Today’s NewsStand – March 21, 2019

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

Iowa News

Medical equipment gets new purpose in developing countries
At an office building in Grimes, you’ll find a trailer full of boxes of medical equipment and supplies that might be expired or outdated, but still in good shape. Lisa Campbell, UnityPoint Health’s Director of Purchased Services Contracting, found a new home for medical supplies and equipment that can no longer be used at UnityPoint Health’s hospitals and clinics. MATTER is a non-profit that redistributes medical supplies and equipment to some of the hardest to reach parts of the world. (WHO)

Mercy Medical Center contracts with TransformativeMed to simplify EHR workflows
TransformativeMed, the first to directly embed specialized clinical workflows into the EHR to enhance usability, efficiency and renew the joy of patient care, today announced that Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, has signed a multi-year contract for GlycemiCare, a CORE Value Suite app that standardizes and streamlines EHR workflows for diabetes management. GlycemiCare directly embeds in the Cerner EHR, creating new clinical workflows that standardize and streamline the management and care of diabetes patients. (BusinessWire)

The online world of breast milk sharing
Agencies operating as milk banks offer lab-certified donations for children in the hospital and in some outpatient settings. But many mothers say those services simply are not an option for them due to high costs — $15 a bottle through the Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa. In response, an effort to connect women whose babies need supplemental breast milk to nearby women who have an extra supply to give away has risen up on social media, described by some as an underground network of mothers helping mothers. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

National News

Social determinants of health impact hospital readmission rates
New research in Health Services Research shows social determinants of health are linked to hospital readmission rates, and accounting for disability, housing instability, and other social risk factors in value-based purchasing models can help level the playing field for safety-net hospitals. Researchers found that hospitals that serve the most vulnerable patients would see a 21.8 percent reduction in penalties under Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program if CMS adjusted hospital readmission rates for social determinants of health on the patient level. (RevCycle Intelligence)

Preventive health is the key improving our health outcomes
The historic success of public health initiatives invites an obvious question. Why in the 21st century do we accept a “sick-care” system that drains our treasure after disease strikes while giving prevention the short shrift? If we are serious about reducing costs and improving wellness, we must shift to a care system focused on prevention. The need for change is urgent, driven by the convergence of three growing health crises: opioid addiction, suicide and chronic disease. (The Hill)

Cincinnati will send people to drug treatment in an Uber. The goal: Help on demand
A new avenue to addiction care starts today with Safe Places Cincy, a pilot program that lets those seeking treatment get it fast, simply by walking into a Cincinnati health center. A “strike force team” will figure out whether you need hospitalization. If so, they’ll get you to the hospital. If not, they’ll connect with one of three partnering addiction centers. After that, they’ll call Uber Health for a ride to the center if it’s open. If not, they’ll get you to a safe place to stay. When the treatment site opens, Uber Health will take you there. (Cincinnati Enquirer)