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Iowa News

Iowan played role in study of meth babies
A now-retired Des Moines physician was one of the co-authors of a study billed as the first of its kind to show behavioral changes in toddlers whose mothers used methamphetamine while pregnant. (Des Moines Register)

Hospital foundation offers scholarships
The Dallas County Hospital Foundation has announced that it is accepting applications for its high school- and college- level scholarship programs. (Des Moines Register)

UIHC sees increase in meth-related burn patients
Patients with methamphetamine-related burns are filling up the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics burn unit once again, UI officials say. (Daily Iowan)

GRMC, Iowa Health still discussing hospice partnership
LouAnn Snodgrass, executive director continuum of care at Greater Regional Medical Center, said Monday the partnership between GRMC’s Home Care and Hospice and Iowa Health expected to take place Jan. 1 has not happened as several components of the partnership are still being discussed. (Creston News Advertiser)

Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa Design Team Focuses on Lean
Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa wanted more than a new emergency center for the Mason City, Iowa, community. It wanted to create a positive healing environment, efficient seamless patient flow, and an experience with more privacy for a growing patient population. (Health Care Design)

National News

New Ryan Budget Would Transform Medicare And Medicaid
The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee surprised no one Tuesday when he released a spending blueprint that would drastically reshape the Medicare and Medicaid programs for the elderly and poor in an attempt to rein in their soaring costs. (Kaiser Health News)

Publicity Push as Health Law’s Court Date Nears
Republicans on Capitol Hill have put together a highly coordinated two-week renewed assault on the health care law, seizing on the legislation’s second anniversary and the next week’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court concerning its constitutionality. (New York Times)

High court has options on health care law
The Supreme Court has several options in ruling on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, from upholding the law to striking it down in its entirety. The court also could avoid deciding the law’s constitutionality at all, if it finds the lawsuits challenging the law are premature. (Associated Press/Yahoo! News)

Romney’s Medicare plan could create gap for seniors
Last week, Mitt Romney turned 65 and made the decision to forgo Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors. Romney made the move as he proposes delaying the age that Americans can receive Medicare to 67 as a way to rein in its skyrocketing costs. (Boston Globe)


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