DHS Connect Fully Implemented
Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston is now using an electronic health records system, marking the end of a multiyear transformation in how the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) provides services and supports at the seven state facilities for people living with psychiatric disorders and intellectual disabilities. DHS Connect, a program built by DHS staff with components supplied by Cerner, supports doctors, nurses, and other staff to document and access critical information...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 20, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Gov. Evers, DHS Remind Wisconsinites to Get Vaccinated to Get $100
Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) urge Wisconsinites to get vaccinated by Sunday, September 19 in order to qualify for the$100 COVID-19 Vaccine Reward Program. The program opened August 20 and is available to anyone ages 12 and up in Wisconsin who gets their first dose of COVID-19 by Sunday. Between August 20 and September 13, more than 114,900 Wisconsinites have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. “The COVID-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 15, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Federal and State Officials Advise Wisconsinites That Making or Buying Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Cards is Illegal
Richard G. Frohling, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, joins Timothy M. O ’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Karen Timberlake, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and Anthony Baize, DHS Inspector General, to advise the public that any act of creating, distributing, selling, or buying of fake C OVID-19 vaccination record cards and any act of forging COVID-19 vaccination information is...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 10, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Mask Up and Follow Public Health Practices Ahead of Labor Day Weekend
Ahead of Labor Day weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages Wisconsinites to celebrate safely and continue taking steps to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. Wisconsin is seeing veryhigh case activity. The 7-day average of new confirmed cases is now 1,699 and COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19, wearing a mask, avoiding indoor gatherings, staying home if you feel sick, and following...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 1, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Renews Commitment to Reducing Drug Overdoses in Wisconsin
Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed August 31 as Overdose Awareness Day in Wisconsin, and the Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging residents to reflect on the impact overdoses have had on families and friends of people who use drugs in every corner of the state, and to renew our commitment to end overdoses in Wisconsin. “There isn’t a community in our state that hasn’t been impacted by the opioid epidemic, and Wisconsinites who are struggling with substance use disorders deserve our...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 31, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Keeping Kids Safe During Back to School
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) have releasedguidance on strategies districts and schools can use to best protect students during in-person learning this school year. “As a parent planning for this school year, it’s great to see so many schools and districts taking steps to keep students, teachers, and staff safe by enrolling in our COVID-19 testing program. I encourage parents to sign those...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 26, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Urges Vaccination as Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Gains Full FDA Approval
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted its full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine will now be marketed under the name Comirnaty (koe-mir ’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in people 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine is also still available under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for people ages 12 to 15 and for an additional dose for people who are immunocompromised. “Nearly 3 million Wisconsinites have received their safe...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 26, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Health Department Urges People to Keep Taking Steps To Avoid Mosquito-Related Illnesses
As summer winds down and the risk for someillnesses spread by mosquitoes goes up, health officials are encouraging Wisconsin residents to use simple prevention steps toFight the Bite. On average, 44 human cases of illnesses spread by mosquitoes in Wisconsin are reported to public health each year. Since many infections cause mild illness that goes undiagnosed, the actual number of Wisconsin cases is likely to be much...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 20, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Releases New Data on COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths by Vaccination Status
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched a new data webpage,COVID-19 Illness After Vaccination, which includes a visualization showing the rate of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths per 100,000 among individuals who are fully vaccinated versus individuals who are not fully vaccinated. These data are also presented by month, beginning in February 2021. By displaying the rates side-by-side, users can clearly see the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 19, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Wisconsin to Offer Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Dose to People Who are Immunocompromised
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the recommendation that some immunocompromised people are recommended and eligible to get an additional dose of Pfizer (ages 12 and up) or Moderna (ages 18 and up) COVID-19 vaccine following a completed series. “Our nation’s leading medical experts have reviewed the available data and made this recommendation to improve protection against COVID-19 for some of our most vulnerable populations,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 18, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Three Sites to Pilot New Hub and Spoke Model to Improve Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is collaborating with three health care providers in different areas of the state to pilot a new approach to treating eligible BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid members who have substance use disorders and at least one other health condition. These providers will use an innovative“hub and spoke” program design to expand beyond traditional substance use disorder treatment services. Wisconsinites served by...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 17, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

New Report Shows COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Opioid Overdoses; McKinsey & Company Settlement Funds Aid Response to Opioid Epidemic
A report published today by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) shows the state ’sopioid epidemic worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, DHS is unveiling new strategies to prevent and reduce further harm. These strategies are funded by Wisconsin ’s share of arecent multistate settlement with McKinsey&...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 10, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Releases New and Updated Resources for Schools to Keep Students Safe
