January 16, 2018


Hospitals cope with IV bag shortage as flu season comes early

By: Linda A. Johnson, AP | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 10, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. – An ongoing shortage of fluids used to deliver medicine and treat dehydrated patients has hospital workers scrambling in the midst of a nasty flu season and supplies from factories in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico have been slow to rebound.

The Flu Is So Bad This Year That Some Schools Are Closing For ‘flu Days’

By: Kaitlin Gates | Wisconsin State Journal | January 12, 2018

The flu has been exceptionally bad this year, with emergency rooms facing overcrowding, and experts saying it could turn out to be the worst flu season in years. A new strain of the influenza virus, an imperfect vaccine, steady cold weather and holiday travel are all contributing to the severity this year.

Read the January 12, 2018 Valued Voice article: Wisconsin Influenza Activity Widespread and Increasing

UW-Madison Program Places Med Students in Milwaukee's Underserved Communities

By: Mitch Teich & Audrey Nowakowski | Milwaukee Public Radio | January 9, 2018

The University of Wisconsin Medical School’s Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health, or TRIUMPH, program was founded nine years ago in an effort to better prepare students for the realities of practicing medicine in urban communities. 

‘We take care of the whole person’: Milwaukee County seeks more mental health nurses

By: Ashley Luthern | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 10, 2018

As a mental health nurse, Lauren Hubbard has seen two paths for kids and teens who witness and experience violence in Milwaukee.

Boys & Girls Club teams with More Smiles Wisconsin for new dental clinic

By: David Johnson | WKOW | January 13, 2018

FITCHBURG (WKOW) --- Hoping to bring bright smiles to more kids this year, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County is teaming with More Smiles Wisconsin to open a new dental clinic in their Fitchburg office.


Trump work requirement rewrites health care rules for poor in Wisconsin, other states

By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | Wisconsin State Journal | January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON — Rewriting the rules on health care for the poor, the Trump administration said Thursday it will allow Wisconsin and other states to require "able-bodied" Medicaid recipients to work, a hotly debated first in the program's half-century history.

CMS unveils new voluntary bundled payment program

By: Paige Minemyer | FierceHealthcare | January 10, 2018

CMS announced the launch of a new bundled payment model on Tuesday, less than two months after it canceled two mandatory bundled payment programs created under the Obama administration.

Read the January 12, 2018 Valued Voice article: CMS Announces BPCI-Advanced, a New Advanced APM Under the QPP

In-Person Health Care as Option B

By: Sean Duffy, B.S., and Thomas H. Lee, M.D. | The New England Journal of Medicine | January 11, 2018

What if health care were designed so that in-person visits were the second, third, or even last option for meeting routine patient needs, rather than the first?

1,700 Minnesota farmers sign up for new ag co-op health plan

By: AGDaily Reporters | AGDaily | January 11, 2018

Minnesota Republicans are praising new agriculture co-op health insurance options as more than 1,700 Minnesotans have signed up.

Hospitals find other ways to deliver medicine amid IV bag shortage  

By: Anne Saker and Shari Rudavsky | USA Today | January 14, 2018

As hospitals across the country cope with a bad flu season, they also must figure out how to deliver some medicines without an important tool of the trade, the intravenous fluid bag.

Upper Midwest tribes file suit over opioid crisis

By: Jennifer Brooks | Star Tribune | January 9, 2018

WASHINGTON – Indian tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors over the epidemic of addiction and overdoses that racks their reservations. 


Bellin looks inward as rest of health care industry looks out

By: Jeff Bollier, USA Today Network-WI | Green Bay Press-Gazette | January 12, 2018

GREEN BAY - Health care providers unleashed a wave of mergers in early December.