February 14, 2017


Shortage of psychiatrists in northcentral Wisconsin leads to residency program

By: Rose McBride | WJFW | February 13, 2017

NORTHCENTRAL WISCONSIN - Wausau Police Department Detective Captain Matthew Barnes and his team encounter mental illness on the front line of the problem.

State board approves self-insurance for state workers

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | February 9, 2017

Wisconsin will move to self-insure state workers beginning next year after the controversial plan was adopted Wednesday by the Group Insurance Board, but it still must be approved by the state Legislature’s budget committee.

Top GOP lawmaker concerned self-insurance would result in major job losses for Dane County

By: Greg Neumann | WKOW | February 9, 2017

MADISON (WKOW) -- A top state Republican says one of Governor Walker's budget proposals could lead to major job losses in Dane County.

Babies dependent on opioids: Wisconsin sees surge in infants born with addiction

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | February 12, 2017

When James Schenk was born in October, the blue-eyed baby with soft brown hair weighed a healthy 6 pounds 8 ounces. But he had tremors, stiff muscles, difficulty sleeping and a high-pitched scream.

Savings, health drive schools to open clinics

By: Jen Zettel, USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | February 11, 2017

APPLETON - Employee health clinics are the latest trend sweeping Fox Cities public schools for the benefits they offer to employees and for the amount districts can save on health insurance and medical costs.

Report shows opioid prescriptions down in Wisconsin

By: Eric Jacobson | News8000 | February 7, 2017

LA CROSSE, Wis. - A new statewide report shows opioid prescriptions dropped dramatically in the last three months of 2016.


Hospitals would face higher charity costs without Obamacare

By: Tony Leys, Des Moines Register | USA Today | February 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — Eric Stimson says that if his cancer had struck when he was uninsured, it would have destroyed more than his voice box — it would have taken his dignity.

Sen. Grassley Launches Inquiry Into Orphan Drug Law's Effect On Prices

By: Sarah Jane Tribble, KHN | NPR | February 10, 2017

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has opened an inquiry into potential abuses of the Orphan Drug Act that may have contributed to high prices on commonly used drugs.

Judge, Citing Harm to Customers, Blocks $48 Billion Anthem-Cigna Merger

By: Michael J. de la Merced and Leslie Picker | The New York Times | February 8, 2017

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a proposed $48 billion merger of Anthem and Cigna, derailing another effort by top health insurers to reshape the industry by combining.


Ascension marks start of Ministry Health renaming with opening of Wisconsin clinic

By: Beth Jones Sanborn | Healthcare Finance | February 9, 2017

Over the next year and a half, the four healthcare systems of Ascension Wisconsin will all rebrand with the Ascension name.

Mayo-Franciscan snags employee wellness award   

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | February 7, 2017

The You Matter employee wellness program at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare received the Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America.