January 3, 2017 


Hospitals see drop in unpaid care in 2015

By: Cara Spoto | The Journal Times | December 28, 2016

RACINE COUNTY — Hospitals across Wisconsin saw a nearly 30 percent drop in the amount of uncompensated or unpaid care provided to patients in fiscal year 2015, according to a recent report by the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

With GOP controlling D.C. and Madison, Legislature could deliver more big changes in 2017

By: Mark Sommerhauser & Molly Beck | Wisconsin State Journal | January 1, 2017

Having remade the political landscape over their six years in control of state government, Wisconsin Republicans return in 2017 with bigger-than-ever legislative majorities and a new partisan ally in the White House: President-elect Donald Trump.

Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel 'encouraged' by progress fighting opioid abuse

By: Jessie Opoien | The Cap Times | December 28, 2016

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said he is "encouraged' by the progress the state has made in combating its heroin and opiate abuse epidemic since lawmakers and the Department of Justice made it a priority.

VA Seeks To Reduce Patient Wait Times With Expanded Role For Nurses

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | December 28, 2016

New Rule Allows Advanced Practice Nurses To Do More

Wisconsin Nurses, PAs, Dental Hygienists Seek New Work Rules

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | January 3, 2017

A projected doctor shortage in Wisconsin is spurring efforts to expand the duties of other medical professionals.

Gundersen program boosts employees, fills needed roles

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | January 3, 2017

After working at Gundersen Health System for 16 years, Ellie Jones recently stuck her foot in the door — figuratively and literally — of another role there, working as a medical assistant in podiatry.

Retirements, aging population fuel health care workforce shortages

By: Angie Cina | La Crosse Tribune | December 28, 2016

Following years of relatively flat vacancy rates, a new report warns that the health care workforce market is heading toward a crisis.

2016 Leader-Telegram story of the year: Marshfield Clinic plans to open new hospital, cancer center

By:Julian Emerson | Leader-Telegram | January 1, 2017

Plans for a new Marshfield Clinic Health System hospital and cancer center are being finalized and work on those projects is scheduled to begin this spring, officials said.

Medicaid Block Grants Could Benefit Wisconsin

By:John Torinus | Urban Milwaukee | January 1, 2017

Under the heading of “Be careful of what you wish for,” Gov. Scott Walker needs to very careful about the Republican Party’s intention to shift Medicaid management to the states in the form of bloc grants.

Flu cases on the rise in Wisconsin

By: Madeleine Behr, USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | January 1, 2017

Flu cases are on the rise in Wisconsin, according to data from the state Department of Health Services.

A 2:30 a.m. call, a new lease on life for Darboy man

By: Nathan Phelps, USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | December 30, 2016

The call came at 2:30 a.m.  It was one Darboy residents Bruce and Tanya Nechodom waited two-and-half years to get.

Republican dominance hits mark not seen in half century

By: Scott Bauer, AP | Minneapolis Star Tribune | January 1, 2017

MADISON, Wis. — For the first time in nearly half a century, Republicans in 2017 will control the Wisconsin Legislature, the governor's office and the presidency in a GOP supersizing that could speed the state's conservative transformation of the last few years.


House, Senate headed for clash on Medicare

By: Alexander Bolton | The Hill | January 1, 2017

Senate and House Republicans are headed for a clash over whether to tackle Medicare reform under President-elect Donald Trump.

Hospitals in Safety Net Brace for Health Care Law’s Repeal

By: Abby Goodnough | The New York Times | December 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — Jason Colston Sr. went to the emergency room at Temple University Hospital last month with his calf swollen to twice its normal size.

Aging and addicted: The opioid epidemic affects older adults, too

By: Jenny Gold and Heidi de Marco, Kaiser Health News | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | December 30, 2016

It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, the nausea and aching muscles of opioid withdrawal were finally beginning to fade.