December 27, 2016 


*** WHA Workforce Report Related News Articles ***

New report shows increased demand for health care workers

By: Eric Jacobson | News8000 | December 20, 2016

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A new report shows the demand for health care workers, such as nurses and lab technicians, is increasing rapidly.

Steve Rush Radio Interview about the Workforce report

By: Michael Clish | WFAW | December 20, 2016

Shortages remain in Wisconsin healthcare workforce

By: Bob Hague | Wisconsin Radio Network | December 22, 2016

Wisconsin could soon see an unprecedented shortage of key health care professionals. The Wisconsin Hospital Association ‘s 2016 Health Care Workforce Report finds that Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are the highest in demand with a 10.1 percent vacancy, followed by Surgical Technicians at 7.1 percent, Registered Nurses at 6.2 percent, and Dietitians at 5.9 percent.

Wisconsin healthcare workforce continues to see shortages 

By: Tianna Vandernel | WXOW La Crosse | December 21, 2016

La Crosse (WXOW)Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in La Crosse is one of many health care facilities throughout the state of Wisconsin experiencing high levels of caregiver vacancies. 

*** Other state news articles ***

Nicolet College at forefront of new health care credential

By: Jamie Taylor | The Northwoods River News | December 20, 2016

Health care assistants would employ disabled, alleviate worker shortage

More people in Wisconsin signing up for Obamacare insurance

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | December 22, 2016

Nearly 174,000 people in Wisconsin have signed up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace for next year, up from about 153,000 at the same time a year ago, federal officials said Wednesday.

Regional health systems in growth spurt

By: Nora G. Hertel, USA Today Network-WI | Stevens Point Journal | December 21, 2016

WAUSAU - The three major health companies in central Wisconsin in 2016 opened the doors on some new facilities and broke ground for others.

Health insurance inflation slowing in Wisconsin, report says

By: John Lundy | Duluth News Tribune | December 21, 2016

Health insurance inflation has slowed considerably in Wisconsin since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Wisconsin Issues New (and Improved!) Telemedicine Rules

By: National Law Review | December 21, 2016

Following a public hearing last month, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board approved new rules for the practice of telemedicine.

Children's Hospital's take on rocks that sell for $85 becomes a surprise success

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | December 23, 2016

The initial idea was nothing more than a one-minute video for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin website, Facebook page and social media, playing off the $85 rocks sold by Nordstrom this holiday season and reminding people that a donation to the hospital might be a more worthwhile way to spend money.


New Payment Models Announced to Improve Cardiac and Joint Care

By: | December 20, 2016

On December 20, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new Innovation Center models that continue the Administration’s progress to shift Medicare payments from rewarding quantity to rewarding quality by creating strong incentives for hospitals to deliver better care to patients at a lower cost.

New Medicare Regs Will Pay Doctors for Better Care

By: Kaiser Health News | NBC News | December 22, 2016

Doctors have complained for years that they're not paid adequately for time-consuming work associated with managing care for seriously ill older patients: consulting with other specialists, talking to families and caregivers, interacting with pharmacists and more.

Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Leaves Nation’s Doctors Divided

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | December 26, 2016

WASHINGTON — When President-elect Donald J. Trump chose Representative Tom Price of Georgia to be his health and human services secretary, the American Medical Association swiftly endorsed the selection of one of its own, an orthopedic surgeon who has championed the role of physicians throughout his legislative career.

Minnesota beats rest of country in banning germ-killer

By: Steve Karnowski, AP | La Crosse Tribune | December 26, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s first-in-the nation ban on soaps containing the once ubiquitous germ-killer triclosan takes effect Jan. 1, but the people who spearheaded the law say it’s already having its desired effect on a national level.

Opioids Contribute to a Rising Death Toll: 28,647 in 2014

By: Nicholas Bakalar | The New York Times | December 24, 2016

28.6 THOUSAND - Between 1999 and 2014, drug overdose deaths in the United States nearly tripled.

A novel approach: Fighting painkiller addiction at home

By: Marilynn Marchione, AP | La Crosse Tribune | December 26, 2016

People hooked on prescription painkillers were able to use a drug at home to curb cravings and prevent abuse while waiting to get in a treatment program, finds a small study that gives hope for a new way to fight the opioid problem.

New Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection

By: Donald G. McNeil Jr. | The New York Times | December 22, 2016

In a scientific triumph that will change the way the world fights a terrifying killer, an experimental Ebola vaccine tested on humans in the waning days of the West African epidemic has been shown to provide 100 percent protection against the lethal disease.


New Gundersen Sparta Clinic brings services under one roof

By: Tribune Staff | La Crosse Tribune | December 23, 2016

SPARTA — Gundersen Health System will unveil its new 35,000-square-foot Sparta Clinic, which will bring all of its Sparta services under one roof, to kick off 2017.