July 10, 2015
Volume 59, Issue 27
Legislature Passes State Budget, Moves on to Governor Walker
Within nearly a 24-hour span, both chambers of the Legislature passed a biennial budget bill this week. The $73 billion budget bill establishes the spending plan for state government for the next two years, and includes funding for critical government programs such as Medicaid. The bill is now on its way to Governor Scott Walker, who will review the legislation, including making vetoes, before he signs the bill into law. The Governor has a powerful veto pen in Wisconsin that allows him to strike individual provisions in a piece of legislation that has an appropriation.
Prior to review by the full chambers of the Legislature, the Joint Finance Committee passed the budget early in the morning on Friday, July 3. In his final remarks during the Committee process, Joint Finance Co-Chair John Nygren stated that "DSH payments, Disproportionate Share Hospital payments, are now permanent in this budget," indicating that DSH was one of several reasons he believed "there is plenty to be proud of in this budget." Gov. Walker included funding for DSH in his version of the state budget, but only for two years. The action taken by Joint Finance will allow the program to continue indefinitely. Both Republicans and Democrats supported making DSH permanent.
"We appreciate the support of both Gov. Walker and the Legislature in making DSH a key and ongoing component of Wisconsin’s overall Medicaid program and comprehensive approach to expanding access to care," said WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding. "The fact that this proposal had widespread bipartisan support speaks to its importance."
Nygren also echoed his previous comments on DSH during debate on the full Assembly floor July 8, stating in his opening speech that "the Disproportionate Share Hospital program will be permanently written into our state statutes."
The Committee’s action last week included a wrap-up motion making several changes to the proposed budget bill. Some of these changes include:
All of these changes, along with previous action by the Joint Finance Committee, needs to survive a veto by Gov. Walker in order to become law. The Governor is expected to review and sign the budget bill in the coming days.
For more information about key health care issues in the state budget, see:
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Gov. Scott Walker’s cabinet secretary to the Department of Health Services (DHS) Kitty Rhoades commented on several pieces of proposed public policy during a luncheon event in Madison hosted by Wisconsin Health News. The Secretary used this opportunity to talk about the Department’s efforts to manage the overall Medicaid budget, comment on changes made by the Joint Finance Committee to change the state’s Medicaid long-term care program and a proposal by a company called Mainstreet Investments to eliminate the current nursing home bed cap for "transitional care facilities."
Talking about Gov. Walker’s first budget in office, Rhoades said, "We found that Medicaid, just Medicaid, was $1.8 billion in the hole." Rhoades went on to talk about the commitment that the Governor and Legislature have made to fund the program. "Thankfully to the Governor and the Legislature, they gave us $1.3 billion and said, ‘you need to find the rest’."
Rhoades said she was proud that DHS was able to make up a $500 million difference "without going to rates, benefits or eligibility." She added, "We’re not going to do that; we’re going to become more efficient and figure out how to do this right."
Tim Stumm, editor of Wisconsin Health News, interviewed Rhoades and asked about the Governor’s proposed changes to the current Family Care program and the Joint Finance Committee’s actions modifying the Governor’s proposal. The Joint Finance Committee adopted a model that hinges on at least five regional "integrated health agencies" to coordinate and manage Family Care services.
Rhoades was unable to give specifics because the budget bill hasn’t been signed into law, but said she assumed the integrated health agencies would be similar to the definition of managed care organizations. She said the idea is to provide uniformity across the state in the benefit design and care delivery for individuals served in the Family Care program. The changes would also incorporate Medicaid card services (e.g. hospital, acute care benefits) into the overall Family Care benefit. Currently, these "card services" are provided separately from the Family Care benefit and are not managed by the eight managed care organizations in charge of coordinating care for beneficiaries.
When asked whether or not she thought DHS could have done something different to reach out to stakeholders about the Governor’s plan, Rhoades said, "We have never initiated a major reform other than through the budget process." She continued, "Change is always scary, particularly when it’s about health care, because we are all convinced we are going to end up with less than we had before. That’s not the intent. The intent is to build the program that addresses the whole population, the total person."
When discussing a proposal to establish a regulatory scheme for newly-constructed skilled nursing facilities providing primarily transitional care services, Rhoades said, "Transitional care is not a new idea. We’ve been doing it for years, and actually, many of the systems have been engaged in getting nursing home beds to be able to do rehabilitative therapies." Rhoades went on to discuss her concerns with losing control of the location of nursing home beds, saying it is a concern for rural Wisconsin potentially losing beds to urban or suburban areas with more profitable margins.
"We only have three or four counties that are anywhere near 90 percent occupancy," said Rhoades about current nursing home bed capacity statewide. "We do not have an access issue."
