December 19, 2017


Measure extends Wisconsin participation in multistate nurse licensure

By: Bob Hague | Wisconsin Radio Network | December 14, 2017

Wisconsin will continue to be part of an agreement that allows nurses to work in other states without being licensed in each state. Governor Scott Walker signed a bill this week, entering Wisconsin into an updated, 27-state agreement known as the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact.

Obamacare enrollment up as deadline nears, state considers waiver

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | December 13, 2017

Wisconsin enrollment in the Affordable Care Act exchange is outpacing enrollment last year, though sign-up ends Friday, six weeks shorter than the last enrollment period.

ThedaCare offers medical residency program in Waupaca

By: Staff, USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | December 18, 2017

Not many medical school residents have the opportunity to work with patients and doctors in a rural setting, but a pilot program in Waupaca is looking to change that.

Governor Walker approves plan to build first responder network

By: David Johnson | WQOW | December 17, 2017

MADISON (WKOW) --- Governor Scott Walker has approved a new program designed to transform the way first responders communicate with each other.


Froedtert Boosts Patient Financial Engagement, Point-of-Service Collections

By: Christopher Cheney | HealthLeaders Media | December 14, 2017

Training physician-clinic registration and scheduling staff to have financial conversations with patients has doubled the rate of point-of-service copay collections at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

A Last Push for Obamacare Sign-ups — and Worries About Who Got Hurt

By Kate Zernike and Robert Pear | The New York Times | December 15, 2017

PLAINFIELD, N.J. — Denise English was one of just two employees working six days a week to handle the crowd of people signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a neighborhood health clinic here, as the Friday deadline for open enrollment loomed.

Heading North: American Doctors Report Back From Canada

By: Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News | NPR | December 14, 2017

For Peter Cram, an American internist who spent most of his career practicing in Iowa City, Iowa, moving to Toronto in 2014 was an easy decision.

Republican tax bill fuels anxiety across the nation's healthcare system

By: Noam N. Levey | LA Times | December 18, 2017

Doctors, hospitals, patient advocates and others who work in the nation’s healthcare system are growing increasingly alarmed at the Republican tax bill, warning that it threatens care for millions of sick Americans.

How blue states might save Obamacare's markets 

By: Rachana Pradhan | POLITICO | December 17, 2017

The looming demise of Obamacare’s individual mandate is spurring talks in a handful of blue states about enacting their own coverage requirements, as state officials and health care advocates fear repeal will roil their insurance markets.

Why New Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Lead to Harm 

By: Aaron E. Carroll | The New York Times | December 18, 2017

Fear is typically not effective in getting people to adopt healthier habits. A more likely outcome is overtreatment.

As Zika Babies Become Toddlers, Some Can’t See, Walk or Talk

By: Pam Belluck | The New York Times | December 14, 2017

As the first babies born with brain damage from the Zika epidemic become 2-year-olds, the most severely affected are falling further behind in their development and will require a lifetime of care, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints names new president

By: Lauren Anderson | BizTimes | December 15, 2017

Kristin McManmon has been named the new president of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints in Racine.

Gundersen Health announces new Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tomah

By: Steve Rundio | The Tomah Journal | December 14, 2017

Gundersen Health System Cancer Center Director Kurt Oettel, MD, told the story of a 62-year-old woman who faced the prospect of 2½-hour round trips to La Crosse for cancer treatment. It required 33 sessions of radiation therapy and "88 hours of windshield time."