December 12, 2017


Governor Signs Bill Extending Multistate Nurse Licensure

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | December 12, 2017

An interview with Ann Zenk, WHA VP, Workforce and Clinical Practice

Wisconsin will continue to be part of an agreement that allows nurses to work in other states without getting a separate license for each state.

IV Bag Shortage Stretches On At Wisconsin Hospitals After Hurricane Maria

By: Scott Gordon | WisContext | December 11, 2017

One impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico may continue to plague hospitals in the mainland United States for quite some time.

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Facing a shortage of nurses to care for aging veterans, Milwaukee’s VA hospital rolls out the perks

By: Meg Jones | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | December 4, 2017

Michelle Post smiled as she walked into the room and greeted a man sitting in a chair.

Walker Asks Congress To Renew Children's Insurance Program

By: Associated Press | WPR | December 5, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker is calling on Congress to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program which sends $115 million in federal payments to Wisconsin.

New prescription labels aim to curb confusion, errors

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | December 11, 2017

After a doctor prescribed a pain patch for a woman with arthritis, the patient started slurring her words. She put patches on her skin everywhere she hurt, her family discovered, not just in one place.

Wisconsin Health Professionals Seek To Expand Access To Vaccines

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | December 11, 2017

The Medical College of Wisconsin wants to expand access to vaccines in the state. One way they intend to do that is by encouraging drug stores to offer immunizations.

New psychiatric hospital planned in Madison area

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

Strategic Behavioral Health, based in Memphis, Tennessee, plans to build a psychiatric hospital in the Madison area, including a crisis assessment center open around the clock, a company official said Thursday.


Hospital Distress to Grow If Congress Closes Door to Muni Market

By: Danielle Moran and Rebecca Spalding | Bloomberg News | December 8, 2017

Quotes Michael Schafer, CEO, Spooner Health

As Congress moves to assemble the final version of its tax plan, projects like Spooner, Wisconsin’s 20-bed hospital hang in the balance.

CVS Health and Aetna deal could drive health care costs down

By: Bethan Moorcraft | Insurance Business | December 8, 2017

The US healthcare system is on the brink of a massive shake-up following the announcement that retail pharmacy company CVS Health is buying one of the largest health insurers in the country.

Flu season has arrived and it could be a bad one

By: Sarah Toy | USA Today | December 6, 2017

Flu season has arrived early to North America this year, and it may end up being a doozy. Cases of flu tend to ramp up mid- to late-December and peak in January or February, according to Paul Sax, an infectious disease physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

People Don’t Take Their Pills. Only One Thing Seems to Help.

By: Austin Frakt | The New York Times | December 11, 2017

High-tech approaches and “reminder” packaging don’t work well. Reducing prices does. 


Column: Congress must work together to regain health care momentum

By: Bernie Sherry, for USA Today Network | Post-Crescent | December 8, 2017

The debate in Congress over whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has been put aside, at least for now.