August 22, 2014
Volume 57, Issue 34
Wisconsin Consumers Can Connect to Health Care Price Info at WiPricePoint.org
Website offers guidance on out-of-pockets costs, insurer info and more
(This news release was shared with the media August 21.)
Shopping for health care might not ever be as simple as comparing prices in a grocery store. But in Wisconsin, health care providers and the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center, LLC (WHAIC), a subsidiary of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, continue to develop and refine tools aimed at helping consumers compare health care costs.
On August 21, WHAIC released its latest version of PricePoint, a web-based resource that provides hospital-specific charges and financial data related to care provided in all Wisconsin hospitals, urgent care settings owned by hospitals and in Medicare-certified ambulatory surgery centers in Wisconsin.
As people assume more financial responsibility for their health care decisions, they need information about the price and quality of medical services. Unfortunately, there is no single place where consumers can get all that information, according to WHA Senior Vice President Brian Potter. A hospital stay, for example, includes a charge from the hospital, a charge for the physician services, rehabilitation or physical therapy expenses in some cases, and prescription drugs. These charges often come from more than one provider and are not on one bill.
"It’s not possible or practical to compare prices for all services in advance, but for elective surgery and diagnostic procedures, PricePoint offers consumers an opportunity to see the ‘sticker’ price in advance, and that offers guidance on who to contact to determine their out-of-pocket expenses," Potter said.
As co-insurance and deductibles continue to rise, the desire to know the cost of services also increases. The newest release of PricePoint offers a guide to help patients understand what their responsibility for the bill will be, along with links to resources that explain insurance coverage, payment options and terminology commonly used on bills.
"Stakeholders must all work together—health systems, employers, health plans and government—to provide patients the information they need," said WHA Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding. "While Wisconsin is ahead of the curve on health care transparency, we continue to look for ways to encourage patients to ask questions about their insurance coverage and the billing process before receiving services whenever possible."
A recent report released by the national Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Hospital Association said health plans should be the primary source of price information for their members, while hospitals should be the prime contact for those without insurance or who are out-of-network.
The newest release of the PricePoint website builds on Wisconsin hospitals’ commitment to make hospital costs and billing policies more transparent. Developed and launched by WHAIC in 2005, the PricePoint web-based platform is now licensed for use in 10 states.
Wisconsin hospitals have led the country in their willingness to share information on the cost, quality and safety of the care they provide in their communities, which has made the state a national model for health care transparency. Wisconsin hospitals share quality-related information online at www.WiCheckPoint.org.
"We’ve made a lot of progress, but we know there is still much to be done," Borgerding said. "As we enter the health insurance enrollment period, we encourage employers to share PricePoint with their employees."
All of the data on PricePoint is collected and published by the WHA Information Center. The WHAIC has collected and disseminated complete, accurate and timely data about charges and services provided by Wisconsin hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers since 2004.
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The 2014 Wisconsin Hospitals Conduit and State PAC fundraising campaign has raised over $183,000 to date from 229 individuals. This puts the 2014 campaign at 70 percent of the goal to raise $265,000 by the end of the year. Last year’s campaign at this date was at 55 percent and had just surpassed $142,000.
In the last month, the campaign has added 23 new participants, five of whom are members of the Platinum Club who have contributed $1,500 or more in 2014. Those additional 23 individuals are listed below along with all of the 2014 contributors to date. Thank you!
