Today’s NewsStand – October 23, 2019

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

Iowa News

New toolkit educating students on health science careers
The Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Education are teaming up to bring educators a healthcare toolkit. The healthcare health science toolkit aims to educate middle and high school students on a variety of careers in the health science industry. This resource aims to educate students on careers that have a competitive salary but do not require more than two years of additional schooling. The toolkit is part of Governor Kim Reynold’s Future Ready Iowa. Other partners include the Iowa Hospital Association, Iowa Health Care Association and other various healthcare providers. (WHO)

Clinton County supervisors wrestle with mental health funding
Clinton County officials continued to express concern with the state of mental health funding this week. The Eastern Iowa Mental Health board approved a $1.2 million cut in services last month for fiscal year 2020. The cuts were made to allow the region to end the year with enough funds to get through the first three months of fiscal year 2021. Services from different entities that have provided services to the region will have to be dramatically cut so the region can return to a 40% fund balance level to maintain balances within the region and individual county services, Irwin said. (Clinton Herald)

University of Iowa Health Care creates ‘chief growth officer’ job
Facing mounting patient demands on its staff, facilities and resources, University of Iowa Health Care has created a $345,000 position focused on growth across its $2.4 billion-a-year system. Health care strategist Timothy Y. Kan will start Dec. 2 as UIHC’s first-ever chief growth officer. A job description for the hospital’s new growth officer expects him to “proactively identify potential partnership opportunities within key strategic markets and provide guidance relative to opportunities for partnership, affiliation, and merger and acquisition discussions.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

National News

A group of Republicans has unveiled its healthcare plan. Here is what’s new and what isn’t
The Republican Study Committee rolled out a new health care plan to counter Democrats’ call for “Medicare for All.” The plan itself closely resembles the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill called the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that the House passed in 2017. The plan would retain the ACA’s requirement that individual market plans cover pre-existing conditions. However, it takes out provisions that ensure patients with pre-existing conditions get affordable coverage such as requirements that prevent plans from charging sicker people higher premiums than healthy customers. (Fierce Healthcare)

Is it a meth case or mental illness? Police who need to know often can’t tell
There are 9.2 million Americans coping with both a mental health problem and a substance use disorder. Some mental health advocates worry that may mean police are using too much force with their clients. “The possession of methamphetamine may be a clue, but teasing out the acute effects of methamphetamine versus a long-standing mental illness may take a longer period of time, says Dr. Melissa Weimer, an assistant professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine. (Iowa Public Radio)

CVS, UPS join forces on drone delivery
CVS Health is joining forces with UPS to test several different applications for drone delivery, including sending certain products directly to patients. UPS’ Flight Forward program earned the first certification by the U.S. government to operate a drone airline earlier this month, and since then it’s built out its infrastructure and capabilities. Under the partnership with CVS, UPS drones will deliver prescriptions and retail products to patient’s homes, the companies announced Monday. (Fierce Healthcare)