Today’s NewsStand – July 17, 2019

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

Iowa News

In Iowa, Joe Biden rolls out new plan for rural America
Joe Biden used a visit to Iowa on Tuesday to lay out a plan for rural America that includes investment in clean energy, payments to farmers to protect the environment and creating low-carbon manufacturing jobs in rural communities. The rural plan builds on Biden’s climate plan and the health care plan he released Monday, which would involve adding a public option to the Affordable Care Act so people can buy into government health insurance if they choose. with plans for rural America and energy efficiency. (Des Moines Register)

Myrtue Medical Center earns Lifeline Silver Award
Myrtue Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Referring Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Myrtue is the first Critical Access Hospital in the state of Iowa to receive this elite cardiac care designation. Myrtue Medical Center earned this award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for promptly diagnosing STEMI patients and transferring them to hospitals that provide emergency procedures. (Harlan Tribune)

This rural Iowa school district is hiring licensed therapists to support students’ mental health
Leading the Clear Creek Amana Community School District’s weekly discussion was Chandran Lapel, one of two licensed therapists who works full-time in the rural Eastern Iowa school district. The school district added licensed master social workers to its full-time staff last school year in an effort to address the mental health needs of its students. The rural school district in Johnson and Iowa counties is one of the first Iowa public school systems to make full-time therapists available to any student deemed in need. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

National News

Mental health clinics face federal funding loss next week
Innovative mental health centers in eight states will lose enhanced federal funding on Sunday for a Medicaid demonstration that enables them to offer a broad array of coordinated services for people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. The two-year, $1 billion certified community behavioral health clinic program will end unless Congress quickly agrees to at least temporarily extend the funding. Centers in Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania have notified staff and patients about layoffs and service cuts. (Modern Healthcare)

Major Massachusetts hospitals pledge to train doctors in addiction care
A new consortium of 12 Boston and Cambridge hospitals has pledged to educate their physicians about opioid addiction and to improve support for employees struggling with substance use problems. The hospitals’ commitments were announced Tuesday, simultaneously with the results of a new survey showing that many health-care providers in Massachusetts feel ill-prepared to care for people suffering from addiction and harbor misconceptions about the illness and its treatment. (Boston Globe)

New York hopes to ease strain on its emergency rooms
The country’s largest public-hospital system is about to tackle one of health care’s biggest challenges: getting patients out of emergency rooms and into the offices of primary-care doctors. What has been touted by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as “literally universal” health care guaranteed to all New Yorkers is more technically an expanded primary-care system for the most needy. (Wall Street Journal)