Today’s NewsStand – May 14, 2019

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

Iowa News

Iowa lawmakers allocate additional $2.1 million for mental health training in schools
Iowa lawmakers this year approved additional funding to boost mental health resources for teachers. The legislature identified $2.1 million of its $950 million education budget for children’s mental health training and support in schools. The funding for fiscal year 2020 is allocated to the state’s Area Education Agencies, regional entities that provide school improvement services. Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise praised the additional funding. He says the most pressing concern he hears from educators across the state is how to address growing mental health needs of students. (KPTM)

Disease that can be transferred from dog to human confirmed in Iowa, officials say
Iowa officials are warning residents about a disease in dogs that can be passed to humans. Dr. Jeff Kaisand, the state veterinarian, has confirmed several cases of “canine Brucellosis” coming from a commercial small-dog breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa. The sickness is known to only affect dogs and humans, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Those who have recently acquired a small dog from Marion County should get their pet  tested, Kaisand said. Pet owners and those who come in contact with animals are being reminded to wash their hands regularly. (Arizona Central)

MercyOne Des Moines in ‘100 great hospitals in America’
MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center has been recognized by industry journal Becker’s Healthcare in its 2019 list of 100 great hospitals in America. The 100 hospitals on Becker’s list include high-performing hospitals, recognized for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and physician satisfaction. Two other Iowa hospitals — UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics — were also named to the list. (Des Moines Business Record)

National News

AHA report, Hill briefing examine access to behavioral health care
As part of its efforts to promote behavioral health strategies, the AHA released a TrendWatch report outlining the opportunities, barriers and solutions to increase access to behavioral health care. The report highlights how hospitals and health systems are identifying and addressing behavioral health care needs in their communities. The report also urges policymakers to address barriers, such as inadequate reimbursement and workforce shortages, and fully enforce the mental health parity law to support replication of successful health system strategies. (American Hospital Association)

Mississippi hospitals pushing for a plan to reform Medicaid
Members of a medical association in Mississippi are pushing for a plan that could reform Medicaid in the state. But as MPB’s Jasmine Ellis reports not all state officials are in favor of the proposal. The proposal is called Mississippi Cares. It would allow the working poor in the state to gain stronger access to health care and participants would have to pay about $20 a month or less in premium payments. Tim Moore is president and CEO of the Mississippi Hospital Association. He says residents in the state are struggling to pay medical bills. (Mississippi Public Broadcast)

Huge racial disparities found in deaths linked to pregnancy
African-American, Native American and Alaska Native women die of pregnancy-related causes at a rate about three times higher than those of white women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. The racial disparity has persisted, even grown, for years despite frequent calls to improve access to medical care for women of color. Sixty percent of all pregnancy-related deaths can be prevented with better health care, communication and support, as well as access to stable housing and transportation, the researchers concluded. (New York Times)