Some Students Currently Enrolled in Institutions of Higher Learning Now Temporarily Eligible to Participate in Wisconsin FoodShare
Wisconsin students who are enrolled at least half time in an institution of higher learning and meet certain criteria can now participate in FoodShare and receive assistance to purchase groceries during the pandemic. The provision loosening federal restrictions on these students was included in the COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and signed into law in December 2020. The duration of these provisions is determined by the length of the federal public health emergency. “Many young adults...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 24, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

El 1 de marzo de 2021 el estado lanza el Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry (Registro de vacunaci ón contra el COVID-19 de Wisconsin)
El Wisconsin Department of Health Services (Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Wisconsin) (DHS) lanzar á un nuevo servicio el 1 de marzo que ayudará a conectar a las personas con las opciones de vacunación disponibles. ElWisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry (Registro de vacunaci ón contra el COVID-19 de Wisconsin) brindar á un recurso centralizado para que las personas sepan dónde y cuándo pueden vacunarse y les permitirá programar una cita. El...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 18, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Launching March 1
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is launching a new service March 1 that will help connect people with available vaccine. TheWisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry will provide a central place to let people know where and when they can they can get vaccinated, and let them schedule an appointment. The Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry will be used by those who opt in and will not be a comprehensive resource for all vaccination...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 18, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

El DHS invierte $6.1 millones para promover la equidad en el programa de vacunas contra el COVID-19
El Department of Health Services de Wisconsin (DHS) anunci ó hoy una inversión de $6.1 millones para apoyar a las organizaciones comunitarias en la concienciación y el acceso a la vacuna contra el COVID-19 entre las comunidades que han enfrentado barreras históricas y actuales a los servicios de atención médica y a la vacuna contra el COVID-19. El$3.1 millones de la inversi ón financiarán los esfuerzos para...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 16, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Investing $6.1 Million to Promote Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced a $6.1 million investment to support community-based organizations in raising awareness and access to COVID-19 vaccine among communities that have faced both historical and current barriers to health care services and the COVID-19 vaccine. $3.1 million of the investment will fund efforts to activate organizations to serve as trusted messengers to build vaccine confidence and reduce barriers that may impede vaccinations in urban...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 15, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Receives 988 State Planning Grant
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has received a $171,701 grant to develop Wisconsin ’s implementation plan for 988, the new calling code that will launch in July 2022 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free service that helps people in emotional distress. A coalition organized by DHS is expected to use the funding from Vibrant Emotional Health, the administrator of t he National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, to establish a system in which everyone in Wisconsin has...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 12, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Releases New COVID-19 Vaccine Data Dashboard
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has released a new data dashboard on theCOVID-19 vaccine data page. The new dashboard is designed to help give a comprehensive overview of COVID-19 vaccine administration in Wisconsin. It consolidates previous visualizations regarding vaccine series completion and administration data by sex and age and also adds new metrics, including vaccines administered by race and ethnicity, and vaccine...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 11, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program Launches as Wisconsin Vaccination Rollout Reaches Major Milestones
This week marks the launch of theFederal Retail Pharmacy Program which is a collaborative effort between the federal government and state health officials to provide free COVID-19 vaccinations at participating pharmacies. While these locations will initially have limited capacity to vaccinate, this program will play a critical role in accelerating local vaccination efforts in underserved communities. “This...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 11, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS and Laboratory Partners Identify Second Case of Variant Strain B.1.1.7 of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin
On February 6, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and laboratory partners identified a second case of variant strain B.1.1.7 of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causesCOVID-19, in Wisconsin. This variant, referred to as B.1.1.7, was first discovered to be circulating widely in England during November and December of 2020. The first case of variant strain B.1.1.7 in Wisconsin was detected on January 12, 2021. Based on epidemiologic and modeling studies,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 9, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Expands Medicaid Coverage of Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Members
After extensive consultation with health care providers, counties, tribes, and other stakeholders, Wisconsin will cover the treatment for substance use disorder in a residential setting for members of most of its Medicaid programs beginning February 1. The treatment offered uses a “whole patient” approach that is clinically effective, reduces overdoses and deaths, and helps people sustain recovery. Health care providers will determine whether their patients require this level of care using...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 28, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Peer-Run Respite for Veterans Now Open
The nation ’s first respite home managed by veterans for veterans experiencingmental health andsubstance use challenges is now open in Pewaukee. Known as apeer-run respite, the R&R House is operated by Mental Health America of Wisconsin under a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). “We are pleased to partner with Mental Health America of Wisconsin to offer...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 28, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces Groups Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Tentatively Beginning March 1
Today, the Department of Health Services (DHS) announced future groups that will be eligible tentatively beginning March 1, 2021. Groups are being prioritized due to an increased risk of exposure or vulnerability to COVID-19 and are consistent with therecommendations from the State Disaster Medical Assistance Committee (SDMAC). The groups in priority order include education and child care, individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs, some...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 26, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

