June 7, 2016


Don't play games with Zika funding

By: State Journal Editorial Board | Wisconsin State Journal | May 31, 2016

Mosquitoes are bad enough in Wisconsin without having to worry about bites causing terrible birth defects.

Meriter, Dane County group aim to eliminate suicides

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | June 5, 2016

For patients contemplating suicide, UnityPoint Health-Meriter has started taking four steps.

Fox Valley awarded $200K for mental health

By: Noell Dickmann, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Oshkosh Northwestern | June 6, 2016

Mental health care partners in Winnebago, Outagamie and Calumet counties received a $200,000-boost of support.


Strike fears loom as 5,000 Twin Cities nurses weigh contract

By: Mark Zdechlik | Minnesota Public Radio | June 6, 2016

Nearly 5,000 union nurses vote Monday on a contract offer from Allina Health. Union leaders predict it will be rejected and both sides are preparing for the possibility of strikes at four major Twin Cities hospitals.

New Opioid Limits Challenge the Most Pain-Prone

By: Paula Span | The New York Times | June 6, 2016

If you’ve come to rely on opioids for chronic pain, as a growing proportion of older adults has, you may have noticed that the drugs are becoming more difficult to get.

The U.S. Is Failing in Infant Mortality, Starting at One Month Old

By: Aaron E. Carroll | The New York Times | June 6, 2016

Many more babies die in the United States than you might think. In 2014, more than 23,000 infants died in their first year of life, or about six for every 1,000 born. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 other industrialized nations do better than the United States at keeping babies alive.

Editorial: Battling the superbugs

By: Editorial Board | Chicago Tribune | June 2, 2016

"The end of modern medicine as we know it" is a scary phrase coming from a respected world leader.

How D.C., Cali are Working to Address the Nation's 'Glaring' Nurse Shortage

By: Marty Stempniak | H&HN | June 7, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made a call to have a nurse employed by every school in the country, which would help to manage students’ chronic disease while also preventing obesity and absenteeism, among other benefits. And yet, schools in states such as California are “woefully” short of that requirement, Kaiser Health News reports.

To cut wait times, VA wants nurses to act like doctors. Doctors say veterans will be harmed.

By: Lisa Rein | The Washington Post | May 27, 2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs would dramatically expand the authority of nurses to treat patients without a doctor’s supervision in a controversial proposal by the country’s largest health-care system.

How Fast Interoperability is Speeding Innovation in Healthcare

By: Scott Mace | HealthLeaders Media | June 6, 2016

An unlikely trio—a children’s hospital, an academic medical center, and a regional hospital system just converting from a home-grown enterprise EHR to a commercial one—is blazing a trail that is beginning to allow data to flow in discrete bits to spur innovation and interoperability across all of healthcare.