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UI to offer new Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

The University of Iowa has launched a new certificate program to equip clinicians and administrators with core healthcare management skills. The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management, offered in the UI College of Public Health's Department of Health Management and Policy, will provide foundational business skills to physicians, other clinicians, and managers. Up to 10 students will be accepted to the initial cohort, with classes beginning fall 2018. Published November 7, 2017

Wright comments on ACA costs in Iowa

A story outlining how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has played out in Iowa highlights a number of challenges the state faces, including a lack of providers in rural areas. "If you go four hours east, you can carve up the providers in Chicago - in Iowa you can't do that," explains Brad Wright, CPH assistant professor of health management and policy. "That makes it hard to keep costs down." (Huffington Post) Published November 1, 2017

MHA program receives innovation grant

The University of Iowa's Master of Health Administration program will receive a $3,360 innovation grant from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and Aramark as a part of a new program to recognize initiatives that support participation of health care management students in research, seminars, case study competitions, and other related activities. Published October 31, 2017

Iowa withdraws request to establish alternative insurance model

Iowa's Republican leaders have withdrawn their proposal to establish an alternative individual health insurance system to replace the Affordable Care Act's exchange marketplace. The plan may have fallen victim to Trump's recent decision to halt cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers. The state originally was counting on those funds to help finance its alternative coverage system, said Keith Mueller, interim dean of the UI College of Public Health. (Modern Healthcare) Published October 25, 2017

Wright comments on health care executive orders

Brad Wright, CPH assistant professor of health management and policy, discussed the effects that two recent health care executive orders could have on small businesses. "Small businesses can band together to provide insurance," Wright explained. "But the government under federal law gets rid of any kind of protections you might expect -- coverage could be less generous. It's cheaper but not as robust of an insurance product." (The Gazette) Published October 19, 2017

Breon to retire from Spectrum Health

CPH alumnus Richard Breon (MA80), president and CEO of Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health, recently announced he will retire in 2019 after 17 years at the helm of the system. Prior to joining Spectrum, Breon was president and CEO of St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center in Evansville, Ind., and CEO of Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Published October 19, 2017

Mueller discusses challenges facing rural hospitals

A study last year sponsored by the National Rural Health Association found 673 rural hospitals were at risk of closure and 210 are considered to be at an extreme risk for closing. Rural hospitals must attract more patients with employer-based insurance and adequate coverage to improve their payer mix and gain financial sustainability, says Keith Mueller, interim dean of the UI College of Public Health. (Columbia Daily Tribune) Published October 17, 2017

HMP students will represent UI at student case competition

In October, a team of University of Iowa graduate students will put their analytical and presentation skills to the test at the national Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition. "This is a great opportunity for our students to practice their skills and build their professional network," says Dan Gentry, clinical professor of health management and policy, director of the UI Master of Health Administration program, and the team's faculty mentor. "It's also a way our program can nurture and support more diversity among our students and in the health care executive profession." Published October 5, 2017

Fluharty comments on the rural higher-ed crisis

In the U.S., the high school graduates who go on to college in the lowest proportions are the ones from rural places. While the reasons vary, many are historic. Rural students live in places where it once was possible to make a decent living from farming, mining, and timber-harvesting, said Charles Fluharty, the president and CEO of the Rural Policy Research Institute at the University of Iowa. "You could get those jobs, so why should you go to college?" (The Atlantic) Published September 28, 2017

Kaskie studies marijuana use among seniors

The CDC has found that marijuana use among adults over 65 increased more than 300 percent between 2002 and 2014. Brian Kaskie, CPH associate professor of health management and policy, is studying this population's usage habits. "Older adults are, for example, more likely to have a prescription medication to begin with. And so how does the use of cannabis intersect with that?" he says. "That becomes one question — we don’t know." (Colorado Public Radio) Published September 21, 2017


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