DHS Releases Enhancements to COVID-19 Data Disease Activity Dashboard
The Department of Health Services (DHS) has released new and improved features to case activity metrics on theCOVID-19 Disease Activity Dashboard. These updates are designed to help the public better understand important case activity metrics. DHS continues to look for ways to improve our data visualizations and provide Wisconsinites with the information they need to make informed decisions on how to slow the spread of COVID-19. “The COVID-19 Disease...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 21, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Continues Building Out COVID-19 Vaccine Data Page
The Department of Health Services (DHS) has released new data features on theCOVID-19 vaccine data page. The first includes additional information on theVaccine Distribution Summary table, which now breaks down how many doses providers in Wisconsin have ordered and how many doses are in transit to vaccine locations. The second feature includes four new visualizations that show total vaccinations and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 19, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Announces 65 and older Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning January 25
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that adults over the age of 65 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning January 25. Currently, frontline health care workers, residents in long-term care facilities (nursing homes and assisted living facilities), and police and fire personnel are eligible. There are approximately 700,000 Wisconsinites who are 65 and older and Wisconsin currently receives around 70,000 first-dose vaccines per week from the federal...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 19, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Gov. Evers Announces DHS Assisted Living Facilities Will Begin Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program to Receive COVID-19 Vaccines
Gov. Tony Evers today announced the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has officially activated Part B of thePharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program, which provides COVID-19 vaccinations to Wisconsin assisted living facilities. Assisted living facilities will be hearing directly from pharmacies to plan their vaccination efforts in the coming days. Pharmacies that have completed vaccinations at their nursing homes can begin vaccinating...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 15, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Unveils Enhancements to COVID-19 Vaccine Data Page
The Department of Health Services (DHS) has released two new data features on theCOVID-19 vaccine data page. The first is a new visualization that shows the number of Wisconsinites who have successfully completed their COVID-19 vaccine series. The second new feature allows users to filter theCOVID-19 vaccines administered per day graph by county or healthcare emergency readiness coalition (HERC) region...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 14, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces Weekly Newsletter to Keep Public Informed of COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Progress
The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today a newsletter the public can sign up for to get direct information about the COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout. Every Friday, a COVID-19 update newsletter will be sent via email to people who sign up to receive it.Registration is now open, and archived copies of the weekly newsletter will also be available. “Throughout this pandemic, we have...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 14, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin FoodShare Recipients Benefit from Temporary Increase, Additional Online Shopping Option
Wisconsin households that receiveFoodShare will now receive added benefits to help them access food during the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary increase will begin this month and last until June 2021. It was part of the federal COVID-19 stimulus package signed into law in December 2020. FoodShare households will be able to use these benefits for in-person and online purchasing. “More than 725,000 Wisconsinites are relying on FoodShare to help them feed...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 13, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS and Laboratory Partners Identify Variant Strain B.1.1.7 of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin
On January 12, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and laboratory partners identified a variant strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Wisconsin. The particular variant, referred to as B.1.1.7, was first discovered circulating widely in England during November and December of 2020. Based on epidemiologic and modeling studies, researchers believe that this new strain spreads more rapidly and easily than the original strain of SARS-CoV-2. However, there is no evidence...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 13, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Gov. Evers and DHS Announce $86 Million in Funding for Local and Tribal Health Departments
Governor Tony Evers joined the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) in announcing an additional $86 million in funding for local and tribal health departments today. The funds, designed to help alleviate the immense strain the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on public health departments across the state, will be dedicated to off-setting COVID-19 related expenses, such as vaccine administration. It will support testing and contact tracing, and also support vaccine administration. “Our...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 13, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Department of Health Services Announces Police and Fire are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that Police and Fire personnel will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning January 18, 2021, which begins the first step into phase 1B for Wisconsin. Wisconsin has been vaccinating the 1A population since December 14, 2020, which includes front line health care workers and residents of long term care facilities including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. There are 1,098 entities fully registered and ready to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 11, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Data Page
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) launched its newCOVID-19 vaccine data page this morning. Data shown includes summary metrics for allocation, shipment, and total vaccine administered, as well as a graph displaying the number of vaccinations administered per day. DHS plans to update these visualizations at 2 p.m. every Tuesday. “We are committed to providing the public with timely COVID-19 vaccine information,” said DHS Secretary-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 29, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin to Expand Testing for Assisted Living Facilities
Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today expanded testing for Wisconsin ’s assisted living facilities. The new program allows community-based residential facilities and adult family homes to opt-in for routine COVID-19 surveillance testing. “The health and safety of the folks living in our assisted living facilities is of utmost concern, and our existing partnership s allow us to offer more routine testing,” said Governor Evers. “I want to thank the testing...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 23, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Launches in Wisconsin
WI Exposure Notification, a new mobile app to assist in notifying contacts of people who ’ve tested positive for COVID-19, is now live. The voluntary app complements the state’s and partner agencies’ efforts in contact tracing by letting Wisconsinites know faster if they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, allowing them to take steps to keep themselves and those around them safe. “WI Exposure Notification is another tool in our...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 23, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Launches COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Dashboard
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today launchedan online dashboard that displays findings from the wastewater surveillance program of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Wisconsin. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19 and is found in the feces of infected people. Sewage testing has beenused for early detection of other infectious diseases,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 9, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Launches “Be an InFLUencer” Campaign
The Wisconsin ’s Department of Health Services (DHS) today launched the “Be an In FLU encer” education and awareness campaign to help promote flu vaccination within Wisconsin’s communities of color. “Historically in Wisconsin, there have been many barriers that have led to communities of color having th e lowest vaccination rates in the state, and consequently, that is where we find high rates of the flu,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “As our agency focuses on improving health equity...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 9, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Offers Equipment to Retail Establishments to Increase People ’s Ability to Safely Use FoodShare Benefits
Beginning Monday, December 7, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is offering eligible retailers across the state the opportunity to obtain free equipment that allows them to processFoodShare purchases wirelessly. Use of this equipment will increase FoodShare members ’ access to alternative grocery shopping options, such as curbside pickup and payment. FoodShare has been a crucial lifeline to safe and nutritious food for almost 700,000...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 7, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Evers Administration Continues Efforts to Increase Health Care Workforce
The Department of Health Services (DHS) and Department of Administration (DOA) have recently contracted with a staffing agency to assist in hiring more staff for health care and skilled nursing facilities. This contract is the latest in a list of efforts by Governor Evers and his administration to boost staffing at facilities across the state. “Our health care and skilled nursing facility staff have been on the front lines of this pandemic since the beginning,” said DHS Secretary-designee...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 4, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Announces New COVID-19 Guidance on Quarantine Duration
In response to new guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health Services (DHS) hasupdated quarantine guidance for close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID-19. The updated guidance will go into effect for Wisconsinites on Monday, December 7. “For many, there may be barriers that make quarantining for a full 14 days extremely challenging,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “While a shorter...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 4, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Launches New Map Visualizations Providing Additional Geographic Breakdowns for COVID-19 Case and Death Data
Continuing its commitment to transparency, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today released maps and corresponding downloadable data tables that break down confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths bynew geographic boundaries. The new maps allow Wisconsinites to view existing COVID-19 case and death data by municipalities (cities, towns, and villages), zip code tabulation areas, and school district boundaries. “We work hard to provide local and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 2, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Launches Multimedia Campaign Encouraging Wisconsinites to Enter Health Care Field
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced today the launch ofWisHealth Careers, a multimedia campaign to encourage Wisconsinites across the state to enter the health care field. “Our ability to fight COVID-19 depends on having a robust workforce caring for our most vulnerable residents,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “The surge in cases...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 25, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Family Caregivers Can Access Many Helpful Resources This Holiday Season
While virtual holiday gatherings will be the norm this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials want families, and family caregivers, to know that many resources are available to help if you notice changes in a family member ’s health, self-care routine, memory or overall behavior this holiday season, even if you don’t live close to your loved one. “We know that 2020 has presented new challenges for family caregivers, who already are under enormous stress,” said Secretary-designee...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 23, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Governor Evers and DHS Direct an Additional $80 Million to Support Skilled Nursing Facilities
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and the state Department of Health Services (DHS) today have pledged an additional $80 million to support Wisconsin ’s skilled nursing facilities through the end of the year. In addition, to address critical staffing shortages, DHS is partnering with the Departments of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and Workforce Development (DWD) to enhance existing efforts to strengthen the workforce in Wisconsin’s health care and long-term care settings. “This has been...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 17, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

