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With millions of dollars at stake, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is leading an effort to ensure Wyoming’s healthcare providers are ready for big changes coming this fall in how medical claims are paid.Professional medical providers use International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes to document patient conditions on billing claim forms.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a growing health issue in Wyoming without obvious symptoms, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).“Hypertension has often been referred to as the silent killer because it involves no obvious symptoms,” said Dr. Wendy Braund, state health officer and WDH Public Health Division senior administrator.

The Vital Statistics Services Office at the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is warning residents to be careful if choosing an online provider for birth, death and other certificate services so they don’t face frustrations and high fees.“We sometimes receive complaints from customers who use companies they find online that claim to quickly get official certificates,” said Jim McBride, deputy state registrar with the WDH Vital Statistics Services Office.

Allen Parks is joining the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) in Lander as the new administrator for the Wyoming Life Resource Center (WLRC).“We could not be more pleased to have Allen joining our leadership team in Lander,” said Chris Newman, senior administrator of the WDH Behavioral Health Division.

As a long and severe flu season winds down across the state, Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representatives say at least 26 resident deaths have been linked to influenza across the state since October.“For Wyoming to see 26 influenza-connected deaths in a season stands out and is something we wish we weren’t reporting,” said Dr. Tracy Murphy, state epidemiologist with WDH.

A new Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) effort aims to ensure Wyoming children who must be transported in ambulances are as safe as possible during these critical rides.The Wyoming Responders Safe Transport Initiative (WYRESTRAIN) is led by the WDH Office of Emergency Services (OEMS).“It’s a fact of life that there are times when some Wyoming children must be transported in an ambulance because they are very sick or injured, or because they must go along with family members during a crisis,” said Brandon Kelley, OEMS operations supervisor and Emergency Medical Services for Children coordinator with WDH.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is prepared to help Wyoming smokers who are ready to quit as the U.S.

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) expects the 2015 Wyoming Conference on Aging, set for April 27-30 in Cheyenne, to help those who attend learn about upcoming challenges facing the state’s older adults.

A surplus federal medical station recently awarded to Wyoming will boost the state’s ability to meet certain medical needs caused by an emergency, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).The federal government decided last year that 18 of its 50 250-bed federal medical stations would be considered surplus and made available for states that wanted them.

Norovirus, a common but sometimes misunderstood stomach bug, is circulating in several communities around the state, according to reports received by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).

Wyoming continues to see overall significant declines in junior high and high school students saying they use alcohol and cigarettes, according to new survey reports.

With the season approaching when baby chicks and ducklings are typically bought and sold around the state, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representative says even cute chicks can sometimes carry harmful germs.

A growing, multistate outbreak of measles linked to a famous California amusement park is prompting Wyoming’s state health officer to remind families not to take vaccinations for granted.

With a focus planned on colorectal cancer survivors, the Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium’s (WCCCC) 10th Annual Celebration of Hope is set for February 6 at the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne.

Two new members of the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) senior leadership team were named recently by WDH Director Tom Forslund.Korin Schmidt is the new WDH deputy director.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness MonthRegular screening and a key vaccination series can help prevent most cases of cervical cancer, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year more than 12,000 women get cervical cancer and 4,000 die from the disease across the country.

January is National Radon Action MonthTesting is the only way to know how much of the invisible, potentially dangerous gas known as radon is present in Wyoming homes or workplaces, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released from radium and is found in rocks, soil and water.
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