May 2, 2017


Milwaukee health systems to propose mental health hospital

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 28, 2017

Three nonprofit health systems in the Milwaukee area plan to present a joint proposal next week to replace the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division’s acute-care psychiatric hospital in Wauwatosa.

Columbus hospital volunteers, leaders attend Advocacy Day in Madison

By: Staff | Columbus Journal | April 27, 2017

Columbus Community Hospital volunteers and leadership joined over 1,000 others from healthcare organizations across the state at the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Advocacy Day in Madison April 19 at the Monona Terrace.

Report: Health Care Costs Vary Across Country, State

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | April 28, 2017

The Health Care Cost Institute looked at five cities in Wisconsin: Appleton, Sheboygan, Green Bay, Racine and Milwaukee.

HPS unites, simplifies patients' medical bills

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 29, 2017

Health Payment Systems was founded on a simple idea: People would be more likely to pay their medical bills — and pay them sooner — if they received one, easy-to-understand bill.

Committee Hears Debate Over Bill Proposing Chiropractors Do Sport Physicals

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | April 26, 2017

The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association is pushing a bill that would allow chiropractors to perform physicals required for school sports or extracurricular activities and also do acupuncture. But the bill faces opposition from other health professionals and a prominent sports group.

Medicaid, health care system confronting high cost of specialty drugs

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | April 27, 2017

Spending on specialty drugs for cancer, hepatitis and other conditions in Wisconsin’s Medicaid program is up 40 percent the past four years, a trend that could continue as more specialty drugs are approved, a state administrator said Thursday.

States Try To Rein In Prescription Drug Prices

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | April 27, 2017

Prescription drug prices have grown at a much faster rate than general inflation nearly every year in the past decade.

Brad Schimel: Dispose of unused prescription drugs

By: Brad Schimel | The Chippewa Herald | April 27, 2017

Have you heard about the nation’s prescription drug abuse epidemic? Did you know it affects thousands of people every day and kills hundreds of them every year in our state?

Dental clinic helps kids 'in more ways than one'

By: Ethan Safran | USA Today Network-WI | Post-Crescent | April 26, 2017

GRAND CHUTE - When Tri-County Dental first began treating low-income kids, more than 10 percent of the clinic’s young patients were in pain or required emergency treatment.

Seemeyer: Medicaid reform is working for Wisconsin

By: Linda Seemeyer | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 28, 2017

As we work with our partners in Washington on the best plan to ensure that Medicaid is sustainable for the long-term, there are many common sense reforms we can move forward with now, so we can best serve those living in poverty and who need access to affordable health care.


Anthem Threatens to Leave Health Exchanges if Subsidies Are Halted

By: Reed Abelson | The New York Times | April 26, 2017

Even as Anthem, one of the nation’s largest insurers, reported an improved financial picture for the last year, the company warned on Wednesday that it would consider leaving some federal health care marketplaces or raising its rates sharply if the government does not continue subsidies to help low-income people.

The Effects of Ending the Affordable Care Act’s Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments

By: Larry Levitt, Cynthia Cox, and Gary Claxton | Kaiser Family Foundation | April 25, 2017

Controversy has emerged recently over federal payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) related to cost-sharing reductions for low-income enrollees in the ACA’s marketplaces.

Severe Shortage of Home Health Workers Robs Thousands of Proper Care

By: Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News | Home Health Care News | April 27, 2017

Acute shortages of home health aides and nursing assistants are cropping up in California and across the country, threatening care for people with serious disabilities and vulnerable older adults.


Kenosha's United Hospital System to become Froedtert South

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | April 27, 2017

Froedtert Health and United Hospital System in Kenosha would work more closely together and United Hospital System would operate under the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin brand name in a tentative agreement announced Thursday.