October 25, 2016 


More than 37,000 in Wisconsin could lose health insurance on the exchange next year

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | October 19, 2016

More than 37,000 people in Wisconsin are expected to lose health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s federal exchange next year because some insurers are leaving the exchange, the state Office of the Commissioner of Insurance said Tuesday.

Wisconsinites Looking For Health Insurance On Marketplace Have Fewer Options This Year

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

People in Wisconsin buying health insurance on the federal marketplace known as will have fewer choices this year because several insurers have pulled out of the exchange due to low profits.

Panel: will stabilize in the long run

By: Staff | Wisconsin Health News | October 19, 2016

Health insurance CEOs predicted that the exchange would stabilize in the long run at a Wisconsin Health News panel Tuesday.

Getting Dental Care Can Be A Challenge For People With Disabilities

By: Alison Kodjak | Wisconsin Public Radio | October 24, 2016

At the Marshfield Clinic dental center in Chippewa Falls, Wis., hygienist Karen Aslinger is getting her room ready. It's all quite routine — covering the chair's headrest with plastic, opening instruments, wiping down trays.

Wisconsin Preventing Children's Cavities Better Than Most States

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | October 20, 2016

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, only 40 percent of children ages 6-11 in the United States have dental sealants, a coating that helps prevent cavities.

VA treats patients’ impatience with clinical pharmacists

By: Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News | USA Today | October 24, 2016

MADISON, WIS. – Something astonishing has happened in the past year to outpatient treatment at the Veterans Affairs hospital here.


3 State Hospital Associations Form Safety Pact

By: Staff | HealthLeaders Media | October 21, 2016

Great Lakes Partners for Patients pools resources to improve patient safety and reduce HAIs and readmissions.

With Nowhere To Turn, More Psychiatric Patients Are Ending Up In The ER

By: Erin Schumaker | The Huffington Post | October 21, 2016

The emergency room is a brutal last resort for people with mental illness, but many end up there because they have nowhere else to turn.

More employers are offering telemedicine, but why aren't workers using it?

By: Lisa Schencker | Chicago Tribune | October 7, 2016

Precious Witherspoon's throat felt increasingly raw and her head began to hurt as the workday wore on.

As Medicaid loses stigma, election may cloud its future

By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Associated Press | October 24, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicaid, often stigmatized among government health care programs, is finally coming into its own.

Millions of Men Are Missing From the Job Market

By: The Editorial Board | The New York Times | October 16, 2016

Economists have long struggled to explain why a growing proportion of men in the prime of their lives are not employed or looking for work. A new study has found that nearly half of these men are on painkillers and many are disabled.

Report: More than half of mentally ill U.S. adults get no treatment

By: Amy Ellis Nutt | The Washington Post | October 19, 2016

Mental Health America just released its annual assessment of Americans with mental illness, the treatment they receive and the resources available to them — and the conclusions are sobering.

Rural hospitals lead in infection prevention

By: Zack Budryk | FierceHealthcare | October 24, 2016

Advocates have long protested that federal regulations unfairly penalize rural and safety-net providers for factors beyond their control, but new research suggests rural providers are ahead on care coordination and infection prevention.


ThedaCare examines 5 potential hospital sites

By: Ethan Safran, USA Today Network-Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | October 21, 2016

APPLETON - ThedaCare is in the midst of a detailed analysis of five sites for a potential new regional hospital, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin has learned.