April 26, 2016


For workplace health plans, Obamacare's impact is 'fairly minimal'

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 22 2016

Step back a minute and block out the political rhetoric about the Affordable Care Act. Ignore whether it was a success or a catastrophe. Now ask how much it has affected employers who already provided health benefits.

Hospital Association praises feds' delay on new ratings system

By: Polo Rocha | WISBusiness | April 21, 2016

The Wisconsin Hospital Association is praising a move from the feds to delay a new hospital ratings system that was set to kick off today. 


Out-of-control jumble of quality measures overwhelms hospitals, creates chaos

By: Julie Bird | FierceHealthcare | April 20, 2016

The governmental groups, commercial payers and other organizations creating "measure madness" by requiring hospitals to report on hundreds of quality measures must commit to the minimum amount necessary, according to the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).

Medicare Delays Plans For New Star Ratings Of Hospitals

By: Jordan Rau | NPR | April 20, 2016

Bowing to pressure from the hospital industry and Congress, the Obama administration on Wednesday delayed releasing its new hospital quality rating measure just a day before its planned launch.

Obamacare Seems to Be Reducing People’s Medical Debt

By: Margot Sanger-Katz | The New York Times | April 20, 2016

Even if you lack health insurance, you’ll probably be able to get treatment at a hospital in the event of a catastrophe — if you’re struck by a car, say. But having insurance can mean the difference between financial security and financial ruin.

How Medicare Penalizes Hospitals for Being Too Careful

By: Jordan Rau | The New York Times | April 20, 2016

CHICAGO — The puffiness along Carol Ascher’s left leg seemed like normal swelling, probably from the high dose of chemotherapy Dr. Karl Bilimoria had injected the previous day. But it could have been a blood clot. He quickly ordered an ultrasound.

Some Firms Save Money By Offering Employees Free Surgery

By: Michael Tomsic, WFAE | Kaiser Health News | April 22, 2016

Lowe’s home improvement company, like a growing number of large companies nationwide, offers its employees an eye-catching benefit: certain major surgeries at prestigious hospitals at no cost to the employee.

Insurer’s Obamacare exit raises new concerns over law

By: Paul Demko | POLITICO | April 19, 2016

UnitedHealth Group’s announcement Tuesday that it would significantly pare back its Obamacare business reinforced growing concerns about the long-term viability of the health care marketplaces heading into a presidential election in which the law is once again a contentious issue.


Aurora and Anthem join to start a new insurance company  

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 19, 2016

In another sign of the changes taking place in the health care market, Aurora Health Care is partnering with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin to start an insurance company.

Meijer partners with Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin network

By: Joe Taschler | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 19, 2016

Meijer, the Michigan-based retailer that has made an aggressive push into Wisconsin, said Tuesday it is partnering with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network to open in-store clinics at its Waukesha and Sussex stores.

Local hospital systems raise $1.9 million for investment fund

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | April 21, 2016

A community investment fund run through the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership received $1.9 million in total contributions from the five largest health systems in the Milwaukee area this year, boosting its annual budget by 12 percent compared to last year.

Monroe Clinic supporters attend WHA Advocacy Day

By: Staff | Journal Standard | April 23, 2016

MONROE, WISCONSIN — Supporters from Monroe Clinic attended the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Advocacy Day event March 30 in Madison.