February 9, 2016
Number of Wisconsin residents enrolled in Obamacare climbs 16%
By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Feburary 4, 2016
The third open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act ended with 239,034 people in Wisconsin enrolled in health plans sold on the federal marketplace, a 16% increase from the same point last year, the federal government said Thursday.
Commitee OKs dementia help bills
By: Todd Richmond, AP | Post-Crescent | February 4, 2016
MADISON - Wisconsin lawmakers moved closer Thursday to passing a bipartisan package of legislation to help people cope with Alzheimer's disease and dementia after the Legislature's budget committee signed off on the last half of the proposals.
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan visits Mercy Health Mall
By: Staff | Channel3000 | February 5, 2016
The release said that multiple health providers across Wisconsin, including Mercy Assisted Care Durable Medical Equipment (DME), Agnesian Health, Home Health United, Home Care Medical, Home Care Pharmacy, Oxygen One Inc., Knueppel Healthcare Services and VGM, met to ask for Ryan’s support of a three-year reimbursement rate freeze from the nationwide rollout of the competitive bidding program.
Lawmakers Hear Emotional Testimony At Hearing For Lyme Disease Bill
By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | February 3, 2016
Lawmakers heard emotional stories of how people's lives have been affected by Lyme disease at a hearing Wednesday for a bill supporters say would improve diagnosis and treatment of the tick-borne illness.
Here's how millennials could change health care
By: Jason Hidalgo, Reno Gazette-Journal | USA Today | February 6, 2016
Millennials may give the healthcare industry more impetus to improve customer service.
Surprise! Here’s Another Bill For That ‘Paramedic Response’
By: Anna Gorman | Kaiser Health News | February 3, 2016
After Katie Gurzi woke in the middle of the night with excruciating chest pains, paramedics rushed her to the hospital.
Obama asks for $1.8 billion in emergency Zika funding
By: Gregory Korte & Liz Szabo | USA Today | February 8, 2016
WASHINGTON — President Obama will ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus through mosquito control programs, vaccine research, education and improving health care for low-income pregnant women, the White House said Monday.
How CMS Aims to Boost MSSP Participation
By: Christopher Cheney | HealthLeaders Media | February 8, 2016
By proposing changes to performance benchmarking, Medicare officials are trying to improve the odds that cost-effective healthcare providers will earn spending-benchmark-beating payments in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
Protection from middle-school whooping cough vaccine fades fast
By: Liz Szabo | USA Today | February 5, 2016
The protection offered by middle-school whooping cough vaccines fades with each passing year, leaving teens vulnerable to infection as they age, a new study finds.
Congress: drugmakers planned price hikes to boost profits
By: Associated Press | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 2, 2016
Two drugmakers have made a practice of buying and then dramatically hiking the prices of low-cost drugs given to patients with life-threatening conditions including heart disease, AIDS and cancer, according to excerpts from thousands of documents released by federal lawmakers.
AHA: Explanation for two-midnight rule reductions doesn't cut it
By: Zack Budryk | FierceHealthFinance | February 5, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' justification for proposed inpatient payment cuts doesn't make the grade, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA).
Scientists Investigate How Viruses Like Zika Cause Birth Defects
By: Carl Zimmer | The New York Times | February 8, 2016
The Zika virus has quickly gained Ebola-level notoriety as it has spread through the Western Hemisphere in recent months. Researchers in Brazil, where it was first detected in May, have linked infections in pregnant women to a condition known as microcephaly: infants born with undersize heads.