Today’s NewsStand — Nov. 12, 2019

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

Iowa News

State spending plan starts on ‘solid’ footing before 2020 Iowa Legislative session begins
After a rocky period of state budget shortfalls and cutbacks, Iowa lawmakers are prepping to return to the Statehouse now with the treasury in a surplus position. Now, well into the 2020 fiscal year that started in July, the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency projects the state is on track to post a surplus balance of $414 million by next June 30 — with cash reserves and economic emergency funds approaching $784 million, which would be a return to the 10 percent of budget surplus target. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

UI student intern works toward more sustainable practices at UIHC
With the help of University of Iowa senior Claire Jacobmeyer, the UI Office of Sustainability and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are working together to reduce waste in UIHC and promote sustainable practices. Data collected by the UI Office of Sustainability show that health-care facilities produce about 29 pounds of waste per patient bed a day globally, making UIHC a key component to improving sustainability across campus. (University of Iowa Daily Iowan)

Veteran ceremony held at MercyOne Siouxland
Veterans at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center were honored on Monday in Sioux City with a pinning ceremony. Hospice of Siouxland staff hosted the “We Honor Veterans Program.” During the program, they presented veterans with pins and thanked them for their service. Hospital administrators said several veterans in the Skilled Nursing Unit attended. (KTIV)

National News

Why hospitals are a weak spot in US cybersecurity
Over 32 million people have had their protected health information breached this year, in 311 hacking incidents against health care providers that are under investigation by the Department of Health and Human Services. The big picture: Complex, bloated hospital systems are a glaring weak spot in U.S. cybersecurity. Hospitals are vulnerablebecause they maintain so many systems at once — medical records, billing records and also internet-connected medical devices — that get further entangled after mergers, which have been spiking for at least a decade. (Axios)

Doctors, hospitals take up arms against Democrats’ health care changes
Across months of debates, stump speeches, TV appearances and position papers, the face of everything wrong with the U.S. health care industry for Democratic candidates has mostly come down to two groups: private insurers and pharmaceutical companies. But in focusing on those industries, candidates may be leaving supporters unprepared for the fight it would take to pass “Medicare for All” or create a public insurance option. Democratic proposals already face opposition from well-funded groups representing doctors, specialists and hospitals, many of which would be asked to accept major revenue cuts to finance expanded coverage. (NBC News)

More adolescents seek care for mental health issues
The spike in youth mental health visits corresponds with a recent survey that found that members of “Generation Z” — defined in the survey as people born since 1997 — are more likely than other generations to report their mental health as fair or poor. The 2018 polling, done on behalf of the American Psychological Association, also found that members of Generation Z, along with millennials, are more likely to report receiving treatment for mental health issues. (Kaiser Health News)