The Newsstand

Today’s NewsStand — Dec. 13, 2019

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

Iowa News            

State panel predicts 2.9% revenue growth next fiscal year, as governor drafts her budget
Iowa’s state revenue is predicted to grow by 2.9%, or $234 million, in the next fiscal year, giving Gov. Kim Reynolds more money to work with as she prepares her budget. Iowa’s three-person Revenue Estimating Conference met Thursday at the Iowa Capitol to issue its estimates. In fiscal year 2021, the panel estimates Iowa will take in $8.249 billion, which would be an increase of $234.4 million over the current fiscal year and a growth rate of 2.9%. (Des Moines Register)

Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics delivers 400th baby
Iowa Specialty Hospital’s 400th baby of 2019, Koyer Huntley, was born on December 6th at 7:29 in the morning to parents Olivia and Nate Huntley.  Baby Koyer weighed 8 pounds 1 ounce, was 21.5 inches in length, and has brown hair and blue eyes. He will join sibling, Kyrie, at home. “It amazes me that we have reached 400 babies,” said Casey Howell, OB Leader. “In 2018, there were 385 babies born at our facility, which is the most ever delivered in one year.  Now we’ve surpassed that number and the year isn’t over yet.” (Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics)

Michelle Russell, one of the top CEOs to know in 2019
During 2019, Mitchell County Regional Health Center (MCRHC) received national recognition. Most recently, Shelly Russell, MCRHC’s CEO, was recognized as one of the top 70 critical access hospital CEO’s to know. In addition, she also accepted an award for MCRHC achieving the status of top 20 in patient satisfaction. On the heels of Russell’s recognition, MCRHC also received the national award as one of the top 20 critical access hospitals patient satisfaction, from the National Rural Health Association. (Mitchell County Press News)

National News

Congress clinches sweeping spending deal, putting off shutdown threat
Top congressional negotiators clinched a “deal in principle” to fund the US government, an agreement that comes a little more than a week before the deadline and likely takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table. The bipartisan foursome of the top appropriators reached the agreement after meeting in the Capitol on Thursday, capping a day of harried negotiations, proposals and counter proposals that will significantly curtail the threat of a government shutdown. Staff will work through the weekend to produce the final legislation, which will likely move in two separate packages that receive House floor votes on Tuesday, according to an aide. (CNN)

AHA: Payment reform need to improve access to rural health care
The low-volume payment adjustment, new rural hospital designations, alternative payment model demonstrations, and other payment reforms are key to improving access to rural health care, the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently stressed to policymakers. In a letter dated Dec. 6, the association called on House Representatives to consider a dozen policies to address the barriers that continue to challenge access to rural health care. Chief among the policy suggestions was maintaining and creating special payment designations for rural hospitals. (RevCycle Intelligence)

Health systems must tackle workplace, patient safety in tandem
A nationwide effort to improve and coordinate patient safety measures will strive to make a connection between workplace and patient safety. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) gave an update during its National Forum this week on the creation of a national patient safety plan intended to encourage better coordination of safety efforts. A key goal of the plan, expected to be released next year, was to emphasize the role of improving workforce safety. (Fierce Healthcare)