July 19, 2016


Organizations respond to blood shortage

By: Noell Dickmann, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Oshkosh Northwestern | July 14, 2016

OSHKOSH — Kim Kastein laid back in a chair and squeezed a lime green ball in her right hand as blood flowed through a tube and into a bag hanging below her chair at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh.

Momentum sets stage for 5-year county health plan, director says

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | July 14, 2016

The La Crosse County Health Department’s new five-year health plan, an ambitious venture that makes mental health and substance abuse its two top priorities, is steps ahead of other such ventures, Health Director Jen Rombalski said.

Moulton: Combating rural health care shortages

By: Senator Terry Moulton | The Dunn County News | July 12, 2016

In Wausau last week, the Medical College of Wisconsin–Central Wisconsin campus opened its doors to the inaugural class of 26 medical students.

Study: Health Care Reform Brings Modest Improvement To Community Well-Being

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | July 15, 2016

The health of most communities has improved since the Affordable Care Act although modestly in many cases, according to a national study by the Commonwealth Fund.

Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative faces a few fateful months

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 18, 2016

Fifteen of the health insurance cooperatives started with federal dollars through the Affordable Care Act have failed — four of them just this month — saddling taxpayers with an estimated $1.7 billion in bad loans.


CMS: ACA policyholders' out-of-pocket costs declined this year

By: Brooke Murphy | Becker’s Hospital CFO | July 13, 2016

Many consumers who purchased health plans on the government marketplace this year are facing lower out-of-pocket costs compared to 2015, according to new data from CMS.

New Peak for US Health Care Spending: $10,345 Per Person

By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | ABC News | July 14, 2016

The nation's health care tab this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said Wednesday.

Why 4% of Patients Consume 25% of Medicare Spending

By: Eric Planin | The Fiscal Times | July 15, 2016

About 25 percent of the $650 billion of annual spending on Medicare goes for the treatment and care of elderly people in the final year of their lives, according to a new study.

Few Young Doctors Are Training To Care For U.S. Elderly

By: Kara Lofton, West Virginia Broadcasting | Kaiser Health News | July 13, 2016

At Edgewood Summit retirement community in Charleston, W.Va., 93-year-old Mary Mullens is waxing eloquent about her geriatrician, Dr. Todd Goldberg. “He’s sure got a lot to do,” she said, “and does it so well.”

Sacramento Bee: Mental illness knows no party

By: Editorial Board, Sacramento Bee | Wisconsin State Journal | July 13, 2016

In an era when bipartisanship is rare, the U.S. House of Representatives has taken a step toward providing more care and treatment of severely mentally ill people.

New tool searches health prices by doctor, insurance

By: Jayne O’Donnell and Laura Unger | USA Today | July 12, 2016

Starting Tuesday, consumers worried about high out-of-pocket health costs can search for procedure prices ranging from knee surgeries to vasectomies, based on their doctor and type of insurance so they can eliminate most of the surprise bills that show up long after their wounds have healed.

UnitedHealth's profit surges, yet Affordable Care Act drags

By: Tom Murphy | La Crosse Tribune | July 19, 2016

UnitedHealth's second-quarter earnings jumped 11 percent to trump expectations even though the nation's largest health insurer took a bigger hit than expected from coverage linked to the Affordable Care Act. 

Addressing an overwhelming demand for dental coverage

By: Zhai Yun Tan, Kaiser Health News | USA Today | July 16, 2016

Shane Peebles has a ticking time bomb in his mouth. He has multiple cavities, including one that has been infected and formed a pocket of painful pus.

Mobile’s role in population health management

By: Dan Bowman | FierceHealthcare | July 18, 2016

To improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable patients, healthcare providers increasingly focus their efforts on preventive care and population health management. Many deploy technology--including electronic health records and data analytics systems--to bolster such efforts.


Children's Hospital's Midtown Clinic in Milwaukee opens

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 18, 2016

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Midtown Clinic opened Monday at 5433 W. Fond du Lac Ave. in Milwaukee.