Today’s NewsStand – August 13, 2019

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

Iowa News

Busy week of campaigning in Iowa highlights style, enthusiasm differences among candidates
Nearly two-dozen Democratic presidential candidates capped what was the busiest weekend of Iowa caucus campaigning yet, participating in three multi-candidate forums, organizing five different RV tours, running the Iowa State Fair gauntlet and making a total of 134 public appearances over a four-day stretch. In their travels across the state this week, the candidates displayed starkly different styles as they move beyond the introductory phase of their campaigns and into the final six-month stretch before Caucus Day. (Des Moines Register)

Cedar Valley Mental Health Summit set for September 13
Hawkeye Community College will host Cultural Perspectives: A Cedar Valley Mental Health Summit on September 13. The summit will focus on tools and best practices to support individuals in the community facing mental health challenges, including nurses, EMS professionals, substance abuse counselors, social workers, educators, and other health care providers. The summit is a collaborative effort between Hawkeye Community College, MercyOne, Cedar Valley United Way, Peoples Community Health Clinic, University of Northern Iowa, Waterloo Community Foundation, and Waterloo Community Schools. (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier)

Genesis Health, River Bandits donate $100K to local flood relief
Genesis Health System and the Quad City River Bandits donated $100,000 to local flood relief. Humility Homes and Services will receive $33,000 and $40,000 will go to the Grow Iowa fund. The remaining $40,000 will also go to a local flood relief organization, but a specific group has yet to be determined. This spring’s record flooding closed Downtown Davenport for nearly three months, and the flood caused millions of dollars in damages. “We just felt this was the least we could do, and we’ve been around for 150 years,” says Doug Cropper, Genesis Health System CEO & President. (WQAD)

National News

Medical groups raise outcry over new immigration rule
The Trump Administration’s new “public charge” rule released Monday could keep noncitizen immigrants from seeking necessary medical care, according to health care experts. Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, also attacked the rule. “Access to nutrition aid, housing support, and other programs that address the social determinants of health would also be jeopardized. No one should have to fear obtaining needed services and medical care,” he said. (MedPage Today)

Doctor shortage to worsen, patients could pay more for fewer options
A looming primary care physician shortage has medical schools and hospital systems looking for ways to attract new doctors to the field. The shortage could make it harder for patients to see a primary care physician, increase health disparities among the underserved and raise costs as patients turn to the more-expensive emergency room for care, said Dr. Patricia Thomas, vice dean for medical education at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Meanwhile, the demand for primary care physicians is expected to grow as older physicians retire and the Northeast Ohio population ages. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Connecticut hospitals’ partnership to address social determinants of health
The Connecticut Hospital Association is partnering with technology company Unite Us to better connect patients with social needs such as housing, food, transportation and employment to local service agencies that can help them. The partners will build a statewide network of health and social services providers that can send and receive secure and accurate referrals to address social needs and deliver integrated care. (American Hospital Association)