January 23, 2018
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants $200 million to strengthen Obamacare and hold down premiums
By: Jason Stein and Patrick Marley | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 21, 2018
MADISON - Stepping toward the political center in a difficult election year, Gov. Scott Walker proposed using $200 million in state and federal money to stabilize the state's Obamacare market and hold down rising insurance premiums.
Scott Walker, Republicans call for new welfare work requirements in Wisconsin
By: Chris Hubbuch | La Crosse Tribune | January 19, 2018
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and legislative leaders want stricter work requirements and drug testing for people receiving public assistance.
Western Wisconsin Providers Praise New Multi-State Nursing Agreement
By: John Davis | WPR | January 18, 2018
Health care officials in La Crosse say the continuation of a state compact that allows nurses in Wisconsin to practice in other states will benefit both nurses and patients.
Wisconsin's flu status about to be upgraded to severe
By: Kent Wainscott | WISN 12 | January 18, 2018
MILWAUKEE — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is about to upgrade Wisconsin's flu outbreak to severe.
Long-time judge: Some ‘independent’ doctors routinely rule against injured workers
By: Alexandra Hall and Dee J. Hall | Wisconsin Watch | January 21, 2018
Critics say so-called independent medical examiners tend to side with employers by downplaying or denying injuries claimed at work; others see bias on both sides.
Doctors say online opioid database is helping
By: Madalyn O’Neill | News 8000 | January 18, 2018
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Many point to the overprescription of opioids such as oxycodone as one of the causes of the heroin epidemic, and with tens of thousands of people dying from opioid overdoses each year, doctors say it's more important than ever to responsibly prescribe legal opioids. An online tool is helping them do so.
Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own
By: Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas | The New York Times | January 18, 2018
A group of large hospital systems plans to create a nonprofit generic drug company to battle shortages and high prices.
When It Comes to Telemedicine, Patients Are Less Excited Than Doctors
By: Jared Kaltwasser | Healthcare Analytics News | January 18, 2018
Enthusiasm for telemedicine is growing among healthcare providers, but they haven’t succeeded in sparking the same fire in their patients, according to a new study.
Rural Connectivity Stands as One of Telehealth's Last Hurdles
By: Juliet Van Wagenen | HealthTech Magazine | January 16, 2018
Virtual visits offer patients in remote regions better care, but broadband gaps hold the technology back.
Ohio insurer stopping payments for non-emergency ER visits
By: Lisa Smith | News Channel 5 | January 22, 2018
CINCINNATI -- When Laura Killoran experienced chest pains last July, she went to the emergency room at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
State tells hospitals to notify patients of charity care status
By: Sean D. Hamill | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | January 21, 2018
In a move that could lead to many more patients across the state receiving free health care at hospitals, a new state definition of charity care now requires hospitals to notify patients of their charity care eligibility, even if the hospital determined it without the patient’s cooperation.
When States Add Paperwork, Even Eligible People Lose Medicaid
By: Margot Sanger-Katz | The New York Times | January 18, 2018
Kentucky’s new Medicaid waiver will ask low-income people to jump over hurdles to keep their coverage. Evidence suggests that many will fail.
MNsure signups hit all-time high
By: Brian Lambert | MinnPost | January 18, 2018
Get it while you can. Says Kyle Potter for the AP, “Minnesota's health insurance exchange announced Wednesday that it enrolled more than 116,000 residents in private plans this year, a record number that comes amid cuts and uncertainty for health care nationwide.
Hospitals’ best-laid plans upended by disaster
By: Ana B. Ibarra, California Healthline | USA Today | January 22, 2018
It was 3:35 a.m. and flames from a massive Northern California wildfire licked at the back of a Santa Rosa hospital.
‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time
By: Donald G. McNeil Jr. | The New York Times | January 16, 2018
A company making “smart thermometers” that upload body temperatures to its website claims to be tracking this year’s flu season faster and in greater geographic detail than public health authorities can.
Children’s Hospital to open new Fetal Concerns Center at Wauwatosa campus
By: Lauren Anderson | BizTimes | January 22, 2018
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin announced today it will open a new center at its Wauwatosa campus that specializes in care for women with high-risk pregnancies.