Today’s NewsStand – June 13, 2019

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

Iowa News

‘Nobody truly knows what’s going on’: Confusion, concern ahead of Medicaid transition
With only a few weeks remaining in June, Iowa Medicaid patients and providers in the Quad-Cities are feeling the stress of approaching deadlines. UnitedHealthcare is set to leave Iowa Medicaid on June 30, but concern still remains about the on-boarding process for Iowa Total Care, which is set to be up and running July 1, according to Iowa Medicaid.  The source of their concern: No deal has been reached yet between Iowa Total Care and two major health providers in the Quad-Cities, Genesis Health System and UnityPoint Health. (Quad-City Times)

Mental health ranked No. 1 community health issue in Jasper County
The Jasper County Health Department, in collaboration with MercyOne Newton Medical Center, recently completed a Community Health Needs Assessment process, with subsequent Health Improvement Plan. In the most recent assessment, citizens of Jasper County ranked mental health as the community’s No. 1 health issue. The mental health concern included access to appropriate diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. Substance abuse (in particular opioids, meth and marijuana) and homelessness were ranked second and third, respectively. (Newton Daily News)

MercyOne New Hampton’s 3D mammography machine operational thanks to community 
MercyOne New Hampton’s 3D mammography campaign is almost to the finish line. Public Relations Director Jenny Monteith says the machine became operational after tests and installation this week. A 3D mammography exam finds 41 percent more invasive cancers versus 2D mammography.  It also increased accurate outcome for recalls at 49 percent. Montieth says the investment for women’s health needed $100,000 to order it and the community raised $180,000. (KCHA)

National News

Study: States with expanded Medicaid see fewer cardiovascular deaths
Iowa and other states with expanded Medicaid benefits see fewer cardiovascular deaths, according to a new study. The study, by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University, found that states with expanded Medicaid benefits have 4.3 fewer cardiovascular deaths per 100,000 residents than states without Medicaid expansion. Dr. Phillip Horwitz, a clinical professor of internal medicine-cardiovascular medicine at the University of Iowa, said the findings make sense from a cardiologist’s perspective. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Rural mothers, babies at risk when hospitals cut services
Rural communities are losing access to hospital maternity care at an alarming rate, with serious implications for pregnant women and babies. More than 100 rural hospitals have shuttered altogether since 2010. But access to maternity care is of particular concern, researchers say, because roughly 18 million women of reproductive age live in rural areas. The rate of pregnancy-related deaths has risen steadily in the U.S. in recent decades, and a lack of access to quality health care – before, during and after pregnancy – may be putting rural women at greater risk. (US News & World Report)

Study dives into patients’ views on social determinants of health and what that means for providers
Individuals who are living with chronic or acute conditions have a much different view of the social determinants of health (SDOH) compared with researchers and the media, according to a new study out of the Anthem Public Policy Institute. Individuals are focused on daily influences such as finding the right doctor and nutritional food, while researchers focus on more structural factors such as education and income level, according to the report. (Fierce Healthcare)