¿A Quién Puede usted Proteger en esta Temporada de Gripe?
Madison- La temporada de gripe ya est á aquí, y el Department of Health Services (DHS) nos pide a todos tener en cuenta a quien podemos proteger vacunándose contra la gripe este año. " Cuando alguien se vacuna contra la gripe no s ólo está protegiéndose a sí mismo, sino también a su familia, amigos y compañeros de trabajo de enfermedad grave, " indic ó la oficial de salud del estado Karen McKeown. " Ya ha habido un n úmero de casos de gripe en Wisconsin, incluyendo algunas hospitalizaciones, lo que...(see release) (Source: Wi...
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 5, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: fischsbpbb Source Type: news

Health Information Technology Improves Quality of Health Care Delivery for Wisconsin Residents
MADISON – This week, the Department of Health Services (DHS) is celebratingNational Health IT Week. National Health IT Week is a nationwide event offering health care stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the value that health IT brings to health care. “This is a great time to recognize the real advantages of investing in, and utilizing the technology available in health care,” said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “Health IT...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 28, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: fischsbpbb Source Type: news

Department of Health Services (DHS) Issues Public Health Advisory on Opioid Crisis
MADISON —The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ (DHS) State Health Officer has issued a Public Health Advisory, in response to the use and abuse of opioids, including heroin and prescription painkillers. “Wisconsin has taken great strides in recent years to address the escalating problems relati ng to the misuse of opioids, but there is much more work to be done,” said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “Our data show opioid addiction is a public health crisis that is destroying lives and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 27, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: fischsbpbb Source Type: news

DHS Announces New Medicaid Director, Administrator of Division of Health Care Access and Accountability (DHCAA)
The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today the selection of the next Medicaid Director and Administrator of the Division of Healthcare Access and Accountability. Michael Heifetz will take over for Kevin Moore, who is leaving the position to pursue career opportunities in the private sector. Heifetz most recently served as State Budget Director at the Department of Administration (DOA). “Kevin Moore has been an outstanding leader in the agency, and we wish him well as he moves on to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 20, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Heavy Rain and Floods Increase the Risks of Mosquitoes and the Illnesses They Transmit
MADISON – Recent heavy rain and floods in parts of Wisconsin have made conditions right for increasing the already abundant mosquito population in the state, and that in turn increases the risk for mosquito transmitted illnesses. “No matter how much rain has fallen in your area, removing standing water from things like gutters and downspouts, tires, garbage cans, or wheelbarrows, and removing debris that can create water pools, are good steps toward controlling the mosquito population where you...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 13, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: fischsbpbb Source Type: news

Use Portable Generators Safely to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
In the wake of a masscarbon monoxide exposure last weekend, Wisconsin Department of Health Services ’ (DHS) public health officials are reminding residents of the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of generators. On August 6, nearly 130 people reported to Madison area hospitals following exposure to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. The Madison Fire Department identified the source of the carbon monoxide as agas-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 12, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Update: Zika Prevention and Response
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health (DHS), along with local health partners, continue to work on prevention and response plans in relation to the Zika virus, however, there is no sign of mosquitoes that could transmit the virus here in Wisconsin. Fewer than 20 people in Wisconsin have confirmed c ases of Zika, and all of these people contracted the virus during recent travel to areas which do have mosquitoes that transmit the virus. According to health officials, the two types of...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 10, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: fischsbpbb Source Type: news

Audit Reveals Significant Overpayments to Family Planning Clinics
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) today announced a recent audit of eight family planning clinics in Wisconsin. The audits revealed significant overpayments, totaling nearly 50 percent of Medicaid payments, in the member accounts reviewed for 2014. OIG is charged with conducting routine audits of providers to detect waste, fraud, or abuse in Medicaid programs. OIG notified the eight family planning clinics of the intent to audit in...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 3, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: fischsbpbb Source Type: news

