March 22, 2016


WisBusiness: The Show - WHA President Eric Borgerding

By: Liz Schrum | WisBusiness | March 21, 2016

MADISON – This episode of “ The Show” features an interview with Eric Borgerding, president of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, who surveys the health care business landscape in Wisconsin.

CDC makes 'urgent' call to rein in opioid prescriptions

By: John Fauber and Crocker Stephenson | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 15, 2016

After more than 165,000 overdose deaths and a quadrupling of narcotic painkiller prescriptions in the last 15 years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new guideline Tuesday designed as an "urgent response" to rein in the prescribing of opioids for chronic pain.

Health Care Is Growing As A Major Wisconsin Industry

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | March 15, 2016

Health care has become a major driver of the economy, both nationally and in Wisconsin: It still hasn't overtaken manufacturing as the state's biggest industry, but it's gaining ground.

Psychiatrist Shortage Leads to New Health Care Approach

By: Eric Crest | NBC26 | March 15, 2016

A shortage of psychiatrists across the Fox Valley is causing a growing frustration for those who need help but are forced to wait. Nationally nearly 60 percent of psychiatrists are 55 or older and many are looking to retire soon or reducing their workload. Here in Wisconsin those in the mental health field are feeling the impact too.

2 more Wisconsin deaths tied to Elizabethkingia anophelis reported

By: Crocker Stephenson and Raquel Rutledge | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 16, 2016

Seventeen people with infections caused by Elizabethkingia bacteria have died since the outbreak began in Wisconsin in November, an increase of two from last week, the state Department of Health Services reported Wednesday.

Gov. Walker signs more HOPE bills in Marinette

By: Ted Miller | WBAY | March 17, 2016

Gov. Scott Walker was in Marinette Thursday morning to sign more bills looking to curb opiate abuse.

Scott Walker signs bills targeting heroin, other drugs

By: Jason Stein | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 17, 2016

Madison— Doctors will have to check a statewide database before prescribing narcotics and other addictive drugs, under a broad series of bills that Gov. Scott Walker signed Thursday to curb the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers.

Guide to full Kids in Crisis coverage

By: Rory Linnane, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Wausau Daily Herald | March 17, 2016

Kids in Crisis is USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin's groundbreaking series on youth mental health. Wisconsin ranks among the worst states for rates of youth depression, youth suicide, and shortages of care providers. A team of 25 journalists throughout the state have spent months reporting on the topic and we hope you will join us in finding solutions.

NOVO looks to bundle health care specialties 

By: Ethan Safran, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Post Crescent | March 18, 2016

APPLETON - An alternative approach to health care delivery — independent specialists joining together to bundle their services and contract with employers — is underway in the health care industry and it's taking shape here in the Fox Valley.


Bill Nelson: Closing Hospital Residency Loophole Adds Doctors

By: Kevin Derby | Sunshine State News | March 15, 2016

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., thinks closing a federal loophole can help add to the number of doctors across the nation.  Nelson filed a bill on Monday to change the Medicare Graduate Medical Education rules.

The End of Prescriptions as We Know Them in New York

By: Sharon Otterman | The New York Times | March 14, 2016

One morning this month, Silvia Cota, a nurse supervisor in the emergency room at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, gathered her nurses together in a huddle to prepare them for the future.

Report: 2015 US Drug Spending Up 5 Percent, Half 2014's Rise

By: The Associated Press | The New York Times | March 14, 2016

Spending on prescription drugs for insured Americans rose about 5 percent last year, driven by both greater medication use and higher prices, mainly for very expensive drugs termed specialty medicines.

C.D.C. Painkiller Guidelines Aim to Reduce Addiction Risk

By: Sabrina Tavernise | The New York Times | March 15, 2016

WASHINGTON — In an effort to curb what many consider the worst public health drug crisis in decades, the federal government on Tuesday published the first national standards for prescription painkillers, recommending that doctors try pain relievers like ibuprofen before prescribing the highly addictive pills, and that they give most patients only a few days’ supply.

Patients in Pain, and a Doctor Who Must Limit Drugs

By: Jan Hoffman | The New York Times | March 16, 2016

MILFORD, Neb. — Susan Kubicka-Welander, a short-order cook, went to her pain checkup appointment straight from the lunch-rush shift. “We were really busy,” she told Dr. Robert L. Wergin, trying to smile through deeply etched lines of exhaustion. “Thursdays, it’s Philly cheesesteaks.”

Sky-Rage: Bills, Debt, Lawsuits Follow Helicopter Medivac Trips

By: Cindy Galli, Stephanie Zimmermann and Brian Ross | ABC News | March 16, 2016

The helicopter ambulance that rushed Shauna Laswell to a Las Vegas hospital after a heart attack may have saved her life.

UW Health's Medflight responds following ABC's Investigation into Air Ambulance Ride Debt

By: Kathryn Larson | WKOW | March 17, 2016

MADISON (WKOW) -- Officials with UW Health's Medflight are responding to an ABC News report about the high price tag attached to many air ambulance flights.


Ascension Health appoints executive to oversee Wisconsin operations

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 17, 2016

Ascension Health, now the second-largest health system in Wisconsin, has appointed Bernie Sherry to oversee its operations in the state.

Waupun Memorial Hospital announces $23 million expansion

By: Staff | Capital Newspapers | March 17, 2016

WAUPUN — Waupun Memorial Hospital announced a $23 million expansion will begin in April and be completed in fall 2017.

Froedtert Health CEO Cathy Jacobson had unexpected journey to health care industry

By: Staff | TMJ4 | March 18, 2016

Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin is a regional health network. The hospital and academic center admits more than 40,000 patients a year.