Today’s NewsStand – August 28, 2019

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

Iowa News

Closed Oelwein clinic to reopen under Buchanan County Health Center and UnityPoint
When HealthFirst Medical Park closed in June, it was not the end of the Oelwein clinic’s story. On Monday, Buchanan County Health Center in partnership with UnityPoint Clinic announced that UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine-Oelwein will relocate to the medical park at 2405 Rock Island Road and change its name to BCHC Family Medicine-Oelwein, An Affiliate of UnityPoint Health. (Oelwein Daily Register)

Estherville hospital, schools and public health collaborate on suicide prevention
After researching several avenues, Avera Holy Family Hospital, Estherville Lincoln Central School District and Emmet County Public Health found a grant from HRSA, the Health Services & Resource Administration, an agency of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. HRSA awarded the three entities, who formed the Emmet County Behavioral Health Network, a one-year planning grant of $99,406 based on Emmet County’s status as a Health Professional Shortage Area. (Estherville Daily News)

Sen. Grassley talks health care during town meeting in Spencer
US Senator Chuck Grassley stopped in Spencer, Iowa, on Tuesday as part of his 99 county tour of Iowa. Grassley answered several questions from folks gathered at City Hall. Concerns people shared included ethanol, healthcare and a trade agreement with China. The meeting on Tuesday, completed his annual 99 county meetings of 2019 in Clay County. (KTIV)

National News

Hospital association uses grant to build opioid-fighting tactics
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) is currently working on launching a program called the Opioid Learning Action Network (LAN) that aims to improve information sharing between the state’s hospitals when it comes to opioids. The program is supported by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable firm operated by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. HAP is part of a $50 million initiative by Bloomberg. The program includes information sharing among hospitals dealing with opioid patients through a series of educational offerings. (Associations Now)

Mississippi Hospital Association Medicaid reform plan in spotlight post-debate
Mississippi Cares has been at the center of debate ahead of the Republican primary runoff for governor. Using the blueprint created by Indiana’s expansion of health care coverage, the Mississippi Hospital Association has put together a proposal to cover the working poor without adding to the Medicaid rolls. It envisions a provider tax and premiums to cover the state’s contribution to draw down federal funds for expansion. Instead of moving more people into the Medicaid program, Mississippi True, the provider-sponsored health plan created by the hospital association and hospitals around the state, would serve as the health care insurer for the program. (Insurance News Net)

Kansas contractor apologizes for ‘extremely disappointing’ problems with KanCare work
Kansas’s newest KanCare insurance company, Aetna, has experienced a range of problems — from missed payments to incomplete information. Tuesday, its leader sought to make amends. The promises of action came after health care providers vented frustrations Monday with the company and its performance in helping operate KanCare, which provides health coverage to some 400,000 low-income and disabled Kansans. (Kansas City Star)