March 29, 2016


Wisconsin a model infection fighter (Third story down)

By: Duluth News Tribune | March 29, 2016

Wisconsin is one of five states being asked to share their success in reducing hospital-acquired infections, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Move to electronic health records begins to transform health care

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

At Froedtert Hospital, a patient with stomach pain was spared from having to undergo a CT scan, with its heavy dose of radiation, and instead got a safer, less-costly ultrasound.

Rural counties in state generally fare poorly in overall health

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

Rural counties in Wisconsin have higher rates of premature death overall than urban counties — and almost one in five rural counties saw rises in premature death rates over the past decade.

State and local authorities moving forward on opioid abuse

By: Editorial Board | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 22, 2016

Gov. Scott Walker signed a series of bills Monday aimed at curbing abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin. Pushed in large part by state Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) as part of his HOPE agenda, the bills were among the best things the state Legislature did in the session just ended.

A Crisis With Scant Data: States Move To Count Drug-Dependent Babies

By: Ben Allen | Wisconsin Public Radio | March 28, 2016

How do you fix a problem if you don't know its size? Many states — including some that have been hardest hit by the opioid crisis — don't know how many of their youngest residents each year are born physically dependent on those drugs.

Need for Nurses: How Wauwatosa is addressing the shortage

By: Rachel Minske | Wauwatosa Now | March 24, 2016

Talk to any health care professional about the so-called "looming nursing shortage" and they're likely to be familiar with it. Registered nurse Chris Olson said it's a very real problem and it is, indeed, looming.

Molina Healthcare sees rapid growth in Wisconsin

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 23, 2016

Five years after entering the Wisconsin market by buying a small health insurance company, Molina Healthcare employs 300 people in the Milwaukee area and generated $261 million in revenue from premiums last year in the state.


AHIMA Seeks Public Support for National Patient Safety ID

By: John Commins | HealthLeaders Media | March 22, 2016

Advocates for a voluntary patient safety identifier envision a process that would allow patients to create a way for medical systems to recognize them quickly and accurately, in much the same way as financial sector businesses.

Debate Arises Over HHS Plans For Privacy Rules On Addiction Treatment

By: Michelle Andrews | Kaiser Health News | March 22, 2016

What’s more harmful to patients being treated for drug or alcohol abuse: risking their health by keeping other medical providers in the dark about their substance abuse treatment?

Heroin Epidemic Is Yielding to a Deadlier Cousin: Fentanyl

By: Katharine Q. Seelye | The New York Times | March 25, 2016

LAWRENCE, Mass. — When Eddie Frasca was shooting up heroin, he occasionally sought out its more potent, lethal cousin, fentanyl. “It was like playing Russian roulette, but I didn’t care,” said Mr. Frasca, 30, a carpenter and barber who said he had been clean for four months.

Affordable Care for those still uninsured

By: Scott Pelley | CBS 60 Minutes | March 27, 2016

Nurse practitioners are providing badly needed health care to the uninsured working poor in Appalachia -- medical mercy for those left out of Obamacare and ineligible for Medicaid.

C.D.C. Offers Guidelines for Delaying Pregnancy After Zika Exposure

By: Sabrina Tavernise | The New York Times | March 25, 2016

Federal health authorities said for the first time on Friday how long couples who have been exposed to the Zika virus should wait before trying to get pregnant.

States Move to Control How Painkillers Are Prescribed

By: Barry Meier and Sabrina Tavernise | The New York Times | March 11, 2016

A growing number of states, alarmed by the rising death toll from prescription painkillers and frustrated by a lack of federal action, are moving to limit how these drugs are prescribed.

As Crisis Rages, Hospital Works to Reduce Opioids in the ER

By: The Associated Press | The New York Times | March 28, 2016

PATERSON, N.J. — A New Jersey hospital has launched an opioid-alternative program to cut down on the abuse of the drugs that have helped to fuel a deadly crisis.

Electronic Records Offer A Chance To Ensure Patients’ End-Of-Life Plans Aren’t Lost In Critical Moments

By: Shefali Luthra | Kaiser Health News | March 23, 2016

In a perfect world, patients with advance directives would be confident that their doctors and nurses — no matter where they receive care — could know in a split second their end-of-life wishes.


Hieb named CEO of Bellin Health Oconto Hospital

By: Staff | Green Bay Press Gazette | March 29, 2016

GREEN BAY — Bellin Health Chief Nursing Officer Laura Hieb has been named the CEO of Bellin Health Oconto Hospital (BHOH), effective immediately. She will retain her role as health system CNO.

Gundersen Tomah Clinic to reopen April 11

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | March 29, 2016

TOMAH — The Gundersen Tomah Clinic will reopen Monday, April 11, after being closed for nearly three months because frozen sprinkler pipes ruptured and flooded the building Jan. 15.