February 13, 2018
Supply Disruption Strains Healthcare Providers, Spurs Labor-Intensive Treatment
Guest: Ann Zenk, WHA VP of Workforce & Clinical Practice| Wisconsin Public Television & WisContext | February 13, 2018
A closer look at the IV Bag Shortage.
IV saline shortages boost care costs in Wisconsin: 5 things to know
By: Alia Paavola | Becker’s Hospital Review | February 6, 2018
The ongoing shortage of IV saline solutions, exacerbated by a relentless flu season and manufacturing disruptions of IV mini-bags following Hurricane Maria, is causing care costs to rise in Wisconsin, reports the Wisconsin Public Radio.
Hospitals Facing Tight Supplies Of IV Solution
By: Ken Krall | WXPR | February 12, 2018
Hurricane Maria that struck Puerto Rico is causing a conservation effort of IV solution at Wisconsin hospitals.
Flu cases prompt hospitals to restrict visiting
By: Jesse Garza | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 8, 2018
Some hospitals in the Milwaukee area and Fox Valley are restricting visits by children in an effort to reduce the spread of flu.
More Wisconsin nursing homes close as costs rise
By: Associated Press | Wisconsin State Journal | February 11, 2018
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nursing home providers say Medicaid reimbursement rates may have contributed to an increase in nursing home closures in Wisconsin last year.
Gov. Scott Walker's plan to hold down Obamacare premiums passes but no funding yet
By: Jason Stein | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 13, 2018
MADISON - Lawmakers Tuesday approved Gov. Scott Walker's plan to hold down Obamacare premiums but left funding the $200 million proposal for another day.
Employer clinics a rising health care trend
By: Shelby Le Duc, USA Today Network-WI | Green Bay Press Gazette | February 10, 2018
GREEN BAY - Kathy Myrick is a happy, confident person. But every time she looks in the mirror, a small, fading scar on the bridge of her nose reminds her of a time when fear and uncertainty consumed her life.
UW Health Program Lowers Opioid Prescribing With Coaching
By: Associated Press | Beloit Daily News | February 7, 2018
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin researchers are hoping to expand a program that involves coaching primary care doctors to follow opioid prescribing guidelines as part of the fight against the state's opioid epidemic.
As flu spreads, patients encouraged to make E-Visits
By: Emily Matesic | WBAY | February 7, 2018
FOX VALLEY, Wis. (WBAY) - The CDC reports Wisconsin, along with much of the country, remains under high flu activity. The State Department of Health confirms more than 8,400 cases in Wisconsin from September through the end of January.
Health IT proponents pleased with new spending bill, see momentum for telehealth
By: Evan Sweeney | FierceHealthcare | February 9, 2018
Health IT organizations and telehealth advocates are lauding the inclusion of telehealth provisions in a new spending bill signed by President Donald Trump on Friday morning, along with some regulatory relief tied to EHR requirements and several new opportunities for additional health IT funding.
Doctors Learn How To Talk To Patients About Dying
By: Melissa Bailey | Kaiser Health News | February 12, 2018
Lynn Black’s mother-in-law, who had lupus and lung cancer, was rushed into a hospital intensive care unit last summer with shortness of breath. As she lay in bed, intubated and unresponsive, a parade of doctors told the family “all good news.”
MNsure, other state exchanges top Feds on enrollment
By: Christopher Snowbeck | Star Tribune | February 8, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS — Insurance enrollment via state-based health insurance exchanges including Minnesota's MNsure held steady for 2018, while sign-ups declined about 5 percent across the much larger group of states using the federal government's HealthCare.gov website.
How an uncle's overdose spurred a Medicaid official to change course
By: Emmarie Huetteman, Kaiser Health News | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 9, 2018
Andrey Ostrovsky’s family did not discuss what killed his uncle. He was young, not quite two weeks past his 45th birthday, when he died, and he had lost touch with loved ones in his final months.