Forty Years of Client Rights
Governor Scott Walkerproclaimed (PDF, 358 KB) the week of August 1-5, 2016, as Client Rights Awareness Week, in celebration of the law enacted in 1976 to protect the dignity and privacy of those living with developmental disabilities, or mental health, or substance use concerns. “The client rights law provides a foundation for services that recognize the dignity of each individual served,” said DHS Interim Secretary Tom Engels. “It...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 1, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Family Care and IRIS Programs to Expand Statewide
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Interim Secretary Tom Engels today announced plans to offer Family Care and Include Respect, I Self-Direct (IRIS) programs statewide by the first quarter of 2018. Governor Scott Walker called for the statewide expansion in his 2015-2017 state budget. This expansion covers the final seven of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. “By offering these programs statewide, and eliminating the wait list, we are ensuring our state’s most vulnerable citizens... (see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 28, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: fischsbpbb Source Type: news

Health Officials Confirm Heat-Related Fatality
State health and emergency management officials are confirming the state ’s first summer heat-related death, which occurred the first week of July in Iron County. The agencies are encouraging residents to take high temperatures seriously, and to take steps to stay safe and healthy. Hot weather is especially dangerous for older adults, infants and young children, individuals with chronic health conditions, those who work outdoors or in hot settings, and... (see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 27, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

State and Local Agencies Encourage Residents to Seek Relief from Dangerous Heat
The Department of Health Services (DHS), local health departments, and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) encourage residents to seek relief from the extreme heat at air conditioned locations in their community. Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect, and the dangerously hot weather we are experiencing is expected to extend over the next few days. A list of locations where people can cool off will be posted online at the Department of Health Services ... (see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 20, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Combatir el calor: Las temperaturas van a estar extremadamente altas de acuerdo con el pron óstico del tiempo
Los funcionarios estatales de salud y administraci ón de emergencia están alentando a todos a " combatir el calor " si usted tiene que estar afuera o en casas sin aire acondicionado esta semana, y chequear a vecinos que viven aislados o a personas mayores que necesitan asistencia. Las temperaturas se espera que aumenten a mediados de los 90 grados, con índices de calor alcanzando una escala potencialmente peligrosa de 95-108 grados. El calor es una de las... (see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 20, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Combatir el calor: Las temperaturas van a estar extremadamente altas de acuerdo con el pronóstico del tiempo
Los funcionarios estatales de salud y administración de emergencia están alentando a todos a "combatir el calor" si usted tiene que estar afuera o en casas sin aire acondicionado esta semana, y chequear a vecinos que viven aislados o a personas mayores que necesitan asistencia. Las temperaturas se espera que aumenten a mediados de los 90 grados, con índices de calor alcanzando una escala potencialmente peligrosa de 95-108 grados. El calor es una de las...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 20, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Beat the Heat: Extremely High Temperatures in the Forecast
State emergency management and health officials are urging everyone to “beat the heat” if you have to be outside or in non-air conditioned homes this week, and to check on older or isolated neighbors who may need assistance. Temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-90s, with heat indexes reaching a potentially dangerous 95-108 degree range. Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in Wisconsin and in the United States. Those who...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 19, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Replacement FoodShare Benefits Available for Flood Victims
MADISON - Replacement FoodShare benefits are available for those who lost food due to the severe weather in northern Wisconsin last week. Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency in eight Wisconsin counties including Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn after heavy rains caused flash flooding and power outages. FoodShare members who lost food due to the flooding or power outages caused by the severe storms may request replacement benefits for food...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 18, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: fischsbpbb Source Type: news

