August 22, 2017


Wisconsin health care best in the nation

By: Staff | News8000 | August 22, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) - For the second time in a month, Wisconsin health care receives top honors, according to a release from the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Inc.

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Federal Report Ranks Wisconsin No. 1 In Health Care Quality

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | August 22, 2017

A federal agency tracking the quality of health care in doctor’s offices, hospitals and nursing homes says Wisconsin is doing better than all 50 states, followed closely by Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

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Scott Walker: Foxconn technology could change how medical procedures are conducted

By: Mark Sommerhauser | La Crosse Tribune | August 22, 2017

Ultra-high-definition display screens that Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn says it wants to make in Wisconsin could transform the state's health care industry, offering better imaging tools to conduct medical procedures, Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday.

Students gain medical experience through Mayo Clinic Health System program

By: Clint Berge | WQOW | August 21, 2017

Eau Claire (WQOW) - We rely on medical professionals in our darkest times, but your favorite doctor won't work forever. So, how does the next generation get the experience to treat complicated medical conditions?


CBO: Ending Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies would raise premiums and the deficit

By: Maureen Groppe | USA Today | August 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Premiums would rise and the federal deficit would increase if the Trump administration ends payments to health insurers that subsidize out-of-pocket costs like deductibles for lower-income customers, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

Too Few Patients Follow The Adage: You Better Shop Around

By: Michelle Andrews | Kaiser Health News | August 18, 2017

Despite having more financial “skin in the game” than ever, many consumers don’t make any attempt to compare prices for health care services, a newly released study found.

Obamacare survives its latest threat — bare counties

By: Paul Demko | POLITICO | August 20, 2017

President Donald Trump contends the health care law is “dead,” but residents of all but one county in America will be able to get an Obamacare health plan next year.

Key Obamacare subsidies will continue being paid to insurers despite Trump threats to end them

By: Dan Mangan | CNBC | August 16, 2017

The federal government will make crucial Obamacare-related subsidy payments to health insurers in August despite threats by President Donald Trump to end them, a White House spokesman said Wednesday.

Benefit manager to limit doctors' opioid prescriptions

By: Jim Salter, AP | Leader-Telegram | August 17, 2017

ST. LOUIS — The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans.

New Program Aims to Keep OB/GYNs in Rural America

By: Ali Galante and Maggie Fox | NBC News | August 18, 2017

Babies often come in the middle of the night and it was no different for Clare Shirley. “The very first contraction woke me up at midnight,” said Shirley, who runs a backcountry outfitters just north of Tofte in rural Minnesota.

ACA stability suggested

By: Associated Press | Leader-Telegram | August 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — Don’t make things worse.That’s the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that Obamacare seems here for the foreseeable future.

The Appointment Ends. Now the Patient Is Listening.

By: Paula Span | The New York Times | August 18, 2017

The next time you see your cardiologist or internist, what would happen if you took out your smartphone or a digital recorder and said you’d like to record your appointment?

Climbing Cost Of Decades-Old Drugs Threatens To Break Medicaid Bank

By: Sydney Lupkin | Kaiser Health News | August 14, 2017

Skyrocketing price tags for new drugs to treat rare diseases have stoked outrage nationwide.


ThedaCare's Andrabi: 'We're here to serve the people of this community'  

By: Ethan Safran, USA Today – Wisconsin | Wausau Daily Herald | August 20, 2017

APPLETON - For new ThedaCare president and chief executive officer Imran Andrabi, the purpose of his job is clear.