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Iowa News

Genesis offers vision for the future in operating room technology
Genesis Medical Center gave a sneak preview of future operating room technology and design Wednesday at its East Rusholme Street campus in Davenport. Surrounded by high-definition TV screens, LED lights, a computerized pharmaceutical delivery system and other high-tech gear, the news media received a tour of an operating room mock-up. (Quad-City Times)

UI to honor AirCare, Emergency Department
Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center will celebrate 35 years of service by AirCare, the state’s first hospital-based helicopter ambulance service, during a public open house. The event also marks the 10-year anniversary of the University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine becoming a formal academic department. (Iowa Now)

National News

Medicare: Not such a budget-buster anymore
You’re looking at the biggest story involving the federal budget and a crucial one for the future of the American economy. Every year for the last six years in a row, the Congressional Budget Office has reduced its estimate for how much the federal government will need to spend on Medicare in coming years. The latest reduction came in a report from the budget office on Wednesday morning. (New York Times)

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling
Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling. Some insurers are excluding well-known cancer centers from the list of providers they cover under a plan; requiring patients to make large, initial payments for HIV medications; or delaying participation in public insurance exchanges created by the overhaul. (Washington Post)

Urgent care centers opening for people with mental illness
The goal of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Mental Health Urgent Care Center is to stabilize and treat people in immediate crisis while connecting them to ongoing care. Run by Exodus Recovery, it will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can serve up to 16 adults and six adolescents. During their stay of up to one day, patients will undergo a psychiatric evaluation, receive on-the-spot care such as counseling and medication and be referred for longer-term treatment. (Kaiser Health News)

Journal questions validity of autism and vaccine study
A study published earlier this month on an alleged link between vaccines and autism has been removed from the public domain pending further investigation, according to Translational Neurodegeneration. In an online statement, the scientific journal said the paper had been removed “because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions.” (CNN)

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