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Physical therapists push for interstate compact

Physical therapists want Wisconsin to join an interstate compact that would make it easier for them to practice in other states.
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Johnson calls on House to approve his “right to try” bill

Wisconsin’s Republican senator is frustrated that the House hasn’t moved on his bill that aims to increase access to experimental therapies for patients with terminal illness.
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Baldwin introduces bill to fight opioid epidemic

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., introduced legislation last week that would provide more funding to help states and tribal communities fight the opioid epidemic.
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Panel debates need for dental therapists

Dental providers, advocates and other officials debated the usefulness of legislation paving the way for dental therapists – and whether it’s working in Minnesota - during a legislative hearing Wednesday.
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Johnson predicts ACA stability bill won’t pass

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., predicts that a bipartisan bill supporting the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges likely won't pass.
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Aurora, Advocate merger receives federal approval

A proposed merger between Aurora Health Care and Illinois-based Advocate Health Care has cleared a key hurdle, gaining approval from the Federal Trade Commission, according to a joint statement from the health systems.
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Judge dismisses whistleblower lawsuit against Epic

A federal judge has dismissed a whisteblower lawsuit last week that alleged Verona-based Epic improperly billed anesthesia charges for Medicare and Medicaid in its electronic health records software.
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JFC signs off on reinsurance program

The Legislature’s budget-writing committee signed off on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to establish a $200 million program to stabilize the state’s Affordable Care Act marketplace Tuesday, but didn’t specify how they’ll pay for the state’s part of the program.
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Senate health committee signs off on bills

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services recently signed off on a number of bills.
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JFC approves reinsurance program

The Joint Finance Committee approved an amended version of a bill Tuesday that would establish a reinsurance program to stabilize the state’s Affordable Care Act marketplace.

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