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."