Eight More Cases of Severe Bleeding and Hospitalizations Due to “Fake Weed” in Wisconsin
Wisconsin continues to see cases of severe bleeding following the use of synthetic cannabinoids, often called “fake weed,” “K2,” and “spice.” The bleeding occurs asthese products contain rat poison (brodifacoum). Overall, Wisconsin has seen 54 cases since March of this year, with 40 confirmed and 14 probable. Counties with confirmed cases include Dane, Milwaukee, Outagamie, and Rock. “There have been eight new cases in the last two weeks,”...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 31, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Flooding, Storm Damage, and Labor Day Weekend: Keeping Your Family Healthy and Safe
For many people, the Labor Day Weekend is a last chance to get in family trips and activities before school begins and summer turns to fall, but holiday weekend falls on the heels of extreme weather conditions leading to widespread flooding and storm damage. Governor Scott Walker has issued a statewide disaster declaration, directing state agencies to assist in the response and recovery efforts. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), along with other state agencies, offers these...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 30, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Flood Recovery: Replacement Benefits Available for FoodShare Members
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is working to assist residents affected by severe weather throughout much of the state, including record-breaking rainfall, widespread flooding, and extreme storms including damaging straight-line winds and possible tornadoes. Governor Scott Walker has declared a statewide State of Emergency and directed all state agencies to assist in recovery and response. The Department of Health Services announced today that replacement FoodShare benefits...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 30, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Division of Public Health Receives National Accreditation
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health is now nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), state health officials announced today. Wisconsin ’s Division is now among only 200 health departments (out of 3,000) to achieve this level of quality. Hospitals, day care centers, schools, and universities have long seen the value of accreditation, and now a similar designation is in place for public health departments at a national level. “Th e...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 29, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

#HopeActLiveWI: Grants Awarded to Prevent Opioid Abuse
Seventy community coalitions have been awarded grants from the Wisconsin Department Health Services (DHS) to support their workpreventing opioid abuse. “Prevention works,” says DHS Director of Opioid Initiatives Paul Krupski. “It starts with communities around the state coming together with a can-do approach toward ending Wisconsin’s opioid crisis by reducing the availability and access to opioids for nonmedical purposes. The enhanced local prevention...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 23, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

After the Flood: Take Precautions to Keep Your Family Safe
State health officials are urging Wisconsin residents who live in flooded areas to be cautious even after the water begins to recede. Parts of the greater Madison area, including Middleton, Cross Plains, Mazomanie, and Belleville experienced record rainfall and subsequent flooding beginning Monday, August 20. Governor Scott Walker has declared a State of Emergency in Dane County. Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reminding people that the effects of standing water can create...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 22, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Wisconsin This Year
State and local health officials are advising residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites due to the state'sfirst human case of West Nile virus (WNV) this year. A resident of Dane County is the first person confirmed infected with the virus in the state in 2018. The majority of WNV human cases in the state occur during the months of August and September. However, the risk of contracting WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses is...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 17, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

#HopeActLiveWI: Federal Grant to Boost Wisconsin's Response to the Opioid Crisis
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has applied for an $11.8 million federal grant to support Wisconsin ’s response to theopioid crisis. The funding is through the nearly $1 billion State Opioid Response grant program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is available to all states and U.S. territories. “This funding will boost our ongoing efforts to provide hope, health, and healing to those...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 16, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

First Death in Wisconsin Linked to Fake Weed
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is confirming a death in Milwaukee County related to theuse of synthetic cannabinoids, often called fake weed, K2, and spice. This is the first confirmed death linked to the outbreak. Overall, Wisconsin has seen 45 cases since March of this year, including 37 confirmed cases and 8 probable cases. Counties with confirmed cases include Dane, Milwaukee, Outagamie, and Rock. “We are continuing to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 1, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces New Grants to Support Access to Health Care in Rural Areas
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced the recipients of grants totaling more than $300,000 to help rural health care providers increase the number of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses. The grants support the development of eight training sites and will help ensure access to quality health care in rural and other underserved areas of the state. Providers receiving funding are: Ascension St. Mary ’s Rhinelander Aspirus Office of Medical...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 11, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Confirms Death of a La Crosse County Resident from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the La Crosse County Health Department today announced the first documented death fromRocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) in the state. RMSF is rarely reported in Wisconsin and most commonly occurs in the central and southeastern regions of the United States. Most tickborne diseases transmitted in Wisconsin are spread by the blacklegged (or deer) tick; RMSF, however, is spread by the bite of the American dog (or...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 10, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Department of Health Services Promotes Awareness on National HIV Testing Day
Today is National HIV Testing Day and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is taking this opportunity to share information about medical advances that allow those diagnosed with HIV to live long, healthy, happy lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many people living with HIV who seek appropriate treatment are able to maintain an undetectable viral load, which means they can live without fear of passing HIV on to others, but the first step is...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 27, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

K2 and Spice Still Causing Hospitalizations in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is warning people about the dangers ofsynthetic cannabinoids, often called “fake weed”, “K2”, and “spice” as people continue to be hospitalized with severe bleeding after using these products which have contained rat poison. Wisconsin has seen a total of 15 cases since March of this year, 7 confirmed and 8 probable. Counties with confirmed cases include Dane, M ilwaukee, and Outagamie Counties...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 20, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Foodborne Illness Advisory: Honey Smacks Cereal Linked to Salmonella Outbreak
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), and local health departments are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate a multistate outbreak ofSalmonella Mbandaka infections linked to the consumption of Kellogg ’s Honey Smacks cereal. To date, there has been one confirmed case of Salmonella...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 18, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Foodborne Illness Advisory: Pre-Cut Melons Linked to Salmonella
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) are alerting Wisconsin consumers to a multistate outbreak ofSalmonella Adelaide infections linked to the consumption of pre-cut melons. At this time, no cases have been identified in Wisconsin residents, but the recalled products were sold at locations in the state. The FDA has identified Costco stores in the following Wisconsin...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 18, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Del Monte Vegetable Trays Pose Potential Health Risk
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Minnesota Department of Health, and local health departments are investigating an increase ofCyclospora infections. To date, 11 ill patients in Wisconsin and three in Minnesota have reported purchasing a vegetable tray from a Wisconsin or Minnesota Kwik Trip location prior to their illness. The Del Monte vegetable trays sold at Kwik Trip contained broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and dill dip and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 9, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Highlights Innovation, FoodShare Employee and Training (FSET) Program Successess
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Acting Deputy Under Secretary and Administrator of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services (FNS) Brandon Lipps traveled to Wisconsin today to learn more about the state ’s unique approach to helping more people move from government assistance to true independence, as well as Wisconsin’s innovative approach to integrated services and systems to ensure access for people who depend on programs such asFoodShare and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 5, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Salmonella Infections Linked to Chicken Distributed by Ruby's Pantry Pop-up Location
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Minnesota Department Agriculture (MDA), and local health departments are investigating at leastfour cases of salmonellosis affecting three Wisconsin residents and one Minnesota resident. All four of the patients received frozen breaded chicken products at a Ruby ’s Pantry pop-up location...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 1, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Columbia County Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports a dead bird found in Columbia County has tested positive forWest Nile virus. This is the first case of WNV activity reported in the state in 2018. “This case reminds us that West Nile virus is already active in Wisconsin this season, so we all need to take steps to prevent mosquito bites to keep from getting sick,” said Karen McKeown, the State Health Officer. West Nile virus is spread to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 31, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Prepare for Summer Boating by Installing a Marine Carbon Monoxide Detector
As we head into boating season, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services wants to remind boaters to take action toprevent carbon monoxide poisoning. “Many people don’t realize they can be poisoned from carbon monoxide while spending time on a boat,” said Dr. Jon Meiman, DHS Chief Medical Officer. “Installing marine carbon monoxide detectors on boats can save lives.” In the right conditions, exhaust from a boat’s engine and generator can vent into the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 25, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

#HopeActLiveWI: DHS Awards $2.4 Million for Opioid Treatment
Seventeen counties and four tribes have been awarded one-year grants totaling nearly $2.4 million from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to provide treatment to people addicted toopioids. “These grant awards continue our commitment to increase access to services that promote long-term recovery from opioid use disorder,” said DHS Opioid Initiatives Director Paul Krupski. “Together, with our county and tribal partners, we are saving lives by...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 24, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

State Health Agency Announces Free HIV Testing Now Available at Select Walgreens Pharmacies in Milwaukee
The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced a collaborative effort with Walgreens to provide free rapid HIV testing for anyone 18 years of age or older, with or without health insurance, at five Walgreens pharmacies in Milwaukee. “Many people who are living with HIV do not know their HIV status,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “Our collaboration with Walgreens will give people in Milwaukee more options to get tested quickly and confidentially. When people know their HIV...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 16, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

#HopeActLiveWI: DHS Awards Mini-Grants to Nine Local Health Departments
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that it has awarded more than $77,000 to nine local health departments for projects that promote local opioid harm prevention activities. The projects are funded through the Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These projects promote and support activities that prevent prescription and non-prescription opioid overuse, misuse, abuse, and overdose, and are part...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 9, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

#FighttheBite! DHS Encourages Residents to Take Action to Prevent Tick and Mosquito Bites
While many Wisconsin residents are more than ready to take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy all the resources the state has to offer, the Department of Health Services (DHS) strongly encourages everyone to take care to avoid tick and mosquito bites. Both ticks and mosquitoes can transmit various illnesses.Lyme disease, which is spread by ticks, andWest Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 7, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

More than 1,000 Sign Up for WisCaregiver Careers
More than 1,000 people have signed up for the Department of Health Services (DHS) WisCaregiver Careers program, taking the first step toward becoming a certified nurse aide. This first-of-its-kind program offers training and testing at no cost to students, and also implements a $500 retention bonus paid by participating nursing homes after six months on the job. The program is designed to attract 3,000 people to the nursing field. “We are excited to see so many people taking advantage of this...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 27, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

#HopeActLiveWI: Grant Award to Support Addiction Treatment
The Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded a $500,000 annual grant to the University of Wisconsin System to provide doctors real-time guidance on how to treat patients who may have an addiction. The addiction consultation line is part of the Heroin, Opioid, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) legislative package. “This effort will enhance care to patients with addictions in all regions of the state – north to south, east to west, rural, suburban, and urban – through the promotion of...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 26, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Doctor Named Childhood Immunization Champion by the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named Dr. Jeffrey Moore of the Marshfield Clinic Merrill Center a 2018 Childhood Immunization Champion. Dr. Moore was nominated and selected from a pool of health professionals, community advocates, and other immunization leaders for making a significant contribution to public health in Wisconsin. Dr. Moore was nominated by Lincoln County Public Health Nurse Jennifer Johnson who cited his leadership, collaboration, and tireless work to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 23, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

#HopeActLiveWI: Grants Fund Expansion of Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded four $250,000 grants to one county, one tribe, and two nonprofit organizations to support the expansion of medication-assisted treatment foropioid use disorder. “These grants continue our efforts to connect people in need of help with effective treatment options,” says DHS Director of Opioid Initiatives Paul Krupski. “Together, with our community partners, we are helping people reclaim their lives...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 12, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

#HopeActLiveWI: DHS Hosts Opioid Forum
Nearly 500 people involved in the response to Wisconsin ’sopioid crisis are in Milwaukee for a two-day event hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). Today is the first day of the Opioid Forum at the Hyatt Regency. It runs through tomorrow. “We’re sharing strategies to save lives,” says DHS Opioid Initiatives Director Paul Krupski. “This event is part of Wisconsin’s comprehensive effort to provide hope and healing to communities and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 11, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Department of Health Services Issues Warning About Synthetic Cannabinoids
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is warning people about the dangers ofsynthetic cannabinoids, often called “fake weed”, “K2”, and “spice”. Severe bleeding has been reported in people who have used synthetic cannabinoids, including one confirmed case in Wisconsin, and two deaths in Illinois. These products are found across the U.S. in convenience stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, novelty stores,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 5, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Record Attendance at State Meeting Aimed at Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges
More than 400 people attended the biannual meeting of theComprehensive Community Services (CCS) program, a record number. Hosted by the Department Health Services (DHS), the meeting brings together behavioral health professionals and consumers to ensure community services are designed to meet the evolving mental health and substance use challenges facing individuals in Wisconsin. CCS is a program that helps individuals live their best life by providing supports...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 4, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Department of Health Services and The Management Group Announce Breach of Information
The Department of Health Services (DHS) and The Management Group (TMG) are notifying IRIS participants of a breach of information due to theft of a laptop and a work bag of a TMG IRIS Consultant on February 5. TMG mailed notifications to 779 participants on April 3 who received services from TMG who have potentially been impacted by this breach of information. Due to the sensitive nature of data on the stolen laptop, all participants impacted by the breach have been offered one year of identity...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 3, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

#HopeActLiveWI: State and Federal Support Are Critical for Fighting the Opioid Crisis
Below are the remarks delivered today by Paul Krupski, director of Opioid Initiatives at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), at a roundtable discussion on fighting the opioids epidemic. The roundtable discussion was also attended by U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Eric D. Hargan and Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Thank you for being here today. First I would like to thank Governor Walker for prioritizing the opioid crisis in Wisconsin,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 21, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