The next publication of the contributor list will be in the September 5 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|
|Arnett, James||Meriter-UnityPoint Health|
|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|
|Censky, Bill||Holy Family Memorial|
|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|
|Ferrigno, Sandra||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|
|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|
|Holub, Gregory||Ministry Door County Medical Center|
|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|
|Kinney, Aric||Aurora Medical Center Summit|
|Klay, Chris||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Klay, Lois||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Koch, Mark||Mayo Clinic Health System|
|Koebke, Troy||Bellin Hospital|
|Kuehni-Flanagan, Tracy||St. Joseph's 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|
|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|
|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|
|Tapper, Joy||Milwaukee Health Care Partnership|
|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|
|Walczak, Laura||St. Mary's Janesville Hospital|
|Walker, Troy||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Washburn, Juliane||Bay Area Medical Center|
|Werkheiser, Cindy||Monroe Clinic|
|Westbrook, Diane||River Falls Area Hospital|
|Wetenkamp, Vicki||Holy Family Memorial|
|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|
|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|
|Hyland, Carol||Agnesian HealthCare|
|Jacobson, Terry||St. Mary's Hospital of Superior|
|Jensema, Christine||HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division|
|Kersten, Juliet||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|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|
|McNally, Maureen||Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin|
|Mulder, Doris||Beloit Health System|
|Nelson, James||Fort HealthCare|
|Nesse, Robert||Mayo Clinic Health System|
|O'Keefe, James||Mile Bluff Medical Center|
|Oland, Charisse||Rusk County Memorial Hospital|
|Ordinans, Karen||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Ose, Peggy||Riverview Hospital Association|
|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|
|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|
|Bablitch, Steve||Aurora Health Care|
|Bedwell, Elizabeth||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Garcia-Thomas, Cristy||Aurora Health Care|
|Geboy, Scott||Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman|
|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|
|Janis, Gerald||Aurora Health Care|
|Just, Lisa||Aurora Health Care|
|Kosanovich, John||Watertown Regional Medical Center|
|Kostroski, Sharon||Ministry 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|
|Rislov, Amy||Aurora Health Care|
|Russell, John||Columbus Community Hospital|
|Sanders, Robert||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Schafer, Michael||Spooner Health System|
|Schmidt, Cheryl||St. Elizabeth Hospital|
|Shanahan, Thomas||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Stamas, Peter||Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital|
|Wolf, Edward||Lakeview Medical Center|
|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|
|Boland, Susan||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints|
|Byrne, Frank||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Clapp, Nicole||Grant Regional Health Center|
|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|
|Lepore, Michael||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|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|
|Desien, Nicholas||Ministry Health Care|
|Gage, Weldon||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Hanson, Gail||Aurora Health Care|
|Kachelski, Joe||Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network|
|Kief, Brian||Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital|
|Leitch, Laura||Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman|
|Levin, Jeremy||Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative|
|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|
|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|
WHA Health Law Manual Webinar: Managing Health Information
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WHA will continue its months-long complimentary webinar series August 28 from 12-1:30 p.m. with a presentation of the WHA Managing Health Information Manual. This webinar will cover the confidentiality of patient health information and records, a patient’s right of access to his or her health information and records and his or her children’s health care records, requirements for reporting certain matters to public authorities, the discoverability of hospital and medical staff committee reports, Joint Commission sentinel event reporting, incident reports, and electronic health information and records.
WHA members are encouraged to register for this webinar as well as any or all of the other webinars in the series. Registration and more information about each of the remaining webinars in the series may be found at http://events.SignUp4.net/HealthLawManual. Attorneys in attendance may earn CLE credit.
This webinar will be presented by Sarah Coyne and Kerry Moskol of the law firm of Quarles & Brady.
The Health Law Manuals are available for WHA members to view and download at www.wha.org/healthLawManual.aspx. WHA members who would like access to the manuals should contact email@example.com to request a username and password.
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On November 12, team-based care models from health care organizations across Wisconsin will be showcased at the "Building a Culture for Patient-Centered Team Based Care" conference. This one-day event will be held in Wisconsin Dells and is sponsored by the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW), a multi-stakeholder organization whose purpose is to facilitate strategies to ensure an adequate supply of health care providers to meet the needs of Wisconsin citizens today and in the future.
The conference will also include keynote presentations focused on the new role of the team in health care and how culture contributes to the teams’ success, presented by Maureen Smith, MD, UW School of Medicine and Population Health, and Andy Anderson, MD, Aurora Health Care. In addition, poster presentations highlighting more than two dozen more examples of successful team-based care initiatives in Wisconsin will be on display.
Register for this event now at http://events.SignUp4.net/14TBC-1112. This week’s packet includes the conference brochure and the day’s agenda. Direct registration questions to Jenna Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 608-274-1820.
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Get ready to prepare your hospital’s chargemaster for 2015 at WHA’s one-day seminar "Preparing the Chargemaster for 2015," November 14 in Wisconsin Dells.
