health care http://iowapublicradio.org en Delivering Better and More Affordable Care to Emergency Room "Super-Users" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/delivering-better-and-more-affordable-care-emergency-room-super-users <p>Some Iowans visit hospital emergency rooms more than 15 times a year. They’re known as “frequent-flyers” or super-users of the ER. Today on <em>River to River</em>, how our system handles them.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:52:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 38928 at http://iowapublicradio.org Delivering Better and More Affordable Care to Emergency Room "Super-Users" Ethical Questions Surrounding Brain Death http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ethical-questions-surrounding-brain-death <p>This winter, two stories gained national attention regarding brain-dead pregnant women and their unborn children. One husband kept his wife on life support until the baby was born, while the other husband fought to take his wife off life support.</p><p>Today on River to River, we discuss ethical questions in the emergency room. Host Ben Kieffer looks at these cases with medical professionals and with Iowans who have been through similar situations here in Iowa.</p><p>Today's guests include:</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:38:26 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 36549 at http://iowapublicradio.org Ethical Questions Surrounding Brain Death Health Insurance Updates http://iowapublicradio.org/post/health-insurance-updates <p>Two months after its disastrous launch, government officials say HealthCare.gov is now working 90 percent of the time and can handle the promised capacity of 50,000 users at any given time. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer checks in with public policy experts, Pete Damiano and Dan Shane, as well as Wellmark's Blue Cross Blue Shield CFO David Brown. Then, Des Moines psychiatrist Dr. Joyce Vista-Wayne discusses the mental health provisions added to the Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:45:10 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 32989 at http://iowapublicradio.org Health Insurance Updates Mental Illness Awareness http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mental-illness-awareness <p>In the wake of recent violence, including the recent Washington Navy Yard shooting, some look to gun control as a solution and some point to an increased focus on mental health care. Today host Ben Kieffer and guests examine the link (or lack thereof) between violence and mental illness, and they talk about the stigma surrounding the mentally ill.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:39:13 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 30219 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mental Illness Awareness Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace http://iowapublicradio.org/post/navigating-health-insurance-marketplace <p>Today is the opening of the Affordable Care Act&#39;s &quot;Health Exchange Marketplace,&quot; but many Iowans are still confused about their options. Today on River To River, we clear up misconceptions and answer the questions&nbsp; Iowans have while venturing into a new health care landscape.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:22:21 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 29918 at http://iowapublicradio.org Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace Gerontology: Policy, Abuse Prevention, and Athletics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gerontology-policy-abuse-prevention-and-athletics <p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with Claudia Beverly, the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor will be in Iowa in the coming weeks. &nbsp;Hear about how to ensure seniors get appropriate and quality healthcare.&nbsp; You will also hear from Tracey Robertson from the Heritage Area Agency on Aging, and two notable senior athletes to talk about physical fitness.</p><p></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:13:21 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 28083 at http://iowapublicradio.org Gerontology: Policy, Abuse Prevention, and Athletics Legislative Preview: 04/01/13 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-preview-040113 <p>IPR's Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon for an update on news from the Iowa General Assembly.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 11:11:03 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 18531 at http://iowapublicradio.org Legislative Preview: 04/01/13 Being in Iowa: Caregivers Direct http://iowapublicradio.org/post/being-iowa-caregivers-direct <p>Iowa Public Radio is returning this week to its “Being in Iowa” series. Over the next five days, correspondent Rob Dillard will be asking the question, what does it mean to be a caregiver in the state? We begin today by talking about those who provide direct care for a living. It’s an occupation dominated by women and it’s one of the fastest growing workforces in the state. It’s also a job that pays very little and that many end up leaving. Rob Dillard reports on why – and how the state may be changing that.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:14:37 +0000 Rob Dillard 14369 at http://iowapublicradio.org Being in Iowa: Caregivers Direct Healthcare in Rural Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/healthcare-rural-iowa <p>At times, people living in rural Iowa struggle for access to medical specialists. The nearest pediatrician or cardiologist may be hours from a patient's home. River to River examines the state of rural health care in Iowa and now that health care is the law of the land, how will health care change in Iowa?</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:15:19 +0000 Ben Kieffer 10787 at http://iowapublicradio.org Healthcare in Rural Iowa Health Insurance Exchange in Iowa Unclear http://iowapublicradio.org/post/health-insurance-exchange-iowa-unclear <p></p><p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act calls on states to let federal officials know by Friday if they plan to launch their own healthcare exchanges. