August 23, 2016


Medical residency programs expanding

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 23, 2016

The best hope for averting a projected physician shortage in Wisconsin is starting new residency programs in rural areas and filling them with graduates from the state's medical schools.

Report finds state physician shortage could be larger than originally anticipated

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | August 23, 2016

Wisconsin Council on Medical Education & Workforce urges more investment in education programs. By 2035, Wisconsin could face a larger-than-anticipated physician shortage that may offset recent efforts to expand medical education and training programs.

Study Projects WI Doc Shortage

By: Jeff Flynt, Wisconsin Radio Network | WSAU | August 23, 2016

MADISON, WI (Wisconsin Radio Network) - Faced with an aging population and other factors – such as harsh winter weather – a new report forecasts that Wisconsin may see a shortage of more than 2,000 physicians by 2030.

State Workers' Health Insurance Premiums To Increase 1.6 Percent Next Year

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | August 17, 2016

Insurers Say Premiums Reflect Competitive Market, Argue Against Switch To Self-Insurance.

Health insurers eye steep increases

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 21, 2016

With the fourth open-enrollment period set to begin this fall for the marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act, it’s becoming clear that the market for health insurance has not evolved as expected, or hoped.

Wisconsin Hospital Stays Were Shorter In 2015

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | August 19, 2016

An annual report on Wisconsin’s hospitals shows the average stay in 2015 was about 4.5 days and cost $32,000. The average charge for hospitalization rose 5.2 percent compared to the previous year, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association, which released the findings

‘Getting worse and worse’: Baldwin discusses heroin, opioid abuse in Vernon County

By: Matt Johnson, Vernon County Broadcaster | La Crosse Tribune | August 21, 2016

VIROQUA — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin heard alarming testimony from Vernon County officials at a round table discussion about heroin and opioid drug abuse.

Through candid obituaries, families fight heroin and opioid addiction

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | August 21, 2016

After Jesse Sparks died from a drug overdose in Madison July 25, his obituary didn’t mince words. The 34-year-old died “after fighting a courageous battle with heroin addiction,” his mother, Sherri Smith, wrote.


Digital health service reimbursement: Breaking down the pros and cons

By: Katie Dvorak | FierceHealthcare | August 19, 2016

How, and whether, to reimburse for use of digital health tools is complicated, says attorney Dale Van Demark, who breaks down the pros and cons of moving past traditional models when it comes to new technologies in a post to The National Law Review.

State officials seek more health insurers for MNsure

By: Christopher Snowbeck | Star Tribune | August 20, 2016

The request comes just three months before open enrollment and strikes some as a 'distress call' as competition shrinks on the exchange.

A service that will read the fine print on medical bills for you

By: Christopher Snowbeck | Star Tribune | August 6, 2016

Hospitals and clinics don’t always get it right when they send bills to patients.

Patient Advocates Help Navigate Health Care

By: Constance Gustke | The New York Times | August 19, 2016

After Elsa Newmyer’s surgery last year went terribly wrong, she was laid up in a hospital bed for months.

Six Years Into Obama’s Health Care Law, Who Are the Uninsured?

By: Abby Goodnough | The New York Times | August 18, 2016

Roughly 20 million more Americans have health insurance now than when President Obama’s health care law was passed in 2010.

Specter of Zika epidemic looms over a skeptical Puerto Rico

By: James Call | USA Today | August 19, 2016

The Zika virus' long-term effects are largely unknown. Trying to convey a message of safety to a population used to dealing with mosquitoes and mosquito-born illnesses is a challenge for emergency managers and medical professionals in Puerto Rico.