Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.
Manchester man receives Hospital Hero Award
A Manchester man was honored by the Iowa Hospital Association this past week. A couple months ago, we told you about Mike Chapman, who had been chosen as one of the association’s Hospital Heroes. Chapman was a committed RMC employee for over 33 years, serving in a variety of roles, including as an EMT and, most recently, a Welcome Desk Representative. Chapman was honored at the Iowa Hospital Association’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday in Des Moines. He was presented the Hospital Hero award in the company of his wife, Sharon, and many of his RMC colleagues. (KMCH)
UnityPoint to sponsor mental wellness education
UnityPoint Health has announced it is launching a new mental wellness program for middle and high school students in Iowa and Illinois. The interactive digital course, called Mental Wellness Basics, will equip students in grades eight through 10 with the knowledge and skills necessary to build, maintain and promote positive mental health in themselves and their peers. (Fort Dodge Messenger)
Eastern Iowa hospitals find new way to reach patients: Podcasts
There are different ways to get messaging out to the public, and a podcast is the latest method a Cedar Rapids hospital is using to connect with patients about health and wellness. “You have to get out there and put your message where people are looking for it, and a podcast is the thing that’s accessible right now to a lot of people,” said Dr. Dustin Arnold, CMO at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital. Eastern Iowa hospitals recently have launched podcasts focused on health care topics relevant to patients. In addition to St. Luke’s, MercyOne has launched a podcast out of its Waterloo hospital, MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)
Trump is trying hard to thwart Obamacare. How’s that going?
The very day President Trump was sworn in — Jan. 20, 2017 — he signed an executive order instructing administration officials “to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay” implementing parts of the Affordable Care Act, while Congress got ready to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s signature health law. Two years later, what has his administration done to change the ACA, and who’s been affected? Below are five of the biggest changes to the federal health law under President Trump. (Iowa Public Radio)
To save rural hospitals, Georgia requires classes for CEOs
Alarmed by a rash of recent hospital closings, Georgia lawmakers are now requiring executives and board members at almost all the state’s rural hospitals to receive training on subjects like financial management and strategic planning to improve their decision making and avoid missteps that can precipitate their hospitals’ decline. Nearly 60 rural Georgia hospitals must ensure their board members, CEOs and chief financial officers complete at least eight hours of classes by the end of next year or risk being fined and losing a valuable state tax credit. (Associated Press)
Hospitals, manufacturers could donate cybersecurity software under proposed regs
Hospitals and other entities like medical device manufacturers may soon be able to donate certain cybersecurity software to physicians without fear of running afoul of the Stark Law or Anti-Kickback Statue if provisions in two recent proposed rules are finalized by CMS and the HHS Office of Inspector General. The goal is to allow healthcare players to protect the broader healthcare system by providing cybersecurity software to physician practices that may individually find it financially infeasible to purchase it themselves. (Healthcare Dive)