November 29, 2016 


Ascension plans mobile dental clinic

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 27, 2016

A parade of pint-sized patients made their way to a dental clinic set up on the stage in the cafeteria of St. Anthony School 5th St. campus last week.

Wisconsin Republicans Eye Possible Federal Move To Medicaid Block Grants

By: Laurel White | WPR | November 22, 2016

Wisconsin Republican leaders hope Medicaid block grants are in the state's future.

Pommer: Medical warning

By: Matt Pommer | The Dunn County News | November 22, 2016

Wisconsin’s health industry groups want Gov. Scott Walker to think twice about moving to self-insurance for the 250,000 state workers and their families.

Richman: The power of health care choice

By: Barak D. Richman | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 26, 2016

Wisconsin’s state leaders should continue pursuing policies that sustain Wisconsin’s competitive health care market.

Wisconsin task force looks to fight opioid epidemic

By: Brian Sheridan | The Dunn County News | November 27, 2016

In the wake of a national opioid epidemic, a Wisconsin task force is developing statewide solutions to address the issue.

Prices of Lifesaving Drugs Skyrocketing

By: Sean Kirkby, Dee J. Hall and Bridgit Bowden | Urban Milwaukee | November 28, 2016

Jess Franz-Christensen did not realize the seriousness of her son’s Type 1 diabetes diagnosis until staff in the doctor’s office offered to call an ambulance to take him to the hospital. Her next shock: The cost of Jack’s medicines.

Walker: Transition from Obamacare in right way

By: Jason Stein | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 18, 2016

Madison — Speaking for himself and the country's Republican governors, Scott Walker of Wisconsin said the repeal and replacement of Obamacare must not be rushed through blindly or allowed to abruptly abandon millions of patients in the program.

Wisconsin growing its own doctors

By: Staff | The Shawano Leader | November 23, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the third and final article in a series provided by ThedaCare about the physician shortage in rural Wisconsin.

Tom Still: Model emerging for how to bring quality broadband to rural Wisconsin

By: Tom Still | La Crosse Tribune | November 24, 2016

MADISON – Rural America was thrown a Depression lifeline in the 1930s when the federal government rallied to spread electric power across farm country. Not long after came affordable rural telephone service, even if it was delivered through a black “party line” phone hanging on the kitchen wall.

Governor's opioid task force meets in Weston

By: Alexandra Burnley | WAOW | November 22, 2016

WESTON (WAOW) - Governor Walker's opioid task force met at Ascension in Weston on Tuesday to discuss measures to better treat and prevent addiction to the prescription drug.

Children's cancer journey bonds families

By: Caitlin Shuda, USA Today Network-WI | Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune | November 21, 2016

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - They passed the boxes of tissues from hand to hand as they talked. The two families, who met for the first time this month in a living room lit by the glow of a Christmas tree, each had a child with cancer.


Rule Change Could Push Hospitals To Tell Patients About Nursing Home Quality  

By: Jordan Rau | NPR | November 27, 2016

Hospitals have long been reluctant to share with patients their assessments of which nursing homes are best because of a Medicare requirement that patients' choices can't be restricted.

When Having Insurance Still Leaves You Dangerously Uncovered

By: Aaron E. Carroll | The New York Times | November 28, 2016

One of the few things that Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton seemed to agree on was that high out-of-pocket spending on health care was a problem.

Study: Medicare star ratings skew hospital quality based on income level of patients

By: Jay Greene | Crains Detroit Business | November 23, 2016

A new study found that hospitals in Michigan surrounded by lower income neighborhoods scored lower in quality and patient safety than hospitals in more affluent markets, according to a report commissioned by the Economic Alliance for Michigan.

Sylvia Meltzer, Aurora Health Care

By: Howard Wolinsky | Managed Care Magazine | November 2016

As chief medical officer of population health for Aurora Health Care, the large medical group based in Milwaukee, Sylvia Meltzer, MD, is responsible for ensuring that patients don’t miss needed care and end up in crises.

Healthy communities are good policy

By: Dr. Dean Gruner | Post-Crescent | November 26, 2016

With Election Day in the rearview mirror, attention is turning to what a Trump presidency will bring. We’re watching the changes closely.