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Sensenbrenner offers bill on fetal tissue research

A Wisconsin congressman has introduced a bill that would prohibit the use of fetal tissue in research acquired through an abortion, a move opposed by the state's research institutions.
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UW Health seeks to improve well-being of physicians and residents

UW Health is looking at ways to improve the well-being of staff and residents, an associate dean told University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority Board members last week during an annual update on graduate medical education.
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DOJ reaches agreement for discounted Narcan

The Wisconsin Department of Justice has reached an agreement with Adapt Pharma to offer an anti-overdose nasal spray at a discounted rate when bought in bulk by police, first responders and state or local government agencies.
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On the Record with Pete Carlson, president of Aurora Behavioral Health Services

Aurora Health Care has made several recent investments in behavioral healthcare and is looking at ways to deliver it more efficiently and effectively. But sustaining the effort will likely require new ways of paying for care, said Pete Carlson, president of Aurora Behavioral Health Services.
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Bill updates terminology around EMS in state law

The Assembly Committee on Health is scheduled to vote on a bill making terminology changes to laws governing emergency medical services next Wednesday.
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Ambulatory surgical centers split over ending assessment

Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposes the elimination of a tax on ambulatory surgical centers and supplemental funding, which some centers warn could increase Medicaid costs while others say could enhance their ability to provide care.
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Wieske: Small group market could ‘start to implode’

The state's deputy insurance commissioner told members of congress earlier this month that unless lawmakers pursue changes, Wisconsin's small group market may head into turmoil.
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More than 12,000 sign up for ePDMP

More than 12,000 doctors and other prescribers have registered for the state's Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Department of Safety and Professional Services staff told the Medical Examining Board last week.
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Medical society pushes back against ‘right to try’

Supporters behind a proposal providing an alternative path for terminally ill patients to receive experimental drugs said it would give families hope. But the Wisconsin Medical Society said Wednesday that the process could undermine future treatments.

Walker releases capital budget

Gov. Scott Walker has released his capital budget for the next biennium, providing $803 million in total projects that include renovation at the state's mental health facilities and the Veterans Home at King.
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DHS applies for federal funding to fight opioid epidemic

The Department of Health Services has submitted an application to receive up to $15.7 million in federal funding over the next two years to curb opioid abuse and misuse, according to a Friday statement.
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