Health Care

D.C. Dispatch: Iowa lawmakers focus on supply chain, trucking issues

BY: - January 21, 2023

 Iowa’s House delegation focused on transportation and supply chain issues this week, while Rep. Zach Nunn snagged a key committee assignment and Sen. Joni Ernst targeted Planned Parenthood. Iowa’s House delegation sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board’s chairman, Martin Oberman, asking him to lift a planned weeks-long embargo on rail service due to […]

U.S. mayors at the White House hear praise from Biden on rebuilding post-pandemic

BY: - January 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden hosted more than 200 of the nation’s mayors at the White House on Friday afternoon, highlighting economic growth and the effectiveness of their bipartisan leadership as the country moves on from the COVID-19 pandemic. “I want to thank the mayors across the country for doing everything they can do to […]

Restaurant inspection update: Dusty chicken, cockroach coleslaw and moldy beef

BY: - January 20, 2023

State, city and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and stores for hundreds of food-safety violations during the past four weeks, including moldy roast beef, cockroach infestations, months-old cheese, mouse droppings and food that was contaminated by construction dust. The findings are reported by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, which handles food-establishment […]

Iowa Supreme Court weighs transgender issue and civil rights protection

BY: - January 18, 2023

The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case involving the state’s ability to deny Medicaid funding for transgender surgery. Wednesday’s hearing stems from the state’s appeal of a 2021 district court ruling that found legislation amending the Iowa Civil Rights Act violated the Iowa Constitution. That legislation had attempted to strip away protections […]

Conservative group backs midwives in challenging Iowa’s certificate-of-need law

BY: - January 17, 2023

A conservative organization is suing the state over a requirement that birthing centers demonstrate the necessity of such a facility before they’re allowed to open. Since 1977, Iowa has required state approval for any newly created or substantially changed institutional health service. The Iowa Legislature enacted the law, which requires prospective or expanding health care […]

Rural seniors benefit from pandemic-driven remote fitness boom

BY: - January 16, 2023

MALMO, Minn. — Eight women, all 73 or older, paced the fellowship hall at Malmo Evangelical Free Church to a rendition of Daniel O’Donnell’s “Rivers of Babylon” as they warmed up for an hourlong fitness class. The women, who live near or on the eastern shore of Mille Lacs Lake, had a variety of reasons […]

Massage therapist loses license over sexual-contact allegations

BY: - January 16, 2023

The state of Iowa has suspended the license of a central Iowa massage therapist for allegedly making improper sexual contact with a client. The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy charged therapist Hugh Parker of Nevada in June 2022 with the offense of either making improper sexual contact with a client or co-worker or making improper […]

Nursing home regulator worked for the industry before and after his state gig

BY: - January 12, 2023

One of Iowa’s top nursing home regulators spent 10 years working for the industry before the state hired him to oversee such facilities, and then returned to the industry immediately after leaving state employment. From 2009 through 2019, Todd Frank worked as both an Iowa nursing home administrator and industry consultant. In November 2020, he […]

Aide squirts glue into resident’s eye at troubled Iowa care facility

BY: - January 11, 2023

An Iowa nursing home with a history of serious regulatory violations may be facing federal penalties for squirting fingernail glue into a resident’s eye. According to state inspectors, a male resident of the Aspire of Gowrie care facility in Webster County approached a nurse aide in the dining room of the home during the evening […]

State’s COVID infection rate, hospitalizations decline slightly

BY: - January 11, 2023

The number of documented COVID-19 infections in Iowa has been roughly steady for the past two weeks but included a slight decrease in Wednesday’s report by the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. The state reported 2,201 new infections in the past week among those who were not previously infected by the coronavirus, a […]

State agency violated the law by imposing a lesser fine for nursing home death

BY: - January 5, 2023

State regulators acknowledged this week that they failed to comply with a law requiring them to triple a fine against an Iowa nursing home where a woman bled to death. Last month, the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals imposed, and then suspended, a state fine of $17,500 against Mount Pleasant’s Arbor Court care facility. […]

Doctor accused of practicing in a manner harmful to the public, fined $1,000

BY: - January 4, 2023

An eastern Iowa dermatologist accused of practicing in an unsafe manner has agreed to pay a $1,000 penalty and undergo additional training. The Iowa Board of Medicine charged Dr. Ravindra Kumar Gangadhariah of Davenport with practicing in a manner that is harmful or detrimental to the public due to his alleged failure to possess and […]