#HopeActLiveWI: State Agencies Award Grants to Six Counties to Combat Fatal Drug Overdoses
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the state Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced they have awarded $200,000 to six counties to create or enhance local partnerships to review fatal drug overdose cases. The counties sharing the award include Dane, La Crosse, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Sauk, and Winnebago. “These reviews will help us better understand the life of each person we have lost,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. “Getting a full picture of what brought each...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 16, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Opioid Crisis Response Includes Trauma-Informed Care
Professionals responding to Wisconsin ’sopioid crisis are learning how to be more engaging, empowering, and effective in prevention and treatment services through using trauma-informed care at a training held at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West today and tomorrow. This training is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). “Trauma-informed care provides hope and healing to individuals, families, and communities,” said DHS Director of Opioid...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 8, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Works for Everyone: 25,000 Gain Employment through the FoodShare Employment and Training Program
According to data issued by the Department of Health Services, more than 25,000 FoodShare members who participated in theFoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program have secured employment, as of December 2017. As part of Governor Scott Walker ’s Wisconsin Works for Everyone reform, the FSET program helps Wisconsin citizens move from government dependence to true independence through the dignity that comes from work. Data shows that: Since FSET...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 31, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Visor Cards Help People Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communicate with Law Enforcement
The Department of Health ServicesOffice for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing today introduced thecommunication visor card (PDF) , a tool to help drivers who are deaf and hard of hearing communicate with law enforcement. Originally created by theWisconsin Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the updated card seeks to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 30, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Cases Identified in Multistate Salmonella Outbreak
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is working in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP); local health departments; and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate an outbreak ofsalmonellosis (illness caused by Salmonella bacteria). To date, five people with Salmonella Montevideo infection caused by the same genetic strain ( “outbreak strain”) have been...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 19, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Many Wisconsin Preteens and Teens Are Not Protected Against Certain Cancers Caused by HPV
According to the most recent National Immunization Survey (NIS) data (2016), many of Wisconsin ’s teens are not fully protected against thehuman papillomavirus virus (HPV) because they have not completed the HPV vaccine series. According to the NIS, while 62 percent of 13-17 year olds in Wisconsin have started the HPV vaccine series, only 46 percent have completed it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that the vaccine series be...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 11, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Preventing Opioid Abuse Through Community Partnerships
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded a total of $496,516 in grants to 63 community groups to support seven strategies to prevent opioid abuse. “These grants further our commitment to reduce the impact ofopioidabuse in Wisconsin communities, ” said Paul Krupski, DHS Director of Opioid Initiatives. “The efforts supported by these grants will protect and promote the health and safety of Wisconsin residents.” The seven strategies include:...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 5, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces New Substance Use Treatment Options in High-Need Areas
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded grants to four organizations to establish treatment services for opioid and methamphetamine addictions in areas of the state most in need of help. “Accessible addiction services are a vital part of our plan to treat Wisconsin’sopioid andmethamphetamine problems, ” said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “People who are struggling with the chronic disease of addiction need...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 3, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces New Grants to Support Graduate Medical Education
Grants totaling more than $2.9 million to support development of three new residency programs and eight new resident positions in current programs were announced today by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Launched in July 2014, the DHS Graduate Medical Education (GME) Initiative builds on numerous partnerships among hospitals and clinics, health systems and academic institutions to expand GME and helps ensure access to quality health care in rural and other underserved areas of the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 3, 2018 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Medicaid Director Michael Heifetz to Leave State Service
The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that Secretary Linda Seemeyer has accepted the resignation of Medicaid Director Michael Heifetz. Heifetz, who also serves as Administrator of the Division of Medicaid Services (DMS), is leaving the position to pursue career opportunities in the private sector. “Michael has been invaluable in his role as Medicaid Director, representing Wisconsin’s vision for the future in the national spotlight,” said Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “We will...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 5, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Requesting Five-Year Extension for BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Waiver
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is requesting a five-year extension for its currentSection 1115 BadgerCare Reform Demonstration Project Waiver. The current waiver expires on December 31, 2018, and per federal regulations, DHS must submit an extension request one year in advance of the waiver expiration. Per direction from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS), the request is being added to the current waiver...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 20, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Health Officials Offer Online How-To Guide for Family Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia
Health officials today released “Dementia Capable Wisconsin: A guide for family caregivers, ” a new online resource for caregivers of family members with dementia. Approximately 110,000 people in Wisconsin are living with dementia. This resource offers guidance for family members, friends, and loved ones so they can offer the best support and also stay healthy themselves. At coming holid ay gatherings, families may notice potential dementia...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 16, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Get Your Flu Shot Now, Be Protected for the Holidays
With the holiday season approaching, now is a good time to get aflu shot to make sure you, your friends, and your family are protected for all the events and activities to come. According to health officials, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so those who get a flu shot now can be protected by Thanksgiving. This advice comes on the heels of a review of influenza vaccination data by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 8, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Health Officials Launch " Tobacco is Changing " Campaign to Inform Parents About Flavored Tobacco Products
The Department of Health Services (DHS) today launched a campaign to inform parents about brightly packaged, candy-flavored tobacco products targeted to appeal to children. The “Tobacco is Changing” campaign is scheduled to run through February in various media. “Some 80 percent of youth tobacco users say their first tobacco product was flavored, and we want parents to be able to talk with their children early about these products,” said State Health...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 31, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Department of Health Services Names Paul Krupski As Director of Opioid Initiatives
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that Paul Krupski has been selected to serve as the new Director of Opioid Initiatives to coordinate the department ’s efforts to end the state’sopioid crisis, effective today. “Opioid overdoses and the misuse of opioids, either heroin or prescription pain medications, affects every corner of the state and is destroying families, " said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. " We must do whatever we can to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 30, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Working: Progress in Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Detection
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that they are pleased with the progress the state is making in preventingchildhood lead poisoning, but both agencies acknowledge that there is work left to do. “We are moving closer to our goal of no child ever being exposed to the damage lead can do to their bodies and minds, thanks in part to efforts made by Governor Scott Walker, our local and tribal...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 25, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Department of Health Services Announces New, Easier Access to Opioid Death and Injury Data
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that data on opioid death and injury is now available through theWisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH) query system. The announcement was made at today ’s meeting of the DHS Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Steering Committee which informs Governor Scott Walker’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse. “This information can be used by anyone seeking to better understand the scope of Wisconsin’s...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 17, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news