September 13, 2016 


Obamacare Program Sees Major Participant Leave

By: Shamane Mills - WPR | September 12, 2016

Wisconsin Hospitals Stay In Accountalble Care Organizations Despite Dartmouth's Departure.

Local hospitals get good marks from feds

By: Madeleine Behr, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Post-Crescent | September 9, 2016

APPLETON - The federal government has released ratings of hospitals nationwide, but Wisconsin health care leaders say the numbers don't necessarily add up.

Respecting Choices transferring to D.C.-based group; HQ stays in La Crosse

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | September 8, 2016

Respecting Choices, the end-of-life planning program incubated in La Crosse and nurtured into a highly regarded health care staple around the globe, is taking another leap onto the national stage in an alliance with a Washington, D.C.-based group.

Aurora Health Care expanded workforce by net total of 1,500 employees over past year

By: Ben Stanley | BizTimes | September 9, 2016

Aurora Health Care has increased the size of its workforce by a net total of 1,500 full-time employees over the past 12 months, according to Aurora’s Chief Human Resources Officer Amy Rislov.

Abuse of ADHD drugs following path of opioids

By: John Fauber, Matthew Wynn and Kristina Fiore | Wisconsin State Journal | September 10, 2016

Public health officials have focused on the national plague of narcotic painkillers. But another scourge is looming largely unnoticed.


Doctors Wasting Over Two-Thirds Of Their Time Doing Paperwork

By: Bruce Y. Lee | Forbes | September 7, 2016

If medical school curricula were based on what a recent study says many doctors actually do with their time, more than half of medical school would be on how to do paperwork.

Dropout by Dartmouth Raises Questions on Health Law Cost-Savings

By: Robert Pear | The New York Times | September 10, 2016

Washington – In its quest to remake the nation’s health care system, the Obama administration has urged doctors and hospitals to band together to improve care and cut costs, using a model devised by researchers at Dartmouth College.

CMS to offer providers MACRA flexibility in 2017

By: Greg Slabodkin | HealthData Management | September 9, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday announced that it will give providers several options to comply with the new quality payment program being implemented under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Health Care Providers Scramble to Meet New Disaster Readiness Rule

By: Sheri Fink | The New York Times | September 9, 2016

An estimated 72,315 American health care providers and suppliers – from hospitals and nursing homes to dialysis facilities and care homes for those with intellectual disabilities – will have a little over a year to meet federal disaster preparedness requirements completed this week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

A Good Dentist Is Hard To Find In Rural America

By: Alison Kodjak | NPR | September 12, 2016

Jessica Stefonik is grinning. She's got a bounce in her step. Her cheeks are a little puffy and her speech is a bit thick.

A Push to Lower Drug Prices That Hit Insurers and Employers the Hardest

By: Katie Thomas | The New York Times | September 8, 2016

Americans have expressed outrage at drug companies for raising prices on products like EpiPen, The severe allergy treatment needed by thousands of children and Daraprim, a rarely used but essential drug to treat a parasitic infection.

Tossing Unused Surgical Supplies Wastes Millions Of Dollars

By: California Healthline | HealthLeaders Media | September 6, 2016

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have put a price tag on that waste: almost $1,000 per procedure examined at the academic medical center.