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WHA-Developed Medicaid Emergency Department Care Coordination Program Signed into Law

Legislation designed to incentivize Wisconsin hospitals to offer care coordination services for high utilizers of hospital emergency departments was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker April 16. The legislation, now known as 2017 Act 279, was recommended to the legislative authors, Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek), Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), through work done by WHA members as part of WHA’s 2016 Medicaid Workgroup. The program provides a payment of up to $1,000 per patient for a 12-month period to provide intensive care coordination services to certain Medicaid enrollees, as well as a shared savings component for hospitals and health systems that are able to demonstrate savings to the Medicaid program.


President's Column
Hospital Week 2018:
In Service to Others
 By Eric Borgerding, WHA President

Eric BorgerdingMay 6-12 is both National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week, the time each year when we recognize and appreciate those in Wisconsin who dedicate their careers to making our health care some of the best, most accessible in the country. There are more than 150,000 committed people employed in Wisconsin health care, all contributing in some way to the care of others. (Read more...)

 Wisconsin Hospitals Leading the Way
Toward Safer Patient Care

Wisconsin’s hospitals have been ranked among the best in the country for safe and satisfying health care, according to a report released March 8 by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA).

“The delivery of effective, high-quality patient care creates healthy communities where people want to live and work,” according to WHA’s Chief Quality Officer Beth Dibbert. “There is always more work to do, and knowing that our hospitals have a positive effect on people’s lives gives us the encouragement to do even better.”  

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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.



This Week's Priorities

Dental: Dental access is at the forefront of health care, and this access can be problematic for dental patients with special needs. (Read more)

Care Coordination: Intensive Care Coordination Program legislation incentivizes WI hospitals to offer care coordination svcs. for high utilizers of EDs. (Read more)

Quality: Quality Forum will focus on federal and state-related requirements...(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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