July 26, 2016


Health care in Wisconsin ranks among best in nation – State ranks No. 3 in quality of care metrics

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | July 26, 2016

Wisconsin is the third best state in the country when it comes to overall health care quality scores, according to a study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

State seeks bids for self-insurance for state workers

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | July 23, 2016

The state Department of Employee Trust Funds on Friday sought bids from companies that want to be part of a possible self-insured health benefits program for state workers.

Rural hospitals face unique challenges

By: Kim Lamoreaux | The Sauk Prairie Eagle | July 18, 2016

Rural hospitals experience unique challenges not faced by many of their metropolitan peers. Locating and retaining specialists, keeping up with changes in medicine and technology, and offering continual staff training can be difficult for small hospitals that sometimes are located in remote areas.

Opioid abuse affecting babies, children in Northeast Wisconsin

By: Marisa DeCandido | NBC26 Green Bay | July 19, 2016

GREEN BAY, Wis. - For NICU doctors at HSHS St. Vincent's Children's hospital in Green Bay, it just keeps happening.

Despite opioid concerns, seniors often exit the hospital with prescription, study says

By: Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News | La Crosse Tribune | July 19, 2016

It’s a common scenario: Someone checks into a hospital for surgery or an illness and leaves with a prescription for an opioid painkiller, opening the door to long-term use and dependence.

Gundersen's link to Solar.Clinic to help folks make electricity while sun shines

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | July 25, 2016

Gundersen Health System is one of four U.S. health-care organizations that has checked into the Solar.Clinic, which helps not only the institutions but also their employees, patients and plain old folks and businesses from their communities move toward solar energy in a one-stop shop, with a discount.


New Funding Seeks to Help Clinics Swamped by Demand for Dental Care

By: Zhai Yun Tan, Kaiser Health News | HealthLeaders Media | July 20, 2016

Visits to private dental offices fell by 9% from 2006 to 2012, but adults have been seeking more care at health centers and emergency departments, where dental appointments have increased 74% and 20% respectively.

Physicians have favorite patients, but don’t play favorites

By: Matt Kuhrt | FierceHealthcare | July 22, 2016

New research indicates doctors have favorites among their patients, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Frustrated You Can’t Find A Therapist? They’re Frustrated, Too

By: April Dembosky, KQED | Kaiser Health News | July 21, 2016

There are a lot of people suffering from a mental health condition who need therapy. And there are a lot of therapists who want to help them.

When Health Insurers Merge Consumers Often Lose

By The Editorial Board | The New York Times | July 25, 2016

A wave of mergers in many sectors of the economy over the last several decades has significantly reduced competition and hurt consumers.

Essentia, Medica form new partnership for employer group health

By: Patrick Springer | Inforum | July 21, 2016

FARGO—Essentia Health and Medica are joining to offer a new health insurance option for employers in eastern North Dakota, northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.


Marshfield Clinic To Offer In-Home Care

By: Zach Hagenbucher | WSAU | July 21, 2016

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) -- Marshfield Clinic Health System and Contessa Health will enter a new partnership to operate a Home Hospitalization Program for members of Security Health Plan.

Community input key to ThedaCare 'exploration'

By: Dean Gruner for USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | July 21, 2016

Our exploration of future health care facilities has generated a lot of conversation. That’s just what we wanted.

Ministry hospitals earn Most Wired designation

By: USA Today Network – Wisconsin | USA Today | July 19, 2016

Ministry Health Care facilities once again earned most wired recognition in the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, recently released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.