Back by popular demand, presenter Glenda Schuler will lead attendees in an overview of all 2015 reporting requirement updates and CPT and HCPCS coding revisions. Schuler will not only focus on updating the chargemaster but also on strategies for department staff education.
Chargemaster/APC coordinators, chief financial officers, controllers, decision support managers, office managers, compliance auditors, coding staff, pharmacy directors, material managers/purchasing directors, and other directors and managers responsible for the charge generation process are encouraged to attend this event.
This seminar will be held Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells
November 14. Online registration is available at http://events.signup4.net/14Chargemaster1114. For registration questions, contact Jenna Hanson at 608-274-1820 or email email@example.com.
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There have been several recent stories about renewed interest in developing a new medical school in south central Wisconsin. The stories often cite WHA’s landmark 2011 report, "100 New Physicians a Year: An Imperative for Wisconsin," as proof that additional teaching facilities are required to address future physician supply and demand—especially in the fields of family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery and psychiatry.
But much has happened in the past few years that makes a new school with the hundreds of millions of dollars required to fund it—and sustain it—a poor choice to address the physician workforce challenge. Wisconsin does not need a new school. What Wisconsin needs are more residency programs to train our future medical school graduates.
The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) recent commitment to fund two satellite campuses in Green Bay and Wausau is a relatively low-cost and desirable model to address new physician education. The UW Medical School’s commitment to increase the WARM program (focus on future rural doctors) is another model. But the fundamental question is where will these newly-minted physicians train to hone the skills necessary to practice medicine? Not only is valuable infrastructure required to train these new physicians, but the data shows a strong correlation between the residency venue and the place the new physician chooses to set up practice.
Governor Walker’s recent commitment to help fund new residency and training programs was a visionary first step in addressing this graduate medical education (GME) challenge. Now Congress must take up the difficult issue of either finding additional funding to train tomorrow’s physicians or undertaking the politically impossible task of redistributing existing dollars—a suggestion found in a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report. And Wisconsin’s hospitals and health systems will also need to invest scarce resources in GME expansion for the strategy to succeed.
It is certainly understandable why community leaders might fantasize about a brand new "bricks and mortar" medical school in their town that might lend prestige and economic opportunity to the local economy. But that vision is far grander than what Wisconsin needs and can afford.
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The Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing Society (WHPRMS) is holding its 2014 Annual Conference September 24-26 at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. There will be an optional pre-conference workshop on how to embrace and operationalize digital marketing from two leading digital marketing experts. The conference kicks off Thursday morning with a presentation by Barbara Thompson, president/CEO of The Roberts Group, on how to identify and foster a solid work ethic in the health care workforce.
Additional conference topics include marketing to men, implementing a CRM initiative, health care marketing 101, how to successfully use data to take your business to the next level, using a brand compass, and presentations focusing on social media. The conference will conclude Friday morning with a presentation by Don Seymour, president, Don Seymour & Associates, covering health care trends and how to incorporate those trends into an organization’s strategic planning.
Public relations and marketing professionals from hospitals, clinics and other health care provider organizations throughout Wisconsin will want to register. You do not need to be a member of WHPRMS to attend this event.
The full agenda and registration information are at: http://whprms.org/annual-conference. If you have questions, contact Nicole Barreau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-265-1618.
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The Business Health Care Group will hold their annual meeting, "The Price is Right – Or is it?" September 30 in Milwaukee. David Nash, MD, dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health will address the group and discuss the issue of health care value head-on with a powerful and enlightening keynote address.
Employers are being urged to take the lead in driving change to purchase health care on value rather than volume. Health care reform is moving us toward population-based medicine, but what does this mean for employers, and how will they embrace the move from volume to value?
The program will be Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West, 10499 West Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa, WI 53226. Registration & breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. This program is complimentary and open to all.
Register at http://businesshealthcaregroup.org/icalrepeat.detail/2014/09/30/83/save-the-date-bhcg-annual-meeting.html. Space is limited so register by August 30.
Contact Jennifer LaMere at 414-433-4984 or email@example.com for more information.
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