January 19, 2016


$72 Million - Southwest Health releases economic impact figure from UW–Extension study

By: Staff | SWNews4U | January 13, 2016

Southwest Health generates $72 million in local economic activity, according to a new study released by the UW Cooperative Extension Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics and the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Community benefits from efficient health care

By: David Yeghiaian, HFM | Herald Times Reporter | January 16, 2016

A recent study found Wisconsin to be the third most efficient U.S. state based on how we deliver health care.

Assembly adopts bills aimed at curbing opiate, heroin abuse

By: Patrick Marley | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 12, 2016

Madison — The state Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require doctors to check a statewide database before prescribing narcotics and other addictive drugs, as well as other legislation intended to curb the abuse of heroin and prescription opiates.

Bill makes lying on professional license application a crime

By: John Diedrich and Cary Spivak | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 17, 2016

Lying on an application to become a licensed professional in Wisconsin would be a crime under a pending bipartisan bill, following a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation showing the state licensed a serial rapist and bank robber to be a social worker.

Rural Wisconsin Initiative Proposed

By: Staff | Star Journal | January 15, 2016

A group of rural state lawmakers recently announced legislation aimed to benefit education, healthcare, broadband infrastructure and the economy in rural Wisconsin.  Called the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, the agenda includes seven legislative proposals.


IHA President Kirk Norris’s response to the Des Moines Register editorial (below) RE: CAHs. 

Iowa's Critical Access Hospitals provide essential care

By: Kirk Norris, Iowa Hospital Association | The Des Moines Register | January 15, 2016

Iowa hospitals provide some of the highest quality, most efficient health care in the nation, thanks in large part to the hard work and innovation at the state’s 82 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Despite the misleading assertions of the Register’s Jan. 11 editorial [Incentives for hospitals may harm patients], physicians and nurses at these facilities perform thousands of surgeries and other services each year with excellent results. 

Editorial: Incentives for hospitals may harm patients

By: Editorial Board | The Des Moines Register | January 10 2016

Two weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal published a disturbing report on small, rural hospitals in America.

Hospitals Offer New Twists on Services, with the Older Patient in Mind

By: Geri Aston | H&HN | January 15, 2016

From the emergency department to the OR, hospitals are taking a fresh approach to treating an aging population.

Meaningful Use Program 'Effectively Over,' Says CMS Head

By: Scott Mace | HealthLeaders Media | January 13, 2016

MU will be "replaced with something better," says Andy Slavitt. Reaction from healthcare CIOs is largely one of relief.

Study: Some marketplace customers spend 25 percent of income on health expenses

By: Kaiser Health News | Healthcare Finance | January 15, 2016

Despite subsidies, many who buy health insurance on the marketplaces spend 10 percent or more of income, study says.

Stoughton Hospital report details year of growth, satisfaction

By: Bill Livick | Connect Stoughton | January 15, 2016

Stoughton Hospital invested almost $486,000 more in the community and served about 1,350 more people last year than it did in 2014.

Dean & St. Mary’s partner with area nonprofits to address health needs

By: Staff | InBusiness | January 15, 2016

Dean & St. Mary’s is partnering with four organizations as part of its first Helping Dane County to be Healthy grant program designed to benefit the overall health of area communities.