Today’s NewsStand – August 9, 2019

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

Iowa News

NAMI holds discussion over mental health and gun violence
The Linn County National Alliance on Mental Illness opened the doors to its new location in downtown Cedar Rapids Thursday night. To mark this, they talked about mental health and gun violence. Event leaders say shootings through the U.S. and closer to home led to the talk. Cedar Rapids city leaders, the police chief and mental health experts talked over the issue. They say they hope to eliminate any stigma of mental illness related to gun violence. (KCRG)

Abbe Center offering mental health first aid classes for community members
One in five people experience a mental health disorder within any given year, and the Abbe Mental Health Center in Cedar Rapids is working to equip community members to identify and help these individuals. If you’ve ever been concerned about a friend, neighbor, or co-workers mental health but didn’t know how to help, this training will change that. The Abbe Center has offered mental health first aid classes for the last five years. The training focuses on helping regular community members identify someone who’s in a crisis or suffering and get them help. (KWWL)

Strategic Behavioral Health’s Bettendorf facility files extension; others encounter problems
A hospital that’s owned by the same parent company as a new psychiatric hospital set to open in Bettendorf may have its license revoked in Colorado.  Still, health professionals in eastern Iowa remain confident in Eagle View Behavioral Health, a 72-bed hospital set to open in the Quad-Cities next year. Colorado has moved to revoke the license of Clear View Behavioral Health, which is owned by Strategic Behavioral Health. SBH also owns Eagle View. (Quad City Times)

National News

‘Survival of the fittest’: Wisconsin’s rural hospital obstetrics at risk
According to the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, 11 rural hospitals in Wisconsin stopped routinely delivering babies in the past 10 years. It’s even worse outside of the state — 56% of rural hospitals in Wisconsin still perform routine deliveries, but nationally it’s only 40%. Out of 35 remaining rural Wisconsin hospitals, five are at risk of ending obstetric services. This puts the state on the edge of a crisis. Medicaid is the largest insurer of rural births, and hospitals aren’t getting enough reimbursement. (WUWM)

Few patients price shop before planned hospital visit, survey finds
In a proposed rule released last month, CMS would require hospitals to disclose payer-specific negotiated rates with insurance companies in a consumer-friendly format, allowing comparisons among facilities. In a recent survey of 1,743 adults from VisitPay, 66% cited cost as a factor they consider when choosing where to receive treatment. Cost tied with physician reputation, but it was less important than insurance (84%), reputation of the health system (75%) and location (69%). (Healthcare Dive)

Isolated and struggling, many seniors are turning to suicide
Across the country, suicide rates have been on the rise, and that rise has struck the nation’s seniors particularly hard. Of the more than 47,000 suicides that took place in 2017, those 65 and up accounted for more than 8,500 of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Men who are 65 and older face the highest risk of suicide, while adults 85 and older, regardless of gender, are the second most likely age group to die from suicide. There are myriad reasons that elderly adults are more susceptible to the nation’s 10thleading cause of death. (Iowa Public Radio)