July 12, 2016


Children's Hospital to sell health plans on federal marketplace next year

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 6, 2016

Children's Community Health Plan, which is owned by Children's Hospital and Health System, plans to sell insurance on the federal marketplace set up through the Affordable Care Act.

Medical College of Wisconsin welcomes first Wausau class

By: Jeff Theien | WSAW | July 8, 2016

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin (MCW-Central Wisconsin) regional campus welcomed its first class of 26 students.

Help for kids in crisis tied to maps, not need

By: Keegan Kyle and Rory Linnane, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | July 12, 2016

A major factor in a kid's access to public mental health care in Wisconsin is the location of their home, a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin analysis shows.

Medicare Advantage plans continue to gain market share

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 9, 2016

More than three out of 10 people covered by Medicare nationwide opt for Medicare Advantage plans sold by private companies — and that percentage is even higher in Milwaukee County.

Kleefisch dreams of day cancer is just another illness but not death

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | July 9, 2016

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is mixing a jocular attitude of thanks with a serious message during what she calls her “victory lap on cancer” throughout Wisconsin, including her tour Friday of oncology facilities at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

Wisconsin's ranking for uninsured children slipping

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | July 11, 2016

Wisconsin’s status of having one of the lowest rates of uninsured children is slipping because the state dropped many parents from Medicaid and hasn’t made it as easy to enroll in state coverage as other states have, according to a report Tuesday from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.

City Council adopts Sara Eskrich's alternative health care resolution

By: Abigail Becker | The Capital Times | July 6, 2016

Madison’s City Council approved an alternative resolution to Mayor Paul Soglin’s proposal to conduct a review of the equity of health care costs charged to local government and public employees.


To combat opioid epidemic, HHS moves to remove pain management questions from HCAHPS surveys

By: Susan Morse, Associate Editor | Healthcare Finance News | July 6, 2016

Many clinicians report feeling pressure to overprescribe opioids because scores on the pain management questions are tied to Medicare payments.

The Other Victims of Gun Violence

By: Tristram Korten | Modern Healthcare | June 25, 2016

Note from WHA: This is an excellent article – it will be of interest to a wide range of staff in your hospital.

MIAMI —The man on the table at Ryder Trauma Center in Jackson Memorial Hospital has been shot four times, in the forearm, chest, flank, and thigh. Dr. George Garcia spends two hours operating on him, removing bullet fragments, closing blood vessels and repairing tissue.

A Medical Mystery of the Best Kind: Major Diseases Are in Decline

By: Gina Kolata | The New York Times | July 8, 2016

Something strange is going on in medicine. Major diseases, like colon cancer, dementia and heart disease, are waning in wealthy countries, and improved diagnosis and treatment cannot fully explain it.

Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Emphasizes Primary Care

By: HealthLeaders Media News | July 11, 2016

The proposal puts the "nation's money where its mouth is," according to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.

HHS: Rural Americans benefit ‘dramatically’ from health reform law

By: Bryan Thompson | Kansas Health Institute | July 8, 2016

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says rural Americans are gaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act at rates outpacing their urban counterparts.

Inaccurate Provider Lists A Major Barrier To Care, Study Finds

By: Emily Bazar | HealthLeaders Media | July 11, 2016

Callers posing as patients were able to schedule an appointment with a primary care physician less than 30% of the time.


Ascension Wisconsin names regional presidents

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | July 11, 2016

Ascension has appointed two regional presidents to oversee its Wisconsin operations. Travis Andersen and Debra Standridge will lead its southern and northern regions, respectively, the health care system announced Monday.

Ministry to Partner with Hospital Sisters Health System

By: Jim Lundstrom | Door County Pulse | July 7, 2016

With the July 7 announcement that Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) will end its relationship with Ascension Health, President/CEO Gerald Worrick said the first question he has gotten about the change is what will the new name be?

Aurora expanding partnership with StartUp Health

By: Polo Rocha | WisBusiness | July 8, 2016

A year into the partnership, Aurora Health Care says its work with the national group StartUp Health has proven fruitful.

Aspirus Riverview plans $25M upgrades

By: Jonathan Anderson, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Marshfield News-Herald | July 1, 2016

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics will spend $25 million to expand and improve its facilities over the next two years, the medical provider said Thursday.