Today’s NewsStand – August 8, 2019

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

Iowa News

Corridor millennials are some of the most depressed in the nation
A study released by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield reveals one age group in the Corridor is experiencing a rise in health conditions that will reduce quality and quantity of life. The surprise: it’s younger people. The data shows millennials — those born between 1981 and 1996 — in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City are less healthy than Generation X (those born in the early 1960’s to 1980.) “What they found is millennials are actually less healthy than Generation X during that same period of time in their life,” company spokeperson Teresa Roof says. (CBS2Iowa)

Local teachers train to provide mental health skills to students
The faculty and staff at the Sioux City Community School District are teaming up to learn more about how to provide mental health help for students. Teachers gathered at North High School for a two-day classroom management training on CHAMPS which stands for: Conversation, Help, Activity, Movement and Participation. Teachers are learning how to “develop classroom procedures and expectations.” This helps reduce anxiety, helps students feel emotionally safer and provides predictability, which is something a lot of students with mental health issues need in their day. (KMEG)

Emergency responders engaged in a 40-hour crisis intervention training
In Iowa alone 600,000 people have some form of mental illness. That’s a concern to police officers, deputies and firefighters who respond to emergency calls. Emergency responders received training this week from Solution Point + LLC. The company trains officers across the country in finding different approaches to dealing with people who have mental illness. This week’s training in Ottumwa focused on the foundation of crisis responses, effective communication skills, curriculums to mental health, suicide and self care. On the last day, participants toured the local crisis center and engaged in role play. (Ottumwa Courier)

National News

Coordinating care of mind and body might help Medicaid save money and lives
In modern medicine, the mind and body often stay on two separate tracks in terms of treatment and health insurance reimbursement. But it’s hard to maintain physical health while suffering from a psychological disorder. So some Medicaid programs have tried to blend the coordination of care for the physical and mental health of patients, with the hope that it might save the state and federal governments money while also improving the health of patients. As studies have shown, these dual-track patients end up consuming way more care than they would otherwise need. (Iowa Public Radio)

Connecticut Hospital Association to launch network to address patients’ social needs
The first hospital association to invest in a statewide social determinants of health technology platform, the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) has joined a growing list of organizations, including Kaiser Permanente and Intermountain Healthcare, working with a company called Unite Us. The CHA plans to build a statewide coordinated care network of health and social services providers, and the technology platform will connect patients to local social service agencies that help with housing, food, transportation, employment, and more. (Healthcare Innovation)

Rural Missouri town approves sales tax aimed at saving hospital
Voters in southwest Missouri’s Nevada have voted to increase their taxes to save their hospital. Tuesday’s half-cent sales tax ballot measure was approved by 89 percent of voters. Dr. Warren Lovinger, who chairs a group called “Citizens United to Strengthen Our Hospital”, says vote is a strong community mandate for Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC). The vote will help the 71-bed NRMC pay off its debts. The tax is expected to generate about $800,000 annually, specifically for bond payments. Nevada Regional is the only hospital between Kansas City and Joplin that delivers babies. (Missouri Net)