Today’s NewsStand – August 14, 2019

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

Iowa News

Bipartisan Policy Center Task Force visits Knoxville Hospital and Clinics
Representatives with the Bipartisan Policy Center Task Force from Washington DC made a visit to the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics Tuesday afternoon. Senior Vice President of the Bipartisan Policy Center, Bill Hoagland said the task force wants to understand the challenges that face rural hospitals in terms of access, quality and care. He was very impressed by the way the hospital was able to not have doctors on call because he has found one of the big issues with rural hospitals is the quality of life for the clinicians and he says the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics has done a wonderful job of working that balance out. (KNIA)

Iowa youth survey results causing concern
Parents should talk to their children and monitor their screen activity, which might be one of the best ways to respond to the results of the latest Iowa Youth Survey. The survey highlighted a trend across the state that indicated an increase in suicidal inclinations among youth and that trend also is present in N’West Iowa. Some local experts say parents need to talk to their children without the distraction of electronics. Talking to children and spending time with them might prevent or quell those suicidal inclinations. (N’West Iowa News)

Moms worried as more obstetrics units closing across Iowa
Summer days at a small-town park are part of the Iowa dream for Mira Daniels and her family. Daniels, her husband and her two sons live in Fairfield, which has a population of about 10,000 people, but that small-town life became a much bigger problem when her kids were born. The drive was so far away that Daniels said she almost didn’t make it to the hospital in time to give birth to her second son. Before 2001, there were maternity services in 75 of Iowa’s 99 counties, according to the Iowa Medical Society. That number has now dropped down to 51 counties, barely half the counties in the state. (KCRG)

National News

Hospitals bash immigration rule likely to push millions off Medicaid
Two counties in northern California are suing the Trump administration in an attempt to block the public charge rule, arguing it “will worsen the health and well-being of the Counties’ residents, increase risks to the public health, undermine the Counties’ health and safety-net systems, and inflict significant financial harm on the Counties.” Provider groups and patient advocates were quick to condemn the final rule, saying it will increase already wide health disparities in the U.S. (Healthcare Dive)

Study: Mass violence stems from more than just mental illness
Following the mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump placed the blame on mental illness. Amy Swearer with the Heritage Foundation agrees that mental illness may be a factor, but says it’s not that simple. Swearer says while there may be a link to mass shootings, the stronger connection is between untreated mental illness and suicide. A recent report on mental illness published by the National Council for Behavioral Health says while there is a modest link between mental illness and violence, there is no basis for the public’s generalized fear of people with mental illness. (We Are Iowa)

Doctors say most metrics provided by your Apple Watch, Fitbit aren’t helpful to them
It’s clear that consumers love wearables and the information they provide – but do physicians? Doctors have mixed views on how patients gather and present information from gadgets with quasi-medical aspirations. Most say its a plus that patients can collect and curate more health-related data than ever before. But it becomes “just a data dump” at the clinician’s office, according to Neel Chokshi, medical director of the sports cardiology and fitness program at Penn Medicine, which has conducted several studies on the relationship between consumers and their wearable devices. (USA Today)