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Author: Jack Kelly

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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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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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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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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DHS will consult with tribes on Medicaid work requirements

The Department of Health Services has about two months to develop a plan to address concerns from tribes about new Medicaid work requirements and their impact on Native American members enrolled in the program. Federal officials signed off last week on the state’s plan to cap BadgerCare eligibility for childless adults at 48 months unless […]

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