September 27, 2016 


Hospital addresses physician shortages with new program

By: Staff | ABC 10 News - Wausau | September 26, 2016

WAUSAU, WI — Aspirus today announced the creation of a program and community collaboration to address the national physician shortage and meet the needs of people and communities in north central Wisconsin and Upper Michigan today and for future generations.

DHS names new Medicaid director

By: Staff | Wisconsin Health News | September 20, 2016

The Department of Health Services has selected Michael Heifetz, the state’s budget director, to take over for Medicaid Director Kevin Moore, according to a Tuesday statement.

Experts encouraged by efforts to curb opioid epidemic

By: Todd McMahon, USA Today Network - Wisconsin | Green Bay Press Gazette | September 20, 2016

Collaborative initiatives and programs are being done in Northeastern Wisconsin to address the prevalence of the illegal use of the drug and other narcotics.


Readmissions decline at safety-net hospitals

By: Paige Minemyer | FierceHealthcare | September 22, 2016

Though a new study finds a decline of 30-day readmissions at safety-net hospitals, researchers say that current penalties for excessive readmissions may not be the most effective way to push for improved performance at those facilities.

Seattle Dentists, Clinics And A Hospital Partner To Provide Specialty Care For Teeth

By: Zhai Yun Tan | Kaiser Health News | September 19, 2016

For Medicaid or uninsured patients who require complex dental surgeries, seeking care can be a daunting journey of clinic hopping when many health centers are ill-equipped to offer that level of service — and the clinics that can are financially out of reach.

Hitch Keeps Many High-Deductible Plans From Covering Chronic Care Up Front

By: Michelle Andrews | Kaiser Health News | September 20, 2016

As the number of people covered by high-deductible health plans soars, some insurers and employers are easing the strain on consumers’ wallets by covering certain benefits like doctor visits or generic drugs before people have reached their plan’s deductible.


Baraboo hospital has new name, renewed promise

By: SSM Health - St. Clare Hospital | Baraboo News Republic | September 22, 2016

BARABOO - You may have noticed a recent change at St. Clare Hospital and Dean – new signs, a new look and a new name. The change is significant, but this new name – SSM Health – is a thoughtful, meaningful change.

Gundersen, Moundview explore partnership

By: Tribune Staff | La Crosse Tribune | September 20, 2016

La Crosse-based Gundersen Health System and Moundview Memorial Hospital and Clinics of Friendship, Wis., are working under a letter of intent to check the potential for a regional partnership.

Waupun hospital project on-schedule

By: Nate Beck, USA Today Network – Wisconsin | Fond du Lac Reporter | September 19, 2016

WAUPUN - A $23 million renovation of Waupun Memorial hospital is on-schedule, as crews work to finish exterior construction before winter.