Today’s NewsStand – March 14, 2019

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

Iowa News

Mental health care funding fixes pitched by county leaders
Funding for mental health care services needs to be sustainable for the long term, according to the pleas that county officials from across the state made Wednesday at the Iowa Capitol. With the annual “County Day” bringing dozens of county officials to the Capitol, many stressed to state lawmakers the need for changes to the way mental health care services in Iowa are funded. Those services are delivered in 14 regions, 13 of which comprise multiple counties, with each region being required to offer at least a basic set of services. (Sioux City Journal)

Iowans with spinal injuries seek Medicaid changes
A group of Iowans with profound spinal injuries is urging legislators to make changes in Medicaid benefits that help them navigate life while confined to a wheelchair. Michele Meadors of Des Moines said the switch to private management of Medicaid in 2016 has forced some wheelchair-bound Iowans into a long-term care facility. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 60,000 Iowans have a disability that makes it difficult to perform “self-care activities” like showering or dressing. (Radio Iowa)

Cherokee hospital offers more accurate, comfortable 3D mammography technology
Cherokee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is excited to announce that 3D mammography is now available through the CRMC Radiology Department. Utilizing Hologic’s Genius 3D Mammography™ system, CRMC now offers advanced breast tomosynthesis technology. Genius exams are clinically proven to increase the detection of breast cancers, while also decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. (Cherokee Chronicle Times)

National News

Hospitals could lose $800 billion from Medicare buy-in, AHA says
Hospital groups on Tuesday pushed back against mounting Democratic support for a public option, saying the policy will lower Medicare reimbursement for providers as people leave commercial plans. In a new analysis of a universal Medicare buy-in policy, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and Federation of American Hospitals on Tuesday projected hospitals would lose $800 billion over a decade through the lower Medicare reimbursements and raise premiums within the private market. (Modern Healthcare)

AMA says prior authorizations increasing, interfering with care continuity
The number of prior authorization requirements has increased in the past five years and 85% of physicians say the practice interferes with continuity of care, according to a new survey from the American Medical Association (AMA). AMA and groups like the American Academy of Family Physicians have argued that payers need to improve the prior authorization process. In a statement released with the survey findings, AMA charged insurance companies with a “year of foot-dragging and opposition” to prior authorization reforms. (Healthcare Dive)

Third hospital once run by north Kansas City company closes its doors
Yet another ailing rural hospital once operated by EmpowerHMS, which used to be based in North Kansas City, has closed. The Horton (Kansas) Community Hospital about 78 miles northwest of Kansas City shut its doors Tuesday, according to City Administrator John Calhoon. “This is becoming a far too frequent occurrence in our state. Local hospitals are key to the health of Kansas families and are often one of the largest employers in a small town,” Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said. (KCUR)

Trump battles FDA over breakthrough discovery; says people have a right to access this
Ben Carson credits his ability to function and maintained focused on such a high level to a certain set of “smart drugs” that enhance cognitive brain function and neural connectivity, while strengthening the prefrontal cortex and boosting memory and recall. In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Ben Carson said that his brain is sharper than ever, more clear and focused and he credits a large part to using Neuro 24. (Business Insider)