May 15, 2015
Volume 59, Issue 19
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Political Action Spotlight: Are You on the List?
Political Action Fundraising Campaign Update - 47% of Goal
The Wisconsin Hospitals Conduit and State PAC annual fundraising campaign has raised more than $128,000 from 129 individuals since the beginning of the year. The Campaign will officially kick off the week of May 18 when leaders can expect to receive their packets in the mail.
This puts the 2015 campaign at over 47 percent of the $270,000 goal—the highest goal ever set by the annual campaign. The 2015 Campaign’s progress is outpacing last year by more than $58,000.
In fact, the average contribution ($992 v. $862), the number of participants (129 v. 80) and Platinum Club members, those who contribute at $1,500 or more, (42 v. 29) are all outpacing last year’s numbers at this same time, making for a very strong launch to this year’s campaign. If this trend continues, it will enable the campaign to meet the two percent increase over last year’s goal.
Individual contributors are listed in The Valued Voice by name and affiliated organization on a regular basis. A special thanks to those individuals who are the first contributors in the 2015 campaign and who are listed below. Contributors are listed alphabetically by contribution amount category. The next publication of the contributor list will be in the May 29 edition of The Valued Voice. For more information, contact Jodi Bloch at 608-217-9508 or Jenny Boese at 608-274-1820.
|Contributors Ranging from $1 - $499|
|Anderson, Phil||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Appleby, Jane||Aurora Health Care|
|Ballentine, Anne||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|Brenny, Terrence||Stoughton Hospital|
|Cardinal, Lori||Agnesian HealthCare|
|Carter, Shane||Aurora Medical Center - Oshkosh|
|Clark, Renee||Fort HealthCare|
|Collins, Sherry||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Colman, Gerard||Aurora Health Care|
|Cormier, Laura||Bellin Hospital|
|Culotta, Jennifer||St. Clare Hospital & Health Svcs|
|Dux, Larry||Froedtert & MCW Community Mem. Hosp|
|Feeney, John||Community Health Network, Inc.|
|Freitag, Vanessa||Our Lady of Victory Hospital|
|Hafeman, Paul||St. Vincent Hospital|
|Hamilton, Mark||UW Hospitals and Clinics|
|Harrington, Kathleen||Mayo Health System - Eau Claire|
|Jelle, Laura||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Knutzen, Barbara||Agnesian HealthCare|
|Leschke, John||Mercy Medical Center|
|Lynch, Sue||Mayo Health System - Franciscan HC|
|McArdle, PeggyAnn||Agnesian HealthCare|
|McMeans, Scott||Holy Family Memorial|
|O'Hara, Tiffanie||Sundial Software|
|Peiffer, Susan||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Roundy, Ann||Columbus Community Hospital|
|Schubring, Randy||Mayo Health System - Eau Claire|
|Selle, Ginger||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Statz, Darrell||Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative|
|Swanson, Kaitlin||HSHS-Eastern WI Division|
|Tapper, Joy||Milwaukee Health Care Partnership|
|Theiler, Brian||Gundersen Tri-County Hospitals & Clinics|
|Walker, Troy||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Werkheiser, Cindy||Monroe Clinic|
|Wheeler, Susan||St. Nicholas Hospital|
|Whitinger, Margaret||Agnesian HealthCare|
|Wold, Gwen||Amery Regional Medical Center|
|Contributors Ranging from $500 - $999|
|Bagnall, Andrew||St. Nicholas Hospital|
|Bailet, Jeffrey||Aurora Health Care|
|Bard, Jeffrey||Aurora Medical Center - Oshkosh|
|Dexter, Donn||Mayo Health System - Eau Claire|
|Dicus-Johnson, Coreen||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcarel|
|Dolohanty, Naomi||Aurora Health Care|
|Golanowski, Marie||Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center|
|Graul, Mark||Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Gustafson, Andy||SSM Health Care-Wisconsin|
|Hanson, Gail||Aurora Health Care|
|Heaney, Dwight||Fort HealthCare|
|Jacobson, Terry||St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior|
|Kingston, Mary Beth||Aurora Health Care|
|Kirsch, Jennifer||Gundersen Health System|
|Lange, George||Westgate Medical Group, CSMCP|
|Larson, Margaret||Mercy Medical Center|
|Latta, Richard||Godfrey & Kahn, SC|
|Mohorek, Ronald||Ministry Health Care|
|Nelson, James||Fort HealthCare|
|O’Day, Thomas||Godfrey & Kahn, SC|
|Oland, Charisse||Rusk County Memorial Hospital|
|Ose, Peggy||Riverview Hospital Association|
|Quinn, George||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Reardon, Brian||Hospital Sisters Health System|
|Rozenfeld, Jon||St. Mary’s Hospital - Madison|
