April 18, 2017


Self-insurance might not save state $60 million, UW panelists say

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | April 14, 2017

Shifting state worker health benefits to a self-insurance model may not save $60 million as planned, and could increase costs by reducing competition, a UW-Madison business professor said Thursday.

Wisconsin seeks to drug test some Medicaid enrollees

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | April 17, 2017

Childless adults who sign up for Wisconsin’s Medicaid program would be screened for drugs and required to pay premiums, under a proposal Gov. Scott Walker’s administration plans to submit next month to the federal government.

Overcoming Opioids: The quest for less addictive drugs

By: Marilynn Marchione, AP | La Crosse Tribune | April 17, 2017

Tummy tucks really hurt. Doctors carve from hip to hip, slicing off skin, tightening muscles, tugging at innards. Patients often need strong painkillers for days or even weeks, but Mary Hernandez went home on just over-the-counter ibuprofen.

ThedaCare adds SANE nurses, hours

By: Alison Dirr, USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | April 5, 2017

APPLETON - The number of sexual assault nurse examiners at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton has quadrupled and they're now available 24 hours a day.

Make your end-of-life wishes known

By: Dean Gruner, For USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | April 15, 2017

Spring is a time for thinking about life — flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising. And, thinking about life also means it’s a good time for honest conversations about one aspect many people avoid — your end of life care preferences.


Exclusive: New VA chief on public scrutiny: Bring it

By: Donovan Slack | USA Today | April 12, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs has a new message on public scrutiny: Bring it on.

How Behavioral Economics Can Produce Better Health Care

By: Dhruv Khullar | The New York Times | April 13, 2017

Consider the following.  I’m a physician at the end of more than a decade of training. I’ve dissected cadavers in anatomy lab.

As Some Holdout States Revisit Medicaid Expansion, New Data Show It Pays Off

By: Shefali Luthra | Kaiser Health News | April 12, 2017

Although the GOP-controlled Congress is pledging its continued interest — despite stalls and snags — to dismantle Obamacare, some “red state” legislatures are changing course and showing a newfound interest in embracing the health law’s Medicaid expansion.

In ‘stealth move,’ Michigan refines vaccine waivers, improves rate among kids

By: Guy Gugliotta, Kaiser Health News | PBSNewsHour | April 12, 2017

Just three years ago, Michigan had the fourth-highest rate of unvaccinated kindergartners in the nation.  But when a charter school in northwestern Traverse City reported nearly two dozen cases of whooping cough and several cases of measles that November, state officials were jolted to action.

The Cost of Not Taking Your Medicine

By: Jane E. Brody | The New York Times | April 17, 2017

There is an out-of-control epidemic in the United States that costs more and affects more people than any disease Americans currently worry about.


Aurora plans hospital in Kohler  

By: McLean Bennett, USA Today Network-WI | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 11, 2017

SHEBOYGAN - Aurora Health Care says it’s planning to build a new hospital in the Village of Kohler.

Herma family pledges $8 million challenge gift to Children's

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 12, 2017

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has received an $8 million challenge gift from the Herma family to benefit the Herma Heart Center.

Gundersen hotel to open this summer, now accepting reservations

By: Tribune staff | La Crosse Tribune | April 14, 2017

The 67-room Gundersen Hotel and Suites will open will open this summer adjacent to Gundersen Health System’s La Crosse campus and is accepting reservations for dates after Sept. 1, hotel executives announced Thursday.