Today’s NewsStand – June 17, 2019

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

Iowa News

Stewart Memorial Hospital provides nearly $22 million in economic impact to Lake City area
According to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association, Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City creates a nearly $22 million impact on the local economy. It is not only the employment of 274 people that generates that economic support, but those employees spend more than $2.5 million at area businesses and contribute over $150,000 in sales taxes. “The importance of hospitals to their communities extends far beyond health care provided,” says CEO, Cindy Carstens. (KCIM)

UnityPoint Health reaches agreement with Iowa Total Care
Local hospital network UnityPoint Health has reached an agreement with Iowa Medicaid provider Iowa Total Care, the company announced Friday. The deal comes a few weeks before the on-boarding of Iowa Total Care on July 1, which became necessary when UnitedHealthcare announced it would pull out of Iowa Medicaid effective June 30. The agreement will provide some level of comfort to local Medicaid providers and patients, who had been concerned about a lack of providers that accept Iowa Total Care. (Quad-City Times)

New behavioral health center a long overdue need in North Iowa
More than 42 million people suffer from a mental illness of some sort — nearly 1-in-5 in the United States – and in some parts of the country the wait for help can be fatally long – sometimes months. It’s not a stretch to say MercyOne’s new behavioral health center fills a desperate need in our area. Three years ago, according to MercyOne healthcare officials, they turned away 3,000 patients for lack of resources to treat them, referring them to places as far away as Iowa City, Sioux City and Des Moines. (Mason City Globe Gazette)

National News

Hospitals saved $11.8M thanks to 340B, survey finds
The 340B Drug Discount program generated an average savings of $11.8 million across all hospitals in 2018, used for uncompensated and unreimbursed care, according to an annual survey from trade group 340B Health. About 90% of hospitals are using those savings to pay for patient care services including pharmacy services and transportation. About 82% of hospitals said losing the savings generated from the 340B program would limit their ability to continue certain programs. Rural hospitals said it could contribute to facility closures. (Healthcare Dive)

Trump says he will roll out new health care plan in next couple of months
President Trump said he’ll be rolling out a new health care plan in a couple of months, saying it will be a key focus in his 2020 reelection campaign.  “We’re going to produce phenomenal health care, and we already have the concept of the plan,” Trump told ABC News in an interview aired Sunday night. Health care was also a primary focus of Trump’s first presidential campaign, claiming that during his presidency he would repeal and replace ObamaCare with a plan that would ensure all Americans. (The Hill)

Groundwork is laid for opioids settlement that would touch every corner of US
Every city, town and county in the United States could receive a payout in a settlement with the largest makers, distributors and retailers of prescription opioids, if a judge approves an innovative proposal made Friday in an Ohio federal court by lawyers for hundreds of local governments. The plan could potentially expand the number of municipalities and counties eligible for compensation in the federal litigation from 1,650 to about 24,500 and open the way for a comprehensive national opioid settlement with the pharmaceutical industry. (New York Times)