September 26, 2017
Medical students learning needs of rural communities
By: Staff | News8000 | September 22, 2017
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Medical students are learning the different needs of rural communities.
The cost of health benefits rises at a modest pace, now averages $18,764 per year for family coverage
By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | September 19, 2017
The cost of health insurance provided by employers rose an average of 3% for family coverage this year and now has risen at a relatively modest rate for six years.
Wisconsin faces home care workforce challenge, report says
By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | September 24, 2017
Wisconsin, which has 39,000 home care workers, will need nearly 20,000 more by 2024 because of the state’s aging population, according to a new national report.
Community Health Centers Approach Funding Cliff
By: Shamane Mills | WPR | September 20, 2017
Free and reduced health clinics are facing a 70 percent cut in federal funding unless Congress acts by the end of the month to extend funding for the Health Centers program.
Flu begins making the rounds in Wisconsin; state health officials urge use of flu vaccine
By: Staff | Fox 6 Now | September 22, 2017
MADISON — State health officials say the flu season is getting an early start in Wisconsin.
While Premiums Soar Under Obamacare, Costs of Employer-Based Plans Are Stable
By: Reed Abelson | The New York Times | September 19, 2017
In sharp contrast to the soaring health insurance premiums in many Affordable Care Act marketplaces, the cost of coverage for the vast numbers of people who get insurance through their jobs rose relatively little this year, continuing a period of remarkable stability in the employer market, according to a national survey released Tuesday.
Reinsurance signoff sparks fight to save MinnesotaCare
By: Kyle Potter, AP | La Crosse Tribune | September 25, 2017
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials aren't sure how they'll cope with hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding cuts to Minnesota's health care program for the working poor.
Wanted: 1 million people to study genes, habits and health
By: Lauran Neergaard | La Crosse Tribune | September 25, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact — and to finally customize ways to prevent and treat disease.
In Hurricane Irma, why did nursing home patients have to die?
By: The Editorial Board | USA Today | September 21, 2017
On its website, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills boasts that the Florida facility provides "top-quality medical care" and assures potential nursing home residents that "in case of an emergency, we are located directly across the street from Hollywood's Memorial Regional Hospital."
CVS to limit opioid drug prescriptions amid national epidemic
By: Nathan Bomey | USA Today | September 22, 2017
Drug-store chain CVS Health announced Thursday that it will limit opioid prescriptions in an effort to combat the epidemic that accounted for 64,000 overdose deaths last year alone.
The Best Health Care System in the World: Which One Would You Pick?
By: Aaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt | The New York Times | September 18, 2017
To better understand one of the most heated U.S. policy debates, we created a tournament to judge which of these nations has the best health system: Canada, Britain, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, Australia and the U.S.
One Last Visit to See My Patient
By: Danielle Ofri | The New York Times | September 21, 2017
The rain was coming down in torrents and my shoes were not up to the job. Nevertheless, I pressed forward along the soggy blocks.