Health Care

Economy & Business
2:56 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Federal Agencies in Milwaukee Partner to Connect Artists with Health Insurance

A new government partnership helps artists access health insurance through ACA.

A conversation with HHS and SBA representatives about Health Insurance for artists

A first-of-its-kind partnership started here in Milwaukee between two federal agencies is working to help artists and other sole-proprietors figure out their health insurance options.

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Health & Science
4:10 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Mental Health Advocate Urges Caution on Changes to County Complex Oversight

Two bills aimed at reorganizing services at the Milwaukee County Mental Health complex are being considered by state legislators.
Credit Michelle Maternowski

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Barbara Beckert, director of the Milwaukee office of the group Disability Rights Wisconsin.

Lawmakers in Madison continue to push for passage of two bills that would make reforms to Milwaukee County’s embattled Mental Health Complex, even while some in the mental health community question the plans.

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Health & Science
12:29 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Is There a Dark Side to Electronic Medical Records?

Doctors are increasingly dissatisfied in their jobs. Is the trend toward electronic over paper medical records to blame?

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Dr. Ardis Hoven, the president of the American Medical Association.

Despite a federal mandate requiring most physicians to adopt electronic medical record-keeping, the president of the American Medical Association says doctors are increasingly frustrated with the technology.

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Health & Science
7:51 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Milwaukee Researcher: New Test Diagnoses Deadly Sepsis 10 Times Faster

New tests are helping doctors prescribe the right antibiotics to treat sepsis.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Dr. Nate Ledeboer about sepsis.

A Milwaukee researcher says new testing for an often fatal blood infection can diagnose the issue and find the right treatment days faster than the previous method.

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Health & Science
6:27 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Essay: A Doctor's Empathy Has Its Limits

Late-night phone calls are perhaps not the best way to get help from your doctor.

Lake Effect essayist Bruce Campbell describes an interesting doctor-patient encounter.

In the years before I went to medical school, I worked as a nurse’s aide. Early one morning, one of the surgeons dropped by the Emergency Room in a particularly good mood. The ER doctor asked him why he was so happy.

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Health & Science
5:37 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

How Your Doctor Feels About You Could Affect Your Care

Research shows that patients recover faster when their doctors are more empathetic.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Dr. Danielle Ofri about empathy in medicine.

Does it matter whether your doctor seems to really care about your well-being? In fact, yes, it does.

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Health & Science
1:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

VA Improves Care for Growing Number of Female Vets

Loraine Davison and her surgeon at the Milwaukee VA, Dr. Jim Sanger.

On this Veteran’s Day, we’re going to focus on the VA's efforts to improve health care for women.

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Health & Science
4:57 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Essay: We Must Address Prescription Painkiller Addiction

A local doctor says patients, doctors and lawmakers need to come together to address prescription painkiller addiction.
Credit Kratka Photography/Flickr

Lake Effect essayist Nilesh Patel looks at the death of a well-known hockey player two years ago as evidence that change is needed inside and outside of sports:

I wish I had known about Derek Boogaard before he died.

The 28-year old Canadian was a fan favorite in the National Hockey League when he lost his battle to addictive prescription painkillers two years ago.

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Health & Science
6:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

A Prescription for Conflict Resolution in Health Care

Conflict resolution is becoming increasingly important in health care.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Leonard Marcus, director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard School of Public Health.

The Obama Administration is taking heat for early glitches in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, largely as a result of problems with the website,

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Health & Science
4:39 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Nurse-Managed Health Clinics Help Fill Primary Care Gap in Milwaukee

Nurse-managed clinics are growing in popularity across the country to address increased needs and growing costs.

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Peggy Troy of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Margaret Callahan of Marquette University's College of Nursing.

A new primary care health clinic is opening today at Milwaukee’s Northside YMCA.

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