Today’s NewsStand — Nov. 14, 2019

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

Iowa News

We can achieve better health care outcomes and save money doing it
At the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, since 2005 we’ve been working directly with health practitioners and hospitals in nearly every county in Iowa to help them get better outcomes at reduced cost. Hospitals and clinicians have willingly participated in quality improvement initiatives that reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, readmissions, medical errors, infections, falls, adverse drug events, childbirth complications, and many other worthy outcomes because they know it is the right thing to do. (Des Moines Register)

Iowa’s children’s mental health system making progress, state official says
A state board for a children’s mental health system has been appointed and is in the process of developing administrative rules to ensure access to mental and behavioral health services to Iowa’s youngest residents, a Department of Human Services official said during a public meeting of the Iowa Council on Human Services Wednesday. But the work is going to take time. However, the effort to ensure specific services are available and meet standards established in rules would be up to the 14 Mental Health and Disability Services regions in the state. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Iowa lung cancer diagnosis higher than national average, report shows
The state of Iowa has a lot of work to do to fight lung cancer. That’s according to a report released by the American Lung Association. The report reveals Iowans are given lung cancer diagnoses at a higher rate than the national average. Iowa ranks 30th out of the 50 states for cases, with Kentucky at the top of the list and Utah coming in at the bottom. The state’s five-year survival rate is just over 19-percent compared to the nearly 22-percent national average. Iowa ranks 43rd among 48 states with data on early-stage diagnoses. (WHO)

National News

Obamacare early sign-ups drop 20% as Trump-backed lawsuit challenges constitutionality
Obamacare sign-ups on the federal health insurance marketplace fell 20% in the first two weeks of the 2020 enrollment season compared with last year, according to new federal data released Wednesday. In the first nine days of open enrollment, 932,049 people chose a plan for the 2020 coverage year on HealthCare.gov. That compares with 1,176,232 consumers who selected their coverage through the exchange during the first two weeks, or 10 days, last year, according to federal data released at the time. (CNBC)

CMS to crack down on ‘shady’ Medicaid payment schemes
he Trump administration released a proposed rule aimed at increasing transparency around state supplemental payments in the Medicaid program on Tuesday. The new rule provides a “comprehensive overhaul” of the agency’s regulations focused on ensuring transparency in provider payments, including a requirement that states verify how they finance their portion of supplemental payments. Specifically, the rule would require states to submit “provider-level information” on Medicaid supplemental payments. (MedPage Today)

Antibiotic-resistant infections killing twice as many Americans as once thought
Nearly twice as many people are dying in the United States from antibiotic-resistant infections than previously believed, U.S. health officials said on Wednesday, as so-called “superbugs” alarm experts with their rate of growth and spread. Issuing its first comprehensive report into the growing health threat in six years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had determined that 2.8 million antibiotic resistant infections occur each year, killing 35,000 people. (Reuters)