April 5, 2016


Study finds Wisconsin is sixth-best state for health care access

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | April 1, 2016

SmartAsset, a New York City-based financial planning firm, has ranked Wisconsin as the sixth best state in the country when it comes to health care access. The firm conducted a study that reviewed data in several areas related to each state population’s access to health care.

Walker: More discussion and awareness needed to fight addiction

By: Staff | Wisconsin Health News | March 31, 2016

Gov. Scott Walker asked providers to talk with their patients and communities about the dangers of painkiller addiction, saying it’s necessary to curb the growing heroin and opioid epidemic.

Mayo-Franciscan to suspend inpatient mental care, amid shift to head off crisis level

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | March 31, 2016

Amid the national clamor about the need to address mental health issues, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Health Care in La Crosse will close its Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit temporarily in mid-June for lack of psychiatry services, hospital officials say.

Hospital Sisters Health System receives WHA 2016 Advocacy All-Star Award

By: Staff | Wisconsin Health News | March 31, 2016

Madison (March 31, 2016) —- Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) received the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) 2016 Advocacy All-Star Award at the Association’s annual Advocacy Day in Madison March 30.

Kolste receives WHA 2016 health care advocate award

By: Staff | Wisconsin Health News | March 31, 2016

MADISON (March 31, 2016) —- State Rep. Debra Kolste (D-Janesville) received the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Health Care Advocate of the Year Award March 30 at WHA’s Advocacy Day event in Madison.

Medical malpractice fund surplus reaches $783 million

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | April 3, 2016

A $1.2 billion state-run fund that pays large medical malpractice awards has a surplus of $783 million, $406 million more than recommended, according to a state audit last month.

Legislators fear Aetna-Humana merger could cost Wisconsin jobs

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | March 31, 2016

A looming merger between insurance giants Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. has worried two state Legislators who believe the deal could result in a large number of job losses for Milwaukee and Green Bay.

Heroin addicts wait, treatment scarce

By: Liz Welter, USA Today Network - Wisconsin | Wausau Daily Herald | March 30, 2016

Many who suffer from heroin addiction in Central Wisconsin don’t have time to wait.

County Board urged to support detox funds

By: Patti Zarling, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Green Bay Press-Gazette | April 4, 2016

Advocates came together Monday to encourage Brown County supervisors to help fund a detoxification program for those with addiction issues who have no where to turn.

National insurer eyes Family Care and IRIS 2.0

By: Staff | Wisconsin Health News | March 31, 2016

A Philadelphia-based insurer that provides Medicaid managed care services called itself “the right partner” for Family Care and IRIS 2.0 in testimony submitted to the Department of Health Services earlier this month.


Despite Fears, Affordable Care Act Has Not Uprooted Employer Coverage

By: Reed Abelson | The New York Times | April 4, 2016

The Affordable Care Act was aimed mainly at giving people better options for buying health insurance on their own. There were widespread predictions that employers would leap at the chance to drop coverage and send workers to fend for themselves.

Patients Miss Out On Savings When Doctors Fail To Talk About Costs

By: Shefali Luithra | NPR | April 4, 2016

Talking about money is never easy. But when doctors are reluctant to talk about medical costs, patients' health can be undermined.

Department of Homeland Security singles out hospitals in ransomware alert

By: Susan D. Hall | FierceHealthIT | April 4, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security is taking action in the wake of myriad recent cyberattacks against hospitals, issuing a ransomware alert to provide more information about the attack type.

Medicare Opens New Push on Hip, Knee Replacement

By: The Associated Press | The New York Times | March 31, 2016

WASHINGTON — From Akron to Tampa Bay, from New York City to San Francisco, Medicare on Friday launches an ambitious experiment changing how it pays for hip and knee replacements in an effort to raise quality and lower costs.

Health notes: Minnesota hospitals start mental health effort

By: Staff | Duluth News Tribune | April 4, 2016

An organization representing Minnesota’s hospitals has started a campaign to address what it calls the state’s biggest health issue: mental health.

Medicare Is Often Overbilled by Hospices, and Pays Twice for Some Drugs

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | April 2, 2016

WASHINGTON — Hospices often bill Medicare for a higher level of care than patients need, and Medicare often pays twice for the prescription drugs provided to people who are terminally ill, federal investigators say in a new report. The extra cost to Medicare was put at more than $260 million a year.

Why a Small Health System Launched its Own Health Plan

By: Phillip Betbeze | HealthLeaders Media | March 31, 2016

Launching an insurance company ensures narrow network capability and gives access to patient care information coming from a variety of disparate sources. In one way, the announcement that Aspirus and WPS Healthcare were launching an insurance company was not surprising.


Tomah Memorial plans new facility in 2017

By: Steve Rundio | La Crosse Tribune | March 24, 2016

TOMAH — When Tomah Memorial Hospital expanded its obstetrics department in 2004, hospital officials anticipated 200 deliveries a year.

Gundersen hotel touted as service for patients, boost for neighborhood

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | March 30, 2016

The proposed Gundersen Hotel and Suites will improve the health and well-being of patients and their families, as well as bolster the neighborhood on La Crosse’s South Side, a Gundersen Health System official says.

AMC new name in effect Wednesday

By: USA Today Network - Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | April 4, 2016

ThedaCare has announced that Appleton Medical Center becomes ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton on Wednesday, April 6.

Emotions high as Mayo-Franciscan dedicates center to beloved nun

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | April 4, 2016

Emotions ran close to the surface Monday during the open house and blessing of the new Sister Leclare Beres Learning Resource Center at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare.