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NIH, PCORI announce major award to prevent falls injuries in older people
Large, multi-site, multi-intervention trial will test new patient-centered strategies
Each year, 1 out of 3 adults aged 65 and over falls. A third of those falls result in moderate to severe injuries that can lead to further declines in health and loss of independence. Thousands of older adults die each year from such falls as well. To find effective, evidence-based strategies to address the personal and public health burden of these falls, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) have joined to support a clinical trial to test individually tailored interventions to prevent fall-related injuries. The award, made by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the NIH and funded by PCORI as part of the Falls Injuries Prevention Partnership of the two organizations, is expected to total some $30 million over the five-year project. more.
New Medicare Advantage carrier enters 14 Iowa counties
October 15, 2014
For the first time, residents of 14 counties in Iowa will have Health Alliance Medicare Advantage plans available as they make their choices. October 15 marks the start of the Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP), when most people on Medicare need to make their plan choices for coverage in 2015. Health Alliance Medicare has partnered with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mercy-Cedar Rapids, Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, and Genesis Health System. If you’re one of the thousands of older adults with Medicare in Iowa, and you haven’t started looking at your options, now is the time to start. more>>
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa Joins Alliance
April 23, 2014
The University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) announced today that Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Iowa (Wheaton) is joining as its fifth organizational member. This new member brings additional health care providers and facilities to the alliance in Cedar Falls, Oelwein, Waterloo and surrounding areas in Northeast Iowa. More>>
ACO Agreement With Iowa Medicaid
April 3, 2014
The State of Iowa has signed agreement to encourage healthy behaviors and improve health outcomes for thousands of Iowans covered by the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. More>>
Executive Director Announced
The University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) announced today Dan Kueter will lead the collaborative efforts of the organization formed in June 2012. Kueter, 43, has extensive experience in the health care industry; most recently as President and CEO of UnitedHealthcare for Iowa and Central Illinois. He will serve as executive director of the alliance, which includes Mercy Health Network, Genesis Health System, Mercy Medical Center – Cedar Rapids and University of Iowa Health Care. The alliance Board of Directors made the appointment, effective immediately. More>>