July 25, 2014
Volume 57, Issue 30


Study Finds SE WI Health Systems Successful in Moderating Health Care Costs

A study released July 23 by the Greater Milwaukee Business Foundation on Health, Inc. (GMBFH) clearly shows that the commitment that hospital systems in southeast Wisconsin have made to reduce health care costs and increase the quality of care are working to the benefit of employers.

The study found that average commercial insurance premiums in southeast Wisconsin have continued to moderate and improve compared to other Midwest markets. This is due to several factors, including:

"WHA members’ dedicated efforts to increase efficiency, improve quality and deliver better outcomes are translating into solid progress when it comes to slowing the price of hospital care in southeast Wisconsin. There is still much work to be done when it comes to moderating health insurance premiums, but the commitment that hospitals have made to deliver better value for employers’ health care dollars is a hallmark of Wisconsin and yet another reason for employers to locate and grow in our great state," said WHA Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding.

While health systems have made significant strides in increasing efficiency and improving quality, cost shifting from government programs and rising levels of bad debt and charity care continue to vex providers and payers alike. Cost shifting increased health care costs by 35 percent to employers in southeast Wisconsin in 2012, according to the GMBFH study, which was conducted by the consulting firm of Milliman.

"Cost shifting is the anchor that will continue to drag us down and threaten our ability to compete for and attract employers to our state," according to Borgerding. "When government programs fail to even cover the costs of the medical services for their beneficiaries, those shortfalls must be shifted to others, becoming a ‘hidden tax’ on our employers and other payers. That has a dampening effect on the progress we are making to address health care costs in Wisconsin."

WHA applauded the study’s sponsors for their continued focus on moderating health care costs by facilitating a meaningful dialogue between the employer and health care communities.

"We are proud of the innovative partnerships that exist among Wisconsin hospitals, health systems and employers that have fostered the significant and sustained results documented by this study," Borgerding said.

For more information on Wisconsin’s high value health care, go to http://wihealthcarevalue.org.

View the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article here: www.wha.org/pdf/HospitalCostsMJS7-23-14.pdf.

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Wisconsin Innovations in Team-Based Care Headline WCMEW Conference

Wisconsin is a state that is always on the leading edge of innovations in patient care. On November 12, the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW) will showcase patient-centered, team-based care models from a dozen Wisconsin health care organizations. The one-day event, "Building a Culture for Patient-Centered Team Based Care," will be held November 12 in Wisconsin Dells.

The conference will also include two keynote presentations, "The New Role of Teams in the New American Population Health," by Maureen Smith, MD, MPH, MBA, at the UW School of Medicine and Population Health. In addition, Andy Anderson, MD, MBA and a senior vice president at Aurora Health Care, will present "Cultures that Make Teams Successful."

Discussions among participants on how cooperation and integration among health professionals leads to continuous improvement of patient care will be encouraged. In addition, poster presentations highlighting more than two dozen additional examples of successful team-based care initiatives from throughout the state will be on display.

Registration is now open for this event. For information, including the day’s agenda, visit: http://events.SignUp4.net/14TBC-1112 or review the conference brochure included in this week’s packet. Registration questions can be directed to Jenna Hanson at jenna.hanson@wha.org or at 608-274-1820.

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Political Action Fundraising Campaign Continues to Outpace Previous Years

The 2014 Wisconsin Hospitals Conduit and State PAC Fundraising Campaign has raised $160,159 to date from 206 individuals. This puts the 2014 campaign at 60 percent of the goal to raise $265,000 by the end of the year. Last year’s campaign at this date was at 42 percent of the goal and the 2012 campaign, the last election year, was at 54 percent of goal.

