Man found dead, hanging from door in Covenant emergency department

From the News-Gazette:

Local authorities are investigating the death of a man who was found hanging from a bedsheet in the Presence Covenant emergency department.

The victim, a 38-year-old man, was pronounced dead in the hospital’s emergency department at 12:12 p.m. Saturday, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

The man was in one of the emergency department patient rooms and was found hanging from a door, Northrup said.

“Of course, they got him down and attempted to revive him before we were notified,” he said.

Crippling Medicaid Cuts Could Upend Rural Health Services

From Kaiser Health News:

Republican bills to replace the federal health law would worsen rural areas’ financial straits through reductions in Medicaid funding. Patient advocates predict that would lead to fewer enrollees, more shutdowns of rural facilities, reduced payments to doctors and fewer programs for people with health needs or disabilities. In the aggregate, such changes threaten the health of thousands of state residents, especially those in rural areas.

“I’ve seen changes, and I’ve seen cuts, but I’ve never seen changes like what’s being proposed in this bill,” said Eric Jacobson, executive director of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. “This is the first time it’s been this scary.”

Anthem extends its discretionary coverage for ER visits to Missouri

From Becker’s:

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri will no longer cover emergency department services it considers unnecessary, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

The goal of the discretionary ED coverage policy is to direct nonemergent patients to urgent care or primary care physicians to reduce costs and emergency room wait times.

In these nonemergency situations, policyholders could foot the bill if their visit does not meet emergency requirements. The policy has several exceptions, including if the patient is under 14, the visit occurs on Sunday or there are no urgent care clinics within 15 miles, according to the report.

Similar policies are enacted in Kentucky and Georgia under Anthem-affiliated plans

62 critical access hospitals to know | 2017

ACUTE CARE is proud to be the partner of several of the hospitals on this list from Becker’s:

Avera Holy Family Hospital (Estherville, Iowa). Avera Holy Family Hospital belongs to Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health, a regional healthcare system spanning five states.[CLICK HERE]

Floyd Valley Healthcare (Le Mars, Iowa). Floyd Valley Healthcare offers more than the typical rural hospital experience — it also provides quality family medicine clinics, specialty clinics, rehabilitation and speech therapies, home health services, assisted living facilities as well as produces and sells durable medical equipment. [CLICK HERE]

Memorial Hospital (Seward, Neb.). Memorial Hospital, owned and operated by Seward-based Memorial Health Care Systems, opened its doors in 1950. [CLICK HERE]

Sanford Luverne (Minn.) Medical Center. Sanford Luverne Medical Center is a part of Sanford Health, an integrated rural health system headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D. [CLICK HERE]