October 3, 2017
NANCY VANDERMEER: Rural health care addressed in state budget
By: Steve Rundio | The Tomah Journal | September 26, 2017
Now that the governor has signed the 2017-19 state budget, I’d like to share some additional thoughts I have on it highlighting some of the provisions in the budget related to rural healthcare and mental health access and how they relate to our part of the state.
Howard Dean and Tommy Thompson: Messing with Medicare's Rx program will hurt low-income seniors
By: Howard Dean and Tommy Thompson | Wisconsin State Journal | September 28, 2017
Members of Congress should never be forced to choose between low-income children and low-income seniors.
Froedtert teaching mass casualty response skills to civilians
By: Rikki Mitchell | TMJ4 | October 2, 2017
An effort to train civilians to provide care in mass casualty events is underway in the Milwaukee area.
Wisconsin schools will get more therapists, social workers, aid for kids in crisis
By: Keegan Kyle and Rory Linnane | Green Bay Press-Gazette | September 29, 2017
MADISON - State lawmakers this month approved the largest expansion of children's mental health services in years — boosting school resources, increasing Medicaid coverage and trying new approaches to keep kids out of hospitals.
Get your flu shots, US urges amid concerns about bad season
By: Lauran Neergaard, AP | Wisconsin State Journal | September 28, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter.
Epic System's Judy Faulkner calls for a broader vision of health care
By: Judy Newman | Wisconsin State Journal | September 27, 2017
Epic Systems Corp. is one of the nation’s biggest providers of electronic health records systems, but CEO Judy Faulkner is calling on her company’s customers — including some of the biggest health care organizations in the U.S. — to think about their patients as more than just a collection of data.
'Narrow networks' that limit choice likely to endure on individual market
By: Christopher Snowbeck | Star Tribune | October 1, 2017
A year ago, individual health plan shoppers were facing 50 percent premium hikes and significant limits on their choice of doctors and hospitals after an insurer shut down one of the biggest health plans in Minnesota’s market.
Health plans, regulators pan Trump's plan to allow purchase of insurance across state lines
By: Paul Demko and Nolan D. McCaskill | POLITICO | September 27, 2017
President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he will likely sign an executive order allowing Americans to purchase health care across state lines.
CMS will not update overall hospital star ratings in October
By: Staff | AHA News Now | September 27, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced it will not update its overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare in October.
FDA requires opioid makers to develop doctor training
By: Carla K. Johnson, AP | ABC News | September 28, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration is requiring manufacturers of the most widely prescribed painkillers to provide extensive training to doctors in an attempt to reduce the number of patients who become addicted, and stem the ongoing opioid crisis.
VA proposed rule would override state licensing restrictions to expand access to telehealth
By: Evan Sweeney | FierceHealthcare | September 29, 2017
The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a proposed rule that would allow VA providers to treat patients in any state via telehealth, regardless of where they are licensed to practice.
Tech glitches, low funds mar health care sign-up season
By: Shefali Luthra, KHN | USA Today | October 1, 2017
While health care uncertainty roils Washington, the rest of the country is coasting toward on Obamacare season.
Absent Federal Action, States Take The Lead On Curbing Drug Costs
By: Shefali Luthra | Kaiser Health News | September 29, 2017
Lawmakers in Maryland are daring to legislate where their federal counterparts have not: As of Oct. 1, the state will be able to say “no” to some pharmaceutical price spikes.
Puerto Rico’s hospitals continue to struggle without power and fuel; thousands of dialysis patients in dire need of care
By: Ilene MacDonald | FierceHealthcare | September 29, 2017
Nine days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, hospitals continue to struggle to care for an influx of patients, many of whom are in critical condition because they've either been waiting too long for treatment or didn’t have gas to drive to the hospitals.
Oland to lead HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital
By: Staff | The Chippewa Herald | October 2, 2017
The CEO of Rusk County Memorial Hospital in Ladysmith will become the president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls.
Chippewa Valley Free Clinic meeting the needs of people who can't afford medical care
By: Julian Emerson | Leader-Telegram | September 30, 2017
Treating people unable to afford a doctor’s visit has been an Eau Claire clinic’s mission for the past 20 years.
Groundbreaking held for new $66 million Tomah hospital
By: Steve Rundio | The Tomah Journal | September 28, 2017
Jeff Holthaus had heard Tomah Memorial Hospital described as a “band-aid station” but didn’t think much about it until his 18-year-old son needed emergency surgery.