July 18, 2017


Gov. Scott Walker signs bills fighting opioid abuse

By: Patrick Marley | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 17, 2017

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker signed 11 bills Monday to combat the state's opiate epidemic, including one that would establish a charter school for recovering addicts.

Sub-Zero Group adds health clinic, fitness center to growing Fitchburg campus

By: Judy Newman | Wisconsin State Journal | July 11, 2017

FITCHBURG — Employees at Sub-Zero Group will be able to get a flu shot, a blood test or even an EKG without leaving the campus, thanks to an on-site health clinic that opened Tuesday.

Medica seeks expansion in Wisconsin

By: Christopher Snowbeck | Star Tribune | July 17, 2017

Medica is seeking regulator approval to expand the number of Wisconsin counties where it sells individual market coverage.

La Crosse is launching pad for Mayo Clinic's billion-dollar records system

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | July 13, 2017

Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse has become the inaugural location for a billion-dollar electronic health record and billing system for Mayo Clinic Health System’s nationwide network.

Challenges present for premature birth in rural Wisconsin

By: Erica Dynes, | Juneau County Star-Times | July 11, 2017

Having a baby can be one of the most joyous times for any family, but if a child is born too early it can spin a jubilant moment into uncertainty and chaos.

Students explore health-care careers in summer internships at UW Health

By: Pamela Cotant | Wisconsin State Journal | July 17, 2017

From cardiovascular technologist to medical coder, 73 local students are exploring health care careers through internships at UW Health this summer.

Fight against opioid abuse continues

By: Rebecca Kleefisch and John Nygren, USA Today Network | Green Bay Press-Gazette | July 16, 2017

Six months ago, we asked for an escalation in our efforts in the fight against opioid abuse in Wisconsin.

Opioid addiction treatment center opens in Glendale

By: Lauren Anderson | BizTimes | July 17, 2017

CleanSlate Centers, a national operator of opioid and alcohol addiction treatment centers, has opened a new outpatient center in Glendale, with plans to open more in the state.

Reedsburg suits up against drug overdoses

By: Healther Stanke | Reedsburg Times-Press | July 17, 2017

Saving a life can be as simple as using a nasal spray.  Law enforcement, health care professionals and citizens gathered at the Reedsburg Public Library July 12 to learn about a spray form of naloxone, also known as Narcan.

Mosquito capable of spreading Zika found in Dane County; 'unlikely' to increase risk

By: Lexy Brodt | Wisconsin State Journal | July 18, 2017

A species of mosquito capable of carrying the Zika virus has been found for the first time in Dane County, officials said Monday, although researchers stressed there is no evidence of Zika-infected mosquitoes in Wisconsin and the risk of contracting the mainly tropical disease remains “unlikely.” 


GOP reeling after healthcare collapse

By: Peter Sullivan | The Hill | July 17, 2017

Republicans offered competing ideas for what to do next on healthcare Monday night, now that the current ObamaCare replacement effort has fallen apart.

Governors From Both Parties Denounce Senate Obamacare Repeal Bill

By: Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns | The New York Times | July 14, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The nation’s governors, gathered here for their annual summer meeting, came out strongly on Friday against the new Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, turning up the pressure on Republican leaders struggling to round up the votes to pass the bill next week.

A drug discount program that punches above its weight

By: Ted Slafsky | The Hill | July 17, 2017

When Debbie Scott from Alabama was diagnosed with colon cancer, she had no insurance and wasn’t sure how she would pay for treatment.

Study: Hospitals with Post-Acute Services Produce Better Outcomes than SNFs

By: Alex Spanko | Skilled Nursing | July 12, 2017

At first, the conclusion seems obvious: Hospitals that sink more money into post-acute services provide better care to patients than their lower-spending counterparts.