Today’s NewsStand – September 4, 2019

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

Iowa News

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics researchers looking into ways to cure blindness
Researchers at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics are looking into some early findings to treat people who are blind. The researchers are using a study that involves gene replacement and mice. They’re looking to regenerate nerve structures in the eye disrupted by a gene mutation. They hope that can help form new synapses, which are the structures in the retina that send signals to the brain, telling it when light is detected, ultimately giving the person sight. (KCRG)

UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s opens new transitional care center
In late 2017, UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids officials announced plans to build a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in northeast Cedar Rapids. Called St. Luke’s Center for Healthy Living, the $14.9 million facility would provide short-term recovery and rehabilitation space. It’s designed as a transitional space for patients who don’t necessarily need care in an acute hospital setting but are not well enough to return home. That includes patients recovering from a broken hip, a stroke, heart failure and other medical conditions that require hospital stays. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Cass County raising awareness During National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month
September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness month and Cass County Health System’s Senior Life Solutions team is working to raise awareness. On Aug. 30, the Cass County Board of Supervisors proclaimed September to be Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month for all of Cass County. “This proclamation recognizes that mental health conditions are real and prevalent in our communities, and that all of us have a role to play in promoting mental wellness and preventing suicide,” said Karmen Roland, RN, Program Director of Senior Life Solutions. (Atlantic News Telegraph)

National News

What would Trumpcare look like? Follow GOP’s ‘choice and competition’ clues
While many Capitol Hill Republicans would like to avoid another public debate about whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump and his appointees keep bringing it up — promising their own health plan that would be “phenomenal” and make the GOP “the party of health care.” Behind the pronouncements lies a dilemma: whether or not to stray beyond efforts underway to improve the nation’s health care system — loosening insurance regulations, talking about drug prices and expanding tax-free health savings accounts — to develop an overarching plan. (Iowa Public Radio)

As Missouri trims its Medicaid rolls, families say they’ve been kicked off unfairly
In recent months, eligible families across Missouri say they’ve been arriving at doctors’ appointments to learn their children have been unwittingly dropped from the program and are unable to receive the required medical care. Health care providers, advocates for children and parents raised an alarm when Missouri’s Medicaid enrollment began to decrease steadily last year. Between May 2018 and May 2019, the number of enrollees in Missouri dropped nearly 11%. By comparison, national enrollment decreased a little more than 2% in that same time period. (KCUR)

Idaho’s Medicaid expansion saga continues after first-round of proposed restrictions are rejected
A months-long debate over Medicaid expansion is still not over, even though the Idaho Legislature approved it last session – doing so with some restrictions. Some of those restrictions are now being rejected at a federal level. Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rejected the state’s waiver that would have allowed Idahoans who make between 100 to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to be on the state exchange plans, rather than Medicaid, even though they qualify for it. (KTVB)