Pam Matthews, a diabetic who lives in Humboldt, writes about the story she shared when UnityPoint Health-Fort Dodge hosted United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell at Trinity Regional Medical Center. The visit included a round-table discussion focused on the successes of the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization and how it has helped improve care coordination in the Fort Dodge region.
The Commonwealth Fund recently released its 2016 Scorecard on Local Health System Performance and Iowa communities were consistently ranked among the top in the nation on all measures of performance.
At a recent meeting of the Iowa Senate Human Resources Committee, Medicaid beneficiaries and providers were asked to testify regarding the transition to Medicaid managed care. Their universal response? Not so great. Virtually everyone who testified complained of slow and inaccurate payments, significant increases in denial rates and consumer difficulty navigating incredibly complex regulatory waters.
Two million years of connectedness have allowed humans to survive and thrive in spite of constant stress and trauma. But now that we are safe from much of the danger that pushed our ancestors to form communities, is a growing lack of community to blame for increasing post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide among both veterans and Americans in general?
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