Today’s NewsStand – May 30, 2019

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

Iowa News

Amid new unfunded mandates, eastern Iowa’s mental health program plans for service cuts
Residents in eastern Iowa, including Scott and Muscatine counties, could see a decrease in mental health services for the first time in a decade if the Iowa Legislature does not correct the system’s funding situation, the leader of a five-county service region warned. Lori Elam, CEO of Eastern Iowa Mental Health/Disability Services Region, offered the same bleak prediction Tuesday to the Scott County Board of Supervisors as she did a week ago to her governing board. “We’ll probably be developing a plan of reductions,” she said in her quarterly update to the supervisors. “The last time we did it was 2009.” (Quad City Times)

The Roundhouse, new clinic in Webster City, will offer sanctuary, and turnaround
A new drop-in center is expected to open later this year in the former Webster City Medical Clinic, 1610 Collins St., Webster City. The Roundhouse, as the facility is being called, will offer a place for people suffering from mental illnesses to congregate and socialize in a peer setting. The hope is to create a place where clients can support each other during recovery. (Fort Dodge Messenger)

Boy gets special graduation ceremony at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital posted to Facebook, saying one of their patients, Jared, is going to miss his preschool graduation in North Liberty. So instead, the hospital’s teacher and child life specialists arranged a special graduation ceremony for him. On Facebook, they say classmates and teachers attended via Skype. (KWWL)

National News

White House runs into health-care industry hostility as it plans executive order
President Trump is preparing to issue an executive order to foster greater price transparency across a broad swath of the health-care industry. The most far-reaching element favored by the White House aides developing the order would require insurers and hospitals to disclose for the first time the discounted rates they negotiate for services. Compelling disclosure of negotiated rates “would have the ultimate anti-competitive effect,” said Tom Nickels, the American Hospital Association’s executive vice president for government relations and public policy. “I know they are aware of the concerns.” (Washington Post)

Hospital CEOs: Boards lack younger members, term limits, succession plans
Formal succession plans for CEOs and term limits are some of the opportunities CEOs identified as ways to improve hospital governance, according to a survey from the American Hospital Association. The 2019 National Health Care Governance Survey Report questioned 1,316 CEOs of health systems, subsidiary hospitals and freestanding hospitals on current hospital board trends. The survey aimed to glean information on governance structures at hospitals and health systems, including their composition, oversight, culture, structure and support. (Becker’s Hospital Review)

Health care executives call for Stark law reform
Beth Hughes’ job involves closely partnering with physicians to sync Sioux City, Iowa-based MercyOne’s operations and move the health system forward. But one regulation continues to stand in her way—the Stark law, the president of MercyOne’s Western Iowa region said. The anti-kickback statute is meant to curb Medicare and Medicaid spending by prohibiting financial compensation for referrals. But it has impeded new payment models by limiting incentives used to reward progress, providers said, noting that they can incur significant financial penalties even if they didn’t intend to violate the Stark law. (Modern Healthcare)