Today’s NewsStand – June 21, 2019

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

Iowa News

St. Anthony provides nearly $60 million of economic benefit to West Central Iowa
A recent Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) study examined the jobs, income, retail sales and sales taxes produced by hospitals and the rest of the state’s healthcare sector, revealing the economic impact to our local communities. In west central Iowa, St. Anthony Regional Hospital has added more than $59 million to the economy. “St. Anthony takes great pride in the vitality of our communities,” says President and CEO, Ed Smith. St. Anthony has over 750 full- and part-time employees who themselves generate $19.2 million in retail sales and sales tax revenue. (KCIM)

Mason City Council approves continuation of PD mental health coordinator
The need is apparent, according to Mason City police chief Jeff Brinkley. At Monday’s city council meeting, it was voted on to continue an agreement between the city and county social services for the police department to have a mental health coordinator. Brinkley said the position has been beneficial, and Councilman Paul Adams said it’s another resource the community has when it comes to dealing with mental health. The vote means the position, which has been around for about a year and a half, will be around for at least three more years. (KIMT)

MercyOne Siouxland tops 2,000 robotic surgeries
Not long ago, surgery was only performed by hand. Today, robotic surgery is helping patients recover quicker and with less chance of infection. At MercyOne Siouxland the robotic surgery team has completed more than 2,000 robotic procedures. The technological advancements are helping reduce complications and creating shorter hospital stays with quicker recovery times. (Siouxland Proud)

National News

13,000 more Georgians could lose Medicaid benefits
State officials revealed that the full number of poor elderly or disabled Georgians they are slated to drop from Medicaid rolls is 30,000, much more than what they reported earlier this month. They say the Medicaid system sent out warnings to almost all of them, though, and received no response. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported two weeks ago that the state Department of Community Health confirmed 17,000 Medicaid recipients were being cut off. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Uber to provide patient transport for care coordination company Carisk
Stakeholders across the industry are engaging with ride-hailing companies in an attempt to stem missed appointments, which can stress provider margins and harm patients’ quality of care. Medicare Advantage and other payer coverage of such non-traditional health measures is spurring the efforts. Lyft upgraded its Concierge API product in response to growing payer reimbursement. (Healthcare Dive)

Study: Teaching hospitals are no more expensive than nonteaching ones
While the perception may be otherwise, the facts tell us something different: Major teaching hospitals are less expensive compared with nonteaching hospitals over the course of an entire episode of care and the costs incurred at 30 days, researchers found. This the major finding after researchers analyzed 1.2 million Medicare hospitalizations for common medical and surgical conditions. (MultiBriefs)