DHS Announces Opportunity to Order More Free COVID-19 Self-Tests
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is encouraging Wisconsinites to order free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests and have them delivered directly to their house through the state-supported Say Yes! COVID Test program. Starting today, all Wisconsin households are eligible to place an order every month for one free test kit that contains five rapid antigen COVID-19 tests on theSay Yes! COVID Test website. “With the holidays coming up, we...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 16, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Protect Themselves Against Respiratory Viruses this Holiday Season
With respiratory viruses such as COVID-19, influenza, and RSV circulating at high levels nationwide, the 2022-2023 respiratory season has the potential to be severe, especially for young children and older adults. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has issued analert to Wisconsin health care providers, and urges everyone to get all recommended vaccines, including the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 16, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces Medicaid Nursing Home Rate Increase to Support Health Care Workforce
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces that Medicaid cost coverage for nursing homes will increase from 77% for fiscal year 2022 to 91% for fiscal year 2023. The increase implements one of the key recommendations fromGovernor ’s Task Force on Caregiving, tying a significant amount of the increase to direct care nursing and supporting the health care workforce in both wages and benefits. “The people who work in and lead Wisconsin’s nursing...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 15, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

$12 Million in Grant Funding Awarded to Wisconsin Home and Community-Based Services Professionals
Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) awarded $12 million to 43 organizations that will focus on improving home and community-based services for people who are elderly or have disabilities. Awards will reach all 72 counties. The initial wave of awardees, whose projects aim to improve and expand the direct care workforce in Wisconsin, are the first to receive thisgrant funding made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act (...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 3, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Launches Free Telehealth Service for COVID-19 Treatment
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces afree telehealth service to streamline access to COVID-19 treatment. COVID-19 antiviral treatments must be taken within five days of symptoms starting, even if symptoms are mild, making it essential to quickly access a clinician for a prescription. Anyone 18 and older who tests positive for COVID-19 can have a telehealth consultation with a health care clinician within 5-30 minutes. If eligible...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 2, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Grants to Expand Child Telepsychiatry Services, Access to Behavioral Health Care
Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), today awarded $2.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to five organizations to increase access to child telepsychiatry services. The one-year grants of $500,000 each will support projects focused on recruiting and retaining psychiatrists and deploying technology to connect more providers with patients through virtual visits. “We’ve made critical investments in mental and behavioral health over the last year...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 1, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Secretary-designee Timberlake and Insurance Commissioner Houdek Celebrate the 10th Annual Open Enrollment Period on HealthCare.gov
Today, Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake and Insurance Commissioner Nathan Houdek are celebrating the launch of the 10th annual Open Enrollment period on the individual health insurance marketplace. This period starts November 1, 2022 and lasts until January 15, 2023. During this limited time, all Wisconsinites are eligible to get enrolled in one of the health plans available on the federal marketplace. Those who already have insurance through the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 1, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces New Walk-In Location for Milwaukee Enrollment Services (MilES)
Starting November 1, Milwaukee Enrollment Services (MilES) will serve Milwaukee County residents who participate in state benefit programs at a new location at 6055 North 64th Street. Members of programs such as BadgerCare Plus, FoodShare, and Wisconsin Shares will have free parking, bus line access, and improved building accessibility with first floor walk-in services. “Based on feedback from our Milwaukee County members and partner organizations over the past several years, we are pleased to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 27, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Receives Federal Approval to Implement Housing Benefits
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) received approval from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide housing support for low-income Wisconsin families in need. Those who are eligible include families with children 18 and younger and individuals who are pregnant who have low income (below 200% of thefederal poverty level) and do not have housing. Wisconsin is the first state to implement this type of housing benefit through...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 27, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Invests $8.3 Million in Wisconsin Schools for School Health Service Workforce
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), today announced $8.3 million in funding to support K-12 school health service staff in schools throughout the state. This first-of-its-kind funding will support hiring and retention for school nurses and health staff in K-12 schools and provide funding for school nurses to pursue wellness activities and professional development. In partnership with the WisconsinDepartment of Public Instruction (DPI), 12...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 26, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Encourages All Wisconsinites to Take Steps to Prevent Childhood Lead Exposure
During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 23-29), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is encouraging all Wisconsinites take steps to prevent and detect childhood lead exposure by getting the facts, helping children get tested for lead exposure, and checking homes for lead hazards. “During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, we urge awareness and action to prevent the life-long impact of lead exposure,” said Paula Tran, State Health Officer. “In Wisconsin, we...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 25, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

National Commission on Correctional Health Care Names Wisconsin Resource Center 2022 Facility of the Year
The Wisconsin Resource Center has been honored as the 2022 R. Scott Chavez Facility of the Year by theNational Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). This award is given to one of the hundreds of NCCHC-accredited facilities for quality and innovation in the correctional health care field. It was presented today at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care in Las Vegas. Located in Oshkosh, theWisconsin Resource...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 24, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

State Health Department Introduces New Flu Vaccine Data Dashboard and Report on Vaccine Coverage in Wisconsin   
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today released itsInfluenza Vaccine Update and launched a new onlineflu vaccine data dashboard. Together, the report and data dashboard provide a look at previous and current flu vaccine rates statewide, and highlight communities and areas of the state more vulnerable to the seasonal flu. As of October 18, over 613,000 Wisconsinites have received an influenza...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 20, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

State Agencies Launch Real Talks Campaign to Prevent and Reduce Substance Use
In response to rising rates of substance use across Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers, the Department of Health Services (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have unveiledReal Talks Wisconsin, an effort to give residents the information they need to keep themselves, their families, and their communities healthy and safe. Real Talks Wisconsin promotes frequent conversations to prevent and reduce substance use through supportive relationships. Real talks are based...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 19, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Program of Assertive Community Treatment Marks 50 Years of Helping People with Mental Health Challenges
Fifty years have passed since a team of clinicians at today ’s Mendota Mental Health Institute on Madison’s north side opened theProgram of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) in a house in downtown Madison, marking the beginning of the world ’s first community-based mental health treatment service. This work revolutionized approaches to care and supports for people with mental health challenges in Wisconsin and beyond. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 13, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news