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Gov. Evers vetoes direct primary care bill - (web)


Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed a direct primary care bill that would codify how healthcare providers to provide primary care services to a patient for a subscription fee. It also would have exempted those providers from state insurance laws. Evers vetoed the law because he was not satisfied with the legislation’s anti-discrimination language. Wisconsin already has several direct primary care practices in operation. The legislation was designed to codify the concept and clarify that direct primary care practices would not be subject to insurance regulations.

MSOE expands into psychiatric nursing in partnership with Rogers - (web)


In a move to address the shortage of mental health care providers in the United States, the MSOE School of Nursing has partnered with Rogers Behavioral Health to launch a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (PMHNP). The university is also adding a Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing and a Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate. Classes will begin in Fall 2020 for these programs, while a new Gerontology Certificate launches this spring. Students enrolled in the PMHNP program are expected to complete 57 credits and 600 practicum hours. Students can complete MSOE’s program in just two years, if enrolled full-time. As with its other programs, MSOE guarantees clinical placement and works with a number of health care organizations to place students. The partnership between Rogers Behavioral Health and MSOE gives students the opportunity to receive some of their required practicum hours at Rogers’ locations. Several faculty members will hold joint positions with MSOE and Rogers Behavioral Health to coordinate the students’ practicum experiences and teach specialized content in the program.

Ascension reaches definitive agreement to sell Weston hospital to Marshfield Clinic - (web)


Ascension St. Clare's Hospital in Weston will become part of Marshfield Clinic Health System after the two health systems reached a definitive agreement. Marshfield will also acquire Ascension Wisconsin's 50 percent interest in the Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Weston and Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls. The deal is expected to close this spring. Marshfield previously acquired Ascension’s St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield.

New inpatient unit opens at Winnebago Mental Health Institute - (web)


The Winnebago Mental Health Institute in Oshkosh has opened a new inpatient unit, which is part of the state’s investment in mental health facilities. The unit will provide short-term intensive treatment to those in crisis and is designed for patients who are admitted because they were found to be dangerous to themselves or others. The inpatients would be moved to another facility or discharged once they had stabilized.

Divine Savior Healthcare completes affiliation with Aspirus - (web)


Divine Savior Healthcare is now part of the Aspirus health system. Founded in 1917 by the Sisters of the Divine Savior, the Portage-based healthcare system has 945 employees. Wausau-based Aspirus has 8,400 employees throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Its network includes four hospitals in Michigan and five hospitals in Wisconsin, 50 clinics, home health and hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and air-medical transport, medical goods, nursing homes and a broad network of physicians. A separate board of directors will oversee the hospital.

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