July 5, 2016


Madison health care systems and insurance companies form new collaborations

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | June 30, 2016

UW Health and UnityPoint Health said Thursday that they had agreed to explore combining their operations in Madison.

Annual survey shows the high cost of long-term care  

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | June 28, 2016

The median cost of a personal care worker for someone who needs help with daily household tasks is estimated at $51,480 a year in Wisconsin, according to an annual survey of long-term care costs.

Madison Mayor Looks To Take On Hospitals Health Care Pricing

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | July 4, 2016

Studies Show Stark Difference In Health Care Sticker Prices, Charges To Medicare, Private Insurers.

Despite efforts, stubborn barriers remain to opioid, heroin addiction treatment

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | July 3, 2016

In their early teens, James Noyd and Conrad Rauwolf got high on alcohol, marijuana and cough syrup. Soon the teenagers, who didn’t know each other, added oxycodone and other prescription drugs before taking up heroin and landing in jail.

HMO, EPO, PPO, OMG! How to navigate insurance plans

By: Tom Murphy | Wisconsin State Journal | June 29, 2016

Hunting for the right health insurance plan outside the workplace used to involve a much lower risk of losing hair — from tearing it out in frustration.

Wisconsin Officials Push Congress For Billion-Dollar Drug Treatment Expansion

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | June 28, 2016

Local officials in Wisconsin are joining the Obama administration in urging Congress to approve more than $1 billion in grants that states could use for opioid addiction treatment. Wisconsin could be in line for $13 million if federal lawmakers act.


The Growing Cost of a Hospital Stay

By: Anna North | The New York Times | June 28, 2016

If you have to go to the hospital, health insurance is supposed to cushion the financial blow. But as insurers pass more costs along to patients, hospitalizations are getting more expensive, and checking in can come with a four-figure bill.

Americans are shouldering more and more of their health-care costs

By: Carolyn Y. Johnson | The Washington Post | June 27, 2016

For years, economists have been talking about a historic slowdown in the growth of health spending, which they say was triggered largely by the recession. To people feeling the financial crush of rising deductibles and premiums, talk of a slowdown can feel totally wrong, and a new study of the out-of-pocket costs shouldered by patients with private insurance who end up in the hospital helps explain why. 

At the End of Life, What Would Doctors Do?

By: Ira Byock, M.D. | The New York Times | June 30, 2016

Americans have long been chided as the only people on earth who believe death is optional. But the quip is losing its premise. A recent profusion of personal narratives, best-selling books and social entrepreneurs’ projects suggest that, as a culture, we are finally starting to come to terms with our mortality.

‘Medicalized’ smartphones to put health data in hands of patients

By: Greg Slabodkin | Health Data Management | July 1, 2016

The world is on the verge of a fourth industrial revolution, characterized by artificial intelligence, robots, big data, and deep learning and analytics, but medicine is still stuck at the beginning of the third industrial revolution, which has already brought digital capabilities to billions of people worldwide.

What Doctors Know About How Bad It Is, and Won’t Say

By: Paula Span | The New York Times | July 1, 2016

Until a severe stroke sent him to a neurological intensive care unit in December 2014, Ernest Kohn was a particularly vibrant 90-year-old, still teaching a graduate economics class at Queens College.


ThedaCare – Shawano CEO Erdmann to retire

By: Leader Staff | The Shawano Leader | June 28, 2016

After leading the former Shawano Medical Center through a period of transition, integration with ThedaCare and the opening of a new hospital, ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano CEO Dorothy Erdmann on Tuesday announced she will retire at the end of the year. 

PAM Specialty Hospital of Milwaukee Awarded Respiratory Failure Certification from The Joint Commission

By: Post Acute Medical, LLC | PR Newswire | May 16, 2016

ENOLA, Pa., May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Post Acute Medical, LLC recently announced that PAM Specialty Hospital of Milwaukee, one of the company's long-term acute care hospitals, has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Respiratory Failure Certification.

HFM to build Two Rivers outpatient facility

By: Josh Lintereur, USA Today Network-Wisconsin | Herald Times Reporter | June 29, 2016

TWO RIVERS - Holy Family Memorial has announced plans to begin construction in July on a new outpatient facility in Two Rivers offering a range of primary and specialty care services.