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WHA Advocacy Day 2018

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State Lawmakers Circulate Care Coordination Medicaid Pilot Legislation

Reps. Rodriguez, Sanfelippo and Sen. Darling see “promising results” in provider care coordination

Three Republican lawmakers circulated legislation January 16 to establish an intensive care coordination pilot program aimed at better managing care for Medicaid enrollees who frequent hospital emergency departments. The legislation, modeled closely after a WHA priority provision that was adopted in the Legislature’s version of the 2017-2019 biennial state budget, would provide a payment to hospitals and health systems that agree to provide a set of services to curb emergency department utilization to an identified population of Medicaid recipients.

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President's Column
Despite Uncertainty in Washington, WI Health Care Steadily Leads the Nation
 By Eric Borgerding, WHA President

Eric Borgerding
This column is reprinted from the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s 2018 Wisconsin Economic Report.

2017 was another year of outstanding performance from Wisconsin’s health care system. The highly regarded Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) ranked Wisconsin health care #1 in the country. This was one of several studies last year that applauded the performance of Wisconsin health care, including having the highest quality rural hospitals, being one of the best states for physicians, the best state for nurses and the best provider-owned health plans in the country.  (Read more...)

WHA Board Reviews 2017 as New Issues, Goals Take Shape for 2018

The December WHA Board meeting presents an opportunity for members and staff to look back on the year, but set their sights on the issues that will carry forward and on those that are just taking shape for 2018.

Cathy Jacobson, president/CEO, Froedtert Health, reflected on her term as she presided over her last Board meeting as chair December 7 in Madison.

“A year goes by fast,” Jacobson noted. “Leading this Board was a fantastic opportunity marked by key accomplishments by the Board and staff.”

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Wisconsin Hospitals are Committed to Quality and Transparency

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Fast Facts
By the Numbers:

General med-surg hospitals:  128
Critical access hospitals:58
LT acute care hospitals: 6
Psychiatric hospitals: 11
Inpatient days (2016): 2,565,519
Outpatient days (2016): 18,743,013

 Wisconsin hospitals employ more than 100,000 people and generate nearly
$30 billion in economic activity.

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This Week's Priorities

Medmal: WHA filed an amicus brief with the WI Supreme Court supporting the constitutionality of WI's $750,000 medical malpractice non-economic damage cap... (Read more)

eNLC: On 1/19/18 Wisconsin and other states belonging to the eNLC will begin issuing and recognizing ENLC multi-state nurse licenses. (Read more)

340B: On Jan 9, AHA, AAMC and AEH notified the court of their intent to appeal the district court's decision to dismiss the group's lawsuit to prevent Medicare payment cuts for certain 340B-covered entities. (Read more)

 

WHA Job Bulletin

The WHA Job Bulletin provides member hospitals a venue where they can post vacancies on-line as a no cost benefit of membership.

 

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