“Top Cancer Doctors 2015” Includes 31 in Wisconsin

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The publisher of “America’s Top Doctors,” Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. recently released its 2015 list of the top cancer doctors in the U.S. The list is available in a 63 page supplement to the special health issue of Newsweek magazine published for the week of July 31 – August 7 and on the magazine’s website. Thirty-one Wisconsin-based physicians made the list, including specialists at UW Hospital, Froedtert Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Castle Connolly compiled the ...

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Arise to offer AboutHealth plans

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AboutHealth, one of two new health system partnerships in Wisconsin, recently announced plans to sell health plans to individuals and employer groups through a co-branding agreement with Arise Health Plan. Early announcements from AboutHealth have focused on efforts to improve clinical integration and cooperation among its members. The agreement with Arise marks the first instance in which AboutHealth member systems have negotiated a single contract with a health insurance company.

Arise Health Plan is a wholly owned subsidiary of ...

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ProHealth Announces New Clinical Partnerships

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ProHealth Care is partnering with three of the Midwest’s leading health systems to operate its heart surgery and cancer programs in Waukesha County.

Last year ProHealth announced a three-year agreement with Indiana University Health to run its cardiothoracic surgery program at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. The agreement is the first instance of a Milwaukee area health system partnering with an out-of-state health system to run one of its programs. Under the terms of the agreement, three Indiana University ...

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Aurora Reports Higher Profits, New Projects

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Milwaukee’s Aurora Health Care saw its operating income and profits rise in 2014, beating expectations. This is largely due to the Affordable Care Act’s public exchanges and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Medicaid expansion plan. In addition, the non-profit health system recently announced plans to make significant investments in a number of health facilities throughout Wisconsin.

As Aurora CFO Gail Hanson told the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Rich Kirchen, the gains in operating income were primarily driven by its strategic approach ...

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Plans emerge to reduce ProHealth Care lab costs

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on February 5 that Waukesha-based health system ProHealth Care is considering contracting with ACL Laboratories to reduce the cost of its lab tests. ACL is owned by the large health systems Aurora Health Care and Advocate Health Care, and achieves a lower cost per test by leveraging economies of scale. The smaller ProHealth hopes to take advantage of these savings by partnering with ACL, which processes more than ten times as many tests each day ...

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Southeastern Wisconsin Hospitals Controlling Costs

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According to the Greater Milwaukee Business Foundation on Health Inc., payments to southeastern Wisconsin hospitals only rose 37% compared to the national average of 75%.  This statistic is an important indicator of health spending in Wisconsin, as hospitals care is 30-40% of commercial medical spending.  An article describing this study in the July 24, 2014 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cites increased competition, pressure from health insurers and employers, and the advent of pay for performance as reasons for the ...

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