November 14, 2017


Employer, health care groups clash over workers’ compensation

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | November 8, 2017

Powerful employer and health care groups are clashing over a proposed workers’ compensation bill that would set fees for medical care in the state program.

Deep Bench: local hospitals looking to find more experienced nurses to fill gap

By: Holly Chilsen | WZAW Wausau | November 10, 2017

Kris Rabenold, Associate Chief Nursing Officer of Patient Care Services with Aspirus speaks with Holly Chilsen about filling the nurse workforce shortage gap.

Virtual doctor visits offer patients a convenient, low-cost option

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 13, 2017

Twice this year, Wendy Harrop has gotten medical care that normally would have meant a trip to an urgent care clinic.

Epic Systems lets patients share medical records with doctors around the world

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 10, 2017

Patients whose medical records are stored using Epic Systems’ software soon will be able to share key medical information with any physician or other health care provider in the country, or even the world.

Volunteer EMS services struggle to find enough volunteers

By: Nick Buffo | WKOW | November 10, 2017

Spring Green (WKOW) -- EMS departments across the state are struggling to find people willing to become an EMTs.

Edgerton Hospital's geothermal energy pays off

By: Jenna Middaugh | Channel 3000 | November 12, 2017

EDGERTON, Wis. - Edgerton Hospital’s groundbreaking idea to use geothermal energy to heat and cool the facility is now paying off.


Rare medical alliance boosts care in northwest metro

By: Jeremy Olson | Star Tribune | November 7, 2017

Two competitors — Allina and HealthPartners — joined forces and have successfully reduced hospital visits and cut health costs.

Obamacare Enrollment Starts Stronger Than 2016 in First Four Days

By: Anna Edney and John Tozzi | Bloomberg | November 9, 2017

600,000 enrolled Nov. 1-4; Last year, 415,000 in first 5 days. CMS early numbers are for 39 states using

Verma Outlines ‘Vision’ for Medicaid

By: John Commins | HealthLeaders Media | November 7, 2017

CMS chief vows to 'turn the page on Medicaid' and grant states more leeway; pushes work requirements for 'able-bodied' adults; raps Obama Administration's 'soft bigotry of low expectations.'

On Veterans Day, a VA doctor shares praise and hope

By: Megha Garg | USA Today | November 11, 2017

When I share with someone that I work at the Veterans Health Administration, I often get one of two responses: “Oh, I’ve heard the care isn’t that good there.” Or, “What’s the latest on the scandal going on at the VA?”

Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Relief

By: Nicholas Bakalar | The New York Times | November 8, 2017

A combination of Tylenol and Advil worked just as well as opioids for relief of pain in the emergency room, a randomized trial has found.


Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic to open second clinic, in Menomonee Falls

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 9, 2017

The Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic saw about five patients a day when it opened in 2008. It now sees about 45 patients on a typical day — and its growth is set to continue.

Mayo-Franciscan plans $4.6 million cancer center project as patients double

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | November 13, 2017

A $4.6 million expansion and renovation project is expected to enable the Cancer Center at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse to accommodate its more than doubling of cancer patients since the facility opened in 2004.