Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.
Louisa-Muscatine teachers participate in mental health training
Two days before school started, teachers in the Louisa Muscatine Community School District focused on developing mental health awareness skills and building meaningful relationships. During the two-day training, organizers with Please Pass the Love, a nonprofit based out of Des Moines, asked teachers the one thing they were afraid of when it came to talking to their students about depression. (WQAD)
Iowa mother wants parents to know more about suicide among college students
Kathy Schussler, 56, and her husband, Jeffrey Schussler, 63, of Marion in northeast Iowa, filed a wrongful-death case against the state partly in an effort to see 21-year-old Dane Schussler’s medical records after his death in November 2015, she said. They had decided that what they learned about their son’s story — he was seen at an overstretched counseling office by an unlicensed and unsupervised graduate student — needed to be told and addressed. (Des Moines Register)
UnityPoint offering specialized treatment for postpartum depression
When a family brings home a new baby, they’re likely to experience a rollercoaster of emotions, including happiness, joy and excitement. But statistics show, one in every seven women and one in every ten men, will experience postpartum depression. UnityPoint’s psychiatry clinic in Cedar Falls has always treated postpartum depression and mood disorders. However, beginning this month, the clinic is offering specialized treatment. They said it’s the first of its kind in the Cedar Valley. (KWWL)
White House weighs controversial plan on mental illness and mass shootings
The White House is considering a controversial proposal to study whether mass shootings could be prevented by monitoring mentally ill people for small changes that might foretell violence. Former NBC chairman Bob Wright has briefed top officials on a proposal to create a new research arm called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency to come up with out-of-the-box ways to tackle health problems, much like the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency does for the military, according to several people who have been briefed. (Washington Post)
Medicare for all is not Medicare and not really for all. So what does it actually mean?
The Trump administration has made it a point of attack, vowing to create a better system at lower costs. But interviews with voters and research by health policy experts show that the average voter has little idea of what is meant by the phrase that has already become a campaign signpost. In its broadest terms, Medicare-for-all is what health care experts call single-payer: A system in which a government entity reimburses doctors and hospitals at a set rate. Many of the world’s most admired health care systems, from France to Israel to Canada, use some version of this approach. (Pro Publica)
Hospital mergers and acquisitions reduce costs, AHA report shows
Hospital mergers and acquisitions reduce healthcare costs and improve care quality, according to a new report commissioned by the American Hospital Association (AHA). Specifically, the report linked hospital mergers and acquisitions to a 2.3 percent reduction in annual operating expenses and a 3.5 percent decline in revenues per admission at acquired hospitals. The report also showed statistically significant improvements in outcome measure of quality at acquired hospitals. (RevCycle Intelligence)