After the Flood: Use Caution During Clean-Up
MADISON – The Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging residents and crews to use extreme caution while assessing damage or removing debris after severe storms caused major flooding in northern Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency this week after heavy rains caused flash flooding, power outages, and damage in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn Counties. “Even after the flood waters have receded, many health risks remain,” said...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 15, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Flu Mist Option Not Recommended for 2016-17 Influenza Season
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) recently announced that the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), best known as nasal spray, or by the trade name Flu Mist, should not be used during the 2016-17 influenza season. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend it not be used after data showed poor or relatively low effectiveness of the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 6, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Family Care and IRIS Programs Expand to Rock County
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Interim Secretary Tom Engels announced the Family Care and IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) programs launched today, July 1, as scheduled in Rock County. The expansion of these programs to Rock County helps ensure more than 400 residents get the long-term care services and support they need, and will put an end to the waiting list for those services within three years. “Expanding...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 1, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Governor Walker Releases a Statement on Passing of Secretary Kitty Rhoades
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades passed away today after falling ill this past week surrounded by her family in Madison. Governor Scott Walker released a statement today regarding her passing.(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 18, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and Partners Conduct Large-Scale Anthrax Response
This week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and more than 40 federal, state, local and private partners are jointly testing emergency plans in the second largest full-scale exercise of its kind in the country this year. The exercise involved the simulated delivery and distribution of antibiotics to treat those who may have been exposed to Bacillus anthracis , most commonly referred to as anthrax . “There is nothing more important than the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 14, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Spring Into A Healthy And Safe Summer
Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial start of summer, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) hopes you take advantage of all the fun activities the state has to offer this season. To ensure that your summer is healthy and safe, DHS offers these tips: Food Safety : Firing up the grill and eating outdoors is part of the ritual of summer in Wisconsin. Residents must be aware that food being served at summer picnics will quickly warm to unsafe temperatures, leading to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 26, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Program Expands
Recovery-oriented, community-based treatment for behavioral health concerns is now available to 95 percent of Wisconsin residents, the state Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today. This program is known as Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) , and is part of Governor Scott Walker’s nearly $30 million investment in the state’s behavioral health care system. In less than two years, the number of Wisconsin counties offering CCS has more than doubled,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 19, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Department of Health Services Confirms First Case of Zika Virus in Wisconsin
Department of Health Services (DHS) health officials today announced a Wisconsin resident has a confirmed case of Zika virus infection. The individual who tested positive is a woman who recently traveled to Honduras, where Zika-infected mosquitoes are present. There have been no locally-acquired cases of Zika virus infection in Wisconsin or in the continental United States. “Wisconsin is one of the last states to have a confirmed case of Zika virus infection...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 18, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Unique Mental Health, Substance Use Recovery Program Enters Second Year
In the first year of the program, 169 individuals experiencing increased stress or symptoms from mental health or substance use concerns found hope and healing at one of Wisconsin’s Peer Run Respites , the state Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today. “Peer Run Respites serve individuals seeking assistance during times of challenge by offering them a place to work through these challenges with the help of people who have been there,” said...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 12, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

DHS Update: Elizabethkingia Anophelis Outbreak
The Department of Health Services (DHS) today provided an update regarding its investigation of the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak and responded to Democratic legislators who shared concerns about DHS’ investigation into the outbreak. The Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene (WSLH) has completed testing of laboratory specimens of two suspected cases of Elizabethkingia submitted last week, and determined one of those cases is related to the outbreak,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 3, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

