Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.
Crisis Stabilization Unit decreases waiting times, improves efficiency of care
With shorter waiting periods, an increased likelihood of patient discharge in 24 hours or fewer, and plans to increase access to follow-up care for discharged patients, the new Crisis Stabilization Unit has changed how the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics provides mental-health care. Having the unit act as a third option has allowed health-care professionals to create a more effective treatment plan for each patient. (University of Iowa Daily Iowan)
CICS focuses sights on crisis services, access centers
Effects from 2018 mental health legislation has required Central Iowa Community Services (CICS) to maintain trajectory toward providing additional aid to people living in the 11 counties the organization currently represents, including Jasper County. The new CICS budget and plan is to align with the state’s administrative requirements, which includes the pinpointing of local access points, targeting management providers, identifying crisis planning services, promoting crisis agencies’ contact information and developing better financial understanding. (Newton Daily News)
Iowa research shows connection between sleep apnea, deadly blood cancer
Researchers at the University of Iowa have discovered a link between sleep apnea and multiple myeloma, a deadly blood cancer, that could lead to earlier and more effective treatment of the disease. Mahmoud Ali, the study’s lead author and a postdoctoral researcher at the UI, says the findings provide a better understanding of how sleep apnea may drive multiple myeloma. Specifically, the study examined how gene mutations and sleep apnea cooperate to drive the cancer by using specially bred laboratory mice that are resistant to multiple myeloma. (University of Iowa/Iowa Now)
Kansas bypasses Obamacare; will other states follow?
Kansas’ new law allowing the sale of health plans that can turn away people with pre-existing medical conditions has heightened concerns that more states may move to allow leaner, cheaper plans that don’t comply with Affordable Care Act rules. So far, three states have passed laws allowing their Farm Bureaus to bypass ACA rules and sell health plans that are free from any state insurance regulation. Kansas became the latest last week. (Modern Healthcare)
Missouri Hospital Association research suggests teen suicide risk linked to managed care
In 2017, the Missouri legislature expanded Medicaid managed-care organizations, or MCOs, state-wide, putting third-party contractors in charge of hundreds of thousands of patients. Advocates say managed care programs allow for more personalized care for patients and more predictable budgeting. But hospitals have criticized MCOs, saying they cover less and take longer to reimburse for care than traditional Medicaid. Now, a new study from the Missouri Hospital Association suggests switching from traditional Medicaid to MCOs could be linked to increased risk of suicide in teens. (KBIA)
CMS proposes $4.7 billion more for inpatient spending, changing wage index
CMS wants to increase the wage index that sets the nation’s hospital payments to address a disparity in the system. Urban hospitals would be on the losing end of this change. The rule aims to change the formula to pay rural hospitals, which have some of the lowest reimbursement rates in the country. The agency late Tuesday released its annual proposed update for the hospital inpatient prospective payment system for federal fiscal 2020 that starts in October. Overall, the CMS projected total Medicare spending on inpatient hospital services, including capital, to climb by $4.7 billion in fiscal 2020. (Modern Healthcare)