|Rude, Nels||The Kammer Group|
|Seitz, Verna||ProHealth Care, Inc.|
|Selberg, Heidi||HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division|
|Shabino, Charles||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Shorter, Tom||Godfrey & Kahn, SC|
|Simaras, Jim||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|Teigen, Seth||St. Mary’s Hospital|
|Van Meeteren, Bob||Reedsburg Area Medical Center|
|Yaron, Rachel||Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital|
|Zenk, Ann||Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital|
|Contributors Ranging from $1,000 - $1,499|
|Ashenhurst, Karla||Ministry Health Care|
|Bloch, Jodi||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Brenton, Andrew||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Connors, Larry||St. Mary's & St. Vincent Hospital|
|Cullen-Schultz, Jeannie||JP Cullen & Sons|
|Just, Lisa||Aurora Health Care-South Region|
|Kerwin, George||Bellin Hospital|
|Killoran, Carrie||Aurora Health Care|
|Punzenberger, Lindsay||Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Rickelman, Debbie||WHA Information Center|
|Roller, Rachel||Aurora Health Care|
|Rush, Steven||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Sato, Thomas||Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Schafer, Michael||Spooner Health System|
|Swanson, Kerry||St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital|
|White-Jacobs, Mary Beth||Black River Memorial Hospital|
|Wolf, Edward||Lakeview Medical Center|
|Contributors Ranging from $1,500 - $1,999|
|Boese, Jennifer||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Clapp, Nicole||Grant Regional Health Center|
|Court, Kelly||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Decker, Michael||Divine Savior Healthcare|
|Frank, Jennifer||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Grasmick, Mary Kay||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Harding, Edward||Bay Area Medical Center|
|Kammer, Peter||The Kammer Group|
|McKevett, Timothy||Beloit Health System|
|Natzke, Ryan||Marshfield Clinic|
|Russell, John||Columbus Community Hospital|
|Schulze, Connie||Ministry Health Care|
|Sheehan, John||UW Hospitals and Clinics|
|Wallace, Michael||Fort HealthCare|
|Contributors Ranging from $2,000 - $2,999|
|Alig, Joanne||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Anderson, Sandy||St. Clare Hospital & Health Svcs|
|Duncan, Robert||Children's Hospital & Health System|
|Herzog, Mark||Holy Family Memorial|
|Jacobson, Catherine||Froedtert & The MCW|
|Kachelski, Joe||WI Statewide Health Info Network|
|Leitch, Laura||Hall Render|
|Levin, Jeremy||Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative|
|Lewis, Gordon||Burnett Medical Center|
|Mettner, Michelle||Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Pandl, Therese||HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division|
|Meyer, Daniel||Aurora BayCare Medical Ctr Green Bay|
|Potter, Brian||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Potts, Dennis||Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center|
|Sanders, Michael||Monroe Clinic|
|Sliwinski, Ron||UW Hospitals and Clinics|
|Stanford, Matthew||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Troy, Peggy||Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Contributors Ranging from $3,000 - $4,999|
|Boatwright, Damond||SSM Health Care-Wisconsin|
|Brenton, Stephen||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Hilt, Monica||Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital|
|Little, Steve||Agnesian Health Care|
|Neufelder, Dan||Ministry Health Care|
|Normington, Jeremy||Mercy Medical Center|
|O’Brien, Kyle||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Size, Tim||Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative|
|Standridge, Deb||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|Starmann-Harrison, Mary||Hospital Sisters Health System|
|Turkal, Nick||Aurora Health Care|
|Contributors Ranging from $5,000+|
|Borgerding, Eric & Dana||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Tyre, Scott||Capitol Navigators, Inc.|
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New Legislator Profile: Rep. Mark Spreitzer, (D-Beloit)
Rep. Spreitzer Concerned with Impact of King v. Burwell Decision in Wisconsin
The Supreme Court’s ruling on King v. Burwell could have a dramatic and immediate impact on Wisconsin. Rep. Mark Spreitzer is among those who are deeply concerned about the ramifications that decision could have on tens of thousands of people here. He believes Wisconsin must create its own exchange and be ready with a Wisconsin solution if the Supreme Court strikes down subsidies.
