August 15, 2017


Wisconsin Hospital Association concerned about future of state's Obamacare market
By: Rich Kirchen | Milwaukee Business Journal | August 14, 2017

(See WHA's coverage maps here.) 

Ten Wisconsin counties could have just one health insurer in 2018 and one county — Menominee — will have none on the Affordable Care Act exchange in 2018, according to new projections from the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

New state law on dental hygienists could be a 'game changer' in improving access to basic care
By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 12, 2017

Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s provides preventive dental care at its Family Health Center for patients who have diabetes or who are pregnant.

Volunteer First-Responders Are Dwindling In Wisconsin's Rural Areas. Can Lawmakers Help? 
By: Shamane Mills | WPR | August 4, 2017

State lawmakers are considering changes to help rural communities keep a dwindling supply of volunteer first-responders, even as some question whether the system should even exist.

Medical Examiner's Office: 38% increase in opioid deaths, drugs getting stronger
By: Laura Neuzil | WDJT Milwaukee | August 8, 2017

The Medical Examiner's Office says more people are trying opioids and the drugs are getting stronger. Official Milwaukee numbers are in through June and that time frame saw a 38% increase in opioid deaths from 2016.


Obamacare in Wisconsin: Relatively Healthy With a Few Ailments 
By: Stephen Joyce | Bloomberg BNA | August 7, 2017

Bloomberg BNA’s Stephen Joyce interviews WHA’s Eric Borgerding and Joanne Alig.

Reproduced with permission from BNA's Health Care Daily Report, 150 HCDR (Aug. 7, 2017). Copyright 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)

Facing Trump Subsidy Cuts, Health Insurance Officials Seek a Backup Plan
By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | August 7, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — Congress is on vacation, but state insurance commissioners have no time off.  They have spent the past three days debating what to do if President Trump stops subsidies paid to insurance companies on behalf of millions of low-income people.

Big Employers Say They Will Continue To Offer Health Plans To Their Workers
By: Jay Hancock | NPR | August 8, 2017

The shrinking unemployment rate has been a healthy turn of events for people with job-based insurance.

The Case For More Doctors With Disabilities
By: Bill Martens | WPR | August 8, 2017

Gregory Snyder was at the end of his third year of medical school when he broke his back in a hiking accident. He spent the next year in rehab but was left paralyzed from the waist down.

Cyber criminals’ next deadly target: Grandpa’s pacemaker
By: Tim Johnson | The Sacramento Bee | August 7, 2017

WASHINGTON - Cyberattacks are accelerating worldwide and the U.S. health care system is dangerously unprepared to defend itself, or its patients.

Hospitals Banding Together With State Associations, Peers to Tackle Cyber Threats
By: Joseph Conn | H&HN Magazine | August 11, 2017

Even before Petya and WannaCry, the latest ransomeware exploits, leaders of hospital and health systems have been collaborating and fighting back against cybersecurity attacks.


United, Froedtert take the next step
By: Heather Larson Poyner | Kenosha News | August 13, 2017

The partnership between United Hospital System and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin is moving forward according to plan.

Strong Culture Sustains High Rankings at Door County Medical Center
By: Jim Lundstrom | Door County Pulse | August 11, 2017

Employees of Door County Medical Center (DCMC) believe that before they start caring for you or me, they should first care about each other.

UW Hospital and Clinics named Wisconsin's top hospital for sixth straight year
By: Bill Novak | Wisconsin State Journal | August 8, 2017

UW Hospital and Clinics is the top-rated hospital in the state once again, according to rankings released by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Hospitals guide.

Aurora St. Luke’s ranked top hospital in Milwaukee area
By: Lauren Anderson | BizTimes | August 8, 2017

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center reclaimed its spot as the top hospital in the Milwaukee metro region and the second-best hospital in the state in the 2017-18 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list released Tuesday.

Magazine ranks Aspirus fourth best hospital in Wisconsin
By: Robert Imrie | WAOW | August 8, 2017

WAUSAU (WAOW) - Aspirus Wausau Hospital says a national magazine has ranked it the fourth best hospital in the state, behind only hospitals in Milwaukee and Madison.