2014 President and Guest Columns

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

12-31-14: President’s Column: WHA Advocacy Evolves with Changes in Health Care Landscape

12-19-14: Guest Column: Wisconsin Hospitals Step Up to Meet Ebola Challenge (by Karen McKeown, RN, MSN, State Health Officer and Administrator, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services)

12-12-14: Guest Column: Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Combats Abuse (by Chad Zadrazil, PDMP Program Director)

11-21-14: Guest Column: Team-Based Care in Wisconsin - Moving it Forward (by George Quinn, WCMEW executive director and Chuck Shabino, MD, WHA Chief Medical Officer)

11-21-14: President’s Column: Wisconsin's Strong, Vibrant High-Performing Rural Health System Under Siege

10-10-14: Guest Column: Wisconsin Hospitals: Caring for our Neighbors (by Edward Harding, Chairman, WHA Board of Directors; President/CEO, Bay Area Medical Center, Marinette)

10-3-14: Guest Column: Close the Gap in Behavioral Health Treatment (by Nick Turkal, CEO, Aurora Health Care)

9-12-14: Guest Column: We've Digitized our Health Information. Now What? (by Joe Kachelski, Chief Executive Officer, Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network)

8-22-14: President’s Column: Wisconsin Does Not Need Another Medical School

8-1-14: President’s Column: Medicare Spending, GME Reform and Physician Payment Top Recent News

7-18-14: Guest Column: Report--Over 90% of New Physician Jobs Feature Employment by Hospitals or Other Facilities (by Kurt Mosley, Merritt Hawkins)

7-3-14: Guest Column: Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Poor Health (by Cathy Jacobson and Joy Tapper)

6-27-14: President’s Column: Milwaukee Complex Health Care Crisis Looms Large, and Local Media Points Finger

5-16-14: President’s Column: More CAH Piling On

5-2-14: Guest Column: Make Child Health a Priority (by Karen Ordinans, Executive Director, Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin)

4-25-14: President’s Column: WHA Advocacy Day Now Epitomizes WHA's Advocacy Clout

4-25-14: Guest Column: Health Advocates Inform and Challenge Lawmakers (by Senator Kathleen Vinehout D-Alma)

4-11-14: Guest Column: Workers' Comp Bill Fatally Flawed (by Eric Borgerding, WHA Executive Vice President)

4-4-14: President’s Column: Recent Physician Payment Debacle Symptom of Larger Health Care Divide

3-21-14: Guest Column: CMS Issues Rule requiring Insurers Offering QHPs in the Marketplace to Accept Ryan White Program Premium Payments (by Attorneys Steve Hahn and Dave Snow of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.)

3-7-14: President’s Column: Was Two-Midnight Rule Necessary?

2-28-14: President’s Column: The ACA...It Was Supposed to be About Coverage

2-21-14: President’s Column: D.C. Sausage Factory Revisited

2-14-14: Guest Column: Time for Congress to Fix Medicare Hospital Rural floor Payment 'Boondoggle' (Michael Abrams, Steve Brenton, Andrew Davidson & William Pully)

2-14-14: Guest Column: Wisconsin MEB Changes Physician Assistant Supervision Requirements (by Attorneys Robin M. Sheridan and Rachel S. Delaney, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman)

2-14-14: Guest Column: Health Care = Washington's ATM Machine (by Eric Borgerding, WHA Executive Vice President)

2-7-14: Guest Column: ICD-10 Is Your Hospital/System in the Home Stretch? (Debbie Rickelman, Vice President, WHA Information Center)

1-31-14: Guest Column: Good Health Care Makes Good Politics (Eric Borgerding, WHA Executive Vice President)

1-17-14: President’s Column: Washington Sausage Factory in High Gear