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Advocate Aurora, Atrium close merger

Advocate Aurora Health and North Carolina-based Atrium Health have closed on their merger, according to a Friday statement. 
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Healthcare lobbyists lay out priorities

Healthcare lobbyists previewed their top priorities for the coming legislative session at a virtual Wisconsin Health News event this week.
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Doctors, nurses look for way forward on APRN bill

The Wisconsin Medical Society and Wisconsin Nurses Association are working together to find a path forward on a plan to overhaul licensure for advanced practice nurses and allow some to practice independently.
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Johnson wants vote on military COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Wednesday he opposes moving forward on a national defense spending bill unless the Senate votes on an amendment barring discharges from the military over COVID-19 vaccination status. 
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Insurance CEOs weigh in on affordability 

A three-year extension of enhanced Affordable Care Act subsidies will help stabilize the market and lower costs, CEOs of health plans serving that market said at a Wisconsin Health News event on Tuesday in Milwaukee. 
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Prescription drug monitoring program gets another boost 

Wisconsin’s program for monitoring addictive drugs has received a $1.4 million federal grant, the Department of Safety and Professional Services announced Thursday. 
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Fewer Wisconsin hospitals penalized for readmissions

Fewer Wisconsin hospitals this year were penalized by a Medicare program for readmitting too many discharged patients, according to data recently crunched by Kaiser Health News. 
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Referendums to fund public safety, EMS pass

Wisconsin voters are increasingly signing off on tax increases to pay for local services like public safety, including emergency medical services, according to areport released this month by the Wisconsin Policy Forum. 
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