September 20, 2016 


UW medical school program brings doctors to rural Wisconsin

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | September 18, 2016

Dr. Jenna Sebranek, a freshly minted doctor at Richland Medical Center, entered a room to greet one of her first patients — and paused, because she recognized the face.

WMH participating in rural-residency program

By: T Pederson | Daily Citizen | September 16, 2016

WAUPUN — Waupun Memorial Hospital is one of the five hospitals participating in the nation’s first rural-residency program to train and provide care to women in rural Wisconsin.

Uninsured rate falls in Wisconsin

By: Jason Stein and Kevin Crowe | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | September 13, 2016

Madison — The uninsured rate in Wisconsin has fallen by more than one-third over the past two years, new federal data show.

Telehealth technology brings specialized healthcare to rural Wisconsin towns

By: Saira Anwer | WMTV | September 14, 2016

BARABOO, Wis (WMTV)--- Receiving specialized healthcare when you live in a small town can be complicated and involve traveling to bigger cities.

Advocates aim to erase stigma to clear path to mental health

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | September 16, 2016

La Crosse County Health Department employees and other health-care advocates are trying to wrap their minds around the meaning and scope of the word stigma to assess its impact on mental health issues, Health Director Jen Rombalski said.

Osteopathic medical school still planned in Jefferson

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | September 18, 2016

Plans for a $125 million College of Osteopathic Medicine in Jefferson continue, even though the state Legislature didn’t pass a bill this year seeking a $25 million construction grant.

Agency Requests $450M Increase To Cover Growing Medicaid Costs

By: Laurel White | WPR | September 16, 2016

Medicaid costs are expected to grow again in the next state budget – but the increase will be less than in recent years.


Senators want to force drug makers to justify big price hikes  

By: Jayne O’Donnell | USA Today | September 15, 2016

In the first legislative response to the EpiPen pricing furor, a bipartisan group of Senate and House members plan to introduce a bill Thursday that would force drug makers to tell the Department of Health and Human Services why any price hike of more than 10% is justified at least a month before the increase.

Despite crisis, drug makers work nationwide to fight opioid limits Part 1 of 2

By: Geoff Mulvihill, Liz Essley Whyte and Ben Wieder, AP | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | September 19, 2016

The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions of dollars in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 American lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction.

Pro-painkiller lobby shapes policy amid drug epidemic Part 2 of 2

By: Matthew Perrone and Ben Wieder, AP | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | September 19, 2016

For more than a decade, members of a little-known group called the Pain Care Forum have blanketed Washington with messages touting prescription painkillers’ vital role in the lives of millions of Americans.


Ascension launches branding campaign for unified name

By: Angela Mueller | St. Louis Business Journal | September 20, 2016

Ascension is launching a rebranding to bring all its health-care facilities under the Ascension name, starting with its hospitals and sites of care in Wisconsin and Michigan.