“We can’t expect Congress will fix this problem,” Spreitzer told WHA Valued Voice Editor Mary Kay Grasmick.
Spreitzer has a goal of learning more about the hospitals and health care facilities in his district this summer.
He personally met with his constituents at his State Capitol office during WHA’s Advocacy Day April 28, where he learned about the WHA-supported bill that would create an interstate physician licensure compact in Wisconsin.
“I had a good conversation with hospital constituents during Advocacy Day about that issue, and it is certainly relevant to my district,” Spreitzer said. “It sounds like a reasonable approach, and I plan to support it.”
Spreitzer understands the importance of supporting the Medicaid program, too, not just to ensure the most vulnerable citizens have access to care, but he also believes providers must receive adequate reimbursement. He supports reauthorizing the Disproportionate Share Hospital program (DSH).
“We need to make sure we have a good Medicaid system and that we adequately reimburse hospitals,” while noting that he believes Wisconsin should “take the Medicaid expansion.”
Representing a largely rural district, Spreitzer feels it is important to create an environment that attracts health care professionals.
“I have many small communities in my district where recruiting a physician to practice in those areas can be difficult,” he said. “We have to make sure we have nurses and physicians who are interested in practicing in rural areas that are underserved.”
Spreitzer is familiar with the challenges associated with providing care to those with physical and mental health issues. His mother is a social worker in the Chicago area.
“Mental health is on my radar. It needs to be part of the health conversation,” according to Spreitzer. “We can’t separate mental health from physical health if we are talking about treating the whole person.”
Elected to the State Assembly in November 2014, Spreitzer represents parts of the City of Beloit and the surrounding rural communities in Green and Rock Counties. He served on the Beloit City Council from 2011 to 2015, serving as President of the Council during a portion of that term. Spreitzer is a 2009 graduate of Beloit College and worked as an assistant director of alumni & parent relations and annual support for the college before taking office.
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WHA Sends Letter to Hill: No Medicare Cuts for TAA
The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) continued to urge Wisconsin Members of Congress to strike language from pending trade legislation that would increase sequester cuts on Medicare providers.
“While WHA does not have a position on the underlying package of trade legislation, WHA and our hospitals and health systems strongly oppose using a health care offset on non-health care related legislation, such as the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill,” said WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding in the letter to Wisconsin’s entire Congressional delegation. “TAA legislation not only uses Medicare sequester cuts as an offset, but also increases the net impact of Medicare sequester beyond the original 2.0 percent per year statutorily set under the Budget Control Act.”
The letter follows on the heels of a series of face-to-face meetings WHA and hospital leaders had in Washington, D.C. with members of Wisconsin’s Delegation on this issue and others. In addition, WHA has previously communicated opposition to U.S. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.
WHA continues to oppose use of health care cuts to fund other Congressional legislation or priorities, especially in light of Wisconsin’s continued ranking as a high-quality, high-value health care state.
Read the letter at: www.wha.org/pdf/TAASequesterJohnson5-13-15.pdf.
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Finance Committee Pulls Long-Term Care Changes from Budget
Committee charges DHS with developing “limited reforms” with “strong legislative oversight”
Members of the state’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee announced May 14 that the Committee will not be moving forward with changes in Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget to the state’s Medicaid long-term care programs, Family Care and IRIS. The co-chairs of the Committee, Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), and lead Republican health care policy members Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and Rep. Dean Knudson (R- Hudson), released a statement to the press announcing their decision.
The announcement rejects the Governor’s proposal, which would have changed the Family Care program and moved toward a statewide model for providing long-term care services instead of the regional model that exists today. The Governor’s proposal also would have required the incorporation of primary care and acute care services into the Family Care benefit, instead of separately as a fee-for-service benefit to enrollees.
The announcement stated that the legislators would move forward with a plan that would pursue “limited reforms” with “strong legislative oversight” to protect self-directed care, preserve Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) services and require the acceptance of “any willing provider” while transitioning to a new regional model with multiple Integrated Health Agencies (IHA) in every region. The Committee’s proposal would direct the state Department of Health Services to negotiate the proposed plan via a waiver with the federal government.
For a copy of the press release, click here: www.wha.org/pdf/LongTermCare5-14-15.pdf.
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WHA Convenes Group to Discuss Meaningful Use Proposed Rules
WHA convened a meeting May 13 to discuss three recently-proposed rules that would make significant changes to the reporting requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) “Meaningful Use” Program. CMS, through the meaningful use program, levies Medicare penalties on hospitals and physicians that fail to adopt and meaningfully use EHR technology.
An interdisciplinary group of WHA members that included hospital CEOs, CIOs, physician leaders and quality improvement leaders was at the meeting. The key proposals discussed were:
In addition to the May 13 meeting, WHA has been soliciting other input from members on various issues related to the proposed rules, including conducting a survey that asks specific questions related to some of the proposed changes. Collectively, this member input will help guide WHA’s comment letters to the federal Department of Health and Human Services on the proposed rules as well as other related advocacy efforts. Comments on two of the proposed rules are due May 29, and comments on the other proposed rule are due June 15.
For additional information, contact WHA’s Andrew Brenton at 608-274-1820 or email@example.com.
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Randall Joins WHA Quality Department
WHA is pleased to announce Katie Randall joined the WHA quality reporting and performance improvement department as a quality assistant. In her role, Randall will support the WHA Partners for Patients initiative as well as other WHA efforts including Transforming Care at the Bedside.
Randall received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in health care administration. Prior to joining WHA, Randall worked in a similar role in a busy orthodontic clinic in the Twin Cities. A native of Tomah, she is happy to be back in Wisconsin.
“Katie’s enthusiasm for the work we are doing, her health care background and ‘members first’ approach will be a great asset for our hospital QI departments that are looking to us for information and resources,” said WHA Quality Manager Stephanie Sobczak. “She’s been a great contributor to our team since the day she began.”
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WI Rural Health Conference, June 17-19: Register Today
Hotel reservation deadline is May 27
Register today to join your colleagues at the 2015 Wisconsin Rural Health Conference. Scheduled June 17-19, this is the premier statewide forum for hospital executives, leadership staff and trustees to join together to examine issues that impact rural hospitals, while networking and collaborating with colleagues and each other.
As a reminder, hotel reservations must be made by May 27 to ensure a reservation and to receive the special conference group rate. Remember, June is a very busy time in Wisconsin Dells, so it is very likely that hotel rooms will not be available to conference attendees after May 27. It is recommended that you make your hotel reservations immediately if you plan to attend.
This year’s conference will include an outstanding opening keynote session by Andrew Cohen; the ever-popular state of Wisconsin health care session presented by the leaders of the Wisconsin Hospital Association and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative; and an inspirational closing session by Ronan Tynan, one of the internationally-famous Irish Tenors.
A full brochure is included in today’s packet. In addition, online registration and full conference information are available at http://events.SignUp4.net/15Rural.
