September 5, 2017


Board OKs $60 million in state worker health benefit savings, but workers won't pay more 

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | August 31, 2017

Health insurance premiums for state workers won’t go up next year, but roughly a fifth of the 250,000 workers and dependents will need to change health plans and 1 percent will have to switch doctors.

Illinois company opens second dental clinic in Madison targeting Medicaid patients 

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | September 5, 2017

Familia Dental, which last year opened a clinic on Madison’s East Side that mostly treats Medicaid patients, will open another clinic Tuesday on the West Side.

Mayo's Health Tradition pulls plug on insurance business 

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | September 1, 2017

The health insurance arm of Mayo Clinic Health System will pull the plug on its business within the next two to three years, a move that will affect almost 30,000 clients and about 30 employees.

UW Health joins 'telementoring' effort to spread knowledge about pediatric care

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | Wisconsin State Journal | September 2, 2017

When children in the street are hit by motor vehicles, their injuries can be worse than for adults, a pediatric trauma expert from Madison recently told health care workers from around Wisconsin. 


Under ‘Observation,’ Some Hospital Patients Face Big Bills

By: Paula Span | The New York Times | September 1, 2017

In April, Nancy Niemi entered Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C., with cardiac problems. She stayed four nights, at one point receiving a coronary stent.

Home Health Care: Shouldn’t It Be Work Worth Doing? 

By: Eduardo Porter | The New York Times | August 29, 2017

Do you know who is going to care for you when you are old and frail? By current standards, it’s likely to be a middle-aged immigrant woman, with maybe a high school education and little if any training, making $20,000 a year.

Holistic therapy programs may help pain sufferers ditch opioids 

By: Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News | Minnesota Public Radio | August 29, 2017

Each year, more than 300 patients with chronic pain take part in a three-week program at the Pain Rehabilitation Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Trump to slash ObamaCare outreach funding 

By: Peter Sullivan | The Hill | August 31, 2017

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it is cutting funding for ObamaCare enrollment outreach.

Website upgrade leaks nearly 9,000 records at Illinois hospital as hacking incidents mount in August 

By: Evan Sweeney | FierceHealthcare | September 1, 2017

A vendor-initiated software upgrade may have exposed the personal information of nearly 9,000 patients at Silver Cross Hospital outside of Chicago, underscoring privacy and security impact third-party associates can have on providers.


UW, 2 other Wisconsin institutions share $5.4 million federal precision medicine grant 

By: David Wahlberg | La Crosse Tribune | August 30, 2017

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute and Medical College of Wisconsin have collectively been awarded $5.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to enroll patients in a nationwide precision medicine initiative.

Aurora gives $250,000 to help launch tele-psychiatry services in Kenosha 

By: Lauren Anderson | BizTimes | August 31, 2017

Aurora Health Care is giving a $250,000 grant to help launch a new telemedicine program in Kenosha County aimed at expanding access to behavioral health care.

Gundersen, Tomah, Winona hospitals make 'most wired' list Member News

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | August 28, 2017

Gundersen Health System and Tomah Memorial Hospital are two of the 23 Wisconsin hospitals and health systems that made the “most wired hospitals and health systems” list the Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.