Health Care

Twenty states, D.C. join in opposing Texas lawsuit on emergency abortion care

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a brief in federal court on Tuesday, challenging Texas’ assertion that states shouldn’t have to comply with a federal law that protects doctors who end a pregnancy to save the patient’s life. The brief argues the judge in the case shouldn’t grant […]

Newton care facility is cited for drug errors, COVID-19 violations, lack of staff

BY: - August 15, 2022

A central Iowa nursing home has been cited for a wide range of problems, including medication errors, COVID-19 violations, insufficient staffing and food that had been expired for three years or more. The Newton Health Care Center in Jasper County was inspected by state officials in June as part of a routine, annual recertification process. […]

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Iowa gives too little attention to care of its elderly

BY: - August 13, 2022

People in the health care field have worked their tails off since the COVID pandemic hit Iowa with a vengeance in 2020. Doctors, nurses and all manner of technicians and support staff have performed heroically under circumstances that often were trying. But the death this year of a patient at a Centerville care center has […]

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U.S. House Democrats send sweeping climate, health and tax legislation to Biden

BY: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Friday cleared Democrats’ long-sought climate, health care and tax package, sending it to President Joe Biden for his signature. The roughly $750 billion measure is much smaller than the $2 trillion reconciliation package the House originally sent to the Senate in November. The final product left out dozens of […]

Hospital nurse suspected in opioid theft was hired without a background check

BY: - August 12, 2022

An eastern Iowa hospital has been cited by the state for hiring, without a full background check, a nurse who was later fired for the suspected theft of opioid narcotics. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals reports that in January a registered nurse working at Iowa City’s Mercy Hospital procured a 100-microgram vial of […]

Iowa hospital ratings are updated, but offer conflicting guidance to consumers

BY: - August 12, 2022

The federal government has updated its ratings of hospitals, with one western Iowa hospital earning the highest possible scores. Lakes Regional Healthcare, a full-service, acute care hospital in Spirit Lake, has earned two separate five-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The ratings are part of CMS’ Hospital Compare website, which is […]

Reynolds asks court to lift injunction against Iowa’s fetal-heartbeat law

BY: - August 11, 2022

Attorneys for Gov. Kim Reynolds announced plans Thursday to file a court brief asking an Iowa judge to lift a 2019 injunction blocking enforcement of the state’s fetal-heartbeat law. In a brief scheduled to be filed in the Iowa District Court for Polk County, a Virginia organization that calls itself the Alliance Defending Freedom cites […]

Restaurant inspection update: Moldy drumsticks, cockroaches in the bread mix

BY: - August 10, 2022

State and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations this past month, including moldy food, filthy kitchens and cockroaches found inside the food itself. Fire department officials summoned health inspectors to one Iowa grocery store where the owner agreed to voluntarily close until he could hire an […]

Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas

BY: - August 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed legislation into law Wednesday that will provide health care and benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq, achieving a long-term, personal goal. “I was in and out of Iraq over 20 times,” Biden said of prior trips to the war zone he took as both […]

Iowa COVID hospitalizations rise despite fewer reported cases

BY: - August 10, 2022

There were 323 people infected by the coronavirus receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals on Wednesday — a 30% increase from two weeks ago despite a slight decline of infections reported by the state over that time period, according to state and federal data. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 5,660 new infections in […]

After being cited for emergency-care violations, Iowa hospital faces lawsuit

BY: - August 9, 2022

The family of a Webster County woman is suing Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge for an alleged chain of errors that resulted in her death. The lawsuit claims the hospital violated federal regulations related to the discharge of emergency-room patients before they are stabilized. Government inspectors cited the hospital for two such violations […]

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Senate GOP takes shameful vote to block cap on insulin costs

BY: - August 8, 2022

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, including more than 230,000 Iowans. That means if you don’t have it yourself, someone close to you almost certainly does. I have loved ones and friends with the disease. One particularly special person in my life was diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes when she was a toddler. […]