2011 President and Guest Columns

All columns are written by WHA President Steve Brenton, unless otherwise indicated.

12-30-11: President’s Column: "From the Cutting Room Floor - Good Out-takes from 'Results'"

12-22-11: Guest Column: Another View: Wisconsin’s Physician Shortage (By Duane Erwin)

12-22-11: President’s Column: Holiday Season Ushers in Rare Bipartisanship…Tidings of Joy!

12-16-11: President’s Column: Health Care Cost News Brings Holiday Cheer for SE Wisconsin Purchasers

12-9-11: Guest Column: State faces looming physician shortage (By Tim Size, Executive Director, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative)

12-2-11: President’s Column: It's December, so it Must be Time for Another Physician Payment Crisis

11-23-11: President’s Column: 100 New Physicians a Year: An Imperative for Wisconsin

11-18-11: President’s Column: Not So Super

11-11-11: Guest Column: Hospitals Contribute to Physical and Economic Health in Wisconsin (By Mary Kay Grasmick, WHA Vice President, Communications)

10-28-11: President’s Column: WHA Board Approves Health Reform Priorities

10-7-11: Guest Column: Our Plan to Repair Medicaid (By Dennis G. Smith, Secretary, Department of Health Services)

9-30-11: Guest Column: Wisconsin Hospitals Fundraising Campaign 2011 Update (By David Olson, 2011 Advocacy Chair)

9-23-11: President's Column: Rural Health Care Takes Big Hit in Obama Budget Proposals

9-9-11: Guest Column: Some Thoughts on Physician Retention (By Kurt Mosley, VP of Strategic Alliances with Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care)

9-9-11: President's Column: The Business Case for Health Information Exchange Just Got Clearer

9-2-11: Guest Column: What's New in Quality (By Kelly Court, WHA Chief Quality Officer)

8-26-11: President's Column: Are YOU Prepared for ICD-10?

8-19-11: President's Column: Three New Obstacles for Health Reform

8-12-11: President's Column: Massachusetts Money Grab - Next Steps

8-5-11: President's Column: Deficit Reduction Bill is New Glide Path to Big Provider Cuts-$100 Million Annually for Wisconsin Hospitals

7-22-11: Guest Column: Covenant v. Wauwatosa: Questions and Answers (By David Edquist, von Briesen & Roper)

7-15-11: President's Column: IPAB-The Most Dangerous Tool in the Tool Box

7-8-11: Guest Column: Opportunities for New Delivery Models Without Participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program ( By C. Frederick Geilfuss, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP)

7-8-11: Guest Column: The Peak is Never Passed ( By Eric Borgerding, WHA Executive Vice President)

7-1-11: Guest Column: Measuring Charity Care for Financial Reporting ( By Holly Pokrandt, Partner, Wipfli LLP)

7-1-11: President's Column: It's Been a Good Six Months for Wisconsin Health Care

6-10-11: Guest Column: Accountable Care - Where Do We Go from Here? ( By Nick Turkal, MD, WHA 2011 Board Chair)

6-10-11: President's Column: New Study Predicts Massive Migration to Insurance Exchanges in 2014

6-3-11: President's Column: Members Rate WHA Value High

5-27-11: President's Column: WHA Member Survey Results: Part 2

5-20-11: President's Column: WHA Member Survey Results Identify Top Priorities

4-22-11: President's Column: More Ugly Medicare Payment Hocus Pocus From CMS

4-15-11: President's Column: "Counterproductive and Asinine"

4-8-11: President's Column: Medicare and Medicaid

4-8-11: Guest Column: State Budget Brings Difficult Challenges "(By Nick Turkal, MD, 2011 WHA Board Chair)

4-1-11: Guest Column: Core Competencies in the New Era: A Final Reflection "(By William Petasnick, CEO, Froedtert Health)

4-1-11: Guest Column: Workplace Wellness-from Slogan to Reality "(Tim Size, Executive Director, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Sauk City)

3-25-11: President's Column: Happy Birthday...CheckPoint!

3-4-11: Guest Column: "Wisconsin Payment Reform Initiative: An Update "(By Karen Timberlake, Director, Wisconsin Payment Reform Initiative)

2-25-11: Guest Column: "If you had an opportunity to pitch the reasons why the President of the United States should visit your hospital, what would you say?"(By Mary Kay Grasmick, Editor, The Valued Voice)

2-18-11: President's Column: Member Survey Provides Foundation for WHA's Future Program Priorities

2-11-11: Guest Column: Seize Your Opportunity to Rate WHA's Effectiveness and Value ( By Nick W. Turkal, MD, WHA 2011 Board Chair and President/CEO, Aurora Health Care, Inc.)

2-11-11: President's Column: Gov. Walker Protects Medicaid in Budget Repair Bill, the Physician Pipe Line and ACA Waivers

2-4-11: President's Column: Medicaid Must be Protected as a "Safety Net" Program

1-28-11: President's Column: Historic Week for Health Care as Legislature Enacts Important Initiatives that will Enhance Coverage and Accelerate Clinical Performance Improvement