In the last two weeks alone, the Campaign raised an additional $21,000 and added 19 more individuals. Those additional 19 are listed below as are all of the 2014 contributors to date by name and affiliated organization alphabetically by contribution amount category. Thank you! The next publication of the contributor list will be in the August 8 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 to $499
Alstad, Nancy Fort HealthCare
Anderson, Phil Sacred Heart Hospital
Anich, Matthew Memorial Medical Center - Ashland
Appleby, Jane Aurora Health Care
Bagnall, Andrew St. Nicholas Hospital
Bair, Barbara St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Bayer, Tom St. Vincent Hospital
Brenholt, Craig St. Joseph's Hospital
Brenny, Terrence Stoughton Hospital Association
Buser, Kenneth Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints
Cardinal, Lori Agnesian HealthCare
Carlson, Peter Aurora Psychiatric Hospital
Ceelen, John Ministry Health Care
Clark, Julie St. Joseph's Hospital
Clark, Renee Fort HealthCare
Collins, Sherry Wisconsin Hospital Association
Coopman, Dianne St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Cormier, Laura Bellin Hospital
Dalebroux, Steve St. Mary's Hospital
Donlon, Marcia Holy Family Memorial
Duda, Carrie Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints
Dux, Larry Froedtert & MCW Community Memorial Hospital campus
Dwyer, Maxine St. Mary's Hospital
Fielding, Laura Holy Family Memorial
Furlong, Marian Hudson Hospital & Clinics
Gormican, John J. Agnesian HealthCare
Graul, Mark Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Groskreutz, Kevin St. Joseph's Hospital
Gullicksrud, Lynn Sacred Heart Hospital
Gustafson, Andy SSM Health Care-Wisconsin
Hafeman, Paula St. Vincent Hospital
Halida, Cheryl St. Joseph's Hospital
Hamilton, Mark
Harrington, Kathleen Mayo Health System - Eau Claire
Heaney, Dwight Fort HealthCare
Henricks, William Rogers Memorial Hospital
Hieb, Laura Bellin Hospital
Hill, Juliet Sacred Heart Hospital
Jelle, Laura St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Karow, Deborah Ministry Health Care's Howard Young Medical Center
Kaufmann, Marilyn Holy Family Memorial
King, Steve St. Mary's Hospital
Kingston, Mary Beth Aurora Health Care
Klay, Chris St. Joseph's Hospital
Klay, Lois St. Joseph's Hospital
Koch, Mark Mayo Clinic Health System
Koebke, Troy Bellin Hospital
Lambrecht, Randy Aurora Health Care
Larson, William St. Joseph's Hospital
Leonard, Mary Kay St. Mary's Hospital
Luehring, Sally St. Vincent Hospital
Lynch, Sue Mayo Health System - Franciscan Healthcare
Marquardt, Amy Hospital Sisters Health System
Maurer, Mary Holy Family Memorial
Mays, Laura Stoughton Hospital Association
McMeans, Scott Holy Family Memorial
Meicher, John St. Mary's Hospital
Mercer, Carla Reedsburg Area Medical Center
Mohr, Carol Sacred Heart Hospital
Neikirk, Jon Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Newberry-Ferguson, Linda ProHealth Care - Rehabilitation Hospital of WI
O'Brien, Laura
Oland, Charisse Rusk County Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home
Ott, Virginia St. Joseph's Hospital
Palecek, Steve St. Joseph's Hospital
Peiffer, Susan Sacred Heart Hospital
Penovich, Carrie Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers
Riddle, Roberta Rusk County Memorial Hospital
Roundy, Ann Columbus Community Hospital
Schweitzer, Susan Columbus Community Hospital
Selle, Ginger St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Shear, Jim  
Sommers, Craig St. Mary's Hospital
Sparacino, Gloria Aurora West Allis Medical Center
Steines, Sara Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Stephens, Brian Ministry Door County Medical Center
Stranberg, Kevin Memorial Medical Center - Ashland
Sullivan, Anne Memorial Medical Center - Ashland
Teigen, Seth St. Mary's Hospital
Theiler, Brian Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics
Turtenwald, Robyn Froedtert & MCW Community Memorial Hospital campus
Van Meeteren, Bob Reedsburg Area Medical Center
Washburn, Juliane Bay Area Medical Center
Werkheiser, Cindy Monroe Clinic
Westbrook, Diane River Falls Area Hospital
Wheeler, Susan St. Nicholas Hospital
Woleske, Chris Bellin Hospital
Wymelenberg, Tracy Aurora Health Care
Ziebarth, Laura St. Mary's Hospital
Contributors ranging from $500 to $999
Bablitch, Steve Aurora Health Care
Brenton, Andrew Wisconsin Hospital Association
Carlson, Dan Bay Area Medical Center
Connors, Lawrence St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center
Dexter, Donn Mayo Health System - Eau Claire
Dietsche, James Bellin Hospital
Dolohanty, Naomi Aurora Health Care
Eckels, Timothy Hospital Sisters Health System
Freimund, Rooney Bay Area Medical Center
Granger, Lorna Aurora Health Care
Gullingsrud, Tim Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home
Huettl, Patricia Holy Family Memorial
Jacobson, Terry St. Mary's Hospital of Superior
Jensema, Christine HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division
Kersten, Juliet Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Kerwin, Kathleen  
