Today’s NewsStand – May 29, 2019

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

Iowa News

Mental Health Awareness Month focuses on farmers
May is Mental Health Awareness month and Iowans are focusing on rural populations. Farmers in particular are at-risk for mental health challenges. They face isolation, stigma, volatile environments, and have barriers to care. Especially now, there are unique challenges: economic uncertainties of tariffs, falling commodity prices, and a wet spring. The University of Iowa has set up the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, which looks to connect agriculture groups looking for services and mental health providers trying to help farmers. (WHO)

College students seeking mental health care face barriers on campus
Beginning and attending college or graduate school can be a major life transition for many students. It becomes especially difficult, however, for students with mental illnesses who move away from home and from care designed to deal with their specific problem. While therapists treating eating disorders are in Iowa, the state’s only inpatient treatment option is at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. That leaves people in central and western Iowa either driving a long distance for inpatient care or passing on treatment. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Iowa employers develop suicide prevention strategies to help those in need
Not everyone has letters after their name to signify they have formal mental health or counseling credentials. Even so, everyone in the workplace can learn how to act on signs a co-worker is considering suicide, a Community Crisis Services representative said this past Tuesday afternoon, at Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Iowa City. Twenty-three representatives of Linn and Johnson county employers listened in as Sara Knox, training coordinator with the not-for-profit crisis center, presented on how they could become part of a “chain of survival” and help curb suicide as an epidemic. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

National News

First states to expand Medicaid saw larger screening rate increases
A new study examining Medicaid expansion and cancer screening finds that Washington, D.C. and the five states that first adopted Medicaid expansion saw larger increases in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening than those states that did not expand Medicaid. The study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine estimates that if non-expansion states had experienced the same increase in recent colorectal cancer screening as the very early expansion states, an additional 355,184 people would have been screened. (Healthcare Finance)

WHO redefines burnout as a ‘syndrome’ linked to chronic stress at work
The World Health Organization is bringing attention to the problem of work-related stress. The group announced this week that it is updating its definition of burnout in the new version of its handbook of diseases, the International Classification of Diseases — ICD-11 — which will go into effect in January 2022. The new definition calls it a “syndrome” and specifically ties burnout to “chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” (Iowa Public Radio)

How big data can achieve its potential in health care
Few innovative technologies promise to upend the health care industry as much as big data, which is rapidly ingraining itself into hospitals, medical research facilities and other hubs of healthcare around the country. Despite the growing importance of big data for delivering more positive patient outcomes than ever before, however, many up and coming medical professionals are still unfamiliar with the way that these dizzying analytics programs are going to achieve their full potential in the healthcare industry. (Innovation Enterprise)