March 1, 2016


Letter to the Editor: Health Systems Work

By: Eric Borgerding | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 28, 2016

The recent story about Milwaukee's health system performance is good news ("Health systems' profits up,"Feb. 23).  That's because Milwaukee's health systems are a foundational element of Wisconsin's economic and social infrastructure. Here's why...

Walker signs bill to test mental health care

By: Nathan Phelps, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Green Bay Press-Gazette | February 26, 2016

Gov. Scott Walker said a newly signed law is part of a longer-term effort aimed at improving patient access to mental health services in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin uses Affordable Care Act but rejects funding for it

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 29, 2016

Wisconsin's decision last week to challenge a fee imposed by the Affordable Care Act set up a comparison not lost on advocates who support the law.

Wisconsin Leads the Nation in Post-ACA Non-Emergency ER Visits

By: Bonnie Petrie | WUWM | February 29, 2016

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to get newly insured patients out of emergency rooms and into primary care doctors’ offices. But since the ACA went into effect, ER visits have spiked, and Wisconsin is leading the nation in non-emergency visits to the emergency room.

Self-insurance could disrupt health care market, UW business prof says

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | February 24, 2016

Self-insuring state employees might not affect workers’ benefits and premiums, and it wouldn’t pose much financial risk to the state, a UW-Madison business professor said Tuesday.

Medical College consortium receives national award

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | February 26, 2016

The Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, a consortium of 11 hospitals and institutions that oversees residency and fellowship programs for medical school graduates who are completing their training, has received national recognition for creating a respectful, supportive environment for medical education and patient care.

USA Today Network – Wisconsin’s Kids in Crisis series explores the state of mental health care for juveniles in Wisconsin

Kids in Crisis: Coordinate and collaborate

By: Jeff Bollier, USA Today Network - Wisconsin | Green Bay Press-Gazette | February 25, 2016

Nikki and Tim Rogers know it’s not easy to talk about juvenile mental health issues or for parents to find resources to help.

Support grows for Kids In Crisis

By: Marcus Nesemann, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Herald Times Reporter | February 25. 2016

They say a topic that is hard to discuss is usually a topic that needs to be talked about the most. When that topic has to deal with kids and the alarming rate at which they're taking their own lives, the discussion becomes that much harder and that much more important.

Rogers adds beds for teens at behavioral health center in Oconomowoc

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | March 1, 2016

Wisconsin-based Rogers Behavioral Health System is adding 12 beds for teenage patients at a center in Oconomowoc that treats mood disorders.


Trying to Revive H.M.O.s, but Without Those Scarlet Letters

By: Reed Abelson | The New York Times | February 28, 2016

An H.M.O. by any other name is still an H.M.O. Once emblematic of everything wrong with health insurance, the health maintenance organization is making a grudging, if somewhat successful, comeback.

Bad Debt Is the Pain Hospitals Can't Heal as Patients Don't Pay

By: John Lauerman | Bloomberg Business | February 23, 2016

A type of pain that hospitals thought they had relieved has come back with a vengeance: it’s called bad debt.

Poll: Many Americans view their health care positively, but report problems with costs, quality, and access to services

By: Press Release | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health | February 29, 2016

Boston, MA ─ A new NPR / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation / Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll finds that although a majority of Americans are satisfied with the health care they receive, many still experience significant problems with health care costs, insurance coverage, and accessing care when they need it.

As Rural Hospitals Struggle, Some Opt To Close Labor And Delivery Units

By: Michelle Andrews | Kaiser Health News | February 23, 2016

A few years ago, when a young woman delivered her baby at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, North Carolina, it was in the middle of a Valentine’s Day ice storm and the mountain roads out of town were impassable.

Insurer Warnings Cast Doubt on ACA Exchange Future

By: Tom Murphy, AP | ABC News | February 26, 2016

Political uncertainty isn't the only threat to the Affordable Care Act's future. Cracks also are spreading through a major pillar supporting the law

Video: Using IT and Analytics to Change the Delivery Care Model

By: Suzanna Hoppszallern | H&HN Magazine | February 26, 2016

Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc, Wis., uses information technology and analytics to make wise decisions to meet the goals of improving health in the community. “One of the biggest challenges in health care in doing any sort of transformation is keeping the caregivers and support staff excited about making the transformation,” says Mark Herzog, president and CEO. 


Wheaton Franciscan joins Columbia St. Mary's, Ministry with closing of Ascension deal

By: Rich Kirchen | Milwaukee Business Journal | March 1, 2016

It’s final: Two major metro Milwaukee Catholic health care systems — Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Columbia St. Mary’s — are under the single ownership of St. Louis-based Ascension Health and preparing to compete with the area’s market-share leader Aurora Health Care.

Kleefisch visits hospital in Chippewa Falls

By: HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Staff | The Chippewa Herald | February 26, 2016

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch on Thursday visited HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls and talked about available health care to the state's residents and the state's economy.

Ministry’s Spirit air transport earns highest level of accreditation

By: Staff | The Portage County Gazette | February 24, 2016

Ministry Health Care’s Spirit Medical Transportation recently earned the medical transport industry’s most respected and highest level of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS).