DHS Announces the Hire of the Director of the Office of Health Equity
Today, Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced the hiring of Dr. Michelle Robinson as the Director of thenewly formed Office of Health Equity. The Office of Health Equity and its dedicated team is attached to the Office of the Secretary and will lead work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department while also coordinating the development and implementation of policies and programs to address root...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 5, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces New Electronic Communications to Notify COVID-19 Close Contacts
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 can be sent a text or email notifying them of their exposure to COVID-19. This is another way to share important information with close contacts in a timely manner. People who test positive for COVID-19 will continue to receive a phone call from a contact tracer. “As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin rise in large part due to the highly...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 4, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Encourages Flu Vaccination: Protect Yourself and Those Around You
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages everyone to get vaccinated againstinfluenza (flu) this fall. The flu vaccine is another layer of protection to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from a preventable disease. “In the last year, we’ve learned some valuable lessons about respiratory viruses,” said Tom Haupt, DHS Influenza Surveillance Coordinator. “It’s critical that we do everything we can to prevent influenza–like...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 1, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Improves Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services for Medicaid Members
Beginning November 1, 2021, Wisconsin Medicaid members who participate in eligible programs will be working with a new vendor, Veyo, to get transportation to their covered health care appointments. This benefit, referred to as non-emergency medical transportation or NEMT, is available when members lack access to transportation, require assistance because of disabilities, or have their appointments in locations or at times when public transportation is not available. The outgoing vendor, MTM,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 29, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Booster Doses
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the recommendation that certain populations who have increased risk of exposure to or transmission of COVID-19 receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech ’s (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after having received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. “Our nation’s leading medical experts reviewed the available data and recommended COVID-19 vaccine booster doses be provided to some people who have received the Pfizer vaccine...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 27, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake ’s Statement on CDC’s Recommendation of Booster Doses of Pfizer Vaccine for Certain Populations
“DHS is aware of the recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that people 65 and older and certain populations who are at high risk of COVID-19 receive a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after the completion of their Pfizer vaccine primary series . This decision follows the authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Once CDC’s clinical guidance becomes available, our experts will conduct a thorough review. After they complete...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 24, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wausau Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility Now Open
A youth crisis stabilization facility is now open in Wausau, with start-up funding provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). The eight-bed facility operated by North Central Health Care serves young people with non-life-threatening mental health needs. “Increasing access to mental health care for all Wisconsinites is a top priority of mine, but particularly when it comes to our kids,” said Gov. Evers. “This facility will help meet a critical need in caring for youth in this...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 23, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

More Than 142,000 People Receive First Dose Between August 20 and September 19
Since the launch of the $100 COVID-19 Vaccine Reward Program, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced more than 142,400 Wisconsinites have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligibility to earn the vaccine reward for receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has now closed. However, Wisconsinites 12 and older who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine between August 20 and September 19 from a vaccine provider in Wisconsin, Michigan, or Minnesota...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 20, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

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