To help keep students and teachers safe during the 2021-2022 school year, the Department of Health Services (DHS) today launched aK-12 School Testing Program communications toolkit. This toolkit will support school districts and school administrators ’ efforts to connect with school staff, families, and communities about the COVID-19 testing opportunities available to them through the schools participating in this program. DHS has also...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 6, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Wisconsin Submits Plans to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Services
Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that Wisconsin will receive nearly $50 million in additional funding from the federal government to address mental health and substance use needs. The funding —part of the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law in March—will add $24.6 million to mental health services and $22 million to substance use services over the next four years through supplements to Wisconsin’s existing share of the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 2, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Growing Case Activity and Circulation of Delta Variant Prompt Updated CDC and DHS Guidance
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supportsthe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ’s recommendations that were issued on July 27, 2021. The new recommendations, which are based on the most up-to-date information about the Delta variant of COVID-19, will be reflected in all DHS guidance. The Delta variant is highly infectious and is spreading more quickly than any other...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 28, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Governor Evers, DHS Urge COVID-19 Vaccination Ahead of 2021-2022 School Year
Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourage anyone attending school in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year to get theirCOVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. This includes children ages 12 and up as well as anyone planning to attend in-person classes at a college or university. “Getting vaccinated now means we can help make sure our students are back in the classroom and won’t have to miss out on in-person classes...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 22, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Site Visits Highlight Lead Safety Efforts
The Department of Health Services (DHS) will co-host visits to home lead abatement projects to raise awareness of childhood lead poisoning and what can be done to prevent it. One of the major sources of lead poisoning in children is lead-based paint, found mostly in homes built prior to 1978. The Lead-Safe Homes Program works with local partners to abate lead hazards in eligible properties. Every county in the state has homes built before 1978 with potential lead hazards. “There is no safe...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 19, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Includes Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food& Drug Administration (FDA), and local health departments are involved in an ongoing investigation of an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. Current public health data indicates that pre-packaged salad greens produced by BrightFarms, Inc. of Rochelle, Illinois are the source of a Salmonella Typhimurium...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 16, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Launches “Our Doctors” Multimedia Campaign
Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced the launch of Our Doctors, a statewide multimedia campaign that brings together health care professionals across the state of Wisconsin, from different health systems and specialties, to share their confidence in theCOVID-19 vaccines. This campaign encourages Wisconsinites who may be hesitant about vaccines to start a conversation with their own family doctor about...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 15, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Submits Plan to Enhance and Improve Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) hassubmitted a plan to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to improve and enhance Wisconsin ’s home and community-based services under Medicaid. DHS estimates it will receive approximately $350 million under this part of ARPA. Key components of the plan that support Wisconsin’s caregiving workforce include increasing rates for home and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 14, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Over $1 Million Awarded for Behavioral Health Equity and Inclusion Projects
In a step toward addressing an identified need for Wisconsin ’s behavioral health system, the Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded over $1 million to nine organizations for projects designed to improve the cultural competence of service providers. “We are committed to supporting strategies that will ensure Wisconsin’s behavioral health system is welcoming and responsive to every resident of our state,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “It is essential that we understand...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 14, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

New Maps Provide Additional Geographic Breakdowns of COVID-19 Vaccination Data
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released maps and corresponding downloadable data tables that break downCOVID-19 vaccinations by new geographic boundaries. The new maps allow Wisconsinites to view existing COVID-19 vaccination data by municipalities (cities, towns, and villages), zip code tabulation areas, school district boundaries, and census tracts. “Breaking down existing vaccination data by these additional geographies...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 8, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Encourages Continued Public Health Practices
Ahead of the holiday weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages Wisconsinites to keep doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Getting vaccinated and continuing to follow public health practices are critical to ending the COVID-19 pandemic. “The 4th of July looked a lot different last year. This year, we have reduced infection rates, one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, our businesses are bouncing back, and we’re a national leader in getting...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 2, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Peer-run Respite Grants Awarded, New Locations Added
Wisconsin ’speer-run respite program for people experiencing increased stress or symptoms related to mental health and substance use challenges is adding locations in La Crosse and Milwaukee under new grants awarded by the Department of Health Services (DHS). “Peer-run respites are staffed by Wisconsinites with lived experience who can use their unique set of mental health and substance use recovery experiences and skills training to support others...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 29, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin to Issue Second Round of Benefits to Children Who Missed Free or Reduced Price School Meals Because of COVID-19 Pandemic
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that the families of more than 250,000 students who participate in the National School Lunch Program will be receiving more than $80 million in food benefits through theSchool Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program. During the 2020-2021 school year, many schools offered virtual or remote learning, which meant children no longer received meals at school, putting an added stress on limited...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 25, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Eleven Peer Recovery Centers Receive Grants to Expand Services
