November 21, 2017


USDA invests $1 billion to improve rural healthcare in 41 states across country including Wisconsin

By: Lauren Oesterling | WKOW | November 17, 2017

MADISON (WKOW) -- The US Department of Agriculture announced Friday it is investing more than $1 billion to help improve healthcare in rural areas across the country.

Shortage of mental health care providers hits crisis point just as more teens seek help

By: Rory Linnane, USA Today Network-WI | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 16, 2017

By the time many teenagers sit down with Peg Rauschenberger, they are already dealing with serious mental illnesses and need carefully targeted medication and therapy.

Doctors "freeze pain" to avoid prescribing opioids post-surgery

By: Sarah Thomsen | WBAY | November 15, 2017

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - There's excitement in the medical community over a breakthrough treatment now being offered in Northeast Wisconsin in an effort to "kill the pill" and prevent drug addiction.

Medical College awards $2.1 million to health initiatives across the state

By: Lauren Anderson | BizTimes | November 21, 2017

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin recently awarded $2.1 million to five initiatives aimed at improving health in communities around the state. 


Minnesota doctors face opioid prescribing limits

By: Marc Wehrs | La Crosse Tribune | November 17, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota task force has set new limits on opioid prescriptions by doctors who participate in the state’s Medicaid program.

This is how the U.S. has become a Medicaid nation

By: Phil Galewitz, KHN | USA Today | November 15, 2017

When high levels of lead were discovered in the public water system in Flint, Mich., in 2015, Medicaid stepped in to help thousands of children get tested for poisoning and receive care.

Tax Reform Proposals Hit Hospitals Hard

By: John Commins | HealthLeaders Media | November 17, 2017

Provisions in both the House and Senate tax bills that would affect hospitals are raising alarms, as lobbyists for the hospital industry urge House and Senate leaders to reconsider. 


'Repeal and replace' of Obamacare unlikely to slow trend of consumerism | Mark Herzog

By: Mark Herzog, for USA Today Network-WI | Herald Times Reporter | November 17, 2017

Consumerism in health care has been making inroads for at least a decade with patients increasingly acting like consumers trying to make the best decisions for quality and cost, just as they do with any other commodity or service.

ThedaCare, Bellin Health partner with Minnesota-based provider for new health plans

By: Chris Mueller, USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | November 16, 2017

APPLETON - ThedaCare and Bellin Health have partnered with a Minnesota-based health care provider to give companies in Wisconsin more options when choosing a health plan for their employees.

Tomah Memorial Foundation contributes to Stop the Bleed

By: Steve Rundio | The Tomah Journal | November 12, 2017

The kit isn’t high-tech − bandages, dressings, gauze, scissors, a tourniquet and an instruction card − but it’s a collection of ordinary items with a life-saving impact.