January 26, 2016


Health care trajectory in Wisconsin positive amid systemic changes

By: Eric Borgerding | BizTimes Magazine | January 25, 2016

In health care, particularly in Wisconsin, it’s impossible to look ahead to 2016 without recounting high points of 2015.

Like a good neighbor, Tomah Memorial is there for Gundersen

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | January 25, 2016

TOMAH — Tomah Memorial Hospital answered a code blue at the Gundersen Tomah Clinic to help it recover from extensive internal injuries after frozen sprinkler pipes burst and flooded the clinic, forcing it to close for at least a month.

Doctor demand creates new education options

By: Jeff Bollier | Green Bay Press-Gazette | January 20, 2016

DE PERE - Julia Shariff was born in Green Bay, grew up in Green Bay and went to high school in Green Bay. By the time she went to college in Green Bay, she envisioned becoming a doctor and caring for the sick and injured of Green Bay.

Seniors could help stem CNA shortage

By: Nora G. Hertel | Wausau Daily Herald | January 20, 2016

WAUSAU - A retired Aspirus administrator has come up with a plan to help fill the critical need for certified nursing assistants in central Wisconsin: train other retired folks to step into those jobs.

North Central Health, Marathon Co. may split

By: Nora G. Hertel | Wausau Daily Herald | January 19, 2016

WAUSAU - Marathon County may create a new Human Services Department and sever its ties with North Central Health Care, the organization that provides public crisis, addiction and mental health services for the county. Rather than make a hasty decision Tuesday night, officials voted to rule on the matter in September.

Self insurance proposal met with skepticism at Capitol

By: Greg Neumann | WKOW | January 22, 2016

MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Walker's plan for putting money back into public education is being met with skepticism at the Capitol, even by those in his own party.

Police seek end to cycle of jailing mentally ill

By: Adam Rodewald | Green Bay Press-Gazette | January 21, 2016

Two Green Bay police officers are part of an ongoing experiment to connect mentally ill people with treatment and keep them out of jail. 

Legislation seeks to help Wisconsin residents with dementia

By: Associated Press | Wisconsin State Journal | January 21, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of Wisconsin lawmakers hopes to fast-track a 10-bill package designed to improve care for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.


Supreme Court rules against health plan in injured-beneficiary case

By: Leslie Small | FierceHealthPayer | January 21, 2016

In a decision handed down Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled against a health insurance plan that sought to recover medical expense payments from a member who had won money in court to cover his injury-related costs.

Heroin in the Heartland

By: Bill Whitaker | 60 Minutes | January 24, 2016

The faces of heroin include the young, middle-to-upper class and suburban. What was once thought of as an inner-city problem is now a national epidemic.

Concierge medicine’ is reaching new markets

By: Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News | USA Today | January 23, 2016

A growing number of primary care doctors, spurred by the federal health law and frustrations with insurance requirements, are bringing a service that generally has been considered “health care for billionaires” to middle-income, Medicaid and Medicare populations.

Some cost-conscious employers exclude outpatient surgeries in health plans

By: Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News | PBS NewsHour | January 25, 2016

Libbi Stovall couldn’t believe it last month when she looked at the fine print in her company’s 2016 health plan, which supposedly meets the strictest standard for employer obligations under federal rules.


Marquette, Aurora to partner on $120 million athletic research center

By: Karen Herzog | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 21, 2016

Aurora Health Care will partner with Marquette University and the Milwaukee Bucks to build a $120 million Athletic Performance Research Center, transforming a largely vacant area on downtown's west side.

ProHealth Care CEO named to Carroll University board

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | January 19, 2016

The president and CEO of Waukesha-based ProHealth Care was recently added to the Carroll University Board of Trustees. Susan Edwards, who joined ProHealth Care in 2010, was elected to the board during a meeting in December.

UW Health Emergency Chopper To Be Stationed In Southwestern Wisconsin

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | January 19, 2016

Come spring, University of Wisconsin Health in Madison plans to move one of its Med Flight helicopters to Iowa County in order to improve response times in southwestern Wisconsin.

St. Vincent debuts next-generation robotic surgery

By: Jeff Bollier  | Green Bay Press-Gazette | January 22, 2016

A new robotic surgery machine is expected to help Hospital Sisters Health System and Prevea Health surgeons reduce time and complications in hundreds of surgical procedures each year.