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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.