May 10, 2016


Wisconsin's two medical schools say doctor shortage is real

By: Shamane Mills, WPR | BusinessNorth | May 5, 2016

Those overseeing Wisconsin's two medical schools say they're working to address a doctor shortage even as some skeptics question whether that shortage exists.

Baldwin hears from La Crosse stakeholders in drug epidemic

By: Anne Jungen | La Crosse Tribune | May 4, 2016

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has called for emergency funding to expand treatment options for opioid and heroin addicts.

State could shift care of elderly, disabled to for-profit companies

By: Jason Stein and Patrick Marley | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 28, 2016

Madison — Gov. Scott Walker's administration wants to shift multibillion-dollar programs serving more than 55,000 elderly and disabled people from long-standing nonprofits to national for-profit health insurance companies.

Partnership health center awarded $1M

By: Katherine Lymn | USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | May 4, 2016

The federal government has awarded $1 million for Partnership Community Health Center to renovate its medical and behavioral health clinic in Menasha.


Opioids Contribute to a Sharp Rise in Hospitalizations, Health Care Costs

By: Marty Stempniak | H&HN | May 5, 2016

Health Affairs study finds that the cost of care for such patients has more than tripled in 10 years, up to $15B, as the epidemic has worsened.

Should Opioid Training for Doctors Be Mandatory? New York Times Opinion Pages – Room for Debate

By: Staff | The New York Times | May 5, 2016

The American Medical Association says no, but could it help stem the rise of overdose deaths involving prescription drugs?  Read the discussion.

Nursing homes turn to eviction to drop difficult patients

By: Matt Sedensky, AP | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 6, 2016

Nursing homes are increasingly using eviction as a solution for their most challenging residents, advocates for older and disabled Americans say.

How a New Breed of Health Insurer is Luring Millennials

By: Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News | Money Magazine | May 9, 2016

Zoom is targeting young adults in Oregon and Washington with quick, accessible care as well as fitness, yoga, and cooking classes.


Gundersen, Unity health plans merge

By: Tribune Staff | La Crosse Tribune | May 4, 2016

Onalaska-based Gundersen Health Plan and Unity Health Plans Insurance Corp. in Sauk City, Wis., have closed a merger agreement involving almost 270,000 members.

Froedtert Health expands partnership with health care strategist

By: Freeman Staff | Greater Milwaukee Today | May 3, 2016

MILWAUKEE — In an effort to continue to transform health care for the better, Froedtert Health announced Tuesday it has extended its partnership with AVIA, an organization that helps health systems advance from making a strategy to taking action.

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative awards Monroe Clinic staff member

By: Staff | Journal Standard | May 6, 2016

MONROE, WISCONSIN — The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative awarded Monroe Clinic special projects adviser Ron Spielman with the Rural Health Ambassador Award at the clinic’s advisory council meeting April 22.