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.