#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

Wisconsin Works for Everyone: DHS Submits Report for Proposed Rule for Drug Testing Able-Bodied Adults Participating in the FoodShare Employment and Training Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) submitted a report to the Governor ’s Office to create a new rule relating to drug testing for able-bodied adults participating in the FoodShare Employment and Training program. The proposed rule is part of the policy amendments included in 2015 Wisconsin Act 55 and supports Governor Scott Walker’s efforts to help people move fro m government dependence to true independence. Under the rule, able-bodied adults participating in the FoodShare...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 13, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

State Agencies Share New Report with Important Guidance for First Responders to Avoid Exposure to Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the state Department of Justice (DOJ) are urging police, firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders to heed the directions highlighted in a new report published by the Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability to avoid exposure to Fentanyl and Fentanyl analogues. The...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 5, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Ranks 2nd in Nation in Electronic Health Records
October 2-6 is National Health IT Week, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is pleased to announce the state is one of the nation ’s leaders in the use ofElectronic Health Records (EHR), which improve the quality of care for patients. The Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) ranks Wisconsin second in the nation in the use of EHR, noting that 92 percent of all office-based physicians in the state have adopted...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 2, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Hospitals Recognized for Excellence in Surgical Care
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today recognized seven hospitals for their excellent surgical care during 2016 at the annual Surgical Site Infection Prevention Summit in Madison, hosted by DHS and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The facilities were selected because the occurrence ofsurgical site infections among their patients was significantly lower than the national baseline in 2016. Hospitals receiving recognition include Froedtert and the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 29, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Influenza Is Already Making the Rounds In Wisconsin
State health officials say the flu season is getting an early start in Wisconsin. “We’ve already had reports of flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu, so we want to encourage people to get their flu shots as soon as possible,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. From September 1- September 22, 2017, there have been 19 confirmed cases of influenza in Wisconsin a nd 8 hospitalizations, compared to 5 confirmed cases and two hospitalizations during the same period in 2016. The flu shot...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 22, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Enjoy Wild Game Safely This Season
State health officials are reminding hunters, their families, and anyone who serves or eats wild game to make sure the meat is cooked thoroughly before eating. Last year, an outbreak of trichinellosis (trichinosis), a disease people can get by eating raw or undercooked meat from animals infected with the microscopic parasite, Trichinella, sickened three Wisconsin residents. The outbreak was associated with eating undercooked bear meat. Trichinella is...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 15, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Works for Everyone: Thousands of Wisconsin Residents Gain Employment Through the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) Program
According to a new report issued by the Department of Health Services (DHS), the FoodShare Employment and Training program (FSET), which helps people remove the barriers that prevent them from gaining employment, continues to successfully assist thousands of participants in securing good jobs. As part of Governor Scott Walker ’s Wisconsin Works for Everyone reform, more than 18,000 people moved from government dependence to true independence through FSET. The year two report shows: 18,299 FSET...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 1, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

