Today’s NewsStand — Nov. 25, 2019

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

Iowa News            

Ramping up behavioral health care in Central Iowa
For Iowans with serious mental health disorders and their providers, finding an available hospital bed in Iowa is frequently no easy task. Patients may wait for several days in the emergency department, intensive care unit or similar units in the hospital until a behavioral health bed becomes available. Health professionals and mental health advocates are hopeful that 100 additional inpatient beds scheduled to become available in Clive late next year will help better address the need. (Des Moines Business Record)

“generate” lab at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s hospital inventing for patients
Doctors and nurses at UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids are trying to make their patient’s stays a little easier with some new innovations. The generate Health Technology Fabrication Lab in Cedar Rapids is MakerHealth’s third space like this in the country, and the first in the Midwest. 3D printers were making molds for earmuffs for babies riding hospital helicopters Thursday, kids with disabilities were riding on retro-fitted toy cars, and students from a local college were experimenting with virtual reality to help patients cope with pain. (KWWL)

Robotic surgery provides benefits to patients and doctors
For a decade, MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center has been using robots for surgeries like colon cancer. It’s a technology doctors there say is becoming more widely used in hospitals across the nation. Colon cancer is a diagnosis no one wants to hear, but according to the American Cancer Society, that news was a reality for more than 101,000 people just this last year. (KTIV)

National News

Lawsuit challenges Medicaid work requirements in Michigan
Four enrollees in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program filed a lawsuit Friday challenging work requirements that are set to take effect in January, arguing that the Trump administration lacked the authority to approve the rules that undermine the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit, brought in federal court in Washington, D.C., asks the judge to declare the federal approval of the requirements illegal and to block them from being implemented. (Associated Press/US News and World Report)

Report: 476 older Oklahomans died prematurely because of Medicaid non-expansion
Nearly 500 low-income, older Oklahomans died prematurely because the state did not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report. The report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., found that 15,600 deaths among low-income people ages 55 to 64 in a four-year period could have been avoided if all states had expanded Medicaid. Conversely, states that did expand Medicaid averted roughly 19,200 deaths of people in that age range from 2014 through 2017, according to the report. (The Oklahoman)

Trump says he will allow states to import prescription drugs to lower costs
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will soon release a plan to let Florida and other states import prescription medicines to combat high drug prices, and he blasted the Democrat-led House for not going far enough in a drug-pricing bill. Drug companies have staunchly opposed such a plan, which has been mulled for years but never implemented. Lowering healthcare costs for U.S. consumers is expected to be a major issue in the 2020 presidential campaign. (Reuters)