December 6, 2016 


Wisconsin prepares for Obamacare, Medicaid changes under Trump, Congress

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | December 4, 2016

Plans by President-elect Donald Trump and Congress to get rid of the Affordable Care Act and substantially alter Medicaid could have a big impact in Wisconsin, where 224,000 people get insurance on the health law’s exchange and another 1.2 million receive some form of Medicaid, the state-federal health plan mostly for the poor.

Off life support: Local physician residency program could be reborn

By: Christena T. O’Brien | Leader-Telegram | December 3, 2016

New life may be breathed into a local family medicine physician training program with hopes high that it will continue under a community-based format.

Report Shows Hospitals Lose Money On Medicare, Medicaid

By: Ken Krall | WXPR | November 29, 2016

Hospitals reported losing more than $1 billion caring for patients in the Medicaid program and $1.6 billion on Medicare, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association 2016 Community Impact Report.

Self-insurance board members question whether current system keeps cost down

By: Alex Moe | WisBusiness | November 30, 2016

Several state Group Insurance Board members with Walker administration posts today questioned whether the state’s current health insurance program for state employees works well.

Wisconsin could gain, lose by self-insuring state workers, report says

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | November 30, 2016

The state could save millions and exert more control over health benefits for state workers if it self-insured them, but administrative costs could increase and the risk for large medical claims could be substantial, a new state report says.

Obesity Rate Higher Than Earlier Estimate

By: Jeff Flynt | WHBL | December 2, 2016

MADISON, WI (Wisconsin Radio Network) - A concerning finding for public health officials in Wisconsin, where the rate of adult obesity has been found to be higher than previously thought – at 39.4 percent.

Meth’s addictive power spotlighted in community forum

By: Eric Lindquist | Leader-Telegram | December 1, 2016

Local justice system officials took their outreach about the dangers of methamphetamine to a new level Wednesday.

More broadband money is on the way for rural Wisconsin

By: Judy Newman | Wisconsin State Journal | December 2, 2016

Efforts to bring high-speed internet to rural Wisconsin residents and businesses got a double-boost on Thursday, with up to $61.5 million in additional funds being funneled toward projects to expand broadband.

Wisconsin seeing shortage in assisted living caregivers

By: Brianna Hollis | WAOW | December 2, 2016

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) - There is a staffing shortage at assisted living homes across the state, and a local advocacy group is working with state lawmakers to try and find a solution.


Paul Ryan: Obamacare phaseout will leave 'no one worse off'

By: Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | USA Today | December 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday he envisions an extended transition from Obamacare that ensures “no one is worse off” after Congress votes to repeal the program.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin arms clinicians with analytics at the bedside to cut HAC rates

By: John Andrews | Healthcare IT News | November 29, 2016

Since instituting a safety program two years ago the hospital has saved $1.6 million, reduced overall hospital-acquired conditions by 30 percent and cut some specific conditions by nearly 80 percent.

Reaction to HHS Nominee Price Mostly Positive Among Healthcare Leaders

By: John Commins | HealthLeaders Media | November 30, 2016

The medical establishment is praising the appointment of Tom Price, MD, to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

New Bill Aims To Assist Rural Doctors

By; Raymond Neupert | WHBL | November 30, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHBL) - New federal legislation is aiming to help retain and recruit doctors in rural areas.

Free clinics aim to fill VA’s shortfalls in mental health

By: Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News | USA Today | December 1, 2016

Elenilson Franco, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, first sought mental health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs nearly four years ago.


Sendik's owners, Oak Creek mayor named Executives of the Year for 2016

By Mark Kass | Milwaukee Business Journal | December 1, 2016

Cathy Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health: Jacobson is being honored for leading the continuing expansion of the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin network into new regions — most recently Milwaukee’s south shore suburbs at Drexel Town Square in Oak Creek and north shore in Mequon.

Manitowoc HFM doctor named Physician of Year

By: USA Today Network-Wisconsin | Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter | November 23, 2016

MANITOWOC - Holy Family Memorial family medicine physician Xa Xiong, M.D., has been named the 2016 Family Physician of the Year by the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.

Aurora QuickCare Clinics moving to Walgreens

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | December 5, 2016

Aurora Health Care will move its QuickCare clinics to Walgreens stores this spring, replacing the drugstore chain’s five clinics in the Milwaukee area and opening three clinics in Walgreens stores in Oshkosh and the Green Bay area.