Today’s NewsStand — Nov. 20, 2019

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

Iowa News

At UnityPoint in Fort Dodge, telemedicine takes off
UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center has added six new hospitalists to its staff this month. The catch is, however, that none of them will ever step foot into the Fort Dodge hospital. TRMC launched its new telemedicine program on Nov. 5 with the goal to ensure consistent physician coverage for the hospital’s overnight patients. The move is aimed at maintaining the quality of care overnight patients expect from Trinity while minimizing the number of nighttime visits that daytime physicians must make and to fill staffing gaps. (Fort Dodge Messenger)

MercyOne Siouxland to host virtual job fair
There’s a new way to find a different career, a virtual job fair. MercyOne Siouxland is preparing to host its first Virtual Job Fair. That will take place on Friday, November 22, at 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. All you have to do is visit MercyOne’s Facebook page to learn about current job openings and learn how to apply for jobs within MercyOne. Jobs won’t be posted from only the Sioux City area, but all over Iowa, including Dubuque, Clinton, and central Iowa. Potential employees can post questions, learn about available positions, and find out how to apply for those jobs. (Siouxland Proud)

Iowa City community collaborations strive to improve overall health
Through a new collaboration entitled “Community Prescription,” various Iowa City community organizations hope to spark change in improving the overall neighborhood health. Through the City of Iowa City, the University of Iowa College of Public Health, UI Hospitals and Clinics, and the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital, organizers hope to bring about change through their new project. (University of Iowa Daily Iowan)

National News

American Hospital Association, provider groups to sue over final rule
The American Hospital Association is among four provider organizations that plan to sue the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services over a final rule on price transparency. “Because the final rule does not achieve the goal of providing patients with out-of-pocket cost information, and instead threatens to confuse patients, our four organizations will soon join with member hospitals to file a legal challenge to the rule on grounds including that it exceeds the Administration’s authority,” the organizations said.. (Healthcare Finance)

House delays DSH cuts until December
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a stopgap government funding bill that delays $4 billion in cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments until Dec. 20.  The bill also includes short-term funding extensions for several healthcare priorities such as Medicaid block grant funding to the U.S. territories, community health centers and the community behavioral health clinic demonstration program. The House passed the continuing resolution on a largely party-line vote. (Modern Healthcare)

Hospital groups urge national labor board to modify employee conduct rules
Hospital groups are urging the National Labor Relations Board to change standards governing the evaluation of employee conduct in a health care setting that violates a lawful employer rule, according to the American Hospital Association’s AHA Today newsletter, which cites a friend-of-the-court brief. The American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals said this conduct “disrupts the workplace and harms the delivery of care” and should not be protected by the National Labor Relations Act. (Becker’s Hospital Review)