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Heal Without Harm Coalition vows to bring back fetal tissue proposals

A coalition of anti-abortion groups plan to bring back legislation restricting research on fetal tissue next session after the proposals didn’t make it into law this year, according to a Tuesday statement.
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MCW psychiatry consulting service exceeds first-year goals

The number of doctors enrolled in program allowing them to consult with a psychiatrist when providing care to new and expectant mothers has exceeded the project's first-year goals, according to data from its first nine months.
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Baldwin condemns short-term insurance policy proposal

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., joined a group of 46 other senators who signed a letter Monday urging the Trump administration to reconsider its proposed expansion of short-term health insurance plans.
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JFC signs off on compensation fund fees, ASC rate boost

The Legislature’s budget-writing committee approved a 10 percent decrease Friday in the fees that healthcare providers pay to participate in the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund. The fund covers large medical malpractice claims.
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Milwaukee County on track to end chronic homelessness

Milwaukee County is on the verge of becoming the largest county in the nation to eliminate chronic homelessness. Its program aims to provide housing and voluntary services to those who have been homeless for more than a year or four times within the last three years.
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Providers promote alternative approaches to addressing opioid epidemic

Chiropractors, physical therapists and acupuncturists said last week that sending more patients their way could help address the opioid epidemic. But a new report from the Department of Health Services recommends against taking extra steps to promote their use.
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UnityPoint Health notifies patients after security breach

UnityPoint Health, which owns Meriter Hospital in Madison, is notifying patients after a cybersecurity incident may have exposed the information of 16,000 patients. The health system isn’t aware of identify fraud or theft or inappropriate access to the system’s electronic health record system, a spokeswoman said Friday.
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Feds release $7.6 million to help Wisconsin fight opioid epidemic

The Department of Health and Human Services has given Wisconsin an additional $7.6 million to support its efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, according to a statement released this week.
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Walker submits reinsurance waiver, anticipates approval

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration submitted a waiver Wednesday that aims to lower premiums for insurance sold through Healthcare.gov and attract more insurers to the market.
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