December 20, 2016 


Local hospitals hold line on rates

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | December 15, 2016

The health care market in southeastern Wisconsin has changed significantly in the past decade, with hospitals overall becoming more efficient and keeping rate increases for commercial health plans at roughly half the pace of a national benchmark, according to a study released Thursday.

Health care bills in southeast Wisconsin increase at half the national rate: Study

By: Rich Kirchen | Milwaukee Business Journal | December 15, 2016

In what is being hailed as good news for southeast Wisconsin health care costs, a new study found the average hospital bills paid by commercial insurers here increased by about half the rate of increases nationally.

Medical College of Wisconsin plans residency program 

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | December 14, 2016

The Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Health are starting a family-medicine residency program at Froedtert Community Memorial Hospital, an initiative that could help relieve the shortage of physicians in the specialty.

UW program aims to prepare doctors for rural practices

By: Autumn Luedke | The Sauk Prairie Eagle | December 12, 2016

A residency program could help bring more doctors to Sauk Prairie and other rural areas, thanks in part to a four-year, $675,000 grant.

State worker health benefits board delays decision on self-insurance

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | December 14, 2016

The board overseeing state worker health benefits declined to take action on self-insurance and other restructuring options Tuesday, as had been expected, saying discussion will continue in January.

Smoking rates in Wisconsin fall to 20-year low

By: Doug Schneider, USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | December 16, 2016

GREEN BAY - A smaller percentage of Wisconsinites are smoking cigarettes than at any time in more than 20 years, according to a national report released this week.

Group: Not enough home health workers in state

By: Tim Damos | Baraboo News Republic | December 16, 2016

A non-profit group says a statewide shortage of direct care workers is making it more difficult for the elderly and disabled to remain in their homes.


The Throwaway Scope: A Way To Ditch Superbugs?

By: Chad Terhune | Kaiser Health News | December 15, 2016

In response to a series of superbug outbreaks around the country, some doctors and hospitals are trying out disposable scopes to combat the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Don't want to die before your time? Get a female doctor

By: Kim Painter | USA Today | December 19, 2016

If you are sick, elderly and in a hospital, you are more likely to survive when your primary doctor during that hospitalization is a woman, a new study shows.

In Colorado, a low-price drug cocktail will tamp down cost of death with dignity

By: JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News | USA Today | December 15, 2016

When Colorado’s aid-in-dying law takes effect this month, proponents say they’ll make sure terminally ill patients have access to a new, affordable drug concoction that will avoid the $3,000 cost of a common lethal sedative that has skyrocketed in price.


Aurora intends to replace Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | December 12, 2016

Aurora Health Care intends to build a new medical center to replace its Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center.

Children’s Hospital saves lives of twin baby girls, both in need of new hearts: “We are so fortunate”

By: Beverly Taylor | Fox6 Now | December 18, 2016

MILWAUKEE -- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin works to save lives, and help the smallest among us on a continuous basis.