November 8, 2016 


All health plans but one have rate hikes in WI

By: Staff | WSAU | November 1, 2016

UNDATED (WSAU) - Only one Obamacare insurer is lowering rates in Wisconsin for next year; the rest of the insurance companies on the federal exchanges are charging higher premiums for insurance through Obamacare.

Therapists in schools help save young lives

By: Katherine Lymn and Rory Linnane | Post-Crescent | November 2, 2016

For Appleton East junior Hannah Ceccon, getting mental health help is finally easy. When she's at a low point, rather than turning to old habits of self-harm, she can walk down the school hallway to see her counselor.

State Sees Drop In Opioid Prescriptions

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | November 2, 2016

Wisconsin's Controlled Substance Board recently published its first quarterly report on database established in 2013 to prevent abuse.

Preterm births up in Wisconsin and in nation

By: Crocker Stephenson | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | November 1, 2016

For the first time in eight years, the nation's preterm birth rate has gone up, according to a report released Tuesday by the March of Dimes. The rate in Wisconsin increased, as well, according to the report.


A Doctor Shortage? Let’s Take a Closer Look

By: Aaron E. Carroll | The New York Times | November 7, 2016

Many people have to wait too long to see a doctor. And it could get worse.

CMS Finalizes 2017 Outpatient-Service Payment Rules

Also see WHA The Valued Voice article for more details: CMS Releases Final OPPS Rule, Section 603 HOPD Implementation

By: Staff | HealthLeaders Media | November 3, 2016

The pay regulations for 2017 are expected to increase Medicare payments to hospitals for outpatient services by 1.7%. 

80% of doctor offices have electronic medical records systems, but most docs don’t share outside data

By: Mark Brohan | Internet Health Management | November 2, 2016

More than three-fourths of doctor offices now have an electronic patient records system. But in comparison the number of doctor offices and group practices that send and receive electronic patient information with other healthcare organizations is much smaller, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. Enforcing Insurance Law to Help Fight Opioid Abuse

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | November 7, 2016

WASHINGTON — In one of President Obama’s last major health care initiatives, the administration is stepping up enforcement of laws that require equal insurance coverage for mental and physical illnesses, a move officials say will help combat an opioid overdose epidemic.

Speeding up transplant process

By: Lauran Neergaard | Leader-Telegram | November 2, 2016

A bold experiment is giving some patients a chance at cutting years off their wait for a kidney transplant.

Deadly superbug linked to 4 deaths in the U.S.

By: Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 5, 2016

A deadly new drug-resistant fungus has been linked to the deaths of four hospital patients in the U.S., according to a report released Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Gundersen Tri-County CEO announces retirement

By: Staff | La Crosse Tribune | November 7, 2016

Brian Theiler has served in many roles and witnessed great change in his nearly 32 years with Gundersen Health System.

Aurora Health Care plans $17 million clinic in Oak Creek

By: Corrinne Hess | BizTimes | November 4, 2016

Aurora Health Care is planning to build a $17 million, 30,000-square-foot health center at Ryan Road and Howell Avenue in Oak Creek.