Influenza Hospitalizations Increasing in Wisconsin
Wisconsin has seen a dramatic increase in the number of hospitalizations for influenza, including admissions to intensive care units (ICU),as well as an increase in the number of young and middle-aged patients requiring mechanical ventilation. Most of the hospitalizations are due to infections from the 2009 A/H1N1 virus.State health officials continue to urge residents to get vaccinated against the flu. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 9, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Three Probable Cold Weather Deaths in Wisconsin
State health officials report three probable cold weather-related deaths in Wisconsin which occurred on Friday, January 3. The deaths, which occurred in Ashland, Marquette and Milwaukee Counties, are still under investigation. Though temperatures may be getting warmer, the National Weather Service and State agencies urge continued caution. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 7, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Pilot Program Gives Emergency Medical Technicians A Tool To Battle Patient Narcotic Overdoses
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)is launching a pilot program to help Emergency Medical Services battle patient narcotic overdoses by allowing Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTS) to administer a drug that counters the effects of an opiod overdose, such as from heroin. The one-year pilot program includes education and training to EMTs under the guidance of their service medical director. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 7, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Life-Threatening Cold Air To Grip Wisconsin
The National Weather Service says cold air will begin pouring into Wisconsin Saturday night into Sunday morning. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Emergency Management and The Department of Ag,Trade and Consumer Protection offer advice on protecting yourself, your home, and your pets when it is dangerously cold. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 3, 2014 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

State Health Officials Encourage Flu Shots Now To Protect Family And Friends At The Holidays
Influenza is likely to be at or near peak levels over the holiday season in Wisconsin, making it especially important to get vaccinated now to prevent future cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone aged six months and older should be vaccinated. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 18, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

State Officials Urge Consumers To Avoid "Tiger Meat" And "Cannibal Sandwiches" During The Holidays
This holiday season, health experts from the Wisconsin Departments of Health Services (DHS) and Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)remind people that eating raw or undercooked ground meat can result in foodborne illness, like an outbreak in Watertown last winter that was linked to eating raw ground beef. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 5, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Online Education Tools Help Retailers Avoid Tobacco Sales To Minors
State health officials are encouraging retailers to take advantage of free, online tools that train retail staff on how to avoid tobacco sales to minors. Since 2004, Wisconsin has successfully kept the rate of tobacco sales to minors well below 20 percent. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 2, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

This Holiday Season, Share The Joy, Not The Flu
With family and friends soon gathering for the holidays, it's important for everyone to protect themselves and loved ones by getting a flu shot. By getting a shot right now you'll have protection by Thanksgiving,and that protection will last beyond the holidays. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 11, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Mendota Mental Health Institute Honored For Its Inpatient Psychiatric Care
Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI) has been named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. MMHI, which is operated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), received this honor for achieving excellence in performance on its accountability measures during 2012 for the Hospital-Based Inpatient Psychiatric Services (HBIPS) measure set. The honor recognizes MMHI’s commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 5, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Prepare To "Fall Back" By Checking Home Detectors And Packing An Emergency Kit
With temperatures dropping and Daylight Saving Time ending soon, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Ready Wisconsin officials are urging residents to make sure their home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order, and an emergency kit is ready in case of weather emergencies. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 30, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

State Officials Urge Deer Hunters To Use Precautions To Avoid Tick Bites
Deer hunting season is upon us in Wisconsin and the state Department of Health Services is urging hunters to be aware of blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, when they are out in heavily wooded areas. There have been five tickborne diseases identified in Wisconsin caused by bites of blacklegged ticks. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 23, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Editorial from DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades: Wisconsin's Unique Approach to Health Care Options in 2014
Governor Walker’s unique Wisconsin approach builds on our great state’s strong track record of providing affordable health care to its people. For the first time in our state’s history, every person in poverty can be covered under the same Medicaid benefits. No limited benefit package. No waitlist. No enrollment cap. This approach will reduce Wisconsin’s uninsured rate by half and ensure all Wisconsin residents have access to affordable health insurance coverage. Wisconsin residents above the poverty level now have new opportunities in the commercial health care market. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 22, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

No Health Care Coverage Gap in Wisconsin
A recent study published by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that Wisconsin is the only state out of the 26 states not expanding their Medicaid programs as part of the Affordable Care Act that will not have a gap in health care coverage. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 21, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Testing And Education Are Key To Preventing Lead Poisoning Among Wisconsin Children
Hundreds of thousands of children nationwide--including an estimated 7,500 in Wisconsin in 2011--have elevated blood lead levels that may damage their health and affect their success in school. October 20-26 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 17, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

