April 4, 2017


Start Date Approaching For Law Targeting 'Doctor Shopping'

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | March 30, 2017

A law aimed at reducing "doctor shopping," when patients seek prescriptions from different doctors to avoid detection, took effect Saturday, April 1.  More information in WHA Valued Voice article:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker budget planks in doubt

By: Jason Stein | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 28, 2017

MADISON - Scott Walker's proposal to overhaul public workers' health care came under scrutiny Tuesday as lawmakers cast a critical eye on the GOP governor’s budget proposal.

Legislature doing what's needed in in fight against opiate epidemic

By: Ernst-Ulrich Franzen | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 28, 2017

Pushing forward in the fight against the state's opiate epidemic, the Legislature's budget committee moved a package of legislation Monday that should help victims, families and law enforcement.

High death rate for black babies in Dane County frustrates health officials

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | April 2, 2017

Dane County’s black infant mortality rate continues to be nearly three times the rate for whites despite infant death investigations, a safe sleep campaign and home visits to pregnant women and new mothers.

Wisconsin Looking To Add 3K Nurse Aides Through New Program

By: Avory Brookins | Wisconsin Public Radio | March 31, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will use federal funds from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to invest more than $2.3 million in a program designed to add 3,000 nurse aides to the workforce.

Free health care: Greenfield district plans workplace clinic

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 31, 2017

The School District of Greenfield plans to open a workplace clinic this fall that will be operated and staffed by Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Workforce Health.

Concordia launches health care innovation program

By: Molly Dill | BizTImes | March 28, 2017

Mequon-based Concordia University Wisconsin is launching a health care innovation program to address chronic illnesses.


Physician Burnout Is A Public Health Crisis: A Message To Our Fellow Health Care CEOs

By: John Noseworthy, James Madara, Delos Cosgrove, Mitchell Edgeworth, Ed Ellison, Sarah Krevans, Paul Rothman, Kevin Sowers, Steven Strongwater, David Torchiana, and Dean Harrison | Health Affairs Blog | March 28, 2017

The Quadruple Aim recognizes that a healthy, energized, engaged, and resilient physician workforce is essential to achieving national health goals of higher quality, more affordable care and better health for the populations we serve.

In Health Bill’s Defeat, Medicaid Comes of Age

By: Kate Zernike, Abby Goodnough and Pam Belluck | The New York Times | March 27, 2017

When it was created more than a half century ago, Medicaid almost escaped notice.  Front-page stories hailed the bigger, more controversial part of the law that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed that July day in 1965 –

Americans’ opposition to repealing Obamacare grows, particularly among Republicans

By: Josh Magness | McClatchy Washington Bureau | March 30, 2017

WASHINGTON - A growing majority of Americans – including a sharply increasing number of Republicans – oppose an outright repeal of Obamacare, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll, signaling trouble for Republicans still hoping to dismantle the 2010 health care law.

Repeal of Affordable Care Act Is Back on Agenda, Republicans Say

By: Robert Pear and Jeremy W. Peters | The New York Times | March 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Under extreme pressure from conservative activists, House Republican leaders and the White House have restarted negotiations on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The Next Obamacare Battleground: Subsidies For Out-Of-Pocket Costs

By: Ana B. Ibarra | Kaiser Health News | March 31, 2017

When Republicans pulled their Affordable Care Act replacement bill last Friday, Lauren Lake’s primary reaction was relief.

Iowa’s Largest Insurer Says It Will Withdraw From Obamacare Exchanges

By: Reed Abelson | The New York Times | April 3, 2017

In the latest move by insurers worried about the viability of the markets created under the federal health care law, Iowa’s major carrier said Monday that it would stop selling individual policies in the state next year.

My I.C.U. Patient Lived. Is That Enough?

By: Daniela J. Lamas | The New York Times | April 1, 2017

He is breathing better and the doctors say his lungs will recover, but he can’t remember his appointments or where he put his keys.


Marshfield Clinic now owns St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield

By: Robert Imrie | WAOW | April 3, 2017

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - A year after the deal was announced, Marshfield Clinic has acquired St. Joseph's Hospital and it was hailed as a defining moment for the the future of health care in the city, authorities said Monday.

Unity, Gundersen announce Quartz

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | March 29, 2017

Unity Health Plans Insurance Corp., affiliated with UW Health, and Gundersen Health Plan, affiliated with La Crosse-based Gundersen Health System, have a shared new corporate logo and brand: Quartz.

Aurora proposes $55.5 million surgery center in Greenfield

By: Tom Daykin and Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 30, 2017

Aurora Health Care Inc. would operate a $55.5 million outpatient surgery center and medical office building at Greenfield's 84 South mixed-use development under plans unveiled Thursday.