healthcare http://iowapublicradio.org en How a Cedar Rapids Emergency Room Saved Millions, and What it Means for the Whole State http://iowapublicradio.org/post/how-cedar-rapids-emergency-room-saved-millions-and-what-it-means-whole-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emergency Rooms are often the catch-all of the medical world, where patients can receive care at any hour, regardless of their ability to pay.</span></p><p>But physicians and hospital administrators say it’s an expensive and disjointed way for people to receive care, particularly when patients visit the ER multiple times a year.</p><p>A pilot program to manage care for ER ‘super users’ in Cedar Rapids is now in its third year—and administrators say it saves St. Luke’s Hospital about a million dollars annually.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 38890 at http://iowapublicradio.org How a Cedar Rapids Emergency Room Saved Millions, and What it Means for the Whole State Behind the Numbers on Your Hospital Bill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/behind-numbers-your-hospital-bill <p>In the emergency room, the last thing you want to think about is what your bill is going to look like. But, weeks later you will receive a bill in the mail; and you might experience some sticker shock.</p><p>Today on <em>River to River</em>, we seek to answer your hospital billing questions. Questions like: why does an aspirin cost upwards of $15, when I can get a generic bottle at the drug store at 2 cents a pop?</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:07:27 +0000 Emily Woodbury 38233 at http://iowapublicradio.org Behind the Numbers on Your Hospital Bill The Murky World of Emergency Room Billing http://iowapublicradio.org/post/murky-world-emergency-room-billing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No matter how you slice it, medical care is expensive—especially in an emergency.</span></p><p>Martha Norbeck shuffles through paperwork as she looks back over her itemized hospital bill from a bike accident five months ago.</p><p>“Just to have the guy come to the ER to do my stitches was $460, the six stitches was $846… so that was $140 a stitch or something?” Norbeck&nbsp;muses.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 38185 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Murky World of Emergency Room Billing Rural Iowa Cancer Care Challenges Highlighted in New Report http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rural-iowa-cancer-care-challenges-highlighted-new-report <p>The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is expected to provide millions more Americans with health insurance coverage. But a new report says the ACA alone may not solve disparities in <em>cancer care.</em> The University of Iowa partnered with the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently and released the <a href="http://www.asco.org/practice-research/cancer-care-america">State of Cancer Care in America: 2014.&nbsp;</a></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:49:26 +0000 Clay Masters 37438 at http://iowapublicradio.org Rural Iowa Cancer Care Challenges Highlighted in New Report Iowa Insurance Commissioner: Obamacare Rollout "Bumpy," But Will Get Better http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-insurance-commissioner-obamacare-rollout-bumpy-will-get-better <p></p><p> November 1 marks a month since the launch of the federal health insurance marketplace under Obamacare. &nbsp;</p><p>As has been widely reported, the website has been plagued by problems from the start, and many Americans area struggling to get information.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:09:12 +0000 Sarah McCammon 31477 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Insurance Commissioner: Obamacare Rollout "Bumpy," But Will Get Better Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-126 <p>President Obama has vowed to fix the Affordable Care Act's online insurance exchanges after an embarrassing launch, but what of the pending political fallout?</p><p>Also, will <a href="http://steveking.house.gov/">U.S. Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa)</a> have a challenger within the Republican Party for his seat next November and what are <a href="http://www.cruz.senate.gov/">U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas</a>) prospects for a 2016 presidential run?</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:26:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 31016 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Iowa's Older Workers Struggle to Sign Up for Obamacare http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-older-workers-struggle-sign-obamacare <p></p><p>As we continue our look at the rollout of Obamacare in Iowa, we now turn to the implications of the new law for seniors. One of the key tenets of health reform is making coverage more accessible, by requiring everyone to get insurance – and spreading the risk among the young and old, the healthy and the sick. &nbsp;Experts say this means some younger, healthier workers will now pay more for their insurance. But for some older Iowans not yet eligible for Medicare, the rates will be within reach for the first time.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:21:56 +0000 Sarah McCammon 30869 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Older Workers Struggle to Sign Up for Obamacare Sorting Out The Affordable Care Act in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sorting-out-affordable-care-act-iowa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>October 1 is an important milestone in the rollout of health reform. The new insurance marketplace &ndash; where Iowans can select health coverage &ndash; goes live on October 1<sup>st</sup>. Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Sarah McCammon and Clay Masters have an overview of what to expect on the health exchange.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:36:00 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 29824 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sorting Out The Affordable Care Act in Iowa County Jails Struggle to Treat Mental Health Issues http://iowapublicradio.org/post/county-jails-struggle-treat-mental-health-issues <p>Just about everyone – from the National Rifle Association to the American Civil Liberties Union — agrees that the mental health system in this country is broken. In Iowa, many local sheriffs say that means their county jails have become way stations for people with mental illness. Iowa Public Radio’s Sandhya Dirks reports on what can happen when county jails are tasked with caring for the mentally ill.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:54:16 +0000 Sandhya Dirks 20006 at http://iowapublicradio.org Legislative Preview: 03/18/13 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/legislative-preview-031813 <p></p><p>IPR's Joyce Russell and Sarah McCammon check in on news from the Iowa Statehouse.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:08:50 +0000 Sarah McCammon & Joyce Russell 17815 at http://iowapublicradio.org Legislative Preview: 03/18/13 Senate Democrats Unveil Plan to Expand Medicaid with Opt-Out Option http://iowapublicradio.org/post/senate-democrats-unveil-plan-expand-medicaid-opt-out-option <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats in the Iowa senate say they’re extending an olive branch to Republican Governor Terry </span>Branstad<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> regarding their proposal to expand Medicaid in the state. The governor is opposed to expanding the joint federal state healthcare program for the poor mainly because he doesn’t believe the feds can continue to pay for it. Democrats are offering an opt-out provision in case federal funding levels </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">would</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> change.</span></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:10:49 +0000 Clay Masters 17703 at http://iowapublicradio.org Senate Democrats Unveil Plan to Expand Medicaid with Opt-Out Option