September 25 2015
Volume 59, Issue 38


Assembly Passes Physician Licensure Compact Bill with Overwhelming Support 
AB 253 Receives a 95-1 vote in Assembly, referred to State Senate

On a vote of 95-1, a bill to implement the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact in Wisconsin passed the state Assembly September 24 with strong bipartisan support. The Compact legislation, Assembly Bill 253, is authored by Rep. Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah) and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls). The Compact will help speed the licensure of physicians in Wisconsin by establishing an expedited licensure process for those physicians who meet the Compact’s eligibility criteria and want to practice in multiple states. So far, 11 states have adopted the Compact including Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. The Michigan Legislature has also introduced a bill to implement the Compact.

“As a former hospital board member, I understand the challenges in attracting and accessing health care specialists for our local hospitals,” VanderMeer said during her comments on the Assembly floor. “One of the benefits of this legislation is that it seeks to address a major health care issue facing our communities, and that is access. With the Compact in place, qualified physicians in a Compact state can begin providing care in Wisconsin communities more quickly.”

Following passage of the bill, WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding said this “bipartisan, common-sense legislation will reduce the administrative burden of licensing physicians in multiple states and will speed up access to care in communities across Wisconsin.” 

“Through modern technologies such as telemedicine, Wisconsin’s hospitals and health systems continue to evolve to meet the high quality and access expectations of Wisconsin’s communities,” said Borgerding. “This legislation is an important tool that can help Wisconsin’s hospitals and health systems meet those high expectations and stay ahead of the health care curve.” Borgerding continued by thanking VanderMeer for “shepherding this legislation through the State Assembly and for her passionate leadership on this important issue to Wisconsin’s health care industry.”

Borgerding was also quick to credit the efforts of more than 650 citizen lobbyists who personally met with their legislators in Madison and urged them to support the Compact as part of the WHA Advocacy Day events in April.

“The power and passion of hospital supporters for this legislation shows a depth of support that runs clear across the state,” said Borgerding. “Their commitment demonstrates the importance and necessity of this issue.” 

In August, Burnett Medical Center CEO Gordy Lewis and WHA General Counsel Matthew Stanford testified in support of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact legislation before the Assembly Health Committee. The Committee voted unanimously to recommend passage of the legislation, resulting in the full Assembly floor vote September 24.

Assembly Bill 253 will now be referred to the Senate and awaits action in that chamber. Eighteen members of the State Senate have already signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation.


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Wisconsin Provider-Owned Health Plans at Top of NCQA Rankings

Provider-owned health plans serving the commercial market were rated the best in Wisconsin by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). NCQA noted that Wisconsin is among the states with the highest percentage of high quality health plans, and it placed Wisconsin among the states with the highest number of plans receiving a 4.5 or 5.0. 

The NCQA ranked more than 1,300 health insurance plans based on clinical quality, member satisfaction and NCQA Accreditation Survey results. The report noted the new rating system emphasizes care outcomes and what patients say about their care.

NCQA rated seven plans offered by commercial insurers a 4.5 or 5.0. These include:

Health plans serving the state that received a 4.5 or 5.0 for their Medicare plans are: Security Health Plan is the only insurer in the state to get a 4.5 for its Medicaid plan. All other Medicaid plans were ranked lower. 

“Unlike many other states where one or two big, national insurance companies dominate and dictate the market, Wisconsin is fortunate to have choices and competition, and that competition produces superior quality,” said WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding. “In a state known for high-quality providers, it is not surprising that the highest-rated health plans are provider-owned, based right here in Wisconsin. As the big insurance companies consolidate and look to get even bigger, our policymakers must work to strengthen our Wisconsin-based health plans, and preserve this Wisconsin advantage. It’s a consideration that should be front of mind among policymakers when contemplating the self-funded, one insurance company, one choice route for state employee health insurance.”

WHA is working with other health care groups to preserve the competitiveness of our insurance market to ensure that consumers continue to have the freedom to choose among these best-in-the-country health plans.

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Wisconsin Hospitals State PAC & Conduit Campaign Update: Under $80,000 Left to Reach 2015 Goal

The Wisconsin Hospitals State PAC & Conduit Fundraising Campaign continues to gain momentum by raising $12,000 from 15 new individuals in the last two weeks. That puts the campaign currently at $193,000 to date from 236 individuals. The average contribution is $817, but contributions range from $15 to $6,500. The 2015 campaign is currently at 71 percent of the goal to raise $270,300 by year’s end. 

