January 12, 2016


Nurses find fulfilling, great paying jobs

By: Nathan Phelps, USA Today - Wisconsin | Wausau Daily Herald | January 5, 2016

Nursing and health care industry is expected to grow as baby boomers retire and utilize additional health care services.

Kids in Crisis: Call to action for Wisconsin

By: James Fitzhenry and Rory Linnane, USA Today - Wisconsin | Post –Crescent | January 11, 2016

From small towns to big cities, it claims the lives of children and leaves countless others wounded. It cuts a path of destruction across all walks of life, yet is often spoken about in hushed terms — if it all.

Epic growth is gift that keeps giving

By: Editorial Board | Wisconsin State Journal | January 6, 2016

It almost doesn’t qualify as big news anymore that Epic Systems in Verona continues to grow at an incredible pace, adding some 1,400 jobs to the local economy last year. That’s because the huge increase has become expected if not routine.

Cancer now No. 1 killer in 22 states, ahead of heart disease

By: Mike Stobbe, AP | La Crosse Tribune | January 8, 2016

NEW YORK — Cancer is becoming the No. 1 killer in more and more states, including Wisconsin and Minnesota, as deaths from heart disease have declined, new health statistics show.


Ruling throws Illinois hospitals' tax exemptions in question

By: Carla K. Johnson and David Mercer, AP | The Telegraph | January 7, 2016

CHICAGO  - An Illinois appeals court decision has reopened a statewide dispute over whether hospitals should be exempt from paying millions of dollars in income taxes and property taxes to local governments.

Healthcare Job Growth Set Records in 2015

By: John Commins | HealthLeaders Media | January 12, 2016

Healthcare jobs accounted for 18% of the 2.6 million new jobs created in the United States in 2015. Coincidentally, healthcare spending represents nearly 18% of the nation's gross domestic product.

55 hospitals sue HHS over changes to Medicare reimbursements

By: Ayla Ellison | Becker’s Hospital CFO | January 11, 2016

Fifty-five hospitals from across the nation have filed a lawsuit against HHS over its decision to reduce Medicare payments for inpatient treatment to account for the adoption of the controversial two-midnight rule.

Donald Berwick on Better Care as a Route to Financial Success

By: Tinker Ready | HealthLeaders Media | January 7, 2016

Donald Berwick, MD, president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, believes health leaders need to focus on system redesign and quality, rather than on the bottom line to contain costs he describes as "out of control."

Next Generation launches with 21 accountable care organizations; Pioneer ACO down to 9 members

By: Susan Morse | Healthcare Finance | January 11, 2016

Program allows beneficiaries to choose to be aligned to the ACO and tests beneficiary incentives such as increased availability of telehealth.

Four Things Providers Should Consider Before Offering a Health Plan

By: Paul Keckley | H&HN | January 4, 2016

The most fundamental question facing hospitals and physicians in every community is this: Given the shift in accountability for costs from insurers to hospitals and physicians, does sponsoring a health plan make sense?


Hospital lets parents video call with neonatal unit babies

By: Staff | WISN 12 | January 6, 2016

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. —A hospital in Sheboygan is providing parents with a new option to connect with their newborns while the infants remain in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Aurora expands pediatric care options

By: Jeff Bollier, USA Today - Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | January 11, 2016

Aurora Health Care has partnered with UW Health to expand the availability of pediatric specialty care services in Northeastern Wisconsin.

How Marshfield Clinic's Health Plan is Advancing the Triple Aim

By: Rene Letourneau | HealthLeaders Media | January 6, 2016

Business intelligence tools are invaluable in monitoring high-priced specialty drugs and reining in costs when medically appropriate.

Mayo Clinic sells data center to Epic for $46M

By: Akanksha Jayanthi | Becker’s Health IT & CIO Report | January 5, 2016

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and Epic Systems have entered a $46 million sale-leaseback deal for the health system's 62,000 square-foot data center, reports Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.