Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.
Children’s Hospital Safety Store allows parents affordable access to injury prevention
Unintentional accidents are the leading cause of death for children under 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention — but for new parents, finding the best ways to prevent injuries can be overwhelming as well as expensive. The Stead Family Children’s Hospital’s Safety Store features affordable access to a wide range of products intended to prevent injury, from baby gates and outlet covers to car seats and bike helmets. (University of Iowa Daily Iowan)
Center for healthy living being planned in Orange City
The Orange City Area Health System is in the early planning stages of the construction of a multi-faceted wellness center. Orange City Area Health System Administrator Marty Guthmiller says this is a broader-based focus on health to deal with social determinants of health. The hospital hopes to start construction next spring, and it will take 12 to 18 months from that date to complete. (KIWA)
Former Ameriheath Caritas provider waiting for final paycheck
A Des Moines man is suing the state’s former managed care organization, Amerihealth Caritas. Ammar Bakkal says he’s been waiting for his final paycheck for about two years. Bakkal is from Iraq and is a private medical service provider. A petition says back in 2017, prior to Amerihealth Caritas pulling out of Iowa’s Medicaid Program, the company didn’t pay him $3,850 for four months of providing services to his Medicaid client. Bakkal says he’s tried twice to get his money and now his attorney says suing is the only option. (WHO)
Will President Trump’s hospital price transparency plan lower costs?
Although health care analysts say the president’s transparency requirement could shed a much-needed spotlight on rising health care costs, they fear the obstacles to implementing the rule could wipe out any positives. Some analysts maintain that the oddities of the health care system could turn the president’s price transparency plan on its head for patients. That’s because hospitals set prices by negotiating with individual insurance companies in a process that’s kept confidential. If hospitals are forced to publish those rates, every health plan administrator will suddenly know what all the other insurers are paying. (Forbes)
Georgia Hospital Association to launch statewide patient tracking and alerting system
Georgia Hospital Health Services, the shared services subsidiary of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) is teaming up with Audacious Inquiry (Ai) to launch GA Notify, a statewide patient tracking and alerting service. This new service will improve care transitions and outcomes for patients who visit an emergency room, have an inpatient hospital admission or are seen in an ambulatory clinic setting. GA Notify will offer clinicians real-time insights regarding a patient’s encounter activity, prompting rapid follow-up with patients who have had recent emergency room visits or hospital stays. (HIT Consultant)
Telemedicine makes slow progress in bridging urban, rural counties
Cutbacks in federal and state hospital reimbursement rates — whether existing or proposed — have put more emphasis on providing quality care for a lower cost, particularly to rural communities. Telemedicine has been defined as “the use of interactive audio, video or other electronic media for the purposes of diagnosis, consultation or treatment.” The service is aimed at individuals who live in rural areas and/or who have difficulty getting to an urban hospital. (Winston-Salem Journal)