August 9, 2016


Hospital ratings spark controversy

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | August 8, 2016

The federal government has begun rating hospitals on overall quality, marking another step in an effort begun more than a decade ago to provide patients with better information about the care provided in hospitals and other health care settings.

In pain? Doctors try alternative options instead of pain pills

By: Sarah Thomsen | WBAY | August 3, 2016

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) — People going to the doctor for treatment of pain may find themselves being prescribed fewer, if any, pills and instead be told to try acupuncture or exercise.

Jeremy Fejfar: Concerns about vaccines based on unfounded fears

By: Jeremy Fejfar | La Crosse Tribune | August 7, 2016

An alarming number of people continue to have concerns about vaccines due to unfounded or disproven fears.

Heart murmur calls for valve evaluation

By: Mayo Clinic Health System | Leader-Telegram | August 3, 2016

Velda Swenson, 91, is all smiles and back to her active lifestyle following a minimally invasive procedure that repaired a heart valve. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire offers patients the convenience of valve evaluation testing locally prior to a transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, procedure.

Gundersen, Mayo-Franciscan get US News' hospital kudos

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | August 3, 2016

La Crosse isn’t a bad place to experience heart failure, with both Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare getting atta-boys for handling faulty tickers in U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of the best hospitals in the country.

Study Names Madison The Most Socially Responsible City In US

By: Shamane Mills | WPR | August 5, 2016

National Comparison of 100 Cities Ranked Madison No. 1 In Community Progress Index.


CMS to cut hospital payments by 1.5% to recoup losses tied to coding

By: Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor | Healthcare Finance News | August 3, 2016

The agency is distributing close to $6 billion in uncompensated care payments over the next fiscal year, a decrease of about $400 million.

Vexing Question on Patient Surveys: Did We Ease Your Pain?  

By: Jan Hoffman and Sabrina Tavernise | The New York Times | August 4, 2016

The questionnaire arrives in the mail a few days after a patient’s discharge from the hospital. Did doctors treat you respectfully?

New Medicare Law to Notify Patients of Loophole in Nursing Home Coverage

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | August 6, 2016

WASHINGTON — In November, after a bad fall, 85-year-old Elizabeth Cannon was taken to a hospital outside Philadelphia for six and a half days of “observation,” followed by nearly five months at a nearby nursing home for rehabilitation and skilled nursing care. The cost: more than $40,000.

Amid opioid epidemic, rules for drug companies are loosened

By: Harriet Ryan and Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times | La Crosse Tribune | August 3, 2016

LOS ANGELES (TNS) — When it comes to combating the nation’s opioid epidemic, politicians of all stripes say they are fully committed.

Long-term health care is an immediate problem ... for the government

By: Anna Gorman and Barbara Feder Ostrov, KHN | La Crosse Tribune | August 6, 2016

Donna Nickerson spent her last working years as the activity and social services director at a Turlock, Calif., nursing home.

IPPS Reverses Two-Midnight Rule Pay Cut

By: Staff | HealthLeaders Media | August 4, 2016

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule increases payments to hospitals in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program by 0.95% and reverses the proposed payment reduction instituted along with the two-midnight rule.

National Institutes of Health launches first clinical trial of Zika vaccine

By: Liz Szabo | USA Today | August 3, 2016

As health officials work to contain the country's first Zika outbreak, centered in a Miami neighborhood, scientists at the National Institutes of Health announced the launch Wednesday of a clinical trial of an experimental Zika vaccine.

CDC: All pregnant women should be assessed for Zika exposure

By: Liz Szabo | USA Today | August 2, 2016

All pregnant women in the U.S. should be assessed for possible Zika exposure during every prenatal visit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.


ThedaCare hospitals in Wild Rose, Berlin get new names

By: Fox 11 News | August 1, 2016

(WLUK) -- Hospitals in Wild Rose and Berlin are the latest to change their names to reflect branding of their parent company, ThedaCare.