February 16, 2016


Surprise insurance fees often follow medical emergencies

By: Matthew Perrone | Wisconsin State Journal | February 10, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Recovering from a medical procedure is always a challenge, but getting hit with unexpected insurance fees can add financial hardship to the process.

Telepsychiatry spreading mental health help

By: Rory Linnane, USA Today – Wisconsin | Wausau Daily Herald | February 14, 2016

The last time they talked, the teen was primarily interested in Pokemon and video games. Since then, he’s grown up. He’s more into country-western music and fishing.

Treating the body and the mind

By: Nathan Phelps and Rory Linnane, USA Today – Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | February 11, 2016

ASHWAUBENON - You wouldn’t expect to find a counselor nestled in the bustling center of a family practice office.

Panel approves $15.8 million for mental health institutes

By: Todd Richmond, AP | Fox 11 News | February 10, 2016

MADISON (AP) — The Legislature's budget committee overwhelmingly approved state health officials' request Wednesday to pump millions of dollars more into upgrades at Wisconsin's mental health institutions.

Kids face mental health crisis

By: Rory Linnane, USA Today – Wisconsin | Green Bay Press-Gazette | February 11, 2016

The 10 newspapers that make up USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin are embarking on a five month series on children’s mental health. The series — Kids in Crisis — is going to be difficult to follow at times. It is emotional. Sad. Intense. Inspiring.

Extra potent heroin raises alarm about overdoses, potential deaths

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | February 10, 2016

A particularly perilous form of heroin is circulating on La Crosse streets, spiking overdoses and raising the specter of potentially deadly cases — perhaps killing one person already, said Dr. Chris Eberlein.

Wisconsin Walgreens to provide Narcan without prescriptions

By: Tianna Vanderhei | WXOW | February 13, 2016

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - The first comprehensive effort to combat drug abuse by a retail pharmacy is spreading across the country.

UW-Madison researchers to study Zika virus in monkeys

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | February 11, 2016

UW-Madison researchers plan next week to start monkey studies of Zika virus, which has caused an outbreak apparently linked to birth defects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Lawmakers running out of time on mental health bills

By: Keegan Kyle, USA Today - Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | February 11, 2016

Wisconsin lawmakers expressed continued interest in mental health reform after the 2013 push but to date have produced few concrete actions.

Federal, local officials to target opioid, heroin abuse

By: Ashley Luthern | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 10, 2016

Federal and local authorities announced on Wednesday that Milwaukee has been chosen to take part in a new $2 million comprehensive strategy led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to prevent opioid misuse, heroin abuse and violent crime.

Medical College of Wisconsin would consider master's for chiropractors

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 9, 2016

The Medical College of Wisconsin would consider developing a master's program for chiropractors if the state creates a new type of health care provider focused on basic spine and musculoskeletal conditions and with the authority to write prescriptions.

Mental health teams expanding to three new Dane County school districts

By: Bill Novak | Wisconsin State Journal | February 9, 2016

A successful Dane County program introduced two years ago to address mental health issues in school is expanding.

Study presents hopeful trend on scourge of Alzheimer's, other dementias

By: Crocker Stephenson | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 10, 2016

The rate of dementia among thousands of seniors steadily declined over three decades, according to a study that gives what researchers call "cautious hope" that Alzheimer's and other degenerative brain diseases need not be the bane of our ever-lengthening lives.

Researchers tie new bacteria species to Lyme disease

By: Crocker Stephenson | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 12, 2016

Researchers have discovered a new species of bacteria in Wisconsin that causes Lyme disease, already the most frequently reported tick-borne illness in the state.


Alabama puts hospitals at forefront of Medicaid managed care

By: Phil Galewitz, KHN | USA Today | February 13, 2016

Despite having one of the strictest eligibility requirements in the country, Alabama has struggled to control the rising costs of Medicaid, which provides health coverage to more than 1 million residents.

Value-Based Care Shifts into High Gear

By: Christopher Cheney | HealthLeaders Media | February 15, 2016

Guideposts for the paths to participating in value-based healthcare models come into focus at a payment innovation summit held in Tennessee.


UnityPoint Health executive named UW Health CEO

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | February 9, 2016

Dr. Alan Kaplan, executive vice president and chief clinical transformation officer for Iowa-based UnityPoint Health, has been selected as the new UW Health CEO, officials said Tuesday.

ThedaCare’s Community Health Efforts

By: Staff | Waupaca County News | February 13, 2016

ThedaCare’s recent accomplishment of being named a finalist for the Foster G. McGaw Award speaks volumes to the actions they are taking to improve the communities in which they are located.