When asked directly about whether she thinks there is a need for lifting the nursing home bed cap for a new classification of "transitional care facilities," Rhoades stated "No, I don’t."
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The Wisconsin Hospitals Conduit and State PAC annual campaign so far has raised $153,752 from 183 individuals. This puts the 2015 campaign at 57 percent of the goal to raise $270,000 by the end of the year.
Individuals are contributing an average $840, which is up $100 from last year’s average with the number of participants up just slightly. This year’s campaign continues outpacing both the 2014 campaign ($136,000) and the 2013 campaign ($98,000) in dollars raised and numbers of participants.
Of the total contributors so far, 50 are members of the Platinum Club who have contributed $1,500 or more so far to the 2015 campaign.
Individual contributors are listed in The Valued Voice by name and affiliated organization on a regular basis. Thank you to the 2015 contributors to date who are listed
below. Contributors are listed alphabetically by contribution amount category. The next publication of the contributor list will be in the July 24 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|
|Bayer, Tom||St. Vincent Hospital|
|Bard, Jeffrey||Aurora Medical Center - Oshkosh|
|Brenny, Terrence||Stoughton Hospital|
|Brisch, Donald||Holy Family Memorial|
|Cardinal, Lori||Agnesian HealthCare|
|Carter, Shane||Aurora Medical Center - Oshkosh|
|Clark, Renee||Fort HealthCare|
|Collins, Sherry||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Colman, Gerard||Aurora Health Care|
|Coopman, Dianne||St. Mary's Janesville Hospital|
|Cormier, Laura||Bellin Hospital|
|Culotta, Jennifer||St. Clare Hospital & Health Svcs|
|Curran-Meuli, Jane||Holy Family Memorial|
|Davidson, Lisa||Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association|
|Dettman, Amy||Bellin Hospital|
|Dux, Larry||Froedtert & MCW Community Mem. Hosp|
|Evans, Kim||Bellin Hospital|
|Feeney, John||Community Health Network, Inc.|
|Fielding, Laura||Holy Family Memorial|
|Freitag, Vanessa||Our Lady of Victory Hospital|
|Gullicksrud, Lynn||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Hafeman, Paul||St. Vincent Hospital|
|Halida, Cheryl||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Hamilton, Mark||UW Hospitals and Clinics|
|Harrington, Kathleen||Mayo Health System - Eau Claire|
|Hernandez, Terri||HSHS-St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Jelle, Laura||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Kaufmann, Marilyn||Holy Family Memorial|
|Klay, Chris||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Knutzen, Barbara||Agnesian HealthCare|
|Krueger, Kari||St. Mary's Janesville Hospital|
|Lampman, Sandra||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Leschke, John||Mercy Medical Center|
|Lynch, Sue||Mayo Health System - Franciscan HC|
|Maurer, Mary||Holy Family Memorial|
|McArdle, PeggyAnn||Agnesian HealthCare|
|McMeans, Scott||Holy Family Memorial|
|Mercer, Carla||Reedsburg Area Medical Center|
|Miller, Thomas||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|O'Hara, Tiffanie||Sundial Software|
|Olson, Bonnie||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Peiffer, Susan||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Range, Bonnie||Holy Family Memorial|
|Riddle, Roberta||Rusk County Memorial Hospital|
|Rocheleau, John||Bellin Health|
|Roethle, Linda||Bellin Memorial 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|
|Stelzer, Jason||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Swanson, Kaitlin||HSHS-Eastern WI Division|
|Tapper, Joy||Milwaukee Health Care Partnership|
|Theiler, Brian||Gundersen Tri-County Hospitals & Clinics|
|Van Abel, Lois||Bellin Hospital|
|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|
|Dexter, Donn||Mayo Health System - Eau Claire|
|Dicus-Johnson, Coreen||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|Dietsche, James||Bellin Hospital|
|Dolohanty, Naomi||Aurora Health Care|
|Ericson, Allen||Froedtert & MCW St. Joseph's Hospital Campus|
|Frangesch, Wayne||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|Furlong, Marian||Hudson Hospital & Clinics|
|Golanowski, Marie||Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center|
|Graul, Mark||Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Gullingsrud, Tim||Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Nursing Home|
|Gustafson, Andy||SSM Health Care-Wisconsin|
|Hanson, Gail||Aurora Health Care|
|Heaney, Dwight||Fort HealthCare|
|Jacobson, Terry||St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior|
|Jensema, Christine||HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division|
|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|
|Lindberg, Steve||Mayo Clinic Health System - Red Cedar|
|Mohorek, Ronald||Ministry Health Care|
|Mulder, Doris||Beloit Health System|
|Nelson, James||Fort HealthCare|
|O’Day, Thomas||Godfrey & Kahn, SC|
|Oland, Charisse||Rusk County Memorial Hospital|
|Ose, Peggy||Riverview Hospital Association|
|Peterson, Douglas||Chippewa Valley Hospital|
|Quinn, George||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Reardon, Brian||Hospital Sisters Health System|
|Roesler, Bruce||The Richland Hospital|
|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|
|Sisney, Mary||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Stuart, Philip||Tomah Memorial Hospital|
|Teigen, Seth||St. Mary’s Hospital|
|Thurmer, DeAnn||Waupun Memorial 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|
|Bedwell, Elizabeth||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Bloch, Jodi||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Brenton, Andrew||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Connors, Larry||St. Mary's & St. Vincent Hospital|