No Excuses! Get A Flu Shot
While the vaccine has been touted for years as the best way to avoid the flu, there are plenty of misconceptions that persist that make people wary of getting the vaccine. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 10, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Take Steps to Prevent Rabies
Although rabies has been recognized for thousands of years, it is a disease that continues to plague mankind. Around the world, 55,000 people--mostly young children--die from this viral infection each year. In Wisconsin, there have been three cases of human rabies reported since 2000, with the most recent case in 2010. As World Rabies Day approaches, state health officials are reminding people to take steps to minimize potential exposure to the infection. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 27, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Pregnant Women, New Moms, And Others With New Babies In Their Lives Are Encouraged To Take Part in Wisconsin Programs To Help Them Quit Smoking For Baby's Sake
September is Infant Mortality Month. Cigarette smoking by pregnant women can complicate the pregnancy and lead to a host of health problems for babies. Fortunately, there are programs in Wisconsin that can help pregnant women quit, and stay smoke-free. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 24, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Pregnant Women, New Moms, And Others With Babies In Their Lives Are Encouraged To Take Part in Wisconsin Programs To Help Them Quit For Babies Sake
September is Infant Mortality Month. Cigarette smoking by pregnant women can complicate the pregnancy and lead to a host of health problems for babies. Fortunately, there are programs in Wisconsin that can help pregnant women quit, and stay smoke-free. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 24, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Preventing Falls One Step At A Time
Falls are the leading cause of accidental injury and death among Wisconsin’s older adults. Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September 22 Falls Prevention Day in Wisconsin to increase awareness and help senior residents learn strategies to prevent falls and related injuries.. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 24, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

State Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program Receives $2.7 Million to Implement Electronic Benefits Transfer System
The state Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will receive $2.7 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service to transition to an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system, replacing the paper food vouchers currently used at grocery stores with a swipe card similar to a credit or debit card, state health officials announced today. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 20, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Health information technology support coordinated, comprehensive and cost-effective health care for wisconsin residents
Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September 16 to 20 Health Information Technology (IT) Week in Wisconsin. Health IT uses technology like electronic health records to support better care, better health, and reduce costs in Wisconsin’s Health Care Industry. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 18, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Important Information About New Managed Care Organization Available For Family Care Members and Providers
To help ensure a smooth transition for members and providers when Community Care of Central Wisconsin becomes the new Family Care provider for 11 counties in northern Wisconsin. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 16, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

O'Day Named Assistant Deputy Secretary
Today Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Kitty Rhoades announced the appointment of Renee O’Day as Assistant Deputy Secretary effective September 16, 2013. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 15, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Johnson Named Administrator of Division of Enterprise Services
Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Kitty Rhoades today named Cheryl Johnson the new Administrator of the Division of Enterprise Services. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 15, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Signs at the Zoo: A New, Fun Way to Promote Greater Understanding of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture
September 22-29th is National Deaf Awareness Week. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 11, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

State Announces School-Based Dental Sealant Awards
State health officials announced today that 38 organizations will receive nearly $600,000 in school-based sealant program grants for the upcoming school year to provide dental sealants to low-income children in 59 counties. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 9, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Health Officials Urge Precautions as High Temperatures Predicted to Return Sunday
State emergency management and health officials are urging people to “beat the heat” if they 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 will rise to the mid-90s, with heat indexes reaching a potentially dangerous 95-100 degree range. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 23, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Statement From The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on the Legislative Audit Bureau Report Regarding Placements of Sex Offenders on Supervised Release
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services today has accepted, and is currently reviewing, the report by the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) concerning placements and expenditures involved in placing sex offenders on supervised release in the community. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 22, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

New Managed Care Organization Selected for 11 Northern Wisconsin Counties
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades announced today that the Division of Long Term Care intends to proceed to contract with Community Care of Central Wisconsin to provide Family Care in 11 counties in northern Wisconsin. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 16, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Department of Health Services Submits BadgerCare Plus Waiver to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The Department of Health Services today announced that it has submitted a new BadgerCare Plus Demonstration Project Waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The waiver is part of Governor Walker’s entitlement reform initiative and will allow Wisconsin to provide health care coverage through BadgerCare Plus to all childless adults between ages 19 and 64 and who have incomes that do not exceed 100% of the federal poverty level. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 9, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

State Officials Urge Residents to Take Precautions As Temperatures Climb This Week
It’s back-to-school time, and state health officials are encouraging parents to make immunization appointments for their children before the school year starts. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 6, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

State Reports First Human West Nile Virus Case This Year
State and local health officials announced today that the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) was diagnosed in a Dane County resident. Health officials are reminding people to protect themselves against mosquito bites. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 23, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Multi-State Cyclospora Outbreak Includes Wisconsin Residents
State health officials announced today that four cases of gastrointestinal illnesses caused by a microscopic parasite called Cyclospora have been reported among Wisconsin residents. These cases are presumed to be part of a multi-state outbreak of the disease affecting approximately 200 people, mostly in Iowa, Nebraska, and Texas. The ill Wisconsin residents live in Milwaukee, Brown, and Grant Counties. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 19, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

