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Author: Tim Stumm

Dementia advocates back bills, worry about time crunch

Advocates for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s back a package of bills that aims to increase awareness of the disease and create a tax credit for caregivers. But some advocates are also concerned that time may run out before the bills get a chance to pass.

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Newest WHA WiPricePoint.org Release Expands Health Care Price Information

Compare hospital charges, estimate average physician fees, pharmacy costs, more  MADISON ——- Wisconsin is a national leader in health care transparency, being one of the first states in the nation to develop online resources to voluntarily share information that will help consumers compare hospital charges. Today, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) announced the release of its newest version of PricePoint (www.wipricepoint.org ), an online resource that allows consumers to compare hospital-specific charges and other financial data associated with the care provided for a particular procedure or condition in Wisconsin hospitals and Medicare-certified ambulatory surgery centers. (See Infographic here) The latest version of PricePoint improves the user experience by using a series of questions to gather important information about their health care situation, including whether or not they have insurance. The tool then provides users with the estimated charges for services that are typically associated with conditions or treatments similar to their own. PricePoint encourages consumers to use the information as a starting point for an informed discussion with the hospital, their doctors and their insurance company. It emphasizes that the insurance company is the best source for information on out-of-pocket costs to satisfy deductibles and co-pays. As people assume more financial responsibility for their health care decisions, they need information about the price and quality of medical services they may receive, according to WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding. “We’ve made a lot...

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Op-ed: Fix the Funding Cliff

Submitted by: Dr. Lyle Ignace – CEO of Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center; Dr. Tito Izard – CEO of Milwaukee Health Services; Constance Palmer – CEO of Outreach Community Health Center; Dr. Julie Schuller – CEO of Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers; Jenni Sevenich – CEO of Progressive Community Health Center The waiting room of our health centers are thousands of miles from the U.S. Capitol, but what happens under that dome will have a direct impact on our patients. Community Health Centers like ours bring a unique and important perspective to the national conversation on health care. Milwaukee’s five Community Health Centers are part of a nationwide network that started more than 50 years ago to provide quality primary care in places where doctors and services were scarce or non-existent. Driven by a shared belief in high quality, accessible healthcare that minimizes linguistic, cultural and economic barriers, the Community Health Centers in Milwaukee are committed to building healthy communities. This means more than health care; it means closing access gaps, narrowing health disparities, and partnering with individuals and families to obtain the support, services, and empowerment they need to improve their health and well-being. There is little doubt that health centers have contributed significantly to improving patient health and to saving money. We work together with the health systems in Milwaukee to make sure that every patient...

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