July 11, 2017


Court knocks down noneconomic cap on medical malpractice

By: Richard Moore | The Lakeland Times | July 11, 2017

A Wisconsin appellate court threw out the state's $750,000 cap on noneconomic medical malpractice awards this week, saying the amount was arbitrary and discriminated against those most injured by treating them differently under the law.

Sherry: On health care, we can and must do better — together

By: Bernie Sherry | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 7, 2017

In many states, including Wisconsin, the individual insurance market needs to offer more health plan options at a lower cost.

Who pays when someone without insurance shows up in the ER?

By: Maureen Groppe | USA Today | July 4, 2017

WASHINGTON — If an uninsured patient shows up in the emergency room, who pays? The hospital? Taxpayers? The patient? Other patients?

Wisconsin Democrats double down on expanding public health coverage

By: Jason Stein | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 5, 2017

MADISON - As congressional Republicans seek to scale back the private health marketplaces in Obamacare, Democrats here and nationally are proposing expansions of public coverage.

Opioid Use Low Among Injured Workers In Wisconsin

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | July 4, 2017

According to a national study, people injured on the job in Wisconsin are using fewer opioids for pain than those in other states.

John Nygren’s War on Drug Abuse

By: Steven Walters | Urban Milwaukee | July 10, 2017

It’s the phone call, or the knock on your door, that every parent most dreads, with the horrible message: Your child is abusing drugs.

GHC sues Anthem, alleges clients poached

By: Andrew Dowd | Leader-Telegram | July 6, 2017

Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire is suing one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, which began enrolling Medicaid clients in western and central Wisconsin residents earlier this year in an HMO plan.

Mayo's Health Tradition insurer pulls two plans amid health care policy uncertainty

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | July 5, 2017

Health Tradition Health Plan will quit offering individual policies and pull the plug on another program next year.

Summer's annual blood shortage at critical stage, Red Cross says

By: Bill Novak | Wisconsin State Journal | July 5, 2017

The American Red Cross is sending out an urgent plea for people to give blood after donations fell short of expectations the past two months.

Health insurers’ role in fighting the opioid crisis

By: Paul Nobile | BizTimes | July 10, 2017

Here’s a frightening but effective illustration of the U.S. opioid crisis: Reports released earlier this month show that more Americans are dying every year than we lost in the entire Vietnam War. 


Senator Johnson clarifies position on health care bill

By: Chris Mertes | The Sun Prairie Star | July 5, 2017

The possibility Wisconsin may be treated unfairly in the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, known more informally as Obamacare, was among the reasons why U.S. Senator Ron Johnson sought a delay in a U.S. Senate vote to repeal Obamacare.

As Seniors Get Sicker, They're More Likely To Drop Medicare Advantage Plans

By: Fred Schulte | NPR | July 5, 2017

When Sol Shipotow enrolled in a new Medicare Advantage health plan earlier this year, he expected to keep the doctor who treats his serious eye condition.

More than 1,370 counties may only have one health insurer serving them

By: Jayne O’Donnell | USA Today | June 2, 2017

More than 1,370 counties now have only one insurer that will sell on the Affordable Care Act exchanges next year, while about 40 have none, an analysis of the latest data by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and USA TODAY shows.

Tackling the physician shortage: Reduce inefficiency, add residency slots

By: Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor | Healthcare Finance News | July 6, 2017

Physicians are aging out of the industry, contributing to a doctor shortage that is only made worse by the similar aging in society as a whole.

Amount Of Opioids Prescribed In U.S. Has Been Falling Since 2010

By: Vickie Connor | Kaiser Health News | July 6, 2017

Ryan Hampton was sitting at his computer at work when he began sweating, feeling sick and unable to concentrate. He went to the bathroom, splashed water on his face and called his friend for help.

Association Health Plans for Small Groups and Self-Employed Individuals under the Better Care Reconciliation Act

By: Karen Pollitz and Gary Claxton | Kaiser Family Foundation | June 30, 2017

The Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), a proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), includes a provision to create new association health plan options for small employers and self-employed individuals.

Opioid Prescriptions Fall After 2010 Peak, C.D.C. Report Finds

By: Abby Goodnough | The New York Times | July 6, 2017

WASHINGTON — The amount of opioid painkillers prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010, a new federal analysis has found, with prescriptions for higher, more dangerous doses dropping most sharply — by 41 percent — since then.


UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter, former rivals, become  partners

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | July 10, 2017

UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter, which have long collaborated on some services but became more competitive in recent years — leading to lawsuits and duplicate clinics — have become partners.

Marshfield Clinic purchase of Saint Joseph's Hospital now official

By: Mitchell A. Skurzewski, USA Today Network-WI | Wisconsin Rapids Tribune | July 1, 2017

MARSHFIELD - Marshfield Clinic Health System made its purchase of Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield official Saturday.