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May is National Stroke Awareness Month
According to the CDC, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 of every 20 deaths. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke. Every year, about 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes; 185,000 are recurrent strokes. Stroke is an important cause of disability and reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over. Stroke costs the nation $34 billion annually, including the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. You cannot control some stroke risk factors, like heredity, age, gender, and ethnicity. Some medical conditions—including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, overweight or obesity, and previous stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)—can also raise your stroke risk. Avoiding smoking and drinking too much alcohol, eating a balanced diet, and getting exercise are all choices you can make to reduce your risk.
According to the WHA Information Center, In calendar year 2014 there were 6,779 inpatient admissions, 1,808 emergency room visits (treated and released), 646 observation care visits, and 9,959 hospital ancillary service visits where primary or secondary treatment was for stroke.
Data provided by the WHAIC (www.whainfocenter.com)
The WHA Information Center is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.
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2015 Hospital Week: WHA, AHA Promote Member Hospitals in Videos
Wisconsin hospitals care for more than 600,000 patients every year, providing some of the highest quality care in the nation. So far this year, Wisconsin has been recognized by two federal agencies. First, Wisconsin hospitals received some of the highest ratings for HCAHPS/patient experience scores in the country, as reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). And, Wisconsin was ranked as the second highest state in quality health care by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
“There is a genuine commitment from our smallest rural hospitals to our largest urban hospitals to delivering better care, doing it more efficiently and more cost effectively. It is an asset for our state,” says WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding in a video that premiered at WHA’s 2015 Advocacy Day to an audience of more than 1,000 hospital supporters. Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/cE5d-h-iyi8
Wisconsin’s reputation as a high-quality, high-value state was built on the hard work and the commitment to clinical excellence of the state’s health care professionals.
“As we celebrate Hospital Week, we at WHA want to say ‘thanks’ to the men and women in our state working on the front lines or in support and administrative services who are putting the patient first, and by doing so, have built a sterling reputation for health care in Wisconsin,” Borgerding said.
In recognition of National Hospital Week, the American Hospital Association also released a new video. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTflFkcxdlg
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Member News: Edgerton Hospital Announces New CEO
Edgerton Hospital’s Board of Trustees announced Jim Schultz has been appointed the new chief executive officer (CEO). Schultz has been interim CEO for the hospital since July 2014, and has served as an active Board of Trustees member for the past 10 years, holding the position of Board Chair for five years and Foundation Board Chair for four years.
“I am honored to be accepting the position of CEO for Edgerton Hospital,” said Schultz. “My goal has been, and will continue to be, to help ensure that this innovative, environmentally-friendly facility, as well as our patient-focused philosophy of high-quality home town care, will continue being offered to our area communities far into the future.”
Schultz has been active in Edgerton Hospital’s future in various capacities over the last 25 years, but his roots are also deep in education and business management. He has more than 45 years with the Edgerton School District, holding positions ranging from business education instructor to director of career/technical education to educational consultant. In 1990, Schultz implemented a nationally-recognized health services program between Edgerton High School, Blackhawk Technical College and Edgerton Hospital.
Schultz received his BA degree from Wartburg College in Business Administration/Education and has done graduate studies at UW-Madison. He continues to contribute to the business community through the City Re-development Authority and the Economic Development Corporation.
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Register Now for Healthy Hospitals and Clinics Forum, June 5
Registration is open for the “What Health Looks Like: Healthy Food and Beverages in Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics” forum, scheduled Friday, June 5 at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison.
The Forum serves as a kick-off event for an ongoing organized statewide learning community for hospitals and clinics to share and learn about healthy food and beverage practices. The Forum’s day-long agenda will feature a best practices panel with speakers from UW Health, Aurora Health Care, and Hudson Hospital and Clinics. Breakout sessions will highlight success stories from hospitals and clinics throughout the state, including: Agnesian HealthCare, Upland Hills Health, Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Watertown Regional Medical Center, and many others.
The full agenda and online registration are available here: www.wicancer.org/healthyforum.cfm. Registration is $50. Hospitals and clinics are encouraged to bring a team to the forum. For more information, contact Emily Reynolds, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-262-7285, or Nan Peterson, email@example.com, 608-262-9993.
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