Kocourek, Cathie Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers
Larson, Margaret Mercy Medical Center
Malone, Virginia St. Mary's Hospital
Mantei, Mary Jo Bay Area Medical Center
Mulder, Doris Beloit Health System
Nesse, Robert Mayo Clinic Health System
O'Keefe, James Mile Bluff Medical Center
Ordinans, Karen Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Peterson, Douglas Chippewa Valley Hospital
Quinn, George Wisconsin Hospital Association
Rohrbach, Dan Southwest Health Center
Rutkowski, Jennifer Grant Regional Health Center
Selberg, Heidi HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division
Shabino, Charles Wisconsin Hospital Association
Sprecher, Lon  
Stuart, Philip Tomah Memorial Hospital
VanCourt, Bernie Bay Area Medical Center
White-Jacobs, Mary Beth Black River Memorial Hospital
Contributors ranging from $1,000 to $1,499
Ashenhurst, Karla Ministry Health Care
Bedwell, Elizabeth Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Clapp, Nicole Grant Regional Health Center
Garcia-Thomas, Cristy Aurora Health Care
Geraghty, Tricia Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Gorelick, Marc Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Gunn, Veronica Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Hart, Shelly Aurora Health Care
Hayden, Kevin  
Janis, Gerald Aurora Health Care
Just, Lisa Aurora Health Care
Kachelski, Joe Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network
Kostroski, Sharon Ministy Saint Joseph's Hospital
Lewis, Jonathan St. Mary's Hospital
Loftus, Philip Aurora Health Care
Martin, Jeff Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital
McDonald, Mary Beth Aurora Health Care
McKevett, Timothy Beloit Health System
Mohorek, Ronald Ministry Health Care
Natzke, Ryan Marshfield Clinic
Nauman, Michael Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Nelson, Dave HSHS-Western Wisconsin Division
Norbin Killoran, Carrie Aurora Health Care
Potts, Dennis Aurora Health Care
Rakowski, Mark Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Rickelman, Debbie WHA Information Center
Russell, John Columbus Community Hospital
Sanders, Robert Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Schafer, Michael Spooner Health System
Shanahan, Thomas Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Stamas, Peter Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital
Contributors ranging from $1,500 to $1,999
Anderson, Layton Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital
Anderson, Sandy St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Bloch, Jodi Wisconsin Hospital Association
Boatwright, Damond SSM Health Care-Wisconsin
Boese, Jennifer Wisconsin Hospital Association
Byrne, Frank St. Mary's Hospital
Coffman, Joan St. Joseph's Hospital
Court, Kelly Wisconsin Hospital Association
Duncan, Robert Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Falvey, Patrick Aurora Health Care
Francis, Jeff Ministry Health Care
Frank, Jennifer Wisconsin Hospital Association
Grasmick, Mary Kay Wisconsin Hospital Association
Harding, Edward Bay Area Medical Center
Herzog, Mark Holy Family Memorial
Hilt, Monica Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital
Johnson, Jodi Wisconsin Hospital Association
Levin, Jeremy Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Lewis, Gordon Burnett Medical Center
Meyer, Daniel Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay
Roller, Rachel Aurora Health Care
Sexton, William Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital
Stanford, Matthew Wisconsin Hospital Association
Wallace, Michael Fort HealthCare
Contributors ranging from $2,000 to $2,999
Alig, Joanne Wisconsin Hospital Association
Brenton, Mary E.
Brooks, Alenia Aurora Health Care
Brophy, Michael Aurora Health Care
Colman, Gerard Aurora Health Care
Gage, Weldon Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Hanson, Gail Aurora Health Care
Kelch, Elaine
Kief, Brian Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital
Leitch, Laura Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman
Normington, Jeremy Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics
O'Brien, Kyle Wisconsin Hospital Association
Pandl, Therese HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division
Potter, Brian Wisconsin Hospital Association
Sanders, Michael Monroe Clinic
Standridge, Debra Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Starmann-Harrison, Mary Hospital Sisters Health System
Troy, Peggy Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Contributors ranging from $3,000 to $4,999
Jacobson, Catherine Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Katen-Bahensky, Donna
Kerwin, George Bellin Hospital
Little, Steve Agnesian HealthCare, Inc
Mettner, Michelle Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Neufelder, Daniel Ministry Health Care
Turkal, Nick Aurora Health Care
Contributors $5,000 and above
Borgerding, Eric Wisconsin Hospital Association
Brenton, Stephen Wisconsin Hospital Association
Size, Tim Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Tyre, Scott Capitol Navigators, Inc


