Thursday Morning Read: Medicaid denials impact UIHC, principal candidate in town, Meyer testifies

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MEDICAID DENIALS IMPACT UIHC — Iowa’s biggest and most-profitable hospital is lowering by more than half its operating income projections for 2017 and signaling a possible shift in strategy thanks to a sharp increase in denials from Medicaid managed care payers and a corresponding drop in the hospital’s collection rate. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2o5Pk7R

PRINCIPAL CANDIDATE IN TOWN — The likely new principal of Washington High School met with about 50 parents and teachers Wednesday night, days before his hire is put to the Cedar Rapids school board. John Cline, 42, said he is looking forward to a move from North Carolina to Cedar Rapids to head the school, which he said has a clear “tradition of pride” in academics, athletics and extracurriculars. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2o5NFzm

MEYER TESTIFIES — After spending about 45 minutes describing her career timeline, Jane Meyer cited something likely to be a focal point through the rest of the trial for the lawsuit she has brought against the University of Iowa. “Some coaches being fired were gay,” Meyer said. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2oRexQO

DREW COOK SWITCHING — Maybe it was inevitable, but maybe Drew Cook wanted to cut his own path. Now, Cook is in the family business. Cook, a 6-5, 235-pound sophomore from Iowa City, moved from quarterback to tight end last week. Drew’s dad, Marv, was an all-American tight end for the Hawkeyes in 1988. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2o7kMTr

QUOTABLE“I think it’s smart that he does business in Washington, D.C., so I’ve had those same concerns myself. I have not spoken to him about the Florida issue yet, but that is something I think that has been bothering not just me but some other members of our caucus. So I think that is going to be a topic of discussion that we have when we get back to Washington, D.C.” Sen. Joni Ernst, responding to a town hall question regarding the amount of President Donald Trump spends at his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida

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