May 24, 2016


Medical College seeks to boost Northwoods psychiatrists

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 20, 2016

The Medical College of Wisconsin has moved to lessen one of the state's most severe physician shortages: the lack of psychiatrists in northern Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Set To Change Emergency Detention Guidelines

By: Danielle Kaeding | Wisconsin Public Radio | May 18, 2016

Wisconsin will soon require a licensed mental health professional to conduct in-person assessments on whether a person should be detained during an emergency.

State Insurance Board Says Process For Examining Self-Funding Is Transparent

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | May 19, 2016

Wisconsin's Group Insurance Board will seek bids in July for a company to manage a possible self-insurance program.

State continues to explore self-insurance for state worker health benefits  

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | May 18, 2016

Wisconsin continues to look at self-insuring 250,000 state and local government workers and their family members, as the board that oversees the health benefits on Wednesday reviewed information to be requested from companies when bids are sought in July.

Record year for Meriter Hospital program that collects forensic evidence in assault cases

By: Karen Rivedal | Wisconsin State Journal | May 21, 2016

In her 11 years working as a nurse who cares for and collects evidence from some of the most vulnerable victims of violent crimes, Kim Curran has seen a lot of colleagues leave the specialty in the first two years.

AG: Employers have role in fighting addiction

By: Patti Zarling, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Green Bay Press-Gazette | May 17, 2016

GREEN  BAY - Noting the misuse of prescription drugs among workers costs U.S. employers an estimated $26 billion a year, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel on Tuesday called on employers to play a bigger role in fighting drug addiction in the state.

Wisconsin nursing home payments might be worst in nation, study says

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | May 18, 2016

Wisconsin’s payments for nursing home care might be the worst in the country, a new study says, causing the facilities to lose more than $50 a day on Medicaid patients and charge $100 a day more for those who pay out of pocket.

Painkiller misuse is bad for business, AG tells local employers

By: Christena T. O’Brien | Leader Telegram | May 18, 2016

After the pain, prescription painkillers are just killers, according to state Attorney General Brad Schimel.


Survey Finds Most Marketplace Enrollees Like Their Coverage, Though Satisfaction with Premiums and Deductibles Has Declined Since 2014

By: KFF Staff | Kaiser Family Foundation | May 20, 2016

Most Say They are Satisfied with Their Plan’s Doctor and Hospital Networks

Why Can’t Drug Costs be Reined In?

By: Haley Sweetland Edwards | Time Magazine | May 19, 2016

When the price of the blood-pressure drug Nitropress leaped from $215 to $881 last year, an increase of 300%, it triggered public outrage.

Actions by Congress on Opioids Haven’t Included Limiting Them

By: Gardiner Harris and Emmarie Heutteman | The New York Times | May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON — Ed White has had a devilish time getting his painkiller prescription filled for intense back pain since a federal crackdown on opioid sales battened down the pharmacy shelves at the Walgreens near his home in Port Richey, Fla.

Where Dentists Are Scarce, American Indians Forge a Path to Better Care

By: Kirk Johnson | The New York Times | May 22, 2016

LA CONNER, Wash. — Going to the dentist evokes a special anxiety for Verne McLeod. He grew up on the Swinomish Indian reservation here in northwest Washington State in the 1950s and vividly remembers the dentist who visited periodically.


Tomah Memorial named top-20 critical access hospital

By: Cassie Colson | La Crosse Tribune | May 19, 2016

Tomah Memorial Hospital has been named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the country for overall performance on the heels of being recognized as a top-100 facility.

Marshfield Clinic expanding in Stevens Point

By: Nathan Vine, USA Today Network-Wisconsin | Marshfield News-Herald | May 23, 2016

STEVENS POINT - Marshfield Clinic broke ground on a new cancer center, to be located at the Stevens Point Center, during a ceremony on Monday.