Friday, October 19, 2018


Health Matters 12/6/17

NEW CENTER: Crews broke ground Tuesday on the new 15,872-square-foot Prevea Rice Lake Health Center, 1051 West Ave. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2018.

The Prevea Rice Lake Health Center will offer urgent care for minor illnesses and injuries seven days a week, along with family medicine, occupational health, physical therapy, lab and X-ray services. 

“We are excited to be one step closer to the completion of our new health center and to serving the health care needs of Rice Lake and its surrounding communities,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, president and CEO at Prevea Health, in a news release.

Prevea Health, a physician-owned, multi-specialty health care organization based in Green Bay, operates more than 40 health centers throughout eastern, northern and western Wisconsin. 

The first western Wisconsin location opened in 2015 in Chippewa Falls. Since then, Prevea Health centers have opened throughout western Wisconsin, including in Eau Claire, Menomonie, Augusta, Mondovi, Arcadia and Cornell. 

Prevea Health providers also see patients at partner hospitals, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls.

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PRICE INCREASES: Patients of Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire will see rate increases beginning Jan. 1.

The cost for mammography — screening and diagnostic — tech only will increase from $208 to $361, a 73.6 percent increase. Computer-aided detection is no longer charged as a separate service and is included as part of the mammogram.

General private room and board patients at Mayo will see an increase of $38 a day, to $1,057, a 3.7 percent increase also seen for other services such as intensive care nursery and emergency room visits.

Psychiatric private room and board patients will see an increase of $49 a day, to $1,345, a 3.8 percent increase also seen for other services such as nursery, delivery and circumcision.

“The hospital finds it necessary to increase prices in order to continue providing quality care, invest in new services and replace equipment and technology,” according to a notice of the proposed increases. 

The increases are necessary because government payers, such as the federal Medicare and state Medicaid programs, reimburse the hospital at a lower level than the actual cost of providing the services. 

This year, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire expects to provide $640 million of unreimbursed care to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Also during 2017, the hospital will provide $9 million in charity care as part of its nonprofit mission.

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FLU SHOTS: Flu shots are available Thursday, Dec. 14, and Monday, Dec. 18, at the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, 720 Second Ave. Call 715-839-4718 to make an appointment.

Flu shots also will be available from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Augusta Senior & Community Center, 616 W. Washington St. 

The cost is $43. Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans will be accepted as payment, but people must show their cards. Medical assistance also will be accepted if people are not Compcare, Group Health or Security Health members.

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MDA FUNDRAISER: Northwoods Brew Pub, 50819 West St., Osseo, is hosting the second annual Cheers for a Cure, a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14.

The event includes food, live entertainment and a silent auction.

Admission is $25, and tickets are available at Northwoods Brew Pub.

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IMPACTFUL DONATION: Milwaukee Burger Co. in Eau Claire held its annual “Burgers for Boobs” fundraising event during the month of October, raising money for members of the community who have been affected by breast cancer. 

The restaurant held the event on Oct. 18, collecting a portion of food and beverage sales along with 100 percent of servers’ tips, raffles, contests and a silent auction, to provide a total donation of $6,700 for local cancer patients. Additionally, event shirts were available for sale throughout the month of October, with all proceeds going to the cause.

The check was presented to Marshfield Clinic this morning. The Marshfield Clinic Cancer Center–Eau Claire is located at 2200 Craig Road.

“When local people come together like this to hold an event, taking their time and effort, and contributing their hard-earned money, it makes a really big difference for our patients at the Cancer Center,” said Criss Gutsch, oncology manager for Marshfield Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. “This donation will be used for many things including survivorship programs and comfort items — things that help us make our patients a little more comfortable as they navigate through this chapter of their lives.”

From staff reports

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