Today’s NewsStand – May 1, 2019

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

Iowa News

Governor still reviewing bills from just ended legislative session
Governor Kim Reynolds is still not making any definitive statements on whether she will sign or veto some of the high-profile bills that passed in the just completed legislative. Reynolds talked with reporters yesterday and says many of the bills have not gotten to her desk following the close of the session Saturday. Reynolds was asked about bills that ban Medicaid from paying for transgender surgery, one expanding the medical marijuana law, and whether she would sign a bill that limits the power of the Attorney General to get involved in lawsuits outside the state. (Radio Iowa)

Free mental health first aid training to be held in Mason City
National Alliance on Mental Illness North Iowa will offer a free adult mental health first aid training session held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the North Iowa Area Community College campus in Recreation Center room 112. Attendees will learn how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises. The training is open to anyone who wants to learn more about mental health and how to offer mental health first aid. (Mason City Globe Gazette)

Local nonprofit helps fund suicide prevention program at Johnston schools
A local nonprofit organization is giving back to the Johnston community to help fund a suicide prevention program at the high school. Project ‘Silence No More’ wants to change the stigma when it comes to speaking about mental health. The nonprofit was founded by three Johnston High School alumni. The nonprofit donated $2,500 to fund the program ‘Sources of Strength’ at Johnston High School. Sources of Strength trains 50 students in grades 8th through 12th. They provide extra support to peers who may be struggling. (WHO)

National News

Trump vows to ‘smash the grip’ of drug addiction
President Trump on Wednesday vowed to “smash the grip” of drug addiction in an address to a substance abuse summit in Atlanta. The president highlighted his administration’s efforts to fight the opioid crisis, including signing a bipartisan law last year that includes provisions to help intercept the synthetic opioid fentanyl from entering the country through the mail. The measure also opens up Medicaid funding to pay for more kinds of treatment. (The Hill)

Measles shots aren’t just for kids: Many adults could use a booster too
Measles is on the rise again, all around the globe. Though the number of people affected in the U.S. is still relatively low compared with the countries hardest hit, there are a record number of U.S. measles cases — the highest since the disease was eliminated in the U.S. back in 2000. And although the majority of people getting the illness now were never vaccinated, the expanding outbreaks have raised new questions about whether some older adults — including many of those born before the mid-1960s — should be revaccinated, along with some younger people uncertain of their immunization status. (NPR)

Prior authorization harms care, outcomes, radiation oncologists contend
Prior authorization is a frequent target for providers’ ire. For clinicians, restrictive PA practices delay or halt needed care, add physician burden and negatively impact patients’ relationships with providers. The American Medical Association and American Hospital Association are currently working with payer groups like America’s Health Insurance Plans and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association in hopes of improving the PA process. (Healthcare Dive)