March 8, 2016


Hospitals continue to make progress in reducing infections, but work remains

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 5, 2016

On average, almost three people die each day in Wisconsin from sepsis, a complication from infections. The infections often occur in hospitals and other health care settings. And new strains of bacteria are increasingly resistant to antibiotics.

Hospital Report Shows Progress In Problem Areas

By: Ken Krall | WXPR | March 3, 2016

A report from the Wisconsin Hospital Association shows the progress hospitals are making in reducing infections, preventing falls and decreasing hospital re-admissions.

Milwaukee Partnership Guides Patients Away From The ER Toward Routine Care

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | March 3, 2016

Cornelius Buie is a regular patient at Progressive Community Clinics in Milwaukee, and that's a good thing — he needs regular treatment to keep his diabetes under control. However, going to a clinic wasn't something the 42-year-old was inclined to do after he was diagnosed with the disease seven years ago.

More Wisconsin babies born addicted to heroin

By: Liz Welter, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Wausau Daily Herald | March 7, 2016

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The babies are frantic — their cries are inconsolable and it's difficult to watch. Just days old, they are in withdrawal from heroin.

Officials test water, skin care products in mysterious Wisconsin bacteria outbreak

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | March 4, 2016

Health officials are testing water, skin care products and over-the-counter medications, and interviewing patients and families, to try to identify the source of an outbreak of a bacteria that has sickened 44 people in southern Wisconsin and may have contributed to 18 deaths.

Why fentanyl deaths are spiking in southeastern Wisconsin

By: Ben Wagner | WISN 12 | March 2, 2016

Just two months into the new year, a synthetic opiate analgesic has claimed more lives in southeastern Wisconsin than in all of 2014, officials said.

Obama cites health insurance gains in Milwaukee visit

By: Associated Press | CBS News | March 3, 2016

MILWAUKEE -- President Barack Obama sought to highlight how his signature health insurance overhaul has helped millions of Americans gain coverage when he visited Wisconsin's largest city Thursday to congratulate local leaders for winning a national enrollment contest.

Northeast Wisconsin, second highest healthcare sign-up numbers in state

By: Raquel Lamal | NBC 26 | March 3, 2016

APPLETON, Wis.- President Barack Obama in Milwaukee Thursday congratulating the city for winning a National Health Insurance Enrollment competition.  


Shopping for best deal won't cure health care costs

By: Christopher Snowbeck | Star Tribune | March 6, 2016

Smarter shopping by patients would have only a limited impact on overall health care spending, according to a new study challenging how much cost benefit could come from making health care more like a shopping mall.

How Hospitals are Fighting on the Frontlines of the Opioid Crisis

By: Marty Stempniak | H&HN Magazine | March 2, 2016

With 'a generation at risk', health care executives share their strategies and techniques for addressing a horror that knows no barriers.

Health Law Insurance Plans to be Rated by Network Size

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | March 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, responding to consumer complaints, says it will begin rating health insurance plans based on how many doctors and hospitals they include in their networks.

12 Steps Providers Can Take to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

By: Marty Stempniak | H&HN Magazine | March 2, 2016

In light of the national opioid crisis, here are the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s guidelines for recommending opioids to patients.

CDC: Superbugs cause 1 in 7 infections caught in hospitals

By: Mike Stobbe, AP | WKOW | March 7, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Supergerms cause 1 out of 7 infections caught in hospitals, health officials said Thursday. The bugs include the staph infection MRSA (MUR'-suh) and five other bacteria resistant to many kinds of antibiotics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Obama administration beats goal on Medicare payment reform

By: Sarah Ferris | The Hill | March 3, 2016

The Obama administration reached an important landmark in its ambitious push to reform Medicare payments by tying doctor fees to quality rather than quantity.

Retail Health Clinics Result in Higher Spending, Survey Finds

By: Reed Abelson | The New York Times | March 7,  2016

Insurers and employers are eager to have workers explore new ways of getting care, like visiting a clinic at a drugstore when they have a sore throat. The care they receive not only is more convenient, but also costs much less than a visit to the emergency room or a doctor’s office.


Froedtert & MCW makes top hospitals list

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | March 3, 2016

A study that analyzed quality-of-care data for Medicare patients listed Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin among the nation’s top 100 hospitals for the fourth consecutive year.

UW, Meriter discussing 'closer relationship'

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | March 3, 2016

UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter — which escalated competition against each other a few years ago, before Meriter Health Services became part of UnityPoint Health — are talking about developing a "closer partnership."

Shawano may be model for regional hospital

By: Madeleine Behr, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | March 4, 2016

SHAWANO - If ThedaCare decides to build a new regional hospital in the Fox Cities, it could take a page out of its own playbook.