Today’s NewsStand – September 20, 2019

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

Iowa News

UnityPoint Health set to introduce a new urgent care model in central Iowa
UnityPoint Health is announcing the opening of a new model of walk-in care. The facility will open in West Des Moines in just a few days. Unity Point says it is excited to launch a new model of walk-in care with UnityPoint Clinic – Express. According to information released from Unity Point, it will provide people of all ages a more convenient and personalized walk-in care option for them and their loved ones. Opening September 23rd, the UnityPoint Clinic Express will focus on a reimagined, time-saving process designed to enhance the walk-in care experience. (We Are Iowa)

Johnson County Board of Supervisors accepts bid for behavioral health access center
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors on Thursday accepted the construction bid for the Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center, clearing the way for construction to begin as early as next month. The Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center will be built in Iowa City. It feature sobering and crisis stabilization units, and a low-barrier shelter that will not require that people to be sober in order to be admitted. The crisis center is the latest in a yearslong shift in how law enforcement in Johnson County is addressing people they encounter who are experiencing a mental crisis. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Siouxland first responders, National Guard participate in emergency drill
Siouxland first responders, law enforcement and members of the National Guard teamed up today to practice for a major emergency, an emergency drill they dubbed “Stable Mercury Three.” The drill was based out of the Emergency Operations Center of the Security Institute which is on the campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College. They practiced responding to a plane that crashed into a chemical facility causing a plume of material that was heading for southeast Woodbury County. (KMEG)

National News

House passes temporary disproportionate care hospital cut delays, health center funding
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing budget resolution on Thursday that included temporary delays for the impending $4 billion in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital cuts through Nov. 21. The continuing resolution also includes patch funding for other major healthcare funding that’s slated to expire Sept. 30: the Medicaid block grant funding to the U.S. territories, money for community health centers and the community behavioral health clinic demonstration program. All these so-called health care extenders will only run through Nov. 21. (Modern Healthcare)

Hill hodgepodge: Pelosi draws from democrats, GOP and Trump for drug plan
House Democratic leaders on Thursday unveiled an aggressive plan to lower drug prices through negotiations between federal health officials and the makers of some of the most expensive drugs. Speaker Nancy Pelosi ushered the proposal through months of closed-door meetings primarily with other Democrats and experts on drug pricing. But she and other Democratic leaders also incorporated ideas from legislation introduced in July by the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee and backed by President Donald Trump, including capping drug prices based on the rate of inflation. (Kaiser Health News)

Understanding the future of patient technologies
Health care is tipping toward more consumer-centered and participatory medicine, and that’s going to push many organizations to embrace on-demand, connected, and data-driven patient engagement technologies, according to a report from Ernst & Young (EY) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) Center for Health Innovation. And in order to be successful, organizations will need to rethink their approach to health IT, embracing a more on-demand style of healthcare that connects patients to their care and leverages patient data to make better medical decisions. (Patient Engagement HIT)