January 31, 2017


Plenty to worry about with changes coming to health care policy 

By: Tom Still | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 24, 2017

To say the future of health care policy in the United States is uncertain is like predicting the Kardashians might soon make the news, fake or otherwise.​

Tim Size: What we can learn from rural health’s early days

By: Tim Size | La Crosse Tribune | January 26, 2017

A new study from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Americans living in rural communities are more likely to die prematurely from the top five causes of death (heart disease, accidents, stroke, cancer and respiratory disease), than are their urban counterparts.

Changes to Wisconsin's Medicaid program could be wide-reaching

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | January 29, 2017

Low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities on Wisconsin’s $9 billion Medicaid program could see more premiums, co-payments, eligibility requirements and efforts to reduce costs if President Donald Trump and Congress follow through on a pledge to give states more flexibility to manage the state-federal health program for the poor.

Med student finds a WARM place in his hometown  

By: Bob Kliebenstein | Monroe County Herald | January 23, 2017

Chris Laylan hopes to return to his roots in Tomah to practice medicine.

Wisconsin EMS staff train for active shooters, IEDs 

By: Ashley Luthern | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 26, 2017

The teams moved quickly, but carefully as their eyes scanned for possible explosives in darkened corridors.

Milwaukee Shifts Efforts To Prevent Infant Mortality 

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | January 25, 2017

Health officials in Milwaukee are shifting their strategy for reducing infant mortality in the city. Up until now, their efforts were mostly focused on unsafe sleeping conditions, including a provocative safe sleep ad campaign a few years ago garnered national attention.

ACA turmoil worries Chippewa Valley Free Clinic boss

By: Eric Lindquist | Leader-Telegram | January 29, 2017

Replacing the Affordable Care Act with a new law will affect all aspects of the Chippewa Valley’s burgeoning health care system, but perhaps no provider will feel the impact more than the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.

Opioid prescribers face new requirement in April 

By: Kaitlyn Riley | WQOW Eau Claire | January 24, 2017

Eau Claire (WQOW) - A new Wisconsin law will require medical professionals to review a patient's history of controlled substances before prescribing more than a three-day supply starting in April 2017.

Nursing degree offered at Berlin hospital 

By: Staff | Fox 11 News | January 23, 2017

BERLIN (WLUK) -- Nurses can now earn bachelor's degrees in Berlin.

$2.3 million grant to double MATC nursing program 

By: Brittany Carloni | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 26, 2017

Milwaukee Area Technical College will double enrollment in the college's registered nursing program over the next three years and address the nursing shortage in Wisconsin under a $2.3 million grant from United Health Foundation, the organizations announced Thursday. 


Healthcare Organizations Call for Value-based Care Policy 

By: Staff | EHR Intelligence | January 26, 2017

January 26, 2017 - Leading healthcare organizations from the public and private sector penned a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in an effort to maintain federal support for value-based care and MACRA implementation.

Minnesota Legislature ties up deal for health insurance help 

By: Kyle Potter, AP | Star Tribune | January 25, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. — After months of back and forth and uncertainty over whether lawmakers would help more than 100,000 shoppers offset skyrocketing health insurance premiums, Minnesota's Legislature closed in on a plan Wednesday that will shave hundreds of dollars off monthly payments starting in April.

Everything You Need To Know About Block Grants — The Heart Of GOP’s Medicaid Plans 

By: Shefali Luthra | Kaiser Health News | January 24, 2017

President Donald Trump’s administration made explicit this weekend its commitment to an old GOP strategy for managing Medicaid, the federal-state insurance plan that covers low-income people — turning control of the program to states and capping what the federal government spends on it each year.

Nonprofit: Trump's immigration order could contribute to doctor shortage 

By: Jessie Hellmann | The Hill | January 30, 2017

President Trump’s executive order on immigration could worsen the shortage of doctors in the United States, warns the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Repeal Ripples: 5 Insurance Exchange Chiefs Contemplate An Uncertain Future 

By: Staff | National Public Radio | January 27, 2017

With open enrollment season for buying health coverage under the Affordable Care Act ending Tuesday, it seemed like an apt time to talk with folks in charge of some of the state insurance marketplaces created by the federal health law.


Memorial Hospital Of Lafayette County Affiliates With UnityPoint Health – Meriter 

By: Staff | SW News 4U | January 26, 2017

MADISON – Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County (MHLC) has affiliated with Madison-based UnityPoint Health – Meriter to improve care for patients in southwest Wisconsin.

Froedtert Hospital to give $6 million for new Kathy's House 

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 25, 2017

Froedtert Hospital has pledged $6 million toward the cost of a new building for Kathy's House, a nonprofit hospitality house for hospital patients and families who don't live in the Milwaukee area.

Mayo Clinic Health System names new regional vice president for northwest Wisconsin

By: Danielle Wagner | WEAU | January 30, 2017

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Richard A. Helmers, M.D., has been named regional vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System northwest Wisconsin.