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Bill banning ‘white bagging’ gets contentious hearing 

Wisconsin hospitals and patients last week pushed for a proposal that would ban an insurance practice that they say is disrupting care, while insurers and businesses argued the bill would prohibit methods of fighting high healthcare costs.  
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COVID-19 hospitalizations drop 

Wisconsin COVID-19 hospitalizations dropped Friday. 
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Assembly forwards healthcare bills 

The Assembly signed off on a series of bills related to healthcare on Thursday. 
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ThedaCare files injunction to halt departure of employees to Ascension 

ThedaCare is asking a circuit court to give it more time to replace members of an interventional radiology and cardiovascular team hired by Ascension Wisconsin, arguing that the move could disrupt access to critical care in the region during the height of a pandemic.
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Westergaard: No peak yet in COVID-19 cases

The surge of COVID-19 cases hasn't yet peaked in the state, a Department of Health Services epidemiologist said Thursday.
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Bellin gets extension for Navy team  

The U.S. Navy team at Bellin Memorial Hospital will continue through the end of February, after the Federal Emergency Management Agency accepted the health system's request for an extension. 
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GOP workforce package includes Medicaid focus

Wisconsin Republicans released a series of proposals Tuesday aimed at addressing the state’s workforce crisis, with some of the legislation focused on Medicaid.  
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Exact Sciences plans $350 million investment

Exact Sciences plans to invest $350 million more in its Madison campuses, creating more than 1,300 new jobs, according to a Thursday statement. 
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Milwaukee’s COVID-19 trends a ‘bit of a puzzle’

Omicron may be peaking, but COVID-19 trends are still “critical” when it comes to transmission, disease burden and health system capacity, Milwaukee County’s chief health policy advisor said Tuesday. 
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Milwaukee indoor mask mandate to return 

The city of Milwaukee will soon have an indoor mask requirement, after Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson said Tuesday he intends to sign an amended ordinance approved by the Common Council. 
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SSM Health no longer using race criteria for COVID-19 treatment

SSM Health said Friday it is not using race-based criteria for distributing COVID-19 treatments and disputed the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty’s claim that such criteria are discrimination. 
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ThedaCare latest health system to delay elective procedures

ThedaCare on Monday said it’s delaying non-urgent care amid a record number of COVID-19 patients and projections that Fox Valley cases will continue to rise for the next two to three weeks. 
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