Today’s NewsStand – March 22, 2019

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

Iowa News

Children’s mental health bill advances in Iowa House amid debate over funding, services
The Iowa House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of a children’s mental health bill Thursday. If the legislation becomes law, it would create a behavioral health system for children who have been diagnosed with a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder. Under the measure, a regional system would help coordinate core care services for children. It would mirror the adult regional system, which uses a mix of county property taxes and state and federal money to finance services. (Des Moines)

Iowa Health Information Network, PatientPing partner to power care coordination solution
The Iowa Health Information Network (IHIN), the official statewide health information exchange in Iowa, today announced an innovative partnership with PatientPing, the nation’s most comprehensive care coordination platform. The partnership aims to improve care for patients across hundreds of hospitals, clinics, post-acute care facilities, Accountable Care Organizations, health plans, and other community health care organizations throughout Iowa. PatientPing will provide real-time notifications  and critical patient context to treating providers within IHIN’s network. (PR Newswire)

FDA-approved treatment for postpartum depression available in June
The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first drug designed to treat postpartum depression, a potential medical breakthrough to help new mothers. The drug, called Zulresso, targets brain receptors to rebalance the hormones that spike during pregnancy and plummet after birth. Dr. Neil Mandsager, a neonatal physician at Mercy One in Des Moines, said the new treatment is not as easy as popping a pill, and it’s not for everyone. It involves a three-night stay at the hospital. Mercy One actively screens for postpartum depression. The treatment will be available in June. (KCCI)

National News

AHA calls on hospitals, health systems to compete with ‘disruptors’
With technology giants such as Amazon, Apple and Google entering the health care market, America’s hospitals are feeling the heat from these consumer-focused companies—which they see as competitors. “We are seeing historic change across the entire health care landscape,” Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, told an AHA forum in Washington on Wednesday. For hospitals and health systems to compete, Pollack insisted that the industry needs to change and transform to meet the evolving needs of patients and communities. (Health Data Management)

State-by-state breakdown of 102 rural hospital closures
Of the 27 states that have seen at least one rural hospital close since 2010, those with the most closures are located in the South, according to research from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. Seventeen hospitals in Texas have closed since 2010, the most of any state. Listed below are the 102 rural hospitals that closed between Jan. 1, 2010, and March 19, 2019, as tracked by the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. For the purposes of its analysis, the NC RHRP defined a hospital closure as the cessation in the provision of inpatient services. (Becker’s Hospital Review)

Rural hospitals brace for changes proposed in Georgia Legislature
Seven rural Georgia hospitals have closed since 2010. The brutal economics of rural hospitals have come up again and again in the Georgia Legislature over the years. This year, lawmakers are debating a number of bills that have the potential to change the picture. If those hospitals fail, already struggling communities lose more jobs and become even less attractive to employers and people. If the state’s rural areas fail, even metro Atlanta may struggle to attract major employers, experts have said. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)