Today’s NewsStand – June 4, 2019

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

Iowa News

Legislature works to revitalize rural Iowa
Iowa is a rural state and its people have great pride in the bustling communities that dot our state. As state lawmakers, it is our responsibility to ensure that Iowans living across our state continue to have abundant opportunities to live, work, and raise a family in small-town Iowa. Whether it is economic development, health care, or education, the Legislature must continue to make rural Iowa a priority and keep our small communities vibrant and growing. (Fort Dodge Messenger)

Genesis, WesleyLife announce ‘The Meridian’
Wellspire, the senior living organization formed in partnership with Genesis Health System and WesleyLife, has announced they’ll break ground on its Community for Healthy Living he facility, called the Meridian, will be housed on 14 acres and will include multiple levels of living from independent and assisted living to memory support, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. Approximately 100 independent living apartments, 16 assisted living and 16 assisted living memory support, 20 short-term rehabilitation suites and 20 health care suites will be offered. (Quad-City Times)

Kidney patient, donor are back in the swing
Doug Christensen and Andy Devine are feeling good these days. Make that great. It’s been about six weeks since the two Waterloo men were wheeled into surgery at University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City where Christensen, a local businessman and golf enthusiast, donated a kidney to Devine, a PGA golf professional whose declining health forced him to resign as the pro at Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course in November. The kidney transplant team is one of the best in the country. (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier)

National News

Medicare DSH changes rejected by Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that HHS improperly changed its Medicare disproportionate-share hospital payments when it made billions of dollars in cuts. In a 7-1 decision, the justices said HHS needed a notice-and-comment period for the Medicare DSH calculation change. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the decision that HHS’ position for not following the procedure was “ambiguous at best.” (Modern Healthcare)

Robin Hood to rescue rural hospitals? New math promised on Medicare payments
As rural hospital closures roil the country, some states are banking on a Trump administration proposal to change the way hospital payments are calculated to rescue them. The goal of the proposal, unveiled is to bump up Medicare’s reimbursements to rural hospitals, some of which receive the lowest rates in the nation. By law, any proposed changes in the calculation of Medicare payments must be budget-neutral; in other words, the federal government can’t spend more money than previously allocated. That would mean any change would have a Robin Hood-like effect: increasing payments to some hospitals and decreasing them to others. (Kaiser Health News)

Kentucky Hospital Association backs Medicaid work requirement, state appeal
The Kentucky Hospital Association has thrown its support behind the state’s effort to save a planned overhaul of Medicaid that would include a monthly work or “community engagement” requirement. The nonprofit group, whose membership includes every hospital and health system in the state, has filed a friend of the court brief, backing the state’s appeal of a federal judge’s decision to strike down Kentucky HEALTH. (Louisville Insider)