“You Stop the Spread” Campaign Expands to Broadcast TV
The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today the next round of advertising in its “You Stop the Spread” campaign. Originally launched through social media and outdoor advertising in September, “You Stop the Spread” now expands to broadcast television. The campaign encourages Wisconsin residents to take action to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19. “W ith our current surge in cases, the message of You Stop the Spread is more important than ever,” said DHS Secretary-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 16, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Gov. Evers and DHS Ask Wisconsinites to Celebrate Holidays Safely
Amid record high cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is asking residents to adjust their holiday plans in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. DHS has publishedbest practices for celebrating the upcoming holidays that enable Wisconsinites to honor their traditions while doing their part to protect their communities. “I know this upcoming holiday season is going to be especially tough,” said Governor...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 12, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Adds " Critically High " Category to Disease Activity Dashboard Showing Impact of COVID-19
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) added a “critically high” category to theDisease Activity Dashboard to give Wisconsinites a better picture of the impact of COVID-19 in our state amidst a surge in activity. This new category indicates how alarming COVID-19 activity is in counties and regions throughout Wisconsin. The “critically high” category is nearly three times higher than “very high.” Both the state and 65 counties are at this “...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 11, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

New Federal Grant Supports Extension and Expansion of Project Recovery
A new federal grant will help the Department of Health Services (DHS) continue a crisis counseling program for Wisconsin residents experiencing behavioral health challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The $3.9 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funds the Project Recovery program through June 2021. It also allows for the expansion of this program to two additional counties and the creation of supports...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 10, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Launches Provider Enrollment for COVID-19 Vaccine Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently opened provider enrollment for the Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine program. Vaccine providers are encouraged to enroll in the program if they plan to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to patients once it becomes available in Wisconsin. For more details and to access the enrollment portal, providers should visit theWisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Program webpage. “We are urging providers that plan on providing...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 9, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