State Officials Urge Residents to Take Precautions As Temperatures Climb This Week
State emergency management and health officials are urging people to “beat the heat” if they have to be outside or in non-air conditioned homes this week, and to check on older or isolated neighbors who may need assistance. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 16, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Department of Health Services to Hold Town Hall Meetings on Changes to BadgerCare Plus
The Department of Health Services today announced town hall meetings that will be held around the state as part of the submission process for a new BadgerCare Plus Demonstration Project Waiver. The waiver is part of Governor Walker’s entitlement reform initiative and will allow Wisconsin to provide health care coverage through BadgerCare Plus to all adults with no dependent children between ages 19 and 64 and who have incomes that do not exceed 100% of the federal poverty level. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - July 1, 2013 Category: Hospital Management 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. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 28, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

First Bird in Wisconsin Tests Positive for West Nile Virus This Year
State and county health officials announced today that a dead crow found in Washington County has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird to test positive for the virus in Wisconsin this year. Although very few mosquitoes actually carry West Nile virus, infected birds serve as an early warning that the virus is present in the area and that people should be more vigilant in protecting themselves against mosquito bites. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 20, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Secretary Kitty Rhoades Takes Short-Term Medical Leave
Secretary Kitty Rhoades announced that effective Wednesday, June 19, 2013 she will be taking a leave of absence for a hip replacement and recovery time. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 19, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Seeking Proposals for Managed Care Organizations in Several Areas of the State
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades announced today that the department is seeking proposals from interested parties to contract as managed care organizations for the delivery of Family Care and Family Care Partnership programs in several areas of Wisconsin. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 7, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

State Health Officials Request Funding for Tuberculosis Outbreak Response in Sheboygan County
To assist with efforts to contain a significant Tuberculosis outbreak in Sheboygan County, funding will be requested at a Joint Finance Committee meeting tomorrow, state health officials said today. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 4, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Op-Ed: Stigma Around Mental Health Hinders Recovery
May, National Mental Health Awareness Month, is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean we can go back to sweeping the mental health issues and treatment under a rug. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 23, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Take Preventive Steps to Avoid Recreational Water Illness This Summer
State health officials are encouraging residents to take simple steps to protect their health – and the health of other swimmers – when they visit the neighborhood pool this summer. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 21, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Fishermen Age 50+ Encouraged to Take Part in a Survey on Fishing and Fish Consumption
Older men consume more sport-caught fish than other age groups according to studies by the Department of Health Services (DHS), and they could have higher levels of mercury or other contaminants commonly found in fish if they don’t follow fish advisory information. That is why DHS, along with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is asking fishermen age 50 and over to take part in an online survey about where they fish, what fish they eat, and where they get their information on safe fish consumption. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 14, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Wisconsin Prepares for Another Active Season of Tickbourne Disease
Wisconsin’s warm spring weather will mean more blacklegged tick activity, and state officials are urging people to take precautions against tick bites when spending time outdoors. Infected blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) carry pathogens that cause Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 9, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Medical Transportation Management, Inc. Will Begin Providing Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services on August 1, 2013
The Department of Health Services today announced that beginning August 1, 2013, Medical Transportation Management, Inc. (MTM, Inc.) will begin managing the state’s non-emergency medical transportation services for certain Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus members. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 9, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Wisconsin A National Leader in Screening for and Identifying Hearing Loss in Infants
State health officials are reminding parents during Better Hearing and Speech Month that hearing makes a big difference in how children learn and develop. Early detection of hearing-related issues can help parents help their child adapt and succeed. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 6, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

State Activates Dead Bird Reporting Hotline to Track West Nile Virus
To help track the West Nile virus (WNV) in Wisconsin, state health officials have reactivated the statewide, toll-free Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - May 2, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

State-Local Partnership Recognized for Effort to Create Affordable, Safe Housing in Madison
State health officials today announced that a state, federal and local partnership to correct lead hazards at a housing unit is the recipient of the 2013 Fair Housing Partnership Award. The award is being presented by the Wisconsin Fair Housing Network at its conference today in Kenosha for the rehabilitation of a property at 1502 Williamson Street in Madison, Wisconsin known as the Jenifer Place Project. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 29, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Secretary Rhoades Names Brian Shoup Division of Long Term Care Administrator
Today Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Kitty Rhoades announced the appointment of Brian Shoup as Administrator for the Division of Long Term Care, effective May 20, 2013. He brings with him more than 25 years of experience in private and public sectors in human services and behavioral health organizations. He has a strong operational background and is a proven strong and effective leader. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 17, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Department Announces Intent to Contract with MTM As Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services Manager
The Department of Health Services today announced its intent to award a contract to Medical Transportation Management, Inc. (MTM) to manage non-emergency medical transportation services for certain Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus members. MTM will replace LogistiCare as the state’s non-emergency medical transportation services manager. (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 11, 2013 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news