DHS Statement on Elizabethkingia Anophelis Outbreak
The Department of Health Services (DHS) released the following statement on the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak: Our top priority is the health and safety of the people we serve. Since the onset of the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak, we have worked diligently to provide accurate, comprehensive information, and to prevent the spread of misleading information that can lead to unwarranted fear among the public. We are also strongly committed, legally and ethically, to protecting the privacy...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 28, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Nearly 12,000 Wisconsin Residents Have Gained Employment through the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) Program
At events today in Milwaukee, Green Bay, La Crosse, and Eau Claire, Governor Scott Walker will be highlighting the successes of the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) Program and announced that nearly 12,000 Wisconsin residents have gotten jobs as a result of participating in the FSET program. “Both Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature have invested more than $60 million to reform the FSET program so it can better provide employment support and training services to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 20, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Community Coalitions Mobilize to Prevent Underage Drinking
More than 60 community coalitions are participating in this year’s “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” statewide underage drinking prevention campaign, which runs now through June, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today. “Parents who provide alcohol to teens do so at great risk to the teens and to our communities,” said DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades. “Underage drinking is unhealthy, unsafe, and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 14, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Department of Health Services (DHS) to Create Division of Medicaid Services (DMS)
The Department of Health Services (DHS) this week submitted its plan to the Department of Administration to create the Division of Medicaid Services (DMS), as directed in 2015 Wisconsin Act 55, the 2015-17 Biennial Budget. The reorganization is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2016. The goal of the reorganization is to streamline processes and strengthen the ability of DHS to effectively and efficiently administer programs and services, which include FoodShare, Family Care, and BadgerCare...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 11, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Division of Public Health (DPH) Increases Resources for Elizabethkingia Response
This week, Governor Scott Walker approved nine (9) project positions at the Department of Health Services (DHS) to ensure the Division of Public Health (DPH) has adequate staff to address ongoing and emerging outbreaks related to public health. DPH is experiencing an increased workload due to the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak, as well as other infectious diseases including Zika virus, and a recent increase in Tuberculosis (TB) cases. “It is important for us to make sure DPH has the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 8, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Think Before You Drink
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) urges all state residents to take time to self-examine their drinking habits. April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a national observance to increase understanding of alcohol use problems , treatment, and recovery. “Alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in Wisconsin,” said DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades. “This is a good time to take a minute and think about the effect alcohol has on your life – on your relationships...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 31, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Elizabethkingia Resources and Image Library
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health is currently investigating an outbreak of bloodstream infections caused by bacteria called Elizabethkingia. Illness associated with Elizabethkingia typically affects people with compromised immune systems or serious underlying health conditions, and can lead to death. Elizabethkingia Resources Elizabethkingia web page: This page contains information about the current outbreak and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 11, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Anthony J. Baize Named Department of Health Services Inspector General
The Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that Anthony J. Baize has been named the DHS Inspector General. Baize begins his new role on April 4, 2016. “In leading the Office of Inspector General, Tony will be charged with helping to ensure that Wisconsin’s taxpayer dollars are spent efficiently and effectively.” said DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades. “Tony brings a wealth of knowledge about preventing and detecting waste, fraud, and abuse in public assistance programs as well as health...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 7, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Investigates Bacterial Bloodstream Infections
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Public Health (DPH) is currently investigating an outbreak of bloodstream infections caused by bacteria called Elizabethkingia . “The Elizabethkingia infection has been detected in 44 patients located in southeastern and southern Wisconsin. The majority of patients are over the age of 65 years, and all have serious underlying health conditions,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. “As soon as we were notified of the potential...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 2, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Family Care/IRIS 2.0: The Concept Paper
Building on the foundation of Family Care and IRIS, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today released a draft Concept Paper for Family Care/IRIS 2.0, to enhance the scope of services available to adults with disabilities and frail elderly, and to extend those services to every county in the state. To read the Concept Paper go to: (web) “This coordinated care model focusses on the whole person, including overall health and service needs, while maintaining the ability to self-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 2, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Flu Season Is Here - Vaccine Is Effective, Available
Preliminary data show this season’s flu vaccine is nearly 60 percent effective, according to an announcement today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “What this means is that those who have gotten an influenza vaccine shot are well protected against the illness, and for those who haven’t, there is plenty of vaccine available, and it’s not too late to get a flu shot,” said Karen McKeown, the State Health Officer. Cases of influenza in...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 26, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Family Care/IRIS 2.0: Choice and Quality Control
MADISON - Members will have more choice in their long-term care services under Family Care/IRIS 2.0, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). DHS is working to redesign the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 initiative, as required by Act 55, to maintain and improve these services now and in the future. A draft of the concept paper is scheduled to be released next week. According to the Family Care/IRIS redesign, members will have more choices of agencies that deliver their care. They...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 25, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Family Care/IRIS 2.0: Benefits and Self-Direction
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is working on the planned redesign of the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 initiative, to protect and improve long-term care services for some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens, as required by Act 55. Today, as DHS works to finalize the Family Care/IRIS 2.0 concept paper, Secretary Kitty Rhoades reconfirmed the Department’s commitment to self-direction of services through IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct). “The Department of Health...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 22, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

