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Detailed discussion of health costs, opportunities, innovation, and services for aging, mental health and high-risk populations. Plus, where ethics meet technology in a fast-changing industry.

How can we curb opioid abuse in Iowa?

86 Iowans died from opioid-related overdoses in 2016, and 2,274 were admitted to hospitals for treatment, according to the Iowa Department of Public H... READ MORE

Free clinics fill a gap in local health care

The Affordable Care Act extended health care coverage to about 200,000 Iowans, but gaps still persist. The cost of pharmaceutical drugs is soaring, in... READ MORE

Conference replay: Telemedicine and the future of health care delivery

While chatting with a doctor on a mobile screen might be an unfamiliar experience for many Iowans, telemedicine is quickly sprouting up across the hea... READ MORE

Conference replay: The future of Medicaid in Iowa

Audio: replay conversations from Iowa Ideas 2017... READ MORE

Iowa's human services director Foxhoven takes tough stand with Medicaid insurers

CEDAR RAPIDS - Iowa's human services chief took a tough negotiating stance Thursday, saying he will not ease the state's oversight and accountability ... READ MORE

Iowa hospitals work to treat complex, low-income patients through population health management

Population health management. It's the term du jour in the health care industry. But what is it? And more important, why is it something health care p... READ MORE

Jean Robillard, University of Iowa Health Care leader, to keynote health care track

  Jean Robillard, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, will keynote the health ca... READ MORE

Iowa's rural hospitals balance tight budgets with patient needs

It may be early on a Monday morning, but the sounds of cardio machines can be heard from down the hall at the Van Buren County Hospital.... READ MORE

Symposium recap: Challenges and opportunities for rural health care

Iowa has a large and intricate safety net in place to provide care for the nearly 36 percent of the state's 3.1 million people who are living in a rur... READ MORE

Three ideas for Iowa's aging and caregiving dilemma

There are more than 483,000 Iowans aged 65 years and older. That's 16 percent of the state's 3.1 million people. But by 2030, that number will balloon... READ MORE

Help wanted: Iowa's 350,000 family caregivers play critical role

Michele Vinz likes to joke that she's a psychiatric nurse with no training, no education - and no pay.... READ MORE

Faces of Iowa's family caregivers

There are an estimated 350,000 family caregivers in Iowa, caring for spouses, parents, siblings or children with chronic or terminal illnesses. Withou... READ MORE

Why drug prices continue to climb

When Dot Hinman went to the pharmacy this past December to pick up her husband's prescription blood thinners, she was told the total cost for the medi... READ MORE

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