|Cullen-Schultz, Jeannie||JP Cullen & Sons|
|Geboy, Scott||Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman|
|Just, Lisa||Aurora Health Care-South Region|
|Kerwin, George||Bellin Hospital|
|Killoran, Carrie||Aurora Health Care|
|Lewis, Jonathan||St. Mary's Hospital|
|McCawley, Thomas||Beloit Health System|
|Punzenberger, Lindsay||Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Reynolds, Sheila||Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Rickelman, Debbie||WHA Information Center|
|Robertstad, John||ProHealth Care - Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital|
|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|
|Coffman, Joan||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Court, Kelly||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Decker, Michael||Divine Savior Healthcare|
|Dotson, Jason||Beloit Health System|
|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|
|Nauman, Michael||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Olson, David||Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin|
|Russell, John||Columbus Community Hospital|
|Schulze, Connie||Ministry Health Care|
|Sexton, William||Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center|
|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|
|Hilt, Monica||St. Elizabeth Hospital|
|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|
|Jacobson, Catherine||Froedtert & The MCW|
|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|
|Brenton, Stephen||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Tyre, Scott||Capitol Navigators, Inc.|
OPPS Proposed Rule Released, Includes Changes to Two-Midnight Policy
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In its proposed CY 2016 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule released July 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes altering its "Two-Midnight" policy.
In general, the current two-midnight policy sets a time-based threshold for inpatient versus outpatient stays and accompanying payments. CMS generally considers a stay spanning two midnights or more as appropriate for inpatient payment under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), but anything less than two midnights (with a few exceptions) appropriate for payment under the OPPS.
Under the proposed changes, CMS would adjust its policy for stays spanning less than two midnights, which have been the source of intense recovery audit denials nationally. In these instances, inpatient payment would be appropriate on a "case-by-case basis" based on the medical judgment of the admitting physician. The medical record must document and support the need for inpatient admission in these instances and will be prioritized for medical review. CMS then proposes removing recovery auditors and Medicare administrative contractors from the first line medical review for these shorter stays. Instead, initial reviews of stays less than two midnights will be done by quality improvement organizations (QIOs).
The exceptions to QIO review include instances where a hospital demonstrates a pattern of unnecessary short stays or fails to improve two-midnight policy adherence in spite of QIO education, as examples. In these instances and other instances the claims may be sent to recovery auditors for payment review.
CMS proposes no changes to its policy for stays spanning longer than two midnights.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association is pleased to see CMS take these steps to improve the burdensome two-midnight policy. WHA also supports delayed enforcement through the end of calendar year 2015 (current enforcement delay ends in October).
WHA continues to review the entire proposed OPPS rule. WHA will make a full summary of the proposed rule available soon at: www.wha.org/pps_outpatient.aspx. Comments on the OPPS rule are due to CMS by September 8. WHA plans to submit comments.
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The Wisconsin Board of Nursing (BON) held a public hearing regarding the endorsement of the new Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) July 9, 2015. The new NLC, which is significantly different from the compact currently in place for Wisconsin nurses, is a joint effort from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the National Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators (NLCA) to modernize the compact and to better reflect the health care environment of today. NCSBN has available on their website detailed information regarding the NLC at https://www.ncsbn.org/compacts.htm.
Currently, Wisconsin is one of 24 states that belong to the NLC. BON is considering support and future endorsement of the new compact, which would require a legislative appeal of current statute(https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/n/9.pdf) and a replacement with the new model language (https://www.ncsbn.org/95.htm). The only border state that is also a member of the current compact is Iowa.
During the July 9 hearing, Steven Rush, vice president, workforce and clinical practice at Wisconsin Hospital Association, testified that maintaining the benefits a compact affords is a concern WHA will keep central in discussions going forward.
"We have member hospitals that are near the Wisconsin-Iowa border that employ a significant number of nurses who reside in Iowa," Rush stated. "The ability of these nurses to work in Wisconsin without carrying an additional single-state license lessens the licensure burden of nurses currently employed, as well as makes easier the recruitment and hiring of new nurses." Rush further explained, "If Wisconsin is quick to adopt the new compact, and Iowa does not, we would in essence eliminate any benefits of a compact."
