Health Care


Congrats on the baby — now pay up | Column

BY: - October 17, 2021

Here’s a notice a new mom shouldn’t receive: “Your doctor ordered a test to see if the membranes around your baby were leaking.  The procedure is not approvable under the plan clinical criteria because there is no proof or not enough proof that it works as well as other tests to check for ROM.  For […]

Latinx groups launch COVID-19 vaccination outreach campaign

BY: - October 15, 2021

Three Latinx groups announced on Friday a new Iowa vaccination campaign targeting Latino, Spanish-speaking and immigrant Iowans. “We know that we can get across the finish line and bring equity to our community, as well as improve overall public health and prosperity for the great state of Iowa,” said Darryl Morin, president of Wisconsin-based nonprofit […]

Booster shot of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended by FDA panel

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Friday endorsed a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, meaning millions more Americans are expected to soon join the line for booster shots. Anyone who received a J&J shot at least two months ago will be eligible for an additional dose, under the committee’s […]

FDA panel recommends booster shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans who received Moderna’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be eligible soon for booster shots, after a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended a third dose for older and higher-risk adults as well as certain workers. The unanimous recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration vaccine panel came a few […]

How a Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.

BY: - October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana was reeling from the destruction […]

Iowa nursing home is named one of the nation’s worst

BY: - October 13, 2021

An Iowa nursing home recently hit with more than $300,000 in fines has been added to Medicare’s list of the nation’s worst care facilities. The Garden View Care Center in Shenandoah has been cited for 23 regulatory violations so far this year. After an April inspection, federal officials fined the home $306,335. The Page County […]

Board sanctions three Iowa doctors for competency issues

BY: - October 13, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has restricted a 31-year-old doctor’s practice after fielding concerns about her professional competency. Dr. Christina R. Anderson has been granted an  Iowa medical license subject to the terms of an agreement reached with the board last month. According to the board, it received information from the Family Medicine Residency at […]

Nursing home infections up 17% in Iowa as outbreaks spread

BY: - October 7, 2021

At least 333 residents and workers in Iowa nursing homes have been infected with COVID-19 as a result of current, ongoing outbreaks in 32 different care facilities. That’s a 17% increase in long-term care infections over the past two weeks. As recently as Aug. 1, there was only one Iowa nursing home with an active […]

Iowa surgeon accuses ‘monopolistic’ Wolfe Clinic of antitrust violations

BY: - October 7, 2021

One of Iowa’s largest eye care providers is being sued by a physician and former shareholder for alleged antitrust violations and monopolistic business practices. Wolfe Clinic, also known as Wolfe Eye Clinic, and three of its individual owner-physicians, Dr. Jared Nielsen, Dr. Kyle Alliman, and Dr. David Saggau, are accused by a former colleague of […]

Board sanctions social workers who kissed client, asked for a photo

BY: - October 1, 2021

An Iowa social worker who kissed a client has been issued a citation and warning from the Iowa Board of Social Work. The board alleges that Mary Limas of Roland, who is licensed to practice social work at the masters level, kissed a client on one occasion in December 2020. That was the same month […]

Physician assistant arrested four months after license was reinstated

BY: - October 1, 2021

A physician assistant whose license was reinstated in March following allegations of domestic abuse and sex with a patient was convicted Friday of new domestic abuse charges. Anthony G. Peters of Primghar pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of second-offense domestic abuse. He was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but seven days […]

Activist groups unite against proposed abortion amendment to Iowa constitution

BY: - October 1, 2021

Members of several reproductive health and activist groups held a press conference Friday, declaring their opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion and discussing next steps for political action. “We need to remain together because this fight in Iowa is going to be long,” said Gabriela Fuentes, an advocacy strategist with Planned Parenthood North […]