April 11, 2017


On the Record With Eric Borgerding, Wisconsin Hospital Association CEO

By: Sean Kirkby | Wisconsin Health News | April 7, 2017

Wisconsin Hospital Association CEO Eric Borgerding says doing nothing on healthcare reform isn’t an option for federal policymakers.

Legislators Target Rural Clinicians in Wisconsin

By: Lola Butcher | H&HN Magazine | April 10, 2017

Working in collaboration with the Wisconsin Hospital Association, 23 state legislators in Wisconsin have proposed a package of legislation to help reverse the decades-long population shift to cities and suburbs.

Martin Preizler: Self-funded health insurance would be bad for state

By: Martin Preizler | Wisconsin State Journal | April 7, 2017

For more than three decades, the health insurance program for state employees in Wisconsin has been called a model for other states.

Troy: Don't forget the kids as you debate a new health care bill

By: Peggy Troy | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 6, 2017

What about our kids? As Congress considered changes to the Affordable Care Act, I was increasingly alarmed about the lack of attention and debate on the risks the changes to Medicaid posed to children’s health.

COLUMN: Investing in rural health care

By: Patrick Testin | The Tomah Journal | April 4, 2017

There’s a saying in Madison that on inauguration day, you’re sworn in, and every day thereafter you’re sworn at.

Madison Dental Initiative to open clinic in Boys and Girls Club near Allied Drive

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | April 10, 2017

The Madison Dental Initiative, which offers dental care to the underserved inside the Salvation Army of Dane County, plans to open a second clinic inside the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.

Wisconsin Assembly OKs bills to attack heroin, prescription abuse

By: Patrick Marley | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 4, 2017

MADISON – To crack down on Wisconsin’s opiate problem, the Assembly passed bills Tuesday that would expand treatment, hire special agents and establish a charter school for teens with drug addictions.

Community EMS Bill Passes Assembly

By: Staff | The Milton Courier | April 5, 2017

Madison – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 151 (AB 151), authored by Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) and Representative Katrina Shankland, (D-Stevens Point) by a bipartisan, unanimous vote.

Gundersen CEO welcomes Walker budget plans to train workforce

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | April 5, 2017

Gundersen Health System CEO Scott Rathgaber finds comfort in the fact that Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget addresses workforce shortages that bedevil health care and other industries, but he makes it clear that he doesn’t want to hog the pot.


Need a Hospitalist? Call a Nurse!

By: Lola Butcher | H&HN Magazine | April 10, 2017

Hospitalist programs, common in medium-sized and large hospitals for years, have been too costly for many smaller and rural hospitals to adopt.

No ‘Death Spiral’: Insurers May Soon Profit From Obamacare Plans, Analysis Finds

By: Reed Abelson | The New York Times | April 7, 2017

In contrast to the dire pronouncements from President Trump and other Republicans, the demise of the individual insurance market seems greatly exaggerated, according to a new financial analysis released Friday.

Paul Ryan: Health care bill will take time, as GOP learns to govern

By: Craig Gilbert | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 5, 2017

WASHINGTON -- A new push to pass a GOP health care bill will take weeks, not days, House Speaker Paul Ryan indicated Wednesday, as the latest talks among Republicans produced no apparent breakthrough.

GOP proposal could shrink health coverage for those with pre-existing conditions

By: Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau | La Crosse Tribune | April 7, 2017

WASHINGTON (TNS) — A White House push to let states waive mandatory coverage and rate requirements under the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize health insurance gains for millions of adults with pre-existing medical conditions who went largely without coverage before the health law passed.


UW Health, UnityPoint Health-Meriter move toward operating agreement, health plan merger

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | April 10, 2017

Nine months after UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter announced plans for a joint operating agreement and a merger of health insurance plans, the organizations have signed formal agreements and been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission, they said Monday.