January 24, 2017


GOP plan to repeal Obamacare creates uncertainty for future of health care industry 

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | January 23, 2017

As Donald Trump’s administration takes office, one thing has been made abundantly clear: the health care industry is going to go through yet another major shake-up.

Wisconsin a model for Obamacare replacement

By: Rich Kirchen | Milwaukee Business Journal | January 17, 2017

Obamacare has proven successful for both Wisconsin health care systems and previously uninsured patients and the stakes are huge for both constituencies as President-elect Donald Trump and Congress prepare to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, says a top executive at the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Obamacare fate looms over central Wisconsin

By: Nora G. Hertel, USA Today Network-WI | Wausau Daily Herald | January 19, 2017

WAUSAU - If Cyndi Bembinster ever meets President Barack Obama, she wants to give him a hug, she said, to thank him for the insurance coverage she gained through Obamacare.

With Obamacare On The Chopping Block, Workers Fear Return Of 'Job Lock'

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | January 18, 2017

Consumers, insurance companies and health care providers are experiencing déjà vu. Politicians are once again attempting to make big changes to the nation's health care system.

ThedaCare Partners With Wisconsin Corrections to Combat Opioid Abuse

By: Staff | Waushara Argus | January 11, 2017

ThedaCare has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Options Outpatient AODA Treatment, and Nova Inpatient AODA Treatment in Oshkosh and the manufacturers of Vivitrol for an innovative program to battle the growing problem of opioid abuse among prison populations in Wisconsin.

New prescription painkiller monitoring software goes live in Wisconsin

By: Hannah Flood | NBC 15 | January 17, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Doctors in Wisconsin are now using an enhanced version Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to watch for prescription pain medication abuse.


Trump’s Health Plan Would Convert Medicaid to Block Grants, Aide Says

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | January 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act will propose giving each state a fixed amount of federal money in the form of a block grant to provide health care to low-income people on Medicaid, a top adviser to Mr. Trump said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

Health Law Repeal Could Cost 18 Million Their Insurance, Study Finds

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | January 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — Eighteen million people could lose their insurance within a year and individual insurance premiums would shoot upward if Congress repealed major provisions of the Affordable Care Act while leaving other parts in place, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday.


St. Luke’s surgeons first in state to use innovative pancreatic cancer treatment 

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | January 17, 2017

This month, surgeons at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center became the first in the state to perform an innovative procedure that uses short electrical pulses to treat inoperable pancreatic and liver cancers.

Bringing healthcare to the workplace

By: Dr. Dean Gruner, USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | January 14, 2017

The working world is collectively back to business for 2017. While you’re shaking off those holiday cobwebs, it might also be time to shake up your corporate wellness and employee health. I was inspired lately by stories of how an onsite clinic is making a difference at welding manufacturer Miller Electric.