Health Care

Iowa drops further behind in the vaccination of nursing home workers

BY: - July 16, 2021

Iowa’s nursing home workers continue to lag behind those in most other states when it comes to receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. Even in Iowa nursing homes where a half-dozen residents or more have died of COVID-19, the percentage of workers who have been vaccinated against the virus is as low as 48%, federal records show. […]

Iowa sees 20% increase in drug overdoses in 2020

BY: - July 16, 2021

Iowa saw a nearly 20% increase in drug overdose deaths in the past year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistic System reported 419 cases of drug overdoses in the state in 2020, compared to 350 reported in 2019. In the United States overall, there was a 29.6% increase.  Midwestern states saw […]

Iowa family pursues new legal strategy in wrongful-death case

BY: - July 15, 2021

If a nursing home company can sue residents to collect payment, residents should be able to sue the same company for wrongful death even if they’ve signed an arbitration agreement, an Iowa family is claiming. The family of the late James Asmus is suing the Southern Hills Specialty Care nursing home in Osceola and its […]

Chuck Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level

BY: - July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis. To that end, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal for removing cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances […]

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‘Help me’: Iowa nursing home that’s among the nation’s worst faces no state fines

BY: - July 14, 2021

A Sioux City nursing home where workers have allegedly ignored residents’ cries for help and waited 40 minutes to perform CPR on a resident with no pulse has been added to the list of the nation’s worst nursing homes. Although the owners of Countryside Healthcare Center of Sioux City are being cited for numerous, serious […]

Elderly residents of unlicensed home pay up to $9,500 per month, state says

BY: - July 12, 2021

An unlicensed home for the elderly on Des Moines’ southwest side has been admitting tenants since 2017, with the residents paying up to $9,500 per month, newly disclosed state records show. The house, now home to five tenants, appears to have been generating up to $46,800 per month for its owner, the records show. The […]

Mental health groups say they were unaware of new $20 million program

BY: - July 12, 2021

Key stakeholder groups were left in the dark during formation of a new federally funded, school-based program for children's mental health.

Iowa counties could see changes in property taxes to assist EMS departments

BY: - July 9, 2021

Before this month, some rural Iowans were facing the prospect of calling for an ambulance and having no one show up, emergency services officials said. That may change now that counties can ask voters to increase property taxes to support their emergency medical services departments.  Gov. Kim Reynolds signed Senate File 615, which now allows […]

Nurse tells court Des Moines home for the elderly needs no license

BY: - July 8, 2021

A central Iowa nurse has acknowledged in court she is exploiting a potential gap in state regulation by using two separate corporations to provide housing and health care services for the elderly in an unlicensed setting. City and state officials, meanwhile, say jurisdictional issues have prevented them from sending fire-safety inspectors into the Des Moines […]

State worker who slapped elderly, disabled woman wants his job back

BY: - July 5, 2021

A former employee of a state-run home for the disabled, fired for having assaulted an elderly, female resident, is fighting to get his job back. State records indicate that on the evening of Oct. 20, 2018, residential treatment worker Derek Krogman was in the dining room of a Woodward building, dealing with an 85-year-old, nonverbal […]

Mail-order pharmacy sues state licensing board over hormone sold to Iowans

BY: - July 5, 2021

A mail-order pharmacy is taking a state licensing board to court in a dispute over the way it makes and distributes a hormone sold to Iowans. In May, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy imposed a $25,000 penalty against Texas-based Empower Pharmacy and placed the company’s Iowa license on probation for three years. The board alleged […]

Unidentified doctor who poses ‘high risk’ to the public continues to practice

BY: - July 2, 2021

An unidentified emergency room physician who allegedly caused the death of a patient in 2017 has continued to see patients with no restrictions on his license while posing a “high risk” to the public, according to the Iowa Board of Medicine. The physician, identifying himself only as “Dr. John Doe,” took the Iowa Board of […]