February 6, 2018


IV Bag Shortages Cause Cost Of Care To Increase
By: Ximena Conde | WPR | February 5, 2018

Hurricane Maria And A Severe Flu Season Continue To Affect Supply And Demand Of IV Saline Products.

Wisconsin waiting to hear about requiring work, drug screening for Medicaid recipients
By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | February 5, 2018

Wisconsin is still waiting to see if the federal government will let it require childless adults on Medicaid to be screened for drugs and work if they are able.

Bellin Health hospital offers emergency room counseling for overdose patients
By: Eric Peterson | Fox 11 News | January 31, 2018

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WLUK) -- A Green Bay hospital is taking a new approach to try to have an impact on opioid addiction.

Bill could boost use of 'biosimilars,' generic versions of pricey biologic drugs
By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | February 1, 2018

Doctors in Madison and elsewhere are trying to curb the soaring cost of pharmaceuticals by switching patients from brand-name biologic drugs to nearly identical versions called “biosimilars.”

Wisconsin Nursing Homes Struggle To Keep Up With Costs
By: Shamane Mills | WPR | February 5, 2018J

Spencer Beard oversaw a 50-bed facility in River Falls until early last year. Beard, an administrator for The Lutheran Home Association, said the nursing home had to close because they were losing three-quarters of a million dollars each year on Medicaid patients.

UW Health opens clinic for lupus, which often strikes young women
By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | February 2, 2018

UW Health is bringing social workers, pharmacists and doctors together in a new clinic for lupus, an autoimmune disease that often strikes women at childbearing age.

Epic gives providers more tools in new interoperability push
By: Jeff Byers | Healthcare Dive | February 1, 2018

Epic announced it will this month release a new functionality for healthcare organizations to interact and work with patient data in an EHR, as opposed to just sharing data across organizations.

Will Amazon's push into health care impact Epic Systems' future?
By: Erik Lorenzsonn | The Cap Times | February 1, 2018

It’s possible that the entry of a company like Amazon into the health insurance field could shape the future of the Verona-based medical software developer Epic Systems, according to some health care technology analysts and consultants.

Boys and Girls Club dental clinic opens to give low-income patients healthy smiles, confidence
By: Lisa Speckhard Pasque | The Cap Times | January 23, 2018

Raynard Yoakum was in pain. His mouth was swelling up. He needed a tooth pulled.


Can Amazon save American healthcare?

By: The Times Editorial Board | Los Angeles Times | January 31, 2018

Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett is known as a "value" investor — someone who buys into companies that are selling for less than they're really worth.

Flu Patients Arrive in Droves, and a Hospital Rolls Out the ‘Surge Tent’
By: Donald G. McNeil Jr. | The New York Times | February 2, 2018

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — By mid-January, the flu season at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest here in Allentown was bad enough to justify dragging out the “surge tent.”

CDC: Flu hospitalizations highest on record
By: Ilene MacDonald | FierceHealthcare | February 5, 2018

This year’s flu season is shaping up to become the worst in recent years, causing a record number of hospitalizations across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.