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Feb05

NewsStand, Feb. 6, 2024

By Iowa Hospital Association|NewsStand Archive

Iowa news Oakland, Iowa designated a physician shortage area for over 45 years Over 180 areas in the United States have been federally designated as primary care shortage areas for at least 40 years. One of those areas is Oakland in southeast Iowa. It’s been designated a physician shortage area

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Feb01

NewsStand, Feb. 2, 2024

By Iowa Hospital Association|News, NewsStand Archive

Iowa news Hy-Vee becomes joint owner of Exemplar Care Hy-Vee has become a joint owner of Exemplar Care. As a result, Exemplar Care medical clinics in the Des Moines area will now be Hy-Vee Health Exemplar Care. Under the agreement, Hy-Vee Health Exemplar Care medical clinics will offer direct primary

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Jan29

NewsStand, Jan. 30, 2024

By Iowa Hospital Association|NewsStand Archive

Iowa news New radiation therapy at UI targets tumors more precisely UI Health Care is the first medical center in North America and the second worldwide to cross over into the next phase of MR-Linac technology, offering even more precise real-time targeting of soft tissue tumors with radiation therapy. MR-Linac

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Since the pandemic, there has been a marked increase in violence against health care workers. A new IHA report shows that Iowa health care workers, nonclinical and clinical, are suffering increased workplace violence and injury. The IHA report reveals an increase in physical violence and verbal abuse. Those unfamiliar with

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Jan25

NewsStand, Jan. 26, 2024

By Iowa Hospital Association|NewsStand Archive

Iowa news Mercy Medical Center earns Blue Distinction for outstanding, affordable maternity care Mercy Medical Center has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for having high-quality, cost-effective maternity care facilities. The Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program is part of the Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s National Health Equity

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Jan25

Iowa hospitals workforce challenges

By Iowa Hospital Association|News

A recent IHA survey found that Iowa hospitals are struggling with staffing shortages. Retirements, widespread burnout and violence against hospital employees are exacerbating staffing issues. Shortages of nurses, technicians and therapists are the top problems.

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Jan22

NewsStand, Jan. 23, 2024

By Iowa Hospital Association|NewsStand Archive

Iowa news Federal fix for rural hospitals has few takers so far The hospital in Keokuk, which served rural areas of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri, closed Oct. 1, 2022. But new owners plan to reopen the hospital with the help of a recent federal payment system. The rural emergency hospital

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Jan18

NewsStand, Jan. 19, 2024

By Iowa Hospital Association|NewsStand Archive

Iowa news Wastewater in Midwest states carries high levels of COVID-19, says CDC Iowa is among several Midwestern states where wastewater is showing elevated levels of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease and Control describe virus levels as “very high,” indicating that COVID-19 is spreading again. So far, there has not

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Jan16

NewsStand, Jan. 16, 2024

By Iowa Hospital Association|NewsStand Archive

Iowa news Pella Regional recognized for maternity care Wellmark, Blue Cross and Blue Shield recognized Pella Regional Health Center as a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Each facility must safely deliver cost-effective, quality care to earn this designation. (Oskaloosa Herald)

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Jan11

NewsStand, Jan. 12, 2024

By Iowa Hospital Association|NewsStand Archive

Iowa news A year after the measure was introduced, no Iowa hospitals have received an REH licensure designation A year after the Rural Emergency Hospital designation was introduced, no Iowa hospitals have received the federal licensure. The measure was meant to help struggling rural hospitals stay afloat by ending inpatient

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