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Panel expects more regulation around direct primary care

Panelists at a Tuesday Wisconsin Health News event said they expect that state law will address direct primary care soon, even though the Legislature didn’t pass a bill defining the practice and a committee declined to forward new legislation this summer.

CDC, DHS investigating polio-like illness

Federal and state health officials are investigating an increase in the number of patients with a rare paralyzing condition.
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DHS awards mental health grants

The Department of Health Services has awarded grants to 15 counties to improve how they respond to people in mental health crisis.
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Conroy, Gunn named to Evers’ transition team

Gov.-elect Tony Evers named Kevin Conroy, CEO of Exact Sciences, and Dr. Veronica Gunn, a former executive for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, to his transition team Monday. Conroy and Gunn, who’ll be among five co-chairs of the team, will help recruit and appoint members of Evers’ administration and develop priorities for his agenda. Conroy is […]

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Panel: Providing trauma-informed services can save money

Providing trauma-informed services may save money by avoiding the need for costlier care down the road, experts suggested at a Medical College of Wisconsin panel last week. The panel discussion followed remarks by Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, who suggested trauma-informed care could prevent mass shootings. Dr. Robert Lane, professor and chairman of the MCW […]

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Cost of nursing home care higher in Wisconsin than national average

The cost of long-term nursing home care is higher in Wisconsin than nationwide, according to a survey released last week. In Wisconsin, the median annual cost for a semi-private nursing room home is $100,010. The median cost for similar services is $89,297 nationally. For private room nursing home care, Wisconsinites spend around $112,146 a year. […]

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Surgeon general: Trauma-informed care can prevent mass shootings

Training more people in trauma-informed care could help prevent mass shootings, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said Friday in Milwaukee. Adams spoke at the Medical College of Wisconsin about adverse childhood events, traumatic experiences that can have negative health outcomes later in life. In response to a question about whether his office should back stronger […]

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GenoPalate’s Zhang talks company’s future

A Milwaukee-based startup that uses consumers’ genetic information to offer recommendations on what they should eat and drink is planning rapid growth.
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Report: Wisconsin needs $2.2 billion to maintain Medicaid, other programs

The state will need to raise $2.2 billion to cover projected cost increases in Medicaid and other programs as well as boost education funding over the next biennium, according to a Friday report. That could mean that Gov.-elect Tony Evers and the Republican-controlled Legislature “may have difficulty accommodating campaign promises and rising costs in ongoing […]

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State appeals ruling awarding $780,000 to transgender employees

The state filed an appeal last week over a court decision that awarded two transgender state employees around $780,000 and found that a policy barring its health plan from covering gender confirmation surgery violated federal law. The Group Insurance Board, which oversees the state employee health plan, reversed that policy in August. University of Wisconsin […]

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Health Reform

What do Tuesday’s elections mean for healthcare in Wisconsin?

Gov.-elect Tony Evers is poised to dramatically alter Wisconsin’s approach to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, a move that could reshape parts of the state’s healthcare market.
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Hospitals

Leapfrog releases fall safety rankings

Eighteen Wisconsin hospitals received top marks on patient safety from a national nonprofit on Thursday. The Leapfrog Group grades general acute-care hospitals on patient safety twice a year. The organization looked at 55 hospitals in Wisconsin, giving a third of them an A. Fourteen hospitals got a B, 20 received a C and three got […]

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Panel expects more regulation around direct primary care

Panelists at a Tuesday Wisconsin Health News event said they expect that state law will address direct primary care soon, even though the Legislature didn’t pass a bill defining the practice and a committee declined to forward new legislation this summer.

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MCW-affiliated concussion study gets more backing

A consortium studying concussions that includes the Medical College of Wisconsin recently received $22.5 million in new funding, according to a statement. The money from the Department of Defense and NCAA will expand a concussion study that includes MCW, Indiana University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan and the Uniformed Services University. The NCAA-DOD […]

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Voters back Evers, Baldwin

Superintendent Tony Evers won a narrow victory over Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday, raising the possibility that Wisconsin could take federal funding to expand Medicaid.
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