Today’s NewsStand – October 16, 2019

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

Iowa News

Young adults not seeking treatment for substance use disorders
A growing number of young adults are dealing with a substance use disorder – in some cases, multiple substance use disorders – and not seeking help, according to a study published in the Journal of American College Health. Brooke Arterberry, lead author and assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State University, says two in every five young adults reported a past-year SUD, consistent with the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria (see sidebar). (Iowa State University)

UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s provides safe sleep kits to families
Over the last three years, Alyssa Sackett, UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s pediatric injury prevention coordinator, said the hospital has recorded at least seven sleep-related infant deaths. Sackett partnered with the HOPES (Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success) Program, Lutheran Services in Iowa, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children and the Crittenton Center to identify community members who would benefit from a kit. (Sioux City Journal)

Iowa Specialty Hospital receives accreditation
Iowa Specialty Hospital has announced the successful completion of its new accreditation process from DNV GL — Healthcare. By earning accreditation, Iowa Specialty Hospital has demonstrated it meets or exceeds patient safety standards (Conditions of Participation) set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV GL’s accreditation program is the only one to integrate the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. (Fort Dodge Messenger)

National News

Medicare, Medicaid hospital payment cuts to hit $252.6B, industry study finds
Reductions in federal payments to hospitals will total $252.6 billion from 2010 through 2029, reflecting the cumulative impact of a series of legislative and regulatory actions, according to a new study from Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, a health economics and policy consulting firm. The American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals, which commissioned the study, denounced the impact of the payment reductions on hospitals’ financial health. Hospital advocacy groups have long argued that cuts in Medicare and Medicaid payments hurt the fiscal well-being of their members, and executives reiterated those concerns Tuesday. (Healthcare Dive)

Health care stayed front and center at Democratic debate
This time, it wasn’t just about “Medicare for All.” Voters got a better look at Democrats’ health care priorities on Tuesday, as 12 of the leading candidates vowed to codify abortion access, threatened to jail opioid company executives and added a few more details to their health plans during the fourth Democratic debate. While the debate began on the topic of impeaching President Donald Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont soon steered the discussion back to kitchen-table issues. (Kaiser Health News)

Mississippi Hospital Association touts Medicaid expansion alternative
Few topics have proven as divisive in Mississippi as Medicaid expansion and one state advocacy group made a stop in West Point on Thursday to make the case for its own conservative-leaning alternatives. Richard Robertson, the vice president of policy and state advocacy for the Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA), provided both a developmental history of the organization’s plans, in addition to numbers to tell the story. Robertson said MHA members have been lobbying politicians in Jackson to pursue Medicaid reform, as opposed to expansion of the state’s current program. (Starkville Daily News)