Bartholomew Takes Part in Panel Discussion For US Senate

Saratoga physician and Wyoming Medical Society Past President Dean Bartholomew, MD was part of a panel discussion at the US Senate’s Rural Health Caucus and National Quality Forum (NQF) on Tuesday, April 19. The event featured NQF’s Rural Health Committee report on the changing role of rural providers and the recommendation that these providers participate […]

Events, Conferences, and Announcements for April 22

Each week the Wyoming Medical Society receives a number of webinar, CME, and other conference opportunities which we share with our members without endorsement. This week’s list includes: Announcements The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Labor, Health, and Human Services Committee will meet April 28-29 at Casper College. A very robust agenda includes time to discuss State-owned […]

Changes Coming to Wyoming’s Title 25 Process

By Kerry Drake For The Wyoming Medical Society The number of people experiencing a mental health crisis who are a danger to themselves or others has been skyrocketing every year in Wyoming. So has the cost of involuntarily hospitalizing these patients. State lawmakers and mental health care officials combined their efforts in 2015 to find […]

The State’s Safety Net

Wyoming State Hospital Provides Mental Health Services for The State By Tom Lacock Wyoming Medical Society Rich Dunkley has had time to hang pictures on the wall of his new office but little else, less than three months after taking the job as the superintendent of the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston. Dunkley got his […]

Mental Healthcare Needs On The Rise in Wyoming

Sharon Pendlebury of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Services poses at her facility. By Tom Lacock Wyoming Medical Society More and more clients seek mental health services, which means the costs to the state also increase. However, finding two people who agree on the reasons is difficult and makes finding solutions just as hard. […]

The Oral History of WINhealth’s fall into receivership

By Tom Lacock Wyoming Medical Society Nearly nine months after it officially entered a rehabilitation receivership, the question of WINhealth and what led to its demise has been discussed in physician lounges and board rooms around the state. On Oct. 21, State Insurance Commissioner Tom Glause filed a rehabilitation receivership petition in district court in […]

Ezdan Fluckinger and his family pose at their bakery in Torrington called, The Bread Doctor. By Tom Lacock Wyoming Medical Society Ezdan Fluckinger is a lot of things and he isn’t about to let the initials “MD” define him. After serving as a doctor in the southeast Wyoming community of Torrington (population: 6,800) for 16 […]

Providers Set to Lose 3.3 Percent of Medicaid Reimbursement

By Tom Lacock Wyoming Medical Society CHEYENNE – Wyoming providers can soon expect reduced Medicaid reimbursement according to Wyoming Department of Health Director Tom Forslund. According to the Wyoming Department of Health, the provider reimbursement proposed by Forslund today will go into effect, July 1. Forslund announced a reduction in Medicaid reimbursement of 3.3 percent […]

County Medical Societies See Increased Activity

As the calendar turns to April, county medical societies across the state are engaging their members with a variety of activities from clinical to casual. Perhaps the state’s most active county society, the Natrona County Medical Society, held the latest in its CME lecture series on Monday in Casper welcoming Kellie Moser from WYhealth. According […]