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, Governor Branstad’s office says meeting the deadline will be challenging.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:01:00 +0000 Clay Masters 10694 at http://iowapublicradio.org Health Insurance Exchange in Iowa Unclear Public and Private Sector Wage Gap Back in Spotlight http://iowapublicradio.org/post/public-and-private-sector-wage-gap-back-spotlight <p></p><p>Starting Wednesday, Governor Terry Branstad starts paying 20 percent of his healthcare premium costs. He signed an <a href="https://governor.iowa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/EO-78.pdf">executive order</a> last month allowing other state workers to do the same. It has&nbsp;pushing the difference between private and public sector compensation back into the spotlight.</p><p>Right now Iowa is among only a handful of states where public workers don&rsquo;t pay any of those costs.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 10:05:09 +0000 Clay Masters 5552 at http://iowapublicradio.org Public and Private Sector Wage Gap Back in Spotlight Hospital System Chief Praises Healthcare Ruling http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hospital-system-chief-praises-healthcare-ruling <p>Bill Leaver is CEO of Iowa Health System, the state&#39;s largest network of hospitals and clinics.&nbsp; He says the ruling will pave the way for more streamlined and prevention-focused healthcare.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:54:36 +0000 Sarah McCammon 3968 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hospital System Chief Praises Healthcare Ruling Health Care Law Reaction and President David Maxwell of Drake University http://iowapublicradio.org/post/health-care-law-reaction-and-president-david-maxwell-drake-university <p>The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the health care mandate proposed by President Obama. Today on &quot;River to River&quot;, we hear what Iowans have to say about the decision. We also speak with political science professor, Dennis Goldford, on how the ruling may affect Iowa voters. Later in the program, Drake University President David Maxwell joins us as part of our summer series of conversations with Iowa university and college presidents. We&rsquo;ll talk about what private universities can do to be attractive and affordable during a challenging economy. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:51:58 +0000 Ben Kieffer 3927 at http://iowapublicradio.org Health Care Law Reaction and President David Maxwell of Drake University Counties offer split opinions on Mental Health Redesign http://iowapublicradio.org/post/counties-offer-split-opinions-mental-health-redesign <p>July 1 is a big date for mental health care in Iowa—that’s the day funding switches over to a <em>redesigned</em> model. The legislature approved a plan to equalize mental health care funding for low income residents across the state.&nbsp; Some counties are crying foul, saying programs will be gutted. But other’s say the change they say finally gives all counties a level playing field.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:21:36 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 3904 at http://iowapublicradio.org Counties offer split opinions on Mental Health Redesign Encore Edition: Learning to Speak Iowan http://iowapublicradio.org/post/encore-edition-learning-speak-iowan <p>Learning to speak English is one thing, learning to speak Iowan may be something else entirely. Iowa, especially in its more rural areas, has many foreign-born physicians practicing in clinics and hospitals. In an archive program from last September, we&rsquo;ll find out about an innovative program in Mason City that helps doctors understand our state with courses like &quot;Topics for Small Talk with Iowans.&quot; We&#39;ll talk to the teachers in the program at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa, University&nbsp;of Northern Iowa professors Mark Grey and Michele Devlin. Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:45:25 +0000 Charity Nebbe 3350 at http://iowapublicradio.org Encore Edition: Learning to Speak Iowan Mental Health Redesign http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mental-health-redesign <p>Revamping mental health care remains a work in progress at the Iowa Statehouse. Host Joyce Russell talks with advocates, providers, county officials and legislators who are working on a redesign of the mental health system. The hope is that the mentally ill will be able to get the help they need, no matter where they live in the state. One of the issues stalling progress on the legislation, is cost. Join in the conversation to discuss the system as it exists today, and proposed changes.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Joyce Russell 464 at http://iowapublicradio.org Encore Edition: Personalized Medicine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/encore-edition-personalized-medicine <p>It started as blood-typing and has advanced to designing cancer treatments specific to the cellular makeup of a tumor. And in the not-so-distant future, it will mean looking at a patient&#39;s DNA to determine the best course of treatment for a variety of diseases. In a program that originally aired last November, Ben talks with guests about the technology that allows doctors to use the right medicines for the right patients at the right time, and the ethical and cost considerations of unlocking the secrets that lie on our DNA.</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 204 at http://iowapublicradio.org Life in the Next America and Lead-free solder http://iowapublicradio.org/post/life-next-america-and-lead-free-solder <p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with PBS senior correspondent and former &ldquo;Talk of the Nation&rdquo; host Ray Suarez who will deliver the 2012 UI Health Care Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ben Kieffer 152 at http://iowapublicradio.org