Today’s NewsStand – October 24, 2019

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

Iowa News

Sioux Center Health wins top honors with both patients and employees
Ask any health care professional, and they’ll tell you: Their career is about much more valuable than any paycheck. It’s no surprise, then, that Sioux Center Health’s commitment to community has earned it high marks as not just an employer of choice but also a Top Workplace. With eight locations in Sioux Center and the surrounding area, Sioux Center Health employs more than 500 people who strive to make a positive impact on the Sioux Center community while providing comprehensive health care to their patients and clients. (Des Moines Register)

University of Iowa using $10 million state grant to address maternal health care crisis
Last month, UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown announced its obstetrics and women’s health clinic would be shutting its doors. It’s the latest in a change of closures. University of Iowa officials say they’ve felt the impacts of that seeing an influx of patients turning to them, or many expectant mothers having to travel outside of their means to get care. They’re hoping a five-year, $10 million grant will help bring solutions. Starting with creating a network of health care professionals to treat long-distance patients using telecommunications technology. (KCRG)

Eighty percent of women behind bars in Iowa have a mental illness
A KCCI investigation finds most inmates in Iowa prisons have a mental illness. Across all nine Iowa correctional facilities, 63% of individuals incarcerated have a mental illness. In the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women, it’s 80%.ICIW Treatment Services Director Tim Daar said some of the most common diagnosis are biopolar disorder, anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. (KCCI)

National News premiums to fall 4% in 2020
Health insurance premiums for benchmark Affordable Care Act exchange plans will decrease in 2020 for the second year in a row, and most shoppers will have more plan choices. The average premium for the benchmark health insurance plan on for a 27-year-old will decline about 4% to $388 per month compared with plans sold this year, according to the CMS. The number of health insurers selling plans in 2020 will increase to 175 insurers from 155 in 2019. (Modern Healthcare)

Democrats grill CMS Administrator Verma over Medicaid enrollment declines
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid administrator Seema Verma sparred with House Democrats on Wednesday about her agency’s efforts to undermine Obamacare coverage in the Medicaid program, which has seen enrollment decline in the last year that some insurers say is now driving up medical costs in the program. Verma contends that the drop stems from more people gaining jobs that carry employer health coverage — not new rules in Republican-led states that require recipients to work to receive the aid. (CNBC)

New tool helps promote ICD-10 codes for social determinants of health data
In an effort to help broaden the ways in which social determinants of health can inform clinical decision making, eHealth Initiative & Foundation has recently released some new tools to promote the use of ICD-10-CM codes to capture social determinants of health data in the electronic health record. Specifically, the tools center around the use of ICD-10-CM Z codes. These are designed to denote certain factors that might influence health status, or explain reasons for medical encounters having to do with circumstances other than a disease or injury classifiable by the rest of the ICD-10-CM code set. (Healthcare IT News)