May 31, 2016


WCRI Studies Compare Outcomes of Injured Workers Across 15 States

By: | May 25, 2016

Cambridge, MA ( - New studies published today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) compare outcomes of injured workers across 15 states.

Total health care costs for typical family will top $25,000 this year

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 26, 2016

The average total cost of health care for the typical family of four will top $25,000 this year. That projection — from the annual Milliman Medical Index — includes the average cost of health insurance paid by employers and employees, as well as deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses for the most common type of health plan.

Chiropractors seek ability to prescribe painkillers

By: Jessica Bringe | WEAU | May 26, 2016

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU )-- A profession known for its holistic approach is seeking the ability to prescribe narcotics. A legislative proposal would allow Wisconsin chiropractors to get additional training so professionals could write prescriptions for painkillers.

Survey: Tight Job Market, Low Pay Means Thousands Of Vacancies In Caregiving Jobs

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | May 30, 2016

A shortage of caregivers in nursing homes and residential facilities for the elderly and disabled is leading to high vacancy rates across Wisconsin, according to a new survey.

Ascension Wisconsin announces plan to restructure

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | May 24, 2016

Ascension Wisconsin, now the second-largest health care system in the state with the addition of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare's health care operations in southeastern Wisconsin, said Tuesday that it plans to set up a northern and a southern region, each led by a president.

Wausau Native Oversees Successful Milwaukee Health Initiative

By: Larry Lee | WSAU | May 29, 2016

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WSAU) -- A Milwaukee-based health program utilized the resources of several partners to increase health coverage, cut down on emergency room visits and even won recognition from President Obama.

Dane County woman with Zika virus acquired infection in trip to Colombia

By: Amanda Finn | Wisconsin State Journal | May 28, 2016

Public Health Madison and Dane County announced Friday that a non-pregnant woman living in Dane County has a confirmed Zika virus infection.

Infection Raises Specter of Superbugs Resistant to All Antibiotics

By: Sabrina Tavernise and Denise Grady | The New York Times | May 26, 2016

American military researchers have identified the first patient in the United States to be infected with bacteria that are resistant to an antibiotic that was the last resort against drug-resistant germs.

Health System Data Proves Palliative Care Pays Off

By: Amy Baxer | Home Health Care Nws | May 30, 2016

Palliative care has been gaining steam as a crucial service over the last few years, but increasing its accessibility is largely dependent on figuring out how to pay for it.

Drug Prices Too High? Sometimes, They’re Not Costly Enough

By: Austin Frakt | The New York Times | May 30, 2016

You hear a lot about high drug prices. You hear politicians calling for lower drug prices. But you may not be hearing about how low prices contribute to drug shortages.

Report: Federally funded institute avoids comparing drugs, other treatments

By: Jayne O’Donnell | USA Today | May 31, 2016

WASHINGTON — An institute that pays researchers to compare medical treatments has spent only half of its more than $1.4 billion in available federal money on what is called comparative effectiveness research and has largely ignored prescription drugs, despite their role in driving up health care costs, according to a study released Tuesday by a Washington-based policy group.


Aspirus Medford Hospital Does It Again

By: Brian Wilson | Central Wisconsin News | May 25, 2016

Local facility among Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in country for second time.

Aspirus one of 100 great hospitals in America

By: Laura E. Schulte, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Wausau Daily Herald | May 26, 2016

WAUSAU - Aspirus Hospital in Wausau has been named as one of the "100 great hospitals in America" for 2016 by Becker's Hospital Review.