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Wisconsin Health Care Best in the Nation

 Wisconsin ranks #1 among all states based on quality
 For the second time in a month, Wisconsin health care receives top honors

MADISON, WI (August 22, 2017) ----Wisconsin is the top state in the nation for health care with the highest overall health care quality score among all 50 states, according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The ranking is based on Wisconsin’s performance across more than 130 statistical measures that AHRQ uses to evaluate health care performance.

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Governor Walker Signs State Budget into Law with Health Care Investments
Biennial Budget Act Includes Medicaid DSH, GME and Rural Health Care Investments 

During a bill signing ceremony at a Neenah elementary school September 21, Gov. Scott Walker signed into law Wisconsin’s 2017-19 biennial state budget, which lays out the state’s $76 billion spending plan through June 30, 2019.  (Read more...)

Wisconsin Workers Comp Premiums Plummet

Wisconsin businesses see largest drop in workers comp rates since 1995

Wisconsin employers will see the second largest decrease in premium rates for worker’s compensation in 22 years. This week, the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance approved an overall 8.46 percent rate decrease for worker’s compensation premiums for business this year following a 3.19 percent decline last year. According to the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) this decrease represents a savings of nearly $170 million for employers.

“This is the second consecutive year worker’s compensation rates have declined in Wisconsin, reaffirming our commitment that Wisconsin is open for business,” said Gov. Scott Walker. In a press release, DWD Secretary Ray Allen credited workplace safety efforts, as well as efforts to bring injured workers back to work as soon as possible. (Read more...)

Wisconsin Hospitals are Committed to Quality and Transparency

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Fast Facts
By the Numbers:

General med-surg hospitals:  129
Critical access hospitals:58
LT acute care hospitals: 6
Psychiatric hospitals: 10
Inpatient days (2014): 2,600,153
Outpatient days (2014): 18,211,447

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



This Week's Priorities

Emergency Prep: Experts in crisis mgmt. and emergency response personnel presented along with 2 state agency reps at a WHA conference. (Read more)

Nurse Licensure: The Board of Nursing recognized WHA's efforts to enact eNLC legislation at their Sept. 14 meeting. (Read more)

Quality: Three innovative programs that are improving patient care and reducing health care costs in WI were shared at a WHA briefing in the State Capitol Sept. 14. (Read more)


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