March 6, 2018


Latest lawsuit against Obamacare may be more about politics than the health law, critics contend

By: Guy Boulton | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | March 2, 2018

Eight years after the Affordable Care Act became law, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel joined his Texas counterpart last week in filing yet another lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law.

Opioid prescriptions down 20 percent in Wisconsin

By: David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal | March 3, 2018

Opioid prescriptions fell 20 percent in Wisconsin over the past three years, as doctors curbed painkiller orders amid soaring overdose deaths.

Wisconsin sees issues in dental care access

By: Associated Press | Wisconsin State Journal | March 3, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin dentists say some patients have a hard time getting treatment because the state hasn't given the industry the same funding when compared to other health services.

EMTs poised for greater role in community health care

By: Jennifer Fetterly | Sun Prairie Star | February 28, 2018

Paramedics are the one rushing in the ambulance to give life-saving care, but in a new role in an emerging healthcare trend, they’ll be visiting homes giving blood pressure checks, monitoring recently released hospital patients, and helping grandma navigate the stairs.

Gateway to help fast-track training for nurses aides

By: Rex Davenport | Kenosha News | February 22, 2018

The deadline is quickly approaching to apply for a program that will fast-track training for caregivers and pay for that training, as well as the costs of the associated testing.


A Big Divergence Is Coming in Health Care Among States

By Margot Sanger-Katz | The New York Times | February 28, 2018

Little by little, the Trump administration is dismantling elements of the Affordable Care Act and creating a health care system that looks more like the one that preceded it. But some states don’t want to go back and are working to build it back up.

Can Telemedicine Be Both Cost Efficient and High Quality?

By: Terena Bell | U.S. News & World Report | February 27, 2018

Health insurance companies are encouraging patients to turn to apps and virtual visits to save time and money, but some patients end up not getting the care they need.

Administration pressed to expand mental health treatment

By: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | ABC News | February 27, 2018

Amid the outcry over the Florida school shootings, the Trump administration says it is "actively exploring" ways to help states expand inpatient mental health treatment using Medicaid funds.

Rethinking Rural Health Solutions To Save Patients And Communities

By: Adrienne St. Clair | NPR | February 28, 2018

Heidi Schultz grew up traveling from one end of South Dakota to the other, tagging along as her sister saw doctors and specialists in the "big cities" to treat her diabetes.

Dayton, Johnson reintroduce MinnesotaCare buy-in option

By: Trey Mewes | Mankato Free Press | March 1, 2018

ST. PAUL — Consider it a restart. Gov. Mark Dayton and Rep. Clark Johnson, DFL-North Mankato, are once again advocating for a public health insurance option for Minnesotans.

Michael Hiltzik: Time to push for Medicare Extra for All

By: Michael Hiltzik | La Crosse Tribune | March 5, 2018

Up to now, single-payer and universal health coverage proposals in the United States have foundered on one shoal or another: They’re ungodly expensive; they replace plans that people like; they’re too sudden; they’re not sudden enough; they’re politically impossible, etc., etc., etc.


Mercyhealth celebrates five years of emergency medicine program

By: Ashley McCallum | GazetteXtra | March 2, 2018

JANESVILLE - First responders thought Mike Ehlers was dead when they arrived at the scene of a crash in 2016. Ehlers’ car had hit the rear of a school bus on Highway 14, crushing his body and vehicle underneath the bus.

Marshfield Clinic reports $17 million loss in first quarter due to lack of ACA reimbursement

By: Susan Morse | Healthcare Finance News | March 2, 2018

Payer mix shifts and increased supply costs within the care delivery division also hindered earnings, the system says.