies that work in progressive cities like Seattle won’t necessarily work in rural areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina. (Kaiser Health News)