June 28, 2016


Aurora's Turkal talks health care quality, succession planning, politics: Slideshow

By: Mark Kass, Editor in Chief | Milwaukee Business Journal | June 25, 2016

Aurora Health Care CEO Dr. Nick Turkal talked health care quality, politics and even some succession planning at the Milwaukee Business Journal's Power Breakfast Friday. Check out the attached slideshow to see who attended the quarterly networking event.

Alcohol and Drug Screening by Paraprofessionals Reduces Medicaid Costs

By: UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health | June 27, 2016

Madison, Wisconsin - Using cost-effective health educators rather than physicians and nurses to screen and coach Medicaid patients on alcohol and other drug use could save states hundreds of millions of dollars a year, according to a study by the Population Health Institute of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Why are Wisconsin kids falling behind?

By: Robert Mentzer, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Wausau Daily Herald | June 24, 2016

Wisconsin children are the 13th-best-off of all the kids in the nation. That’s not so bad. We are solidly in the top half of the states.

Dane County to pilot new opioid treatment program with Safe Communities

By: Lisa Speckhard | The Capital Times | June 25, 2016

For years, Mary Rauwolf’s son struggled with mental illness and opioid addiction. Mary and her husband worked to find a treatment program for their son that was effective, available and affordable.

Click here when I die: Sites lay out plans for loved ones

By: Joseph Pisani, Associated Press | Wisconsin State Journal | June 22, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Several websites are trying to make death easier -- for the people left behind.  Everplans, Everest Funeral, My Life & Wishes and other companies are helping with end-of-life planning. Users can upload digital copies of their wills, plan their funeral or name the person who will take care of the dog when they die.


The Alternative Medical Bill: $30.2 Billion

By: Nicholas Bakalar | The New York Times | June 27, 2016

Americans spend $30.2 billion a year on alternative and complementary medicines and procedures, including $1.9 billion on children 4 to 17 years old. None of it is covered by insurance.

New for-profit medical schools springing up across US

By: Rebecca Boone | Wisconsin State Journal | June 22, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — For-profit medical schools are starting to pop up around the country, promising to create new family doctors for underserved rural regions.

Better Mental Health Care Is Worth the Expense

By: Editorial Board | Bloomberg News | June 21, 2016

When more than half of people who need mental health care can’t or don’t get it -- as is true in the U.S. -- other problems arise.

Blue Cross eyes major exit from individual market

By: Tribune News Service | St. Cloud Times | June 24, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota’s largest health insurer will pull the bulk of its plans off the individual market at the end of the year, forcing an estimated 103,000 residents to find new health care plans and providing the latest reminder of volatility in the market that’s been reshaped by President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Nearly 1 in 3 on Medicare Got Commonly Abused Opioids

By: Carla K. Johnson, AP | ABC News | June 22, 2016

Nearly 12 million Medicare beneficiaries received at least one prescription for an opioid painkiller last year at a cost of $4.1 billion, according to a federal report that shows how common the addictive drugs are in many older Americans' medicine cabinets.

Doctors wrestle with mixed messages when deciding whether to prescribe painkillers

By: Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News | USA Today | June 25, 2016

Steve Diaz, an emergency medicine doctor at Augusta’s Maine General Health, says he knows what patients want when they come to him in pain. Drugs. And preferably strong ones.

Leaving the Pediatrician? Not at 26

By: Jane H. Furse | The New York Times | June 23, 2016

Lule Rault took a seat in the waiting room of Uptown Pediatrics on Park Avenue, across from several young mothers with babies in tow. A toddler played with the toys on the waiting-room floor.


Hospital ground broken

By: Penny Mullins | EagleHerald Publishing | May 10, 2016

MARINETTE — Even a cold May wind couldn’t dispel the excitement and sense of pride conveyed by presenters at a groundbreaking ceremony held Tuesday for the new Bay Area Medical Center hospital on University Drive.

Mayo-Franciscan's new mobilized mammography taps 3-D for better outcomes

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | June 22, 2016

ONALASKA — Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare took 3-D mammography option that is available at its La Crosse and Onalaska sites on the road this week with what a physician says will detect cancer earlier, with fewer callbacks for additional testing.

Crossing Rivers Health to celebrate medical center's first anniversary

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | June 24, 2016

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien will celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of its new medical center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Tomah Memorial seeks public input on new hospital

By: Steve Rundio | La Crosse Tribune | June 22, 2016

TOMAH — Tomah Memorial Hospital is looking for public input about the planned construction of a new hospital on the city’s south side.