October 4, 2016 


Medicare sets new patient safety goals for hospitals *

By: Associated Press | WKOW-TV | September 29, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Medicare is setting new goals for keeping hospitalized patients safe and reducing readmissions after patients are discharged.

*See related article in WHA The Valued VoiceWisconsin Hospital Quality Work to Continue in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network

Integrated Health Network scales back

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | September 29, 2016

Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin gave itself the ambitious goal of clinically integrating eight health systems throughout the state to prepare for the expected changes in the way hospitals and doctors are paid.

$0 deductible health insurance plans coming to Wisconsin in 2017

By: Alexandra Burnley | WAOW | September 29, 2016

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Four health insurance companies in Wisconsin will be offering $0 deductible health care plans next year, but that could mean higher premiums.

Arise to leave ACA marketplaces

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | September 29, 2016

Arise Health Plan, a subsidiary of WPS Health Solutions, said Thursday that it will not sell health plans on the marketplaces set up through the Affordable Care Act next year, becoming the latest company to abandon the market.

Lives saved by heroin overdose drug: 95 and counting  

By: Chris Mueller, USA Today Network-Wisconsin | Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune | September 29, 2016

STEVENS POINT - Nearly 100 people have been saved in central Wisconsin this year by paramedics using a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses.

Collaborate 'for the greater good,' Wisconsin health-tech officials are told

By: Judy Newman | Wisconsin State Journal | September 30, 2016

Collaborate, even as you compete, and all will benefit — that was the message keynote speaker Mark Freitas brought to the 2016 Wisconsin BioHealth Summit at the Overture Center this week.

Editorial: Opioid epidemic requires ‘team effort’

By: Editorial Board | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | September 27, 2016

And that effort should include new funding from the federal government, which hasn’t done its part so far.


Individual health insurance premiums soar in Minnesota

By: Don Davis | Duluth News Tribune | September 30, 2016

ST. PAUL — That punch to the gut 250,000 Minnesotans felt Friday came from news that their health insurance premiums will rise up to 67 percent next year.

Insider Q&A: A front-row seat for the drug pricing battle

By: Tom Murphy, AP | La Crosse Tribune | October 2, 2016

Dr. Steve Miller, the chief medical officer of Express Scripts, sits at the center of the storm over rising drug prices.

Rural clinics turn to telehealth to combat addiction

By: Kaiser Health News | Healthcare IT News | October 3, 2016

Health professionals and policy makers think using telemedicine to connect patients with addiction specialists will help address the physician shortage. The potential direction is clear, as are the opportunities. But challenges, of course, persist.

Most Hospital Palliative Care Programs Are Understaffed

By: Michelle Andrews | Kaiser Health News | September 30, 2016

An analysis of palliative care programs found that only 25 percent funded teams that included a physician, an advanced practice or registered nurse, a social worker and a chaplain, the four positions that are recommended by The Joint Commission.

Congress Finally Passes Zika Funding Bill; Provides $1.1 Billion

By: Maggie Fox | NBC News | September 29, 2016

More than eight months after the White House first asked for it, Congress has finally agreed on some funding to help fight the Zika virus and study its effects.

The World Wakes Up to the Danger of Superbugs

By: The Editorial Board | The New York Times | September 28, 2016

Tuberculosis. Malaria. Syphilis. Gonorrhea. The microbes that cause these diseases are increasingly resistant, and sometimes even impervious, to antibiotics that worked in the past.

Why Do Obese Patients Get Worse Care? Many Doctors Don’t See Past the Fat

By: Gina Kolata | The New York Times | September 25, 2016

You must lose weight, a doctor told Sarah Bramblette, advising a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet. But Ms. Bramblette had a basic question: How much do I weigh?


Local Mayo CEO leaving post

By: Christena T. O’Brien | Leader-Telegram | September 30, 2016

Dr. Randall Linton, president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System for northwestern Wisconsin, is planning to retire in April.

Hospital addresses physician shortages with new program

By: Staff | ABC 10 News | September 26, 2016

WAUSAU, WI — Aspirus today announced the creation of a program and community collaboration to address the national physician shortage and meet the needs of people and communities in north central Wisconsin and Upper Michigan today and for future generations.

Aurora receives grant boost for cancer treatment clinical trials

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | October 3, 2016

The National Cancer Institute has boosted an annual grant that it awards Aurora Health Care to support clinical trials by $125,000 to expand patient access to the experimental treatments at its cancer clinics throughout Wisconsin.