Illinois: residents react to state-wide doctor shortage

From CI News Now:

Illinois isn’t immune from a shortage of doctors plaguing the country.

A new study found that 27 percent of Illinois residents live parts of the state without enough doctors.

Financially ailing Central Iowa Healthcare could go up for sale

From Becker’s:

Marshalltown, Iowa-based Central Iowa Healthcare, which has been losing millions of dollars in recent years, could be for sale soon, according to The Des Moines Register.

The independent hospital clinic, formerly called Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center, includes a 125-bed hospital in Marshalltown and primary care clinics in Marshalltown, Conrad, State Center and Toledo.

Hospital leaders said Thursday they have enlisted consulting firm Juniper Advisory to help “explore various partnership options,” which could include a sale or affiliation with a larger system, such as Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint or Des Moines-based Mercy, according to the report.

States Remove Barriers To Physician Assistants

From Forbes:

An increasing number of states are granting physician assistants more autonomy to increase access to patients amid a shortage of doctors and an influx of patients with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

In some cases, states are removing bureaucratic barriers that in the past led to redundant tasks or slowed the ability of patients to get the care they needed. In New Jersey, for example, Gov. Chris Christie in January signed into law legislation that removed the so-called “countersignature requirement,” which previously required the PAs’ collaborating physician to countersign all medical orders.