September 6, 2016 


Dr. Chuck Shabino Speaks With WFAW News

By: News Staff | WFAW News | August 31, 2016

WHA’s Dr. Chuck Shabino talks with WFAW about the physician shortage in Wisconsin.

Rate Of Pediatricians Refusing To Treat Kids Of Anti-Vaccine Parents Nearly Doubles

By: Shamane Mills | Wisconsin Public Radio | August 31, 2016

A national survey of pediatricians shows the percentage of doctors unwilling to treat patients who don’t vaccinate their kids for nonmedical reasons has nearly doubled since 2006, but doctor's disagree whether it's an appropriate practice.

Cultural shift needed on opioids

By: Bill Glauber | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | September 1, 2016

Physicians and patients need to make a cultural shift to deal with the nation's opioid crisis, a doctor said Thursday during a roundtable discussion convened by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.

Shawano hospital faces partial rebuilding after flood

By: Ted Miller | WBAY | August 30, 2016

SHAWANO, Wis. (WBAY) – ThedaCare says portions of its hospital in Shawano will have to be rebuilt because of the damage from flooding earlier this month.

Volunteer experience at hospital saves Burlington woman

By: Mark Feldmann, AP | Star Tribune | August 29, 2016

BURLINGTON, Wis. — Listening is a skill. Sometimes it's a lifesaver.  Just ask Burlington resident Dorothy Hakala, who worked as a guidance counselor in the Burlington Area School District for 30 years.


Burwell Says HHS Trying To Bring More Insurers Into Marketplaces

By: Mary Agnes Carey | Kaiser Health News | September 1, 2016

Federal officials continue to make operational adjustments in the health law marketplaces and meet with some insurers to encourage them to offer more plans in areas of the country that are forecast to be low on competition following the withdrawal of some major insurers for 2017, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Thursday.

Minnesota health insurers propose big premium hikes for individual plans

By: Christopher Snowbeck | Star Tribune | September 2, 2016

Individual market policies in state could see some of highest premium increases in the U.S.

Mapping Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Enrollment and Use

By: Cynthis Reilly | The PEW Charitable Trusts | September 1, 2016

Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are state-run electronic databases that collect information on controlled substances dispensed to patients.

Nurses set to strike over insurance at 5 Minnesota hospitals

By: Steve Karnowski, Associated Press |The Washington Post | September 4, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of nurses at five Minnesota hospitals are scheduled to go on strike at 7 a.m. Monday, Labor Day, in a dispute over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing levels.

Taxpayers Foot 70 Percent Of California’s Health Care Tab, Study Finds

By: Ana B. Ibarra | Kaiser Health News | September 1, 2016

This year, taxpayers will cover about 70 percent of what is spent on health care in California, according to a new analysis released Wednesday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

How Has Minnesota's Health Insurance Exchange Performed?

By: David Burda | Twin Cities Business Magazine | August 31, 2016

With open enrollment for 2017 just two months away, TCB looks at key numbers from the first three years of the ACA-mandated exchanges to predict where those numbers may go.

FDA Fees On Industry Haven't Fixed Delays In Generic Drug Approvals

By: Sydney Lupkin | NPR | September 1, 2016

Consumers and lawmakers pushing for cheaper alternatives to the EpiPen, an antidote for life-threatening allergic reactions, and other high-priced drugs are seeking answers about a stubborn backlog of generic drug applications at the Food and Drug Administration.

Kansas Hospitals Push Back on Medicaid Cuts, Tax Hike

By: John Commins | HealthLeaders Media | August 31, 2016

Providers air frustrations at a plan by Gov. Sam Brownback to nearly double a tax on inpatient revenues to offset the funding gap created by the governor's 4% cut to the privatized KanCare Medicaid program.

Healthcare leaders, experts team up to design noise-free hospitals of tomorrow

By: Zack Budryk | FierceHealthcare | September 1, 2016

Noise pollution in hospitals is considered an under-the-radar threat to patient safety, but experts are working to design the hospital of the future--a silent one.

Medical specialists needed to care for Zika babies are in short supply

By: Liz Szabo | USA Today | August 31, 2016

Babies born with Zika virus-related birth defects, such as severe brain damage and trouble seeing, hearing and walking, may find their troubles compounded by a shortage of doctors trained to treat them.


Dean, St. Mary's now SSM Health

By: Larry Avila | Wisconsin State Journal | September 3, 2016

SSM Health Care, which has long owned St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Dean and St. Mary's are now known as SSM Health. 

Four Milwaukee-area business representatives named to new Ascension Wisconsin board

By: Rich Kirchen | Milwaukee Business Journal | September 1, 2016

Former Milwaukee-area bank executive Bill Werner chaired the first meeting Thursday of the new board for Ascension Wisconsin, which is the organization created after St. Louis-based Ascension Health in March acquired Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Wisconsin business.

Gundersen to open primary care clinic in Holmen Square

By: Mike Tighe | La Crosse Tribune | September 1, 2016

HOLMEN — Gundersen Health System is adding a primary care clinic in Holmen with a “focus on our commitment to providing patient care closer to home,” CEO Scott Rathgaber said in announcing the plan today.