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Board Envisions Strength of WHA in Health Policy, Advocacy, Leadership

The unique discussions during the 2014 WHA Board Planning Session were a direct reflection of the conversations that are taking place in hospital and health system board rooms across Wisconsin. These same inspired dialogues catalyzed by some of the most skillful health care thought leaders in the country are also helping the Wisconsin Hospital Association respond to the rapidly-changing needs of its members.

Discussion leader Jamie Orlikoff challenged WHA Board members who attended the planning session July 17-18 in Green Bay to consider "turmoil" in health care now as the preamble to what will emerge as the "new normal" in the near future.

"Change is not being driven by the Affordable Care Act. Health care will not return to ‘normal’ because it never has been normal," according to Orlikoff. "The bubble around health care is bursting because of trends that were in motion prior to its passage. The ACA is a symptom of change in health care, not the driver."

Orlikoff pointed to employers as being among the most influential change agents in the health care marketplace today. Health care providers who actively partner with employers and help them lower their health care costs will help boost the state’s economy and create a business climate that attracts employers, especially in the manufacturing sector, which can help build and sustain middle-class jobs.

"We have to grow the economy and restrain the growth of health care at the same time," Orlikoff said.

Wisconsin hospitals and health systems are demonstrating their commitment to moderating costs by improving quality and increasing efficiency, which are producing measurable results. (See related story above.)

"As an organization, WHA recognizes the dynamics that are in play in our communities," said WHA Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding. "We no longer measure hospital and health systems’ economic clout by the number of jobs we create in the community; rather, we are focusing on increasing our efficiency, raising quality and delivering high-value care so local employers can grow and prosper."

Over the past few years, WHA has stepped up its physician-focused communications and education opportunities, which have been gaining momentum. An area of common interest to all WHA members has been building physician leadership skills, an area that WHA continues to grow through partnerships with other health-related organizations, including the Wisconsin Council for Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW).

WHA Incoming Chair Therese Pandl, president/CEO, HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division, who presided over the two-day event, emphasized that integrated health care systems based outside of Wisconsin need to work through state hospital associations.

"Health systems need to have a strong presence in the states where they are doing business. Some issues are state-specific, such as Medicaid, so even as integrated health systems develop their own internal resources, they need to work in coordination with the state hospital association," according to Pandl. "They are assets to each other."

Managing a successful health system in an environment of change creates a new demand for data and analytics, a need that WHA and the WHA Information Center (WHAIC) are well-positioned to address. The WHAIC has introduced a number of new products, with more on the way, that are aimed at responding to the need for current market-based information that is accessible and easy to understand.

