March 15, 2016


Deadly infection outbreak in Wisconsin gaining urgency

By: Raquel Rutledge | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 8, 2016

Calling it the largest outbreak of its kind and stressing the urgency of finding the source, the CDC has identified two more suspected cases of deadly blood infections and sent additional investigators to Wisconsin.

Recruiting from the reservation: UW boosts effort to train Native American medical students

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | March 13, 2016

In high school near Green Bay, Justin Meyers worked at a hospital, delivering food to patients. In college, at UW-Madison, he joined Air Force ROTC. His dream of becoming a doctor won out over thoughts of being a fighter pilot. But he didn’t know any doctors like him, a Native American.

UW School of Medicine offers course on heroin addiction

By: Dave Delozier | WISC-TV Madison | March 9, 2016

MADISON, Wis. - It is widely recognized that dealing with the heroin epidemic requires a variety of stakeholders to come to the table and address the issue. Those groups include law enforcement, healthcare providers, treatment agencies and social workers.

New Eau Claire depot set up to accept breast milk donations for neonatal ICUs

By: Elizabeth Dohms | Leader Telegram | March 11, 2016

Sitting empty in a back room of the Family Resource Center in Oakwood Mall is a rewired freezer ready for its first batch of breast milk.

The Surprising Lack Of Data About Literacy

By: Scott Gordon | WPR | March 9, 2016

In many ways, campaigns to improve literacy are more sophisticated than ever. Nonprofits, K-12 and adult continuing educational systems, and government agencies have gone far beyond a literate-illiterate dichotomy in their day-to-day work, expanding the scope of literacy and applying programs focused on issues like health and technology.


U.S. Health System Performance Has Gotten Better, Not Worse

By: Jeff Goldsmith | H&HN | March 14, 2016

The argument that we have not received societal benefits along with the rise in health costs is difficult to defend.

Feds call prescription drug price 2014 increase 'remarkable'

By: Jayne O’Donnell | USA Today | March 8, 2016

Fast-rising drug prices coupled with the use of costlier specialty drugs were the main reasons for a nearly 13% uptick in prescription drug spending in 2014, federal health officials said Tuesday.

Rattled by drug price increases, hospitals seek ways to stay on guard

By: Brady Dennis | The Washington Post | March 13, 2016

CLEVELAND — Doctors at the University Hospitals of Cleveland see an immediately recognizable symbol pop up alongside certain drugs when they sign in online these days to prescribe medications for patients: $$$$$.

W.H.O. Advises Pregnant Women to Avoid Areas Where Zika Is Spreading

By: Donald G. McNeil, Jr. | The New York Times | March 8, 2016

The World Health Organization advised pregnant women on Tuesday to avoid travel to areas where the Zika virus is spreading.

Managing Depression A Challenge In Primary Care Settings, Study Finds

By: Shefali Luthra | Kaiser Health News | March 7, 2016

Often referred to as the “common cold of mental health,” depression causes about 8 million doctors’ appointments a year. More than half are with primary care physicians. A new study suggests those doctors may not be the best to treat the condition due to insurance issues, time constraints and other factors.

Doctors Ponder Delicate Talks As Medicare Pays for End-Of-Life Counsel

By: Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News | USA Today | March 12, 2016

JUPITER, Fla. – She didn’t want to spend the rest of her days seeing doctors, the 91-year-old woman confessed to Dr. Kevin Newfield as he treated a deep wound on her arm.


Bellin's Direct-to-Employer Services Booming

By: Christopher Cheney | HealthLeaders Media | March 14, 2016

Providing on-site and near-site health services for large employers fed up with rising health insurance premiums presents a golden growth opportunity for some health systems. A small health system in Wisconsin is seeking to have a big impact in the market for on-site medical clinics at large employers.

Marshfield Clinic to buy St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 11, 2016

Ministry Health Care, part of Ascension Wisconsin, has tentatively agreed to sell St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, its flagship hospital, to Marshfield Clinic Health System, which planned to build a competing hospital in the city of roughly 20,000 people.

Gundersen St. Joseph's mulls new hospital for Hillsboro

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | March 11, 2016

HILLSBORO — The 63-year-old Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hillsboro could be replaced with a new facility under plans the hospital’s board is considering. “Our current hospital was built with the best technology available in the 1950s — long before air conditioning, cable TV, computers and cell phones,” said Jim Mlsna, board chairman for Gundersen St. Joseph’s Hospital and Clinics.