December 13, 2016 


King: Consolidating State Group Health Program may undercut Wisconsin competition

By: Cliff King | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | December 12, 2016

State government shouldn’t tamper with a competitive market that already is saving state taxpayers money.

Insurance Board to Vote on Self-Insurance Switch

By: Chris Rochester | MacIver Institute | December 13, 2016

Today, Wisconsin's Group Insurance Board is set to decide on whether to switch the health insurance system for state employees from a network of private insurers to a self-funded model that's used by most large employers.

New health care model makes house calls

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | December 10, 2016

Aamir Siddiqi and Danish Siddiqui, former associate professors with the Aurora University of Wisconsin Medical Group, have seen firsthand the shortcomings of the U.S. health care system.

Precious Lives: A surgeon's plea

By: Ashley Luthern | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | December 7, 2016

John Densmore, a pediatric surgeon and an associate professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was pumping gas two days after Christmas when his work pager buzzed.


Price poised to protect doctors' interests at HHS

By: Christina Jewett and Marisa Taylor, Kaiser Health News | USA Today | December 8, 2016

In picking Tom Price to be secretary of Health and Human Services, Donald Trump has chosen an orthopedic surgeon who in his congressional career, has loyally promoted the interests of the medical profession — its freedom and importantly, its financial interests.

Study: 'Obamacare' Repeal-Only Would Make 30M Uninsured

By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | ABC News | December 7, 2016

Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.

Health Insurers List Demands if Affordable Care Act Is Killed

By: Reed Abelson | The New York Times | December 6, 2016

The nation’s health insurers, resigned to the idea that Republicans will repeal the Affordable Care Act, on Tuesday publicly outlined for the first time what the industry wants to stay in the state marketplaces, which have provided millions of Americans with insurance under the law.

Rise in Infant Drug Dependence Is Felt Most in Rural Areas

By: Catherine Saint Louis | The New York Times | December 12, 2016

As the opioid epidemic sweeps through rural America, an ever-greater number of drug-dependent newborns are straining hospital neonatal units and draining precious medical resources.


Three decades in health care

By: Staff | Waupaca County News | December 8, 2016

Dorothy Erdmann, retiring CEO of ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano, has worked in health care since 1983, long enough to know how drastically landscapes change.

Advance care partnership forms in Fox Valley

By: Madeleine Behr, USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | December 7, 2016

APPLETON - Four Fox Valley health care providers are forming a new partnership to help patients with advance care planning.

Mayo partnership with Health Science Academy gives students Fitbits to track activity

By: Nathan Hansen | La Crosse Tribune | December 9, 2016

The La Crosse School District and Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare are trying to use technology to help students get active.