Today’s NewsStand – August 16, 2019

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

Iowa News

Johnson County access center ready for bids
Groundbreaking for the Johnson County Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center could come as early as October. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors on Thursday unanimously approved the plans and estimated cost of the access center. The Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center, which will be built at 270 Southgate Ave. in south Iowa City, will house sobering and crisis stabilization units, and a low-barrier homeless shelter. It’s hoped the center can be opened by October 2020. The center is part of a larger response to shift the approach toward managing individuals in a mental health crisis. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Why Iowa cities are stepping up cybersecurity
What might at first glance appear a simple request from a colleague — “Could you please review this attached invoice?” — nowadays could land Iowa’s local governments in a world of hurt. Cybersecurity weaknesses nowadays are a pressing concern for some cities, with unknown marauders threatening to digitally breach progressively larger libraries of sensitive data and online utilities used by residents. Defending against such attacks can prove challenging for smaller governments from a financial standpoint, as they must budget a limited pool of taxpayer dollars compared to larger companies that have deep pockets for information technology departments. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Iowa Kid Captains swarm Kinnick Stadium
Thirteen brave kids swarmed the field at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday for Iowa’s annual Kids Day practice. It’s the 11th year current and former patients at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital will be honored during each Hawkeye football game as Iowa Kid Captains. “I think what is amazing about all of these kids, is they are all living with things i think as an adult would be really difficult to handle and they do it with such strength and such bravery, and they just want to get back to being a kid and having fun,” UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Marketing Director Cheryl Hodgson said. (CBS2Iowa)

National News

Health plan’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ may finally be running out of gas
The politics of health care are changing. And one of the most controversial parts of the Affordable Care Act — the so-called Cadillac tax — may be about to change with it. The Cadillac tax is a 40% tax on the most generous employer-provided health insurance plans — those that cost more than $11,200 for an individual policy or $30,150 for family coverage. It was supposed to take effect in 2018, but Congress has delayed it twice. And the House recently voted overwhelmingly — 419-6 — to repeal it entirely. A Senate companion bill has 61 co-sponsors — more than enough to ensure passage. (Kaiser Health News)

Utah faces critical provider shortage amid nationwide mental health crisis
While the country fights its mental health crisis, the Beehive State is poised to suffer in the skirmish, a new report says. Suicide has become the leading cause of death for young Utahns ages 10 to 24. Meanwhile, the demand for mental health providers in the state is growing at a pace that the current shortage can’t keep up with, according to the report released Wednesday by Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute in partnership with the Utah Hospital Association. Utah has the fifth-highest suicide rate, more people with lifetime depression and fewer mental health professionals compared to nationwide averages, according to the report. (KSL)

Most kids on Medicaid who are prescribed ADHD drugs don’t get proper follow-up
Most children enrolled in Medicaid who get a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder don’t get timely or appropriate treatment afterward. That’s the conclusion of a report published Thursday by a federal watchdog agency, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General. Those kids didn’t see a health care provider regarding their ADHD within a month of being prescribed the medication, though pediatric guidelines recommend that, he says. And one in five of those children didn’t get the two additional check-ins with a doctor they should get within a year. (Iowa Public Radio)