February 27, 2018


Legislature sends reinsurance program to Scott Walker's desk

By: Matthew DeFour | Wisconsin State Journal | February 21, 2018

With bipartisan support the Legislature passed a bill Tuesday championed by Gov. Scott Walker that seeks to stabilize the Obamacare marketplace through a reinsurance program.

Local nursing programs take on nationwide shortage

By: Hannah Anderson | News 15 | February 22, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- The average nurse in Wisconsin is 48 years old, according to Kerri Kliminski, interim associate dean of the nursing program at Madison College.

Gathering ranks health care needs

By: Julian Emerson | Leader-Telegram | February 22, 2018

One by one people posted small colored paper squares on a large white sheet headlined by the words “mental health.”

Forecasting antibiotic resistance with a ‘weather map’ of local data

By: Eric Hamilton | News | February 22, 2018

The resistance that infectious microbes have to antibiotics makes it difficult for physicians to confidently select the right drug to treat an infection. And that resistance is dynamic: It changes from year to year and varies across a region.


Trump Moves to Relax Rules on Cheaper Health Insurance

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | February 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration took another swipe at the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, proposing new rules that would make it much easier for consumers to buy less expensive health insurance policies that do not comply with coverage requirements of the law.

New Provider-Sponsored Health Plans: Joint Ventures Are Now the Preferred Strategy

By: Allan Baumgarten, Katherine Hempstead | Health Affairs Blog | February 23, 2018

Many believe that adding new health plan competitors would reduce costs and increase quality in local markets. However, barriers to new entrants are high, due in part to capital requirements.

Telemedicine Credentialing by Proxy: What Hospitals and Telehealth Companies Need to Know

By: Nathaniel M. Lacktman, Foley & Lardner LLP | The National Law Review | February 19, 2018

Hospital-based telemedicine services continue to rapidly expand across the country, allowing providers to deliver care to rural areas and better allocate the staffing and availability of specialist physicians such as neurologists and emergency medicine.

Medicare to Reimburse for Telestroke Regardless of Location

By: Alexandra Wilson Pecci | HealthLeaders Media | February 20, 2018

The FAST Act changes Medicare rules to expand telestroke reimbursement to urban and suburban hospitals.

How Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire could transform American health care

By: Nathan Bomey | USA Today | February 25, 2018

The burgeoning collaboration between Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway seeking to transform the American health care system is long on ambition and short on details.

Minnesota reports 116,000 jump in uninsured

By: Associated Press | Star Tribune | February 20, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota says the number of people without health insurance in the state jumped by 116,000 in the past two years.

These 10 ERs Sharply Reduced Opioid Use And Still Eased Pain

By: John Daley | NPR | February 23, 2018

One of the most common reasons patients head to an emergency room is pain. In response, doctors may try something simple at first, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. And, at least up until recently, if that isn't effective, the second line of attack has been the big guns.

Why Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You That $20 Prescription Could Cost Only $8  

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | February 24, 2018

WASHINGTON — As consumers face rapidly rising drug costs, states across the country are moving to block “gag clauses” that prohibit pharmacists from telling customers that they could save money by paying cash for prescription drugs rather than using their health insurance.


Dr. John Noseworthy to Retire from Mayo Clinic: ‘I’ve been very privileged to work here’

By: Calyn Thompson | KIMT 3 News | February 21, 2018

ROCHESTER, Minn. - President and CEO of Mayo Clinic Dr. John Noseworthy announced Tuesday he's planning to retire at the end of the year. "I've been very privileged to work here every single day," Noseworthy said.

Health Care Stability Plan focus of Governor visit

By: Jeremy Culver | WXOW | February 19, 2018

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - Governor Scott Walker visited Mayo Clinic in La Crosse Monday getting a tour of the facility and discussing the health care stability plan he's pushing for in the state.

Gov. Walker discusses WI Health Care Stability Plan in Eau Claire

By: Samantha Wensel | WQOW | February 20, 2018

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Governor Scott Walker made a stop at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Tuesday, to discuss his Health Care Stability Plan, and reinsurance program.

Governor Walker touts health insurance plan at Aspirus Hospital

By: Neena Pacholke | WAOW | February 20, 2018

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) Governor Scott Walker met with Aspirus Hospital leaders Tuesday to tour the new CICU unit, and discuss his proposed plan to reduce health insurance premiums.

WITC hosts certification training for mental health first aid

By: Staff | New Richmond News | February 21, 2018

"Intense but incredible experience" and "amazing," were comments heard from exiting participants of the area's first Mental Health First Aid Certification Training held at WITC.