First Human Cases of West Nile Virus for 2017 Reported in Wisconsin
State and local health officials are advising residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites as they announce this year ’s first confirmed human cases ofWest Nile virus(WNV) in residents of Oconto and Fond du Lac Counties. 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 present anytime mosquitoes are active, so...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 21, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Works for Everyone: DHS to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Rule for Drug Testing Able-Bodied Adults Participating in the FoodShare Employment and Training Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will hold a public hearing on August 21, 2017, to propose an order to create a new rule relating to drug testing for participants in the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program who are able-bodied adults. The proposed rule is part of the policy amendments included in 2015 Wisconsin Act 55 and supports Governor Scott Walker ’s efforts to help people move from government dependence to true independence...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 17, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Salmonella Infections Linked to Shelled Peas Sold at Three Wisconsin Farmers Markets
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and four Local Health Departments are investigating at least seven cases of salmonellosis affecting people in four Wisconsin counties. All seven of the patients consumed fresh shelled peas purchased at farmers markets. Shelled peas are loose, no longer in their pod. The investigation shows that at least seven people infected with the same strain of...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 11, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Minority Health Mini-Grants Focus on Several Healthy Wisconsin Priorities
MADISON – Five community organizations working to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations will receiveMinority Health Program mini-grants that focus on several Healthy Wisconsin priorities, including drug and alcohol use, suicide prevention, and nutrition and physical activity, Wisconsin Department of Health Services officials announced today. The grants are awarded annually...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 1, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Deadline Extended to Request Replacement FoodShare Benefits for 17 Counties in Southwestern Wisconsin
Replacement FoodShare benefits are available for those who lost food due to the severe weather in southwestern Wisconsin on July 19-21. Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency for 17 Wisconsin counties including Buffalo, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Lafayette, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Trempealeau and Vernon after severe storms caused damages to these communities. FoodShare members who lost food due to the severe weather may request...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 28, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Deadline Extended to Request Replacement FoodShare Benefits for Flood Victims in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties
Replacement FoodShare benefits are available for those who lost food due to the severe weather in southeastern Wisconsin on July 11 and 12. Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency for three Wisconsin counties including Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth after severe storms caused damages to these communities. FoodShare members who lost food due to the severe weather may request replacement benefits for food purchased with July benefits. Due to damages from the storms, some people may...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 27, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Dementia Capable Wisconsin: DHS Awards Dementia Crisis Innovation Grants to Seven Wisconsin Counties
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today it has awarded nearly $400,000 in grants to seven counties to work collaboratively with local partners to increase the dementia-capability of their crisis response systems. This is the second round of Dementia Crisis Innovation Grants to help counties develop community based-strategies to improve crisis planning, response and stabilization for people with dementia. “The focus on improving dementia-related crisis response is part...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 25, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Grants Address Unmet Opioid Treatment Needs
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded nearly $2.4 million in grants to 16 counties and three tribal nations to increase access to treatment services foropioid abuse. “The grants DHS is announcing today are part of a comprehensive effort to combat opioid abuse and overdose in Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said. “In addition to these grants, I’m signing 11 special session bills into law today at the recommendation of the Governor’s Task...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 17, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Mosquito Species Capable of Transmitting Zika Virus Found in Dane County
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Medical Entomology Laboratory (UWMEL) and health officials from the Department of Health Services (DHS) and Public Health Madison-Dane County (PHMDC) today announced that the Aedes albopictus mosquito has been found in Dane County. This is the first documentation of this species of mosquito in Wisconsin. Aedes albopictus is one type of mosquito that is capable of spreadingZika virus, however there is no evidence of Zika-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 17, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Caution Advised Even After Flood Waters Recede
State health officials are urging Wisconsin residents who live in flooded areas to be cautious even after the water begins to recede. “Residents should avoid enteringfloodwaters because they may contain raw sewage if septic tanks have gotten overwhelmed by high rain levels, ” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “Once cleanup begins, residents need to be aware of risks such as mold, contaminated food and water, not to mention the stress that can come during...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 14, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Art Show Showcases Abilities of DHS Clients, Patients, Residents
In recognition of the creative talents of the clients, patients, and residents served at its seven facilities for individuals living with psychiatric disorders and intellectual disabilities and the therapists who support imaginative expression as a key part of effective care and treatment services, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is sponsoring an art show at the Wisconsin State Office Building, 1 W. Wilson St., Madison, now through August 11. “Events like this provide an...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 10, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Department of Health Services (DHS) Announces the Organizations to Provide Family Care and IRIS Services in Dane County
Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Linda Seemeyer today announced the managed care organizations selected to serve Family Care members and the IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self Direct) consultant agencies that intend to serve participants in the IRIS program in Dane County. This expansion will end the wait list for more than 450 people in Dane County with long-term care needs, including some who will have access to needed long-term care services for the first time. Eligible...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 7, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Electronic Health Records System to Enhance Quality of Care at State Facilities
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced the selection of Cerner as the supplier of its electronic health records system for its seven care and treatment facilities, which serve people living with psychiatric disorders and intellectual disabilities. " This is an investment in more coordinated, efficient services, " said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. " This system is designed to enhance the health and safety of patients and residents and improve staff productivity. A state-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 30, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Coalition Receives National Recognition in Better Government Competition
Wisconsin ’s commitment to achieving excellence in long-term care received special recognition from the Pioneer Institute of Massachusetts. The Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition is an annual contest that recognizes the nation’s most innovative public policy proposals. This year, the comp etition highlighted issues surrounding the topic, “Aging in America.” The Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living (WCCEAL) was one of only nine proposals of the nearly...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 29, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Birds Test Positive For West Nile Virus
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports 12 birds found in eight counties in the state have tested positive forWest Nile virus since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. “The positive birds mean that Wisconsin residents need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Karen McKeown, Wisconsin State Health Officer of the DHS Division of Public Health, said. West Nile...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 15, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Healthy Wisconsin Initiative To Focus Statewide Efforts on Key Health Issues
Building on a year of collaboration with organizations from around the state, health officials today launchedHealthy Wisconsin , aimed at improving the health of Wisconsin residents by 2020. The plan highlights five priority areas for improving health: Alcohol Nutrition and physical activity Opioids Suicide Tobacco Healthy Wisconsin includes a state health assessment and improvement plan to help communities identify strategies to make Wisconsin...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 24, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Residents Recognized for Leadership in Promoting Self-Direction in Long-Term Care
Two of Wisconsin ’s fierce advocates for living life to the fullest extent of your ability are recognized nationally for their efforts. Organizers from National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) at Applied Self Direction announced the selection of Cindy Bentley, (Milwaukee, WI) and John Me zydlo (Ixonia, WI) to each receive one of only ten prestigious awards presented at the bi-annual Self Direction Conference in Baltimore. Applied Self Direction provides practical...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 23, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Increases Efforts to Help Young People Battling Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced a new investment to support young people battling addiction and mental health disorders. The Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS) applied for, and received, the federal grant to improve treatment for adolescents and youth with substance use disorders and/or mental health disorders. The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides $760,000 in annual funding for four years starting...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 22, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Two People Face Criminal Charges in Waukesha County in FoodShare Fraud Investigation
Two people are facing criminal charges in Waukesha County, as a result of a FoodShare fraud investigation conducted by the Department of Health Services (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and local partners. According to the criminal complaint, a Fredonia man is accused of selling his FoodShare “Quest” card to multiple people, including an Oconomowoc restaurant owner. “Most FoodShare recipients use the benefit as intended, but there continues to be a percentage of people who abuse the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 8, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Three People Face Criminal Charges in Waukesha County in FoodShare Fraud Investigation
Three people are facing criminal charges in Waukesha County, as a result of a FoodShare fraud investigation conducted by the Department of Health Services ’ (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), and local partners. According to the criminal complaint, a Fredonia man is accused of selling his FoodShare “Quest” card to multiple people, including an Oconomowoc restaurant owner. “Most FoodShare recipients use the benefit as intended, but th ere continues to be a percentage of people who abuse...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 8, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news