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As employers consider their various options for providing health insurance to their employees, they are also interested in sharing information that will help their workers become better informed health care consumers. (Read more)

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President's Column

By Steve Brenton, WHA President

Twenty years ago a small group of rural, upper Midwestern lawmakers led by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and former Iowa Congressman Jim Nussel championed legislation that transformed rural health care and saved hundreds of rural hospitals from closure. They convinced colleagues to allow individual states to define small rural hospitals as “necessary providers”—organizations deserving slightly higher Medicare payments because of their “necessary” function of providing accessible health care services to their communities.

Today Wisconsin has 58 critical access hospitals (CAHs), nearly all of which owe their designation to the “necessary provider” criteria. Every one of these hospitals has strengthened local health delivery. (Read more...)

High-quality, high-value health care is a hallmark in Wisconsin. Hospital systems are improving quality, increasing efficiency and delivering value to employers and residents in their communities. Hospitals have been working with WHA in a focused initiative to improve quality.

Quality Residency Hits the Mark 

Residency groupThe quality residency program formed by Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) is a big success with new quality managers. The program is designed to engage new and novice hospital quality improvement directors in a two-year track of education, leadership training and networking. The program was enhanced in September to accommodate additional residents and allow veteran residents to attend individual program sessions. Thirty-six residents recently completed the fourth session of their ten-session program. The modular format of the program is designed to allow new applicants to join at any time. (Read more)

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This Week's Priorities

Medicaid: Sen. Leah Vukmir recently toured Milwaukee's two safety net hospitals...(Read more)

Rural Hospitals: U.S. Sen. Baldwin led a bipartisan group of senators in support of rural hospitals and the value they provide to communities across the country...(Read more)

Medicare: The U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means released a 150-page draft proposal which would make multiple changes to the Medicare system to hospitals.(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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