February 23, 2016


Grant, Southwest health centers boost economies

By: Jeff Montgomery | THONLINE | February 17, 2016

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- The workforce at Southwest Health has grown by more than 100 in the past three and a half years, according to company officials.

State to seek bids on self-insurance for state workers

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | February 18, 2016

The state will seek bids this summer from companies looking to run a self-insurance program for state workers, on a regional or statewide basis, starting in 2018.

Doctors, patients seek weight-loss surgery coverage for state workers

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | February 21, 2016

As Wisconsin considers self-insuring state employees, some want officials to take another step that could save money: covering weight-loss surgery for state workers who are severely obese.

ThedaCare plan draws praise, emotions

By: Madeleine Behr, USA Today – Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | February 22, 2016

Business leaders say the move by ThedaCare to consider a regional hospital is the right one to ensure long-term quality health care in the Fox Cities.

Lt. Gov Kleefisch meets with fellow colon cancer survivors

By: Kaitlyn Riley | WQOW | February 22, 2016

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Now five years cancer-free, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire Monday to celebrate her recovery from colon cancer. 

Meth overwhelms health care, criminal justice systems

By: Anne Jungen | La Crosse Tribune | February 21, 2016

Tri-State Ambulance paramedic Eric Ellis encounters a drug user on every shift. One could be an overdose; the next could be a negative reaction, usually to methamphetamine or heroin.

2016 begins with a new spike in deaths tied to painkiller fentanyl

By: John Diedrich | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 19, 2016

A grim death toll linked to the powerful painkiller fentanyl is surging again in Milwaukee County as the medical examiner investigates 19 fatalities tied to the drug, the office announced Friday.


Break Up the Insulin Racket

By: Kasia Lipska | The New York Times | February 20, 2016

ONE of my patients – whom I will call Mrs. B – is a 78-year-old who has had Type 2 diabetes for over 30 years.

CDC: Puerto Rico could be hit hard by Zika

By: Liz Szabo | USA Today | February 17, 2016

The Zika virus could hit Puerto Rico hard in the coming months, with the potential for tens of thousands of cases, a federal official said Wednesday.

HFM has new model to control health costs

By: Mark Herzog | Herald Times Reporter | February 20, 2016

Life is full of major decisions that we often approach more with intuition and passivity, rather than with analysis.

ThedaCare is investing $3 million in Smart Choice MRI

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 16, 2016

Rick Anderson, the chief executive of Smart Choice MRI, received an unlikely call last spring: Executives from ThedaCare wanted to meet with him.