Today’s NewsStand – June 13, 2019

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

Iowa News

Training is underway at Iowa schools for comprehensive children’s mental health program
Training for Iowa’s teachers and school staff as part of the state’s comprehensive children’s mental health care system has gotten underway for the summer. The Office of Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies announced this training is being supported by $2.1 million in appropriations for addressing children’s mental health needs in schools. The funding includes a nationally recognized curriculum that teaches about risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and promotes intervention to support students. (KCIM)

MercyOne clinics in Perry, Panora to join Dallas County Hospital
The Dallas County Hospital is excited to announce MercyOne Family Medicine Clinics in Perry and Panora will become a part of Dallas County Hospital, an affiliate of MercyOne, effective June 28, 2019. Both clinics will remain at their current locations with their current health care teams. Both clinics will be renamed to DCH Family Medicine. “The providers and staff at these two clinics are all outstanding health care providers who have worked to care for the needs of our community for many years,” said Angela Mortoza, Dallas County Hospital CEO. (Perry News)

Mitchell County Regional Health Center named Top 20 Critical Access Hospital
In February, we announced Mitchell County Regional Health Center was recognized as one of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Now, I am excited to announce from that award, we have also been chosen as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital for patient satisfaction. MCRHC continuously looks for opportunities to better meet the needs and expectations of patients. (Mason City Globe Gazette)

National News

Rural health could be a powerful issue in the 2020 election
Many patients must travel great distances to even reach a hospital. Yet more and more rural hospitals are closing around the country. In fact, 106 of them have shut down since 2010. It is staggering to think of these challenges when, compared to people living in urban and suburban areas, rural Americans are generally older and poorer, more uninsured or underinsured, and therefore less healthy. While it has never been a top tier issue on the campaign trail, we believe it could be a powerful topic in the 2020 election and demands attention by policymakers and candidates. (The Hill)

Congress warns industry to hurry on surprise billing fix
As Congress wrestles with how to resolve payment disputes between out-of-network providers and health plans, industry has grown more polarized in the debate. But policymakers at Wednesday’s hearing appeared fed up with the squabbling. However, provider interests came out strongly against the bill in Wednesday’s hearing, arguing rate setting will actually increase healthcare prices across the board while lowering reimbursement for cash-strapped physicians and hospitals. (Healthcare Dive)

Indiana shows progress in lowering opioid prescriptions
A new report from the American Medical Association suggests Indiana’s efforts in the fight against opioids are paying off. The AMA Opioid Task Force 2019 Progress Report shows opioid prescriptions in Indiana have decreased 35.1 percent over the past five years, which is 2 percent higher than the national average. The Indiana Hospital Association and the Indiana State Medical Association say the state’s effort to encourage and promote the responsible prescription of opioids among physicians is a key driver of the results. (Inside Indiana Business)