Today’s NewsStand – May 23, 2019

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

Iowa News

Madison Newton receives IHERF Scholarship
Madison Newton of Murray, an employee of Greater Regional Health who is studying at Southwestern Community College has been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). IHA established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to establish or continue their careers with Iowa hospitals. (Osceola Sentinel-Tribune)

‘We will not make it through FY 20 at this rate’: Mental health providers prepare for cuts
Mental health providers in eastern Iowa say they may run out money because of requirements set by the state legislature. They shared that warning Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Eastern Iowa Mental Health/Disability Services Governing Board, a five-county organization that provides regional support and links residents with services. In 2017, the legislature passed Senate File 504, which limits the maximum tax levy for mental health to $30.78 per capita and mandates that counties and regions spend down their health fund balance to 20 percent of their mental health expenditures. (Quad-City Times)

Community Health Centers or Southern Iowa breaks ground on Access Center
Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa broke ground on the soon-to-be Access Center located at 219 W. Washington St. Friday morning. Rep. Joel Fry spoke at the ground breaking ceremony showing his support for CHCSI and their work to support individuals with mental illness.  At the Access Center there will be access to medical health professionals, behavioral health professionals, dental and vision health professionals and pharmacists. Teletherapy with a psychiatrist will be available as well. The building is scheduled to be completed and ready to open November 1, 2019. (Osceola Sentinel-Tribune)

National News

With billing under fire, hospitals tout $95B in community benefits
With hospitals under fire for their role in everything surprise medical bills to pricing, the industry’s lobby released a report showing their $95 billion worth to their communities as tax-exempt entities. The American Hospital Association says tax-exempt hospitals provided $95 billion in total benefits to their communities in 2016, which was the most recent year the lobby said such information was available. (Forbes)

Escalating workplace violence rocks hospitals
Across the country, 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 has been considered part of the job. Many health care workers say the physical and verbal abuse come primarily from patients, some of whom are disoriented because of illness or from medication. Cleveland Clinic has introduced other safety measures — such as wireless panic buttons incorporated into ID badges and more safety cameras and plainclothes officers in ERs. (Kaiser Health News)

Google’s AI improves accuracy of lung cancer diagnosis, study shows
One of lung cancer’s most lethal attributes is its ability to trick radiologists. Some nodules appear threatening but turn out to be false positives. Others escape notice entirely, and then spiral without symptoms into metastatic disease. On Monday, however, Google unveiled an artificial intelligence system that demonstrated a remarkable talent for seeing through lung cancer’s disguises. A study published in Nature Medicine reported that the algorithm outperformed six radiologists in determining whether patients had cancer. (STAT)