Today’s NewsStand – April 9, 2019

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

Iowa News

UnityPoint LGBTQ Clinic a safe, welcoming place for primary care
With the belief all people deserve quality health care, UnityPoint Health providers in the Cedar Valley are removing barriers to care for the local LGBTQ population. UnityPoint Health-Prairie Parkway in Cedar Falls opened the area’s first LGBTQ Clinic on January 3. The clinic aims to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals. The clinic is aligned with UnityPoint Health’s mission of improving the health of the whole community. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

Bone made with 3D printer helps man walk again
New technology gave a man his life back after an old ankle injury came back to haunt him. Shaka Robinson was in a car accident and had to get surgery on his ankle. It became inflamed and infected, so he came to Broadlawns Medical Center. He learned the talus bone in his ankle was dead and had to be removed. In January, Dr. Mica Murdoch performed a total ankle replacement with a talus bone made from a 3D printer. The talus takes six weeks to print. Robinson was the first patient to have the surgery done at Broadlawns Medical Center. (WHO)

University of Iowa, UnityPoint Health to hold analytics case competition
The University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business is partnering with UnityPoint Health to host students from some of the top business analytics programs in the country at its fourth annual Business Analytics Case Competition on April 12. The students will come to Iowa City to solve a real-world business problem provided by the West Des Moines-based health care system. Four-student teams from the 16 schools will analyze the data from UnityPoint to identify issues the health care provider is facing with a particular problem and make recommendations that will better inform leadership’s decision-making. (Des Moines Business Record)

National News

Facing escalating workplace violence, hospital employees have had enough
Across the US, many doctors, nurses and other health care workers have remained silent about what is being called an epidemic of violence against them. And for years, it’s been considered part of the job. Groups representing doctors and nurses say while the voluntary safety improvements that some hospitals have enacted are a good first step, more needs to be done. The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, recently introduced in Congress, would require hospitals to implement plans to prevent violence. (NPR)

School meals, socioeconomic determinants of health and mission creep
Mission creep occurs when there is continue growth in a project’s goals; often involving additional features adding cost and complexity. Health care’s version of mission creep involves a similarly entangled problem, the socioeconomic determinants of health. Socioeconomic determinants are important and many health encounters, not just hospitalization, present opportunities to identify these issues and make appropriate referrals for additional supportive services. (American Council on Science and Health)

DOJ asks for speedy hearing in case that could kill Obamacare
The Trump administration wants oral arguments in the appeal of a lower court ruling invalidating Obamacare to take place the week of July 8. The Justice Department filed a motion to expedite oral arguments in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. The Trump administration had initially argued that only the Affordable Care Act’s insurance protections should be struck down as unconstitutional. But two weeks ago it broadened its case against the law, calling for the appellate court to uphold the ruling that jettisoned the entire ACA. (Politico)