Today’s NewsStand – May 20, 2019

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

Iowa News

Fonda student receives IHERF Scholarship
Renee Maneman of Fonda, who is studying occupational therapy at University of Minnesota – Rochester, has been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation, which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association. She is among 52 outstanding students from all over Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program. (Storm Lake Times)

Want Iowa Total Care? Good luck finding a provider in Scott County
As the deadline for United Healthcare leaving Iowa Medicaid looms, its replacement, Iowa Total Care, has been engaged in contract negotiations with a number of providers. But as July 1 approaches, not many are in Scott County, raising fears among Medicaid patients that they’ll lose health care access once the new insurer joins the market. A town hall held Thursday night saw members of the community and providers express concern about the transition. Amerigroup, the other managed care organization in Iowa Medicaid, will not change. However, Iowa Total Care seems to have a small presence in Scott County. (Quad-City Times)

MercyOne Primghar to gain X-ray equipment
Amy Reese is excited that MercyOne Primghar Medical Center soon will have the latest in X-ray technology. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program has awarded Primghar’s critical access hospital a $272,213 grant for a DRX-Revolution Mobile X-ray System and DRX Ascend Fixed Radiology Equipment from Carestream Health. “It’s a huge gift for a small hospital,” said Reese, the MercyOne Primghar radiology manager. The new equipment will use less radiation and will be much more efficient, much quicker. (NWest Iowa)

National News

Medicaid waiver loophole sparks transparency concerns
MS is doing a poor job in ensuring the public knows about major changes to Medicaid, including the installation of work requirements, a federal watchdog said Friday. The Government Accountability Office’s report found that the CMS has limited transparency for amendments to existing Section 1115 waivers. That has allowed some states to score approval for their work requirements while skirting some rules, such as projecting how the changes will impact Medicaid enrollment. The government watchdog noted that two of the four states it studied did not seek public comment on changes that could significantly impact Medicaid beneficiaries. (Modern Healthcare)

AHA publishes playbook to reduce burnout in health care
The American Hospital Association has outlined a seven-step approach specifically tailored to health system leaders to address burnout, which is a long-term stress reaction caused by a work environment, according to the association. The blueprint notes that a top-down approach isn’t enough to combat the negative effects of burnout and create wellbeing for physicians in the workplace. Instead, all aspects of the health system must be engaged in these efforts, including clinicians, patients and caregivers, regulators and administrators. (Healthcare Exec)

Suicide rate for girls has been rising faster than for boys, study finds
The number of people dying by suicide in the U.S. has been rising, and a new study shows that the suicide rate among girls ages 10 to 14 has been increasing faster than it has for boys of the same age. Boys are still more likely to take their own lives. But the study published Friday in JAMA Network Open finds that girls are steadily narrowing that gap. A combination of different factors influence the risk of suicide, including family history, local epidemics of suicide, barriers to accessing mental health care and feelings of hopelessness or isolation. (Iowa Public Radio)