Today’s NewsStand – June 19, 2019

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

Iowa News

UnityPoint-Trinity Regional Medical Center is big boost to local economy
As one of the area’s largest employers, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center continues to play a vital role in stimulating the local economy. According to the latest study by the Iowa Hospital Association, Trinity generates 742 jobs that add $73,683,056 to Webster County’s economy. The study found that Trinity employees by themselves spend $24,082,974 on retail sales and contribute $1,444,978 in state sales tax revenue. Fort Dodge Mayor Matt Bemrich said the positive impact the hospital has isn’t just limited to Fort Dodge. (Fort Dodge Messenger)

Gov. Reynolds plans to take Iowa Human Services ‘in a new direction’ after forcing out leader
Gov. Kim Reynolds called for the resignation of the director of one of Iowa’s largest agencies as part of her plan to take the Department of Human Services “in a new direction.” A spokesman for the governor’s office said Tuesday that she requested the resignation of Jerry Foxhoven after two years as director of the department, effective Monday, “because she wanted to go in a new direction at the Department of Human Services.” (Sioux City Journal)

Maquoketa celebrates groundbreaking of new Jackson County Regional Health Center
Community and health care leaders gathered in Maquoketa on Tuesday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Jackson County Regional Health Center. The 13-bed, $36.8 million center is expected to be finished in December 2020. Attendees Tuesday included leaders from Jackson County and Maquoketa, administration from the health center, staff and members of Genesis Health System and Maquoketa community members. (Quad-City Times)

National News

Stakeholders say data sharing is critical to lowering health care costs
If the United States is going to rein in the high costs of health care, the industry must do a better job of sharing data with patients and among other stakeholders. Tom Nickels, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association, noted that the proposed Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 would create a national all-payer claims database (APCD) and provide grants to states to encourage implementation of their own APCDs. (HealthData Management)

Network matching, benchmarking remain major sticking points to surprise billing solutions
As Senate lawmakers examined a sweeping piece of legislation aimed at curbing runaway health care and drug costs Tuesday, some of the solutions to addressing surprise medical bills remained key sticking points. In particular, the idea of network matching remained a non-starter for the American Hospital Association. Likewise, the idea that disputes between insurers and providers should be resolved by referring to regional benchmark rates went over like a lead balloon. (Fierce Healthcare)

Suicide rates for U.S. teens and young adults are the highest on record
The rate at which young Americans took their own lives reached a high-water mark in 2017, driven by a sharp rise in suicides among older teenage boys, according to new research. In that year alone, suicide claimed the lives of 5,016 males and 1,225 females between 15 and 24 in the United States, researchers reported Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. The authors of the JAMA study said the youth suicide rate — 14.6 per 100,000 — appears to be the highest it’s been since the government began collecting such statistics in 1960. (Los Angeles Times)