Thank you to those who are listed below by name and affiliated organization by contribution amount category. The next publication of the contributor list will be in the October 9 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
Bollig, Dale SSM - St. Mary's Hospital
Brenny, Terrence Stoughton Hospital
Brisch, Donald Holy Family Memorial
Bunten, Sherry Aspirus Langlade Hospital
Cardinal, Lori Agnesian HealthCare
Carter, Shane Aurora Medical Center - Oshkosh
Clark, Julie HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Clark, Renee Fort HealthCare
Cliffe Kucharski, Elizabeth Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Collins, Sherry Wisconsin Hospital Association
Colman, Gerard Aurora Health Care
Coniff, Barbara HSHS - St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center
Coopman, Dianne St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Cormier, Laura Bellin Hospital
Culotta, Jennifer St. Clare Hospital & Health Svcs
Curran-Meuli, Jane Holy Family Memorial
Danner, Forrest Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Davidson, Lisa Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
Dettman, Amy Bellin Hospital
Donlon, Marcia Holy Family Memorial
Dube, Troy Chippewa Valley Hospital
Dux, Larry Froedtert & MCW Community Mem. Hosp
Dwyer, Maxine SSM - St. Mary's Hospital
Evans, Kim Bellin Hospital
Feeney, John Community Health Network, Inc.
Fielding, Laura Holy Family Memorial
Freitag, Vanessa                       Our Lady of Victory Hospital
Gagnon, Annette HSHS - Eastern Wisconsin Division
Gullicksrud, Lynn Sacred Heart Hospital
Gutsch, Mike Cumberland Healthcare
Hafeman, Paula St. Vincent Hospital
Halida, Cheryl HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Hamilton, Mark UW Hospitals and Clinics
Harrington, Kathleen Mayo Health System - Eau Claire
Helgeson, Jason HSHS - Eastern Wisconsin Division
Hernandez, Terri HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Herzog, Sarah Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Hofer, John Bay Area Medical Center
Jelle, Laura St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Kaufmann, Marilyn Holy Family Memorial
Kelsey Foley, Kathy Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Kempen, Jacob Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Klay, Chris HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Klay, Lois HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Knutzen, Barbara Agnesian HealthCare
Koebke, Troy Bellin Hospital
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
Mays, Laura Stoughton Hospital Association
McArdle, PeggyAnn Agnesian HealthCare
McMeans, Scott Holy Family Memorial
Mercer, Carla Reedsburg Area Medical Center
Merrick, Marianne SSM - St. Mary's Hospital
Miller, Thomas Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Nevers, Rick Aspirus, Inc.
O'Hara, Tiffanie Sundial Software
Olson, Bonnie Sacred Heart Hospital
Ordinans, Karen Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Ostrander, Gail HSHS - Eastern Wisconsin Division
Palecek, Steve HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Peck, Lori Aspirus, Inc.
Peiffer, Susan Sacred Heart Hospital
Pempek, Kalynn Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Penovich, Carrie Aurora Medical Center - Two Rivers
Pritchard, Paul Prevea Health/HSHS
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
Schaetzl, Ron SSM - St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Schneider, David Aspirus Langlade Hospital
Schubring, Randy Mayo Health System - Eau Claire
Sciuti, Jennifer Aurora Health Care
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
Tandberg, Ann HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Tapper, Joy Milwaukee Health Care Partnership
Theiler, Brian Gundersen Tri-County Hospitals & Clinics 
Thornton, Eric SSM - St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Van Abel, Lois Bellin Hospital
Vergos, Katherine Agnesian - Ripon Medical Center
Voelker, Thomas Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Waldoch, Timothy Columbia St. Mary's Inc.
Walker, Troy St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Werkheiser, Cindy Monroe Clinic
Wheeler, Susan St. Nicholas Hospital
Whitinger, Margaret Agnesian HealthCare
Wipperfurth, Kay Fort 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 HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital Campus
Frangesch, Wayne Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Freimund, Rooney Bay Area Medical Center
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 
Jablonski, James Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Jacobson, Terry St. Mary’s Hospital of Superior
Jensema, Christine HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division
Kersten