"The Board planning session provides a forum for thoughtful dialogue that has fostered great ideas and facilitated the creation of some of WHA’s most successful advocacy, information and quality improvement initiatives," said WHA President Steve Brenton. "We are extremely fortunate to be in Wisconsin, a state where collaboration and cooperation can co-exist with competition. All our members have a shared mission to improve the health of the communities they serve, and they are willing to set aside differences to reach their larger goal."

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Member News: Calhoun Named President of St. Elizabeth Hospital

Ministry Health Care has named Bill Calhoun, president of Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh and regional vice president for Ministry Health Care’s Eastern Region, the new president of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.

Calhoun will replace Travis Andersen who leaves to become president and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee August 4. A search is underway to fill Calhoun’s position at Mercy Medical Center.

"Bill is an inspiring and motivating leader," said Daniel Neufelder, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Ministry Health Care. "He will continue the work begun by Travis Andersen that has energized St. Elizabeth Hospital and significantly enhanced the care and services provided to the Fox Valley."

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Member News: Turney to Serve as Marshfield Clinic Health System’s First CEO

Susan Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, has been hired by the Marshfield Clinic Health System Board to serve as the health system’s first chief executive officer (CEO). Turney will start in her new role September 1.

A native of Mellen, Turney completed her internal medicine residency at Marshfield Clinic/Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital. For 22 years, she provided patient care and took on clinical and administrative roles before becoming the CEO/EVP at Wisconsin Medical Society. More recently, Turney has been president/CEO of the Medical Group Management Association. She remained connected with Marshfield Clinic when, in 2012, she became a member of the Clinic’s Health System Board of Directors.

"It will be great to have Sue back in Wisconsin," said WHA President Steve Brenton. "WHA has a strong history of collaboration with Sue, and we look forward to re-establishing a close working relationship."

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Save the Date: WHIO Learning Forum, October 14, 2014

Spotlight on Payment Reform: Finding What Works
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. October 14, 2014
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Madison

Topics to be covered include:

• Applying total cost of care

• Provocative provider-purchaser-payer panel

• Medicaid payment reform initiatives

• SMARTCare BSI pilot projects

• Controlling specialty pharmacy costs

More details and an agenda will be available soon.

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Registration Open for NGS "All Things Medicare Roadshow"

National Government Services is inviting Part A, Part B, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS), and Home Health and Hospice (HH+H) providers to a single-day seminar in September or October. The road show allows a unique opportunity to network with Medicare peers and vendors across all lines of business.

This seminar is designed for new and established Medicare Part A, Part B, HH+H, and DMEPOS providers/suppliers and Part A, Part B, HH+H and DMEPOS Medicare billing office staff, leads and managers.

Roadshow Locations/Dates/Venues

Location: Minneapolis Airport Marriott

Link to register: https://tp.ngsmedicare.com/payportal/prompt.jsp?CUSTCD1=A4076%20MN%2009/09/2014%20Minneapolis%20Airport%20Marriott%20Bloomington%20MN%20&FEE=150.00

Location: Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown Duluth

Link to register: https://tp.ngsmedicare.com/payportal/prompt.jsp?CUSTCD1=A4076%20MN%2009/11/2014%20Holiday%20Inn%20Suites%20Duluth%20MN%20&FEE=150.00

Location: Hyatt on Main

Link to register: https://tp.ngsmedicare.com/payportal/prompt.jsp?CUSTCD1=A4076%20WI%2009/16/2014%20Hyatt%20on%20Main%20Green%20Bay%20WI%20&FEE=150.00

Location: Marriott Madison West

Link to register: https://tp.ngsmedicare.com/payportal/prompt.jsp?CUSTCD1=A4076%20WI%2009/18/2014%20Marriott%20Madison%20West%20Middleton%20WI%20&FEE=150.00

Location: Holiday Inn Tinley Park Convention Center

Link to register: https://tp.ngsmedicare.com/payportal/prompt.jsp?CUSTCD1=A4076%20IL%2010/16/2014%20Holiday%20Inn%20Tinley%20Park%20Convention%20Center%20Tinley%20Park%20IL%20&FEE=150.00

If you have questions, contact Debbie Rickelman, vice president, WHA Information Center at drickelman@wha.org or 608-274-1820.

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