Today’s NewsStand – March 7, 2019

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

Iowa News

1 in 10 students in Iowa have suicide plan, survey finds
Findings from a survey by the Iowa Department of Public Health show an alarming trend in suicidal tendencies among teenagers. The Iowa Youth Survey, released on Tuesday, found that the number of teens with plans to kill themselves increased by 53 percent since 2012. The survey found that 1 in 10 participants currently have such a suicide plan. One in 20 participants reported making a suicide attempt in the past year. The study was taken by 70,451 Iowa students in sixth, eighth and 11th grade.

An exhibit at the Science Center of Iowa is attempting to tackle mental health issues head-on. The Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibit gives people a small taste of what it’s like to live with mental illness. “It’s a way that people can feel more comfortable sharing their story,” said Curt Simmons, with the Science Center of Iowa. “Sometimes, just listening to someone share their story about what they’re suffering through is huge therapy.” (KCCI)

Broadlawns to open new downtown clinic in Cityville on 9th development
Broadlawns Medical Center is opening a new clinic and urgent care facility on the south side of downtown Des Moines in the Cityville on 9th development. It will move its existing downtown location at 1300 Walnut Street to the Cityville retail and office space at 550 Southwest 9th Street, according to a news release. The new 4,500 square-foot space will house a family medicine clinic and urgent care services. “After several years of research, we are very pleased to have identified a new space for our downtown clinic,” said Jody Jenner, president and CEO of Broadlawns Medical Center, in a news release. “By relocating our family medicine practice and adding urgent care services, the new Cityville location will offer expanded access to health care for our existing patients and for residents from downtown and south Des Moines neighborhoods.” (Des Moines Register)

Genesis Health to host open house, focuses on reducing risk of falling
According to hospital officials with Genesis Health System, 1 in 4 adults over the age of 65 will fall each year. Chris Poston, a physical therapist at Genesis Healthplex, says falling and breaking bones does not have to be a consequence of aging. Poston will be giving fall prevention tips on Saturday, March 2 beginning at 9 a.m. at a physical therapy open house at Genesis HealthPlex. Specialists there treat balance disorders, vestibular disorders, osteoporosis, sports injuries, hand and wrist injuries, joint replacements, and post-surgical rehab. (KWQC)

Boy becomes 33rd ‘safe haven baby’ in Iowa, state officials say
A newborn boy surrendered to the custody of the Iowa Department of Human Services is being called the 33rd “safe haven baby” rescued since a 2001 Iowa law went into effect. The child was born February 2 at an Iowa hospital and was given to state officials, DHS said in a news release. Specific details about the child and the location of the birth are being withheld to protect the identity of the child and parents. (Des Moines Register)

National News

Health-care providers say CDC’s opioid guidelines are harming pain patients
More than 300 health-care experts told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday that the agency’s landmark guidelines for the use of opioids against chronic pain are harming patients who suffer from long-term pain and benefit from the prescription narcotics. The health-care providers, including three former U.S. drug czars, said the CDC recommendation of a daily numerical threshold for opioid use has led insurers to refuse reimbursement, pharmacies to erect obstacles to obtaining drugs and risks for doctors who want to give out more. “Taken in combination, these actions have led many health care providers to perceive a significant category of vulnerable patients as institutional and professional liabilities to be contained or eliminated, rather than as people needing care,” they said in a letter to the agency. (Washington Post)

The average cost of healthcare in 21 different countries
Americans pay a lot for healthcare. Depending on where they live, typical workers shelled out between $4,500 and $8,300 for healthcare in 2017. But the US government pays even more. According to data from OECD, the US spent $10,209 on healthcare per capita, or per person, in 2017. That’s more than any other country in OECD’s 36-country consortium, and over $2,000 more than Switzerland, the second-highest spending country. (Business Insider)

Amazon’s joint health-care venture finally has a name: Haven
The joint health-care venture between Amazon, J.P. Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway finally has a name: “Haven.” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett last January announced they were teaming up to tackle rising health-care costs. They formed a nonprofit company and named renowned surgeon, author and speaker Dr. Atul Gawande as CEO in June. “We want to change the way people experience health care so that it is simpler, better, and lower cost,” Gawande said in a statement on Wednesday. “We’ll start small, learn from the experience of patients, and continue to expand to meet their needs.” (CNBC)

What healthcare CIOs say they’re focused on for 2019
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, in partnership with LexisNexis Risk Solutions, recently asked some of its chief information officer members what they’re focusing on, tactically or strategically, for the year ahead. Depending on the size or type of their organization – hospitals, long-term care facilities, health plans – the CIOs said they’re pursuing electronic health record upgrades, bolstered cybersecurity, better data governance, improved patient engagement and more in 2019. (Healthcare IT News)