After a Slow Start, Flu Cases Are Increasing in Wisconsin
The influenza season got off to a slow start in Wisconsin in 2015, but officials with the Department of Health Services (DHS) have noticed an increase in cases in the first weeks of 2016, and want to remind state residents that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine and take other actions to avoid illness. “We suspect with the late start of the season some people may have delayed getting vaccinated against the flu, but with cases on the rise, it’s very...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - February 3, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Protect Yourself From the Dangers of Radon
January is National Radon Action Month, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and federal health officials note that exposure to this colorless, odorless, radioactive gas is the nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is naturally present in the ground and can enter buildings through their foundations. Both old and newer homes can be susceptible to radon. “Research shows that radon...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 6, 2016 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Stay Safe This New Year's, Have a PLAN
If you’re 21 or older and choose to drink alcohol to celebrate the start of 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) urges you to have a PLAN for a healthy and safe kick-off to the New Year. P revent underage drinking. Do not offer alcohol to teens and do not allow underage drinking at your home. L imit consumption. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines on moderate alcohol consumption is no more than one drink per day for women, and no more than two...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 29, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Announces Renewal of SeniorCare Waiver
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced today that Wisconsin received formal approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for renewal of the SeniorCare waiver through December 31, 2018. SeniorCare, Wisconsin's prescription drug assistance program for Wisconsin residents who are 65 years of age or older, is designed to help seniors with their prescription drug costs. Facts About SeniorCare The SeniorCare prescription drug assistance program is available to all...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 18, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Holiday tips for those caring for family members affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
As part of the Dementia-Capable Wisconsin Initiative , the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association , and your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), would like to share some advice about ways to adapt holiday celebrations to meet the needs of a family member with dementia, and still maintain the joy of the season. “...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 16, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

State Health Agency Increases Access to Health Care in Northwest Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is pleased to announce a new graduate medical education program to serve one of the most underserved areas of the state. “Data tells us that within the next few years, there will be fewer and fewer physicians serving Northwest Wisconsin,” said DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades. “Research confirms that recruiting medical students with existing or prior ties to the state coupled with residencies in in these rural and underserved areas significantly increased...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 8, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Tips for an Emotionally-Healthy Holiday Season
Stress does not have to overcome joy this holiday season. Here are five tips from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to help you maintain emotional well-being in the weeks ahead. Know your limits. Identify situations that create stress. Prepare a plan to problem-solve for the situations that you can control and don’t focus on the issues for which you have little or no control. Simplify your commitments. Organize your time around activities you...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 25, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: redinadcfw Source Type: news

Share the joy, not illness, this holiday season
As we look forward to gathering with family and friends for the holidays, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages everyone to take steps to ensure the holidays are remembered for the joy they bring, not for the illnesses shared. “The first thing we recommend is to get a flu shot,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “This year’s vaccine appears to be a good match against the influenza strains we can expect this fall and winter.” The vaccine is safe and effective for...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 12, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Media Advisory: New Public Service Announcements from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
To encourage women across the state to get screened for breast cancer, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is offering 30-second public service announcements. “Breast cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women in America, and a woman’s risk for it increases as she ages,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “This announcement reminds all women of the importance of mammograms, and also gives eligible, uninsured women the information on how to get the screening...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 4, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Video Release: Governor Walker and Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades Unveil Dementia-Friendly Employers Toolkit
Lake Geneva—Governor Scott Walker and Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Kitty Rhoades visited Primex Wireless, Incorporated in Lake Geneva, Friday, October 23, to unveil the latest initiative in the Dementia-Capable Wisconsin program, the Dementia Friendly Employers Toolkit . View the video from the event . For video to download, please email DHSMedia@...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 27, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news