Rush did not comment on the merits and challenges of the current compact versus the new compact, but instead urged the BON to thoughtfully consider their endorsement and recommendations of entering into any new agreement that would not provide compact benefits with other states.
Sharon Henes, administrative rules coordinator for the Department of Safety and Professional Services clarified for those present at the public hearing that the BON can only recommend to Wisconsin legislators a position on the compact.
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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced in its June ForwardHealth Update No. 2015-25 that the Wisconsin Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is not currently accepting applications for Medicaid meaningful use incentive payments but will do so at a later date. This decision is a result of proposed rulemaking by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding modifications to Meaningful Use for 2015 through 2017, according to the ForwardHealth Update.
The Update also reminds hospitals that the 2015 EHR reporting period for the Wisconsin Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015. Because of an additional grace period at the end of the reporting period to apply for an incentive payment, currently the last day for hospitals to submit 2015 applications is January 31, 2016. Any extension to the grace period will be communicated by the Wisconsin Medicaid EHR Incentive Program once the federal proposed rulemaking is finalized according to the Update.
In addition, the Update also provides hospitals with information regarding patient volume determinations, documentation requirements, and other technical issues regarding applying for the Medicaid EHR incentive.
The June ForwardHealth Update can be found at: https://www.forwardhealth.wi.gov/kw/pdf/2015-25.pdf. Additional information regarding the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, including provider eligibility, registration, attestation, and incentive payments can be found at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ehrincentive/index.htm. Questions about the Program can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can contact Andrew Brenton, WHA assistant general counsel, at 608-274-1820 or email@example.com.
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On July 1, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced the implementation of a new care delivery model to provide breast and cervical cancer screenings for women receiving benefits from the Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP). DHS, which administers the WWWP, embarked on reforming the old care delivery model to better manage the number of providers participating in the program and also account for an expected reduction in the number of women served by the program.
From 2013 to 2014, the number of women served by WWWP dropped from a little over 10,000 to about 5,800. DHS attributes this change in enrollment to the availability of comprehensive health care coverage through new Medicaid eligibility for childless adults or health plans on the insurance exchange.
The new model required providers to apply to participate in the program through a Request For Application (RFA) process. DHS announced earlier this month that they decreased the number of providers from 400 to 44 and decreased the number of provider sites from over 1,000 to nearly 500. DHS indicated the large number of providers was administratively burdensome for the agency and hoped to decrease the number of providers to create efficiencies within the program.
DHS also made changes to the care coordination function of WWWP, changing from a county-based coordinating agency model to a regional service coordinating agency model. This decreased the number of coordinating agencies from 67 down to 13.
For more information on the changes to the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, including a list of providers participating in the program, visit the DHS website at: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wwwp/model.htm.
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Ministry Health Care has announced Sandra Anderson has accepted the role of regional vice president for Ministry Health Care’s Northern Region and president of the Northern Region Hospitals. She began her new responsibilities July 6, 2015, and reports directly to Daniel E. Neufelder, president and CEO of Ministry Health Care.
In her new role, Anderson is responsible for directing the daily operations and overall performance of Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital (Tomahawk), Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital (Rhinelander), Howard Young Medical Center (Woodruff), Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital (Eagle River) and Howard Young Foundation.
Anderson previously served as president of St. Clare Hospital & Health Services in Baraboo since 2002. She led St. Clare’s through a major cultural transformation resulting in significant improvement in patient satisfaction scores, employee engagement scores and physician engagement scores. Anderson was also named the regional vice president of affiliates of SSM of Wisconsin (SSMW) in Madison in 2012. Prior to joining St. Clare’s, she held positions at Greene Memorial Hospital, Inc. in Xenia, Ohio and Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Anderson has served on the Wisconsin Academy of Rural Medicine Steering Committee, Baraboo National Bank board of directors, Baraboo Economic Development Council, the State of Wisconsin Legislative Council on Health Access, Wisconsin Hospital Association board of directors (serving as WHA board chair in 2012) and is a member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, Region 5.
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Nominations for the 2015 Global Vision Community Partnership Award, presented by the WHA Foundation, are due by July 15, 2015. The official call for nominations for the 2015 Award is included in this week’s packet or can be found on the WHA website at www.wha.org/global-vision-comm-partnership.aspx.
The Award is a competitive grant presented to a community health initiative that successfully addresses a documented community health need. Any WHA hospital member can nominate a project that has been in existence for a minimum of two years and is a collaboration between the hospital and an organization within the community.
Launched by the WHA Foundation in 1993, the Award seeks to recognize ongoing projects that support community health. Honor one of your hospital’s community health projects by submitting a nomination today. For more information about the Award, contact Jennifer Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-274-1820.
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