August 17, 2016


Report: Wisconsinites' Life Expectancy At 79.5 Years 

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | August 11, 2016

Life expectancy for Wisconsinites is 79.5 years, according to a Wisconsin Department of Health Services study that looked at life expectancy over a four-year period from 2010 to 2014.

Flood continues to affect hospital services 

By: Scott Williams | The Shawano Leader | August 10, 2016

Surgeries and other patient services were being postponed Wednesday at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano as crews spent a second day cleaning up from a flood.

Exclusive: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin takes team-based approach to reduce pressure ulcers

By: Ilene MacDonald | FierceHealthcare | August 16, 2016

Despite common belief, pressure ulcers don’t only affect adults. Infants and children are also at risk. But an innovative, peer-to-peer education model at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has greatly reduced the chances that their vulnerable patients will suffer from these serious wounds.


Big Companies Expect Moderate Increases In 2017 Employee Health Care Costs 

By: Jay Hancock | Kaiser Health News | August 9, 2016

Big employers expect health costs to continue rising by about 6 percent in 2017, a moderate increase compared with historical trends that nevertheless far outpaces growth in the economy, two new surveys show.

Health Insurers Use Process Intended to Curb Rate Increases to Justify Them 

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | August 14, 2016

WASHINGTON — After the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2010, it created a review mechanism intended to prevent exorbitant increases in health insurance rates by shaming companies that sought them.

At fabled addiction treatment center, a new approach 

By: Christine Vestal, | La Crosse Tribune | August 14, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (TNS) — For decades, the fabled Hazelden Foundation here has relied on group therapy, individual counseling and other nonmedical approaches to help tens of thousands of people recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Steep Rise in U.S. Babies Born to Opioid-Addicted Mothers 

By: HealthDay News | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 11, 2016

Triggered by a national epidemic of opioid painkiller abuse, the number of babies born with opioid withdrawal symptoms quadrupled in the United States between 1999 and 2013. 

E-prescribing for Controlled Substances Zooms 600%

By: HealthLeaders Media News | August 16, 2016

The number of providers able to e-prescribe controlled substances spiked 359% in 2015, according to data from Surescripts.

U.S. Declares Zika an Emergency in Puerto Rico 

By: Sabrina Tavernise | The New York Times | August 12, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico on Friday because of the Zika virus, sending a message to the island that the virus, which has infected more than 10,000 residents, should be taken seriously.


WTMJ Conversations: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin CEO Peggy Troy 

By: Michelle Richards | WTMJ | August 14, 2016

One of the highest ranked pediatric hospitals in the nation is located right in our backyard: Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

ThedaCare appoints chief operating officer 

By: Ethan Safran, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Post Crescent | August 11, 2016

APPLETON - ThedaCare's chief nursing executive has been appointed chief operating officer, the health system announced Thursday.