Wisconsin ’s state-funded network of drop-in centers offering support to people experiencing mental health and substance use challenges is expanding to 11 locations under newpeer recovery center grants awarded by the Department of Health Services (DHS). “Peer recovery centers offer a community of support and fellowship with other people who have similar life experiences,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “By offering...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 24, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Governor Evers, DHS Announce Enhanced COVID-19 Testing Support for Schools
Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced convenient and free of charge COVID-19 testing support for Wisconsin schools in the 2021-2022 school year. The new program connects schools with testing partners to handle the school ’s on-site COVID-19 testing for teachers, staff, students, and their families. The program is intended to make it easier for K-12 public, private, and independent charter schools to offer testing and help people make more informed...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 22, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

State Health Agency Finds Cases of Adult and Congenital Syphilis Spiking in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has found that cases of adult and congenital syphilis are on the rise, with the highest rates being reported in Milwaukee. The number of people diagnosed withsyphilis in Milwaukee has increased by nearly 300% compared to pre-pandemic levels. Most of the increase in syphilis cases is in females of reproductive age. The City of Milwaukee has also reported higher numbers of congenital syphilis, or syphilis cases...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 18, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Now Tracking SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern B.1.617.2, the Delta Variant
Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released new information about the newestvariant of concern, variant B.1.617.2, also known as the Delta variant. Following the CDC ’s recent classification update on June 14, DHS will begin reporting current case counts that are updated...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 16, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Community-Based Vaccination Clinics to Begin Ramping Down Operations
Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that the six DHS community-based vaccination clinics will gradually reduce hours of operation starting Monday, June 14. These locations include clinics in Barron County, Douglas County, La Crosse County, Marathon County, Racine County, and Rock County. “Standing up these community clinics across Wisconsin was an all-hands on deck effort—and through the dedication from our vaccine team, local public health, and other partners,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 11, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Adds COVID-19 Vaccination Data to Existing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Dashboard
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that theCOVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities page has been updated to include vaccination data, in addition to existing data on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths by group. The data underscore health inequities disproportionately affecting communities of color in Wisconsin. “This pandemic has highlighted existing gaps in opportunities people across our state and across our nation...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 10, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Re-Launches “You Stop the Spread” Multimedia Campaign
Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced the re-launch ofYou Stop the Spread, a statewide multimedia campaign to inform and encourage Wisconsinites to take action and get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can. “Wisconsinites are no strangers to rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done – and getting vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19 is no different,” said Gov. Evers. “Each of us have our...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 8, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Potential Impact to Certain Individuals Who Received Services From Wisconsin Medicaid Long-Term Care Programs
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that an unauthorized individual gained access to an email account on February 19, 2021. This unauthorized access was disabled quickly following discovery that day. DHS conducted an investigation of the unauthorized access, and determined that it may have exposed names, member identification numbers, dates of birth, some Social Security numbers, address, and health information such as medical conditions and treatment information...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 4, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

¿Es su casa saludable?
El aumento de tiempo que pasamos en casa durante la pandemia de COVID-19 significa que muchas familias en Wisconsin han estado expuestas a m ás peligros para la salud debido a condiciones de vivienda inseguras, que incluyen pintura con plomo, radón, desencadenantes del asma, humo de segunda mano o moho, según el Department of Health Services. “Para muchas familias en Wisconsin, el hogar no siempre es el refugio saludable que deberí a ser”, dijo el Dr. Jon Meiman, director médico de la Bureau of...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 4, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Is Your Home Healthy?
Increased time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic means many Wisconsin families have been exposed to more health hazards due to unsafe housing conditions, including lead paint, radon, asthma triggers, secondhand smoke, or mold, according to the Department of Health Services. “For too many families in Wisconsin, home is not always the healthy haven that it should be,” said Dr. Jon Meiman, chief medical officer in the DHS Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health. “We know that the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 4, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Prepare Now for Summer Heat
Summer is almost upon us and extreme heat days are not far behind. Today the Department of Health Services is recognizing Heat Awareness Day and encouraging residents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness and to take steps to prevent getting sick. In 2020, 689 people went to the emergency department, 67 people were hospitalized, and seven people died in Wisconsin due to heat-related causes. Emergency department visits were highest among younger populations aged 15-34,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 2, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Federal and State Officials Advise COVID-19 Vaccine Providers in Wisconsin that Individuals Seeking Vaccinations Cannot Be Charged
Timothy M. O ’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin; Richard G. Frohling, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; Lamont Pugh III, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health& Human Services, Office of Inspector General – Chicago Region (HHS-OIG); and Karen Timberlake, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, advise the public that they should not be asked to pay any costs to receive the COVID-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 1, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Fruit and Vegetable Benefit is Increased for WIC Participants
Wisconsin families participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program forWomen, Infants, and Children (WIC) will be able to purchase more fruits and vegetables between June 1 and September 30, 2021, the Department of Health Services announced today. The federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will fund the temporary increase in monthly WIC benefits to help make healthy food options more available to families facing additional challenges due to the COVID-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 1, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Updates COVID-19 Summary Data Page
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is updating data displayed on theCOVID-19 Summary Data page. The new Wisconsin COVID-19 Summary Statistics dashboard will continue to report COVID-19 cases and deaths, with an emphasis on seven-day averages, and will now also display vaccination rates and disease activity so Wisconsinites can continue to stay informed about the state of the pandemic. The summary dashboard will include the following metrics as...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 27, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Set to Distribute FoodShare Benefits for New Pandemic-EBT Program for Children Under 6 Who are Not in School
Wisconsin has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for its plan to implement a new federal program to provide food benefits for children under the age of 6 who are part of FoodShare households and who are not yet enrolled in school. We will be distributing benefits this week to those families. CalledPre-6 Pandemic-EBT(Pre-6 P-EBT), the program is designed to help families whose...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 26, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion Increases Access to Care, Improves Health Outcomes, and Lowers Death Rates New Study Shows
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to call for Medicaid expansion after new research released by Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan non-profit, found significant health and economic benefits in states that had expanded Medicaid. Expanding BadgerCare Plus in Wisconsin is a cornerstone of Governor Evers ’ proposed 2021-23 biennial budget. In addition to making affordable health insurance coverage available to an additional 90,000 residents through BadgerCare...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 17, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Creates Office of Health Equity
Structural racism contributes directly to unequal access to wealth, housing, food and health care. All of these factors, in turn, have a profound impact on how long people live and how healthy they are. To improve health outcomes of historically underrepresented groups, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is creating anOffice of Health Equity. The office will conduct research and policy analysis to address the social determinants, or root causes, of...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 17, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Fully Vaccinated People Can Resume Activities Without Masks
On May 13, the CDC released updated guidance that fully vaccinated people can resume activities they did before the pandemic, including participating in indoor and outdoor activities – large and small – without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Fully vaccinated people can also refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter. A person is considered fully vaccinated agai nst COVID-19 if it...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 14, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations to Children Ages 12-15
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces that children 12-15 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and vaccinations can begin starting Thursday, May 13. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses for full protection and is the first and only vaccine available for this age group. “This pandemic has been tough on everyone, but I know it has been especially hard for our kids,” said Gov. Tony Evers. “Now with a COVID-19 vaccine available for the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 12, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Medicaid Expansion: How We Bounce Back
This week, Wisconsin ’s budget committee voted – yet again – to turn down the opportunity to expand the state’s Medicaid program, thereby eliminating the opportunity to provide health care and long-term care services for more Wisconsinites and declining more than $1.6 billion in federal funding. The $1.6 billion in new federal resources is the best way to bolster our health system and help Wisconsin bounce back by investing in the people of our state, their businesses, their families, their...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 7, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Secretary-designee Timberlake's Statement on the Joint Committe on Finance's Action on Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center
DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake released the following statement regarding the Committee ’s approval for the Department of Health Services (DHS) to proceed with construction of a 50-bed expansion of theMendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC): “Today was an important first step towards reforming our juvenile justice system and closing Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools. Expanding the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center to serve juvenile girls for the first...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 6, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Connecting Vaccinators with Groups Wanting On-Site Vaccination Clinics
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces it is helping employers and community-based organizations connect with vaccine providers in order to offer on-site vaccinations. This will help bring vaccinations to where people are and provide increased protection from COVID-19 in their communities. The program is part of the statewide effort to promote vaccine equity by making COVID-19 vaccines more accessible for Wisconsinites. “The COVID-19 vaccines are the best tools we have to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 4, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Some Wisconsin FoodShare Recipients to Receive Additional Emergency Allotment Benefits
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)issued new guidance on April 1 that will ensure all FoodShare households receive a minimum amount of emergency benefits. Households began receiving these benefits over the weekend. DHS estimates that under this new guidance Wisconsin will provide more than $75 million in emergency allotments to over 411,000 FoodShare households in April. This is an increase over the $57.5 million...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 26, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Transitions to VaccineFinder
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will begin usingVaccineFinder to help people more easily locate available vaccine providers who are open to the public. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the VaccineFinder tool in March to help people find COVID-19 vaccine in their area. Next month, the tool will replace theDHS map of COVID-19 vaccine providers that launched in...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 22, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Governor Evers, DHS Announce More Than $175 Million to Support COVID-19 Testing in Schools
Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced the state has received more than $175 million in federal funding to develop a program to support school-based COVID-19 testing for teachers, staff, and students. The program will be part of a comprehensive COVID-19 mitigation approach to assist schools in operating safely. “We know this pandemic has been tough on students, educators, and staff and administration alike,” said Governor Evers. “Expanding...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 20, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news