State Agencies Announce Additional Groundwater Quality Standard Recommendations
State health officials today providedgroundwater quality standards recommendations for 22 substances to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). These recommendations include 12 per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 6 pesticides. “These recommendations demonstrate our ongoing commitment to ensuring clean, safe drinking water for Wisconsin residents,” said DHS Deputy Secretary...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 6, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Continues Investment in Quality Health Care for Rural Areas
Grants totaling more than $3.1 million to increase access and enhance quality care in rural Wisconsin were announced today by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). The grants support education and training to assist rural hospitals and clinics in filling “high need, high demand” positions. “We know that quality care requires the right workers with the right skills,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “This is especially true as we move to new models of integrated care and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 29, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Efforts Expand in Wisconsin
Wisconsin ’s lead policy advisor, Brian Weaver, today highlighted the state’s expanding efforts toprevent childhood lead poisoning, noting that many of the same families living in older homes with lead hazards are also among the populations being hardest hit by COVID-19. Childhood lead poisoning can cause delays in growth, behavior and create learning challenges. In severe cases, lead poisoning can result in seizures, coma, and death. Lead poisoning occurs when...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 25, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

New Data Dashboard Displays Health Impact of COVID-19 by Race and Ethnicity
Today, the Department of Health Services (DHS) released a new data dashboard that displays COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths by race and ethnicity. This new visualization helps illustrate some of the unequal health impacts of COVID-19 in our communities, particularly among people of color. Therace and ethnicity dashboard is part of an ongoing effort to close health disparities throughout the state by promoting tools and resources centered on...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 21, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Wisconsin Adopts Policy that Suspends Rather than Terminates Medicaid Coverage for Incarcerated Individuals
Beginning October 24, 2020, Medicaid members that are incarcerated will have their health care benefits suspended and then re-evaluated before they are released from jail or prison. Previously, Medicaid members who became incarcerated had their coverage terminated, which then often delayed their access to medical and behavioral health care following their release. The Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Department of Corrections (DOC) have been working with income maintentance agencies...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 16, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

More Than 205,000 Wisconsin Households to Receive Additional October FoodShare Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
The public health emergency declared by Governor Tony Evers on September 22 enables the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to once again provide additional FoodShare benefits to eligible households. These benefits will help those Wisconsin families with the costs of food for October. Also, the federal government increased the limits of how much each household can receive per person, beginning October 1. Under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, states with declared...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 12, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility Opens in Milwaukee
The first of three plannedyouth crisis stabilization facilities funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is now open in Milwaukee. Under agrant from DHS, Milwaukee County is partnering with Wisconsin Community Services to operate a six-bed facility for boys ages 13 to 17 with mental health needs, who without immediate assistance may need to be admitted to a hospital. “With our community partners, we are...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 9, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

With Surge in Cases, DHS Launches New COVID-19 Data and Mitigation Strategies to Aid Local Communities
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today launched new data designed to give Wisconsinites a better picture of the impact of COVID-19 in our state, what the trends in cases mean, and how to most effectively respond to this virus. In tandem with this data update, DHS also released guidance on mitigation strategies for communities. “Giving Wisconsinites accurate information about the status of COVID-19 in their communities is critically important to stopping the spread of this virus...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 30, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Awarded $16.7 Million Federal Grant to Counter Addictions to Opioids and Stimulants
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has received a $16.7 million federal grant to reduce drug-related deaths. It is the latest round of funding under the State Opioid Response Grant Program managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Whileopioids remain the primary focus, this program now supports services for stimulants like cocaine andmethamphetamine. “We’re experiencing a drug addiction crisis...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 18, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

New Call Center Expands Support for People in Emotional Distress
Wisconsin callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are much more likely to speak with a Wisconsin-based counselor with the opening of a new Wisconsin call center funded by a grant from the Department of Health Services (DHS). “No one should ever have to be alone when they feel hopeless,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Adding capacity to handle Wisconsin calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is part of our ongoing effort to ensure the right supports are...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 16, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Expands COVID Connect Test Registration Website to Include Spanish, Hmong, and Somali Languages
Today, Governor Tony Evers announced that COVID Connect, the Department of Health Services (DHS) COVID-19 test registration website, is now available in Spanish and soon will be available in Hmong and Somali. Since COVID Connect launched in July, more than 180,000 test registrations have been logged on the site. In order to increase access to COVID Connect for all Wisconsinites, DHS will continue to translate this registration tool into more...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 10, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news