August 2, 2016


Wisconsin's hospitals outperform national average in new fed quality ratings

By: Polo Rocha, Editor | WisBusiness | July 28, 2016

Wisconsin's hospitals significantly outperformed the national average in a new five-star quality rating system from the feds.

Survey: Wisconsin Ranked 3rd In Nation For Health Care

By: Rich Kremer | Wisconsin Public Radio | July 27, 2016

Wisconsin's health care system has been ranks third in the nation, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Long-term care programs available statewide by 2018

By: Associated Press | WSAW | July 28, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's top health officials says the state's long-term care programs for the elderly and disabled will be available statewide by early 2018.

Worker's Compensation Rate Reduction Lowers Cost of Doing Business in Wisconsin

By: | July 26, 2016

Madison, WI ( - The state Commissioner of Insurance has approved a 3.19% rate reduction for worker's compensation rates effective October 1, 2016 for Wisconsin employers. In addition, manufacturing as an industry group will see a reduction of 5%.

NOTE: Read the Valued Voice article: 

Wisconsin Work Comp Premium Rates Lowest Among Neighboring States
But Injury Rates Among the Highest in the Country


Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic tries to avoid physician burnout

By: Brett Boese, Rochester Post-Bulletin | La Crosse Tribune | July 30, 2016

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — By this time next year, Mayo Clinic will be well on its way to training 45,000 employees across its campuses in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida to use Epic’s electronic health records system.

Medical board adopts opioid guidelines

By: Associated Press | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | July 31, 2016

Madison— Wisconsin doctors should prescribe opioids sparingly, tell patients they could become addicted and avoid the drugs as the first option to treat pain, according to new guidelines the state Medical Examining Board recently adopted to combat heroin use.

UW-Madison and collaborators launch website on patients' experiences

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

Marty remembers looking outside the window of his room, seeing cars go by and thinking to himself, "How do you get in your car and just go, you know, just go about your day?"

Guest View: Narrowing healthcare’s rural-urban divide

By: Tim Size | The County Line | July 26, 2016

Katherine Cramer’s book, “The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker,” is required reading for anyone interested in better understanding our country.


How the Cardiac Care Bundle Will Burden Hospitals

By: Phillip Betbeze | HealthLeaders Media | July 28, 2016

CMS's latest bundled payments program is beset by "unrealistic expectations" and needs to be modified to account for patient acuity and other factors that can skew reimbursement, says one expert.

Zika Surge in Miami Neighborhood Prompts Travel Warning

By: Pam Belluck | The New York Times | August 1, 2016

Federal health officials on Monday urged pregnant women to stay away from a Miami neighborhood where they have discovered additional cases of Zika infection — apparently the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised people not to travel to a place in the continental United States.

Just a Regular Doctor

By: Danelle Ofri, M.D. | The New York Times | July 27, 2016

“What’s your specialty?” That’s the question people always ask, as soon as they learn that you are a doctor.  My specialty? This question continually flummoxes me.

MACRA, the End of Meaningful Use, and Beyond

By: Scott Mace | HealthLeaders Media | August 1, 2016

The move from meaningful use to the value-based payment world of MACRA, MIPS, and the APMs is coming into focus.


Ascension, Wheaton exec Dicus-Johnson new CEO of Network Health

By: Rich Kirchen | Milwaukee Business Journal | July 27, 2016

Ascension Wisconsin executive Coreen Dicus-Johnson was named president and CEO of a health insurer in which Ascension is 50 percent owner: Menasha-based Network Health.

Mayo-Franciscan's new Arcadia clinic to open Monday

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | July 29, 2016

ARCADIA — Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare’s new Arcadia clinic will open Monday (Aug. 1)

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to open Mequon clinic on Aug. 1

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | July 28, 2016

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will open its two-story, 40,000 square-foot primary and specialty care clinic in Mequon on Aug. 1.