April 12, 2016


Milwaukee hospitals ready for new policy on ambulance diversions

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 9, 2016

An emergency room clogged with patients is an unwelcome sight for everyone involved — patients, doctors and other caregivers alike.

Understanding The Elizabethkingia Outbreak In Wisconsin

By: Maureen McCollum, Scott Gordon and Kristian Knutsen | WPR | April 11, 2016

A species of bacteria called Elizabethkingia anophelis has caused serious blood infections in at least 57 Wisconsinites since November 2015. As of April 8, 2016, 18 of those patients have died, according to state health officials.

Humana sale raises consumer, job concerns

By: Jeff Bollier, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Green Bay Press-Gazette | April 8, 2016

Advocacy groups and local lawmakers are urging state regulators to add conditions to protect Wisconsin consumers and jobs before approving the combination of two of the nation's largest health insurance companies.

Fentanyl-related deaths spike to 30 in Milwaukee County in 2016

By: Crocker Stephenson | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 7, 2016

Thirty people died in fentanyl-related overdoses in Milwaukee County during the first three months of this year, matching the total number of fentanyl deaths in 2015 — a year that itself saw an unprecedented number of deaths from the drug.

Insurer UnitedHealth starts pruning ACA exchange business

By: Tom Murphy | Wisconsin State Journal | April 11, 2016

The nation's biggest health insurer has decided to stop selling coverage on public insurance exchanges in two states for next year, but consumers shouldn't take this as an early warning that a mass exodus is brewing from a key element of the Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion.


How Predictive Analytics Are Transforming Health Care

By: Karyn Hede | H&HN | April 7, 2016

Rapid growth of data analytics enables hospitals to spot trends, from avoidable readmissions to staffing needs.

Hospitals Eye Community Health Workers To Cultivate Patients’ Successes

By: Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News | USA Today | April 9, 2016

BALTIMORE – Donnie Missouri, 58, doesn’t have medical training. He started his health career in the linens department in Johns Hopkins Hospital. Now, he works on the front lines – one of the hospital’s non-medical workers who reaches out to patients that doctors think are at risk of suffering setbacks that will force them to return.

Shopping for Health Care: A Fledgling Craft

By: Tina Rosenberg | The New York Times | April 12, 2016

Four years ago, Dave deBronkart spoke at a medical conference, with his face displayed on a giant screen. Afterward, a doctor told him that a spot on his face looked like basal cell carcinoma.

'Scarier than we initially thought:' CDC sounds warning on Zika virus

By: Gregory Korte | USA Today | April 11, 2016

WASHINGTON — Public health officials said Monday they've learned a lot more about Zika since the White House asked Congress for $1.9 billion to combat the mosquito-borne virus, and are increasingly concerned about its potential impact on the United States.

Zika linked to second autoimmune disorder similar to multiple sclerosis

By: Liz Szabo | USA Today | April 12, 2016

The Zika virus has been linked to a second type of autoimmune disorder, according to a small study released today.

Hackers broke into hospitals despite software flaw warnings

By: Tami Abdollah, AP | WKOW Madison | April 9, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The hackers who seriously disrupted operations at a large hospital chain recently and held some data hostage broke into a computer server left vulnerable despite urgent public warnings since at least 2007 that it needed to be fixed with a simple update, The Associated Press has learned.

The Undeniable Convenience and Reliability of Retail Health Clinics

By: Aaron E. Carrol | The New York Times | April 12, 2016

My wife and I both work. When one of our children wakes up complaining of a sore throat, we could begin a ritual stare-down to determine which of us is going to have to wait for the doctor’s office to open, make the phone call, wait on hold, schedule an appointment (which will inevitably be in the middle of the day), take off work, pick up the child from school, sit in the waiting room (surrounded by other sick children), get the rapid strep test, find out if the child is infected and then go to the pharmacy or back to school, before returning to work.

The Rich Live Longer Everywhere. For the Poor, Geography Matters.

By: Neil Irwin and Quoctrung Bui | The New York Times | April 11, 2016

For poor Americans, the place they call home can be a matter of life or death. The poor in some cities — big ones like New York and Los Angeles, and also quite a few smaller ones like Birmingham, Ala. — live nearly as long as their middle-class neighbors or have seen rising life expectancy in the 21st century.

Mosquito vs. Mosquito in the Battle Over the Zika Virus

By: Nina Fedoroff and John Block | The New York Times | April 6, 2016

GENETICALLY modified mosquitoes are in the news for good reason: They may be our best hope for controlling the mosquito-borne Zika virus.


Froedtert & Medical College launching heart program affiliation with Cleveland Clinic

By: Rich Kirchen | Milwaukee Business Journal | April 12, 2016

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin executives announced an affiliation with the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in a deal that aims to boost the Wauwatosa-based system’s heart and vascular program.

Gundersen appoints Bartels CFO

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | April 5, 2016

Dara Bartels has been named chief financial officer of Gundersen Health System, a position she has filled on an interim basis since September.

IHN Names Grzetich VP of Business Development

By: Kathy Allen | Wauwatosa Now | April 11, 2016

Milwaukee, Wis. (April 11, 2016) – Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin (IHN) – a statewide network of major health systems and health care providers working together to deliver high-quality, value-based health care – has added Vincent Grzetich to its executive team as vice president of business development.