June 6, 2017


A time for change in health care discussion  

By: Therese Pandl, for USA Today Network-WI | Green Bay Press-Gazette | June 3, 2017

It is often said your health is your wealth. Health and health care are crucial aspects of the quality of our lives and our communities. Debuts One-Stop Resource to Connect Health Care Employers with Talent  

By: DWD Communications | DWD Wisconsin | June 5, 2017

Wisconsin Hospital Association collaborates with DWD, other partners to develop online content featuring employers, current job openings, employment and training information.

Benefit changes, reserve  funds — not self-insurance — will save $60 million, budget panel leaders say  

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | June 6, 2017

A “modest” increase in deductibles, expanded wellness incentives and excess reserve funds could let Wisconsin save $60 million from state worker benefits without shifting to self-insurance, leaders of the state Legislature’s budget committee said Monday.

Fiscal bureau: Self-insurance savings $17 million less than projected

By: Matthew DeFour and David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | June 1, 2017

Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to self-insure state employees would save $17 million less than previously thought, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported Wednesday.

Community efforts help as Dane County confronts opioid epidemic, advocates say  

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | June 3, 2017

With doctors prescribing fewer opioids, recovery coaches helping overdose patients and advocates identifying landlords and employers willing to take people with criminal records related to addiction, Dane County is tackling the opioid epidemic on many fronts, community leaders said Friday.

Rep. Nygren Says Medicaid Drug Testing Could Be Helpful  

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | June 5, 2017

A key lawmaker who has spearheaded laws to address opioid addiction said he supports Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to drug test those on Medicaid. But Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, said how it would be done is important.

By Serving Antibiotic-Free Meat, Wisconsin Hospitals Try To Keep Superbugs At Bay

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | May 31, 2017

Hospitals rely on antibiotics to fend off bad bacteria. But they’re also concerned about overuse, because too much of a good thing promotes resistance, meaning antibiotics don’t always work

CDC recommends people with large opioid prescriptions also get naloxone  

By: Staff | Channel 3000 | June 5, 2017

MADISON, Wis. - Naloxone has become a critical tool for paramedics and law enforcement officers in reviving someone who overdoses on heroin, but now it is being recommended for individuals receiving large prescriptions of opioid painkillers.

UW-Madison Nursing Students Aid in Tornado Relief through Rural Health Care Immersion Program  

By: Christina Morgan | | June 5, 2017

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) has a rural health care immersion program where the focus of the curriculum is on disaster and crisis response.


Obamacare Didn’t Destroy Insurance Markets, but It Also Didn’t Fix Them  

By: Reed Abelson and Haeyoun Park | The New York Times | June 6, 2017

Most Americans get health insurance from a job or government program, but about 8 percent, or some 22 million people, now buy individual policies under the Affordable Care Act. Insurers began offering these plans in 2014.

New Rules May Make Online Health Insurance Sales Simpler  

By: Michelle Andrews | NPR | May 31, 2017

Signing up for coverage on the health insurance marketplace should be easier for some people this fall because new federal rules will allow brokers and insurers to handle the entire enrollment process online, from soup to nuts.

HHS task force spells out ‘urgent challenge’ of cybersecurity in healthcare  

By: Evan Sweeney | FierceHealthcare | June 5, 2017

Classifying cybersecurity as a patient safety concern, a long-awaited report by a federal task force identified some of the key cybersecurity vulnerabilities in healthcare and stressed the importance of collaboration between all stakeholders to close those gaps.

Drug Deaths in America Are Rising Faster Than Ever

By: Josh Katz | The New York Times | June 5, 2017

New data compiled from hundreds of health agencies reveals the extent of the drug overdose epidemic last year.

The Doctor Is In. Co-Pay? $40,000.

By: Nelson D. Schwartz | The New York Times | June 3, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — When John Battelle’s teenage son broke his leg at a suburban soccer game, naturally the first call his parents made was to 911.

Muslim, health leaders team up to curb measles outbreak  

By: Mark Zdechlik MPR News | La Crosse Tribune | June 5, 2017

Health care and religious leaders are working in tandem to control Minnesota’s measles outbreak, which has stricken the state’s majority-Muslim Somali community.


BDCH named Wisconsin's first Blue Zones Project approved worksite  

By: Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Inc. | Fond du Lac Reporter | May 31, 2017

BEAVER DAM - Blue Zones Project Dodge County announced Beaver Dam Community Hospitals Inc., as the first Blue Zones Project Approved worksite in Wisconsin, demonstrating the hospital’s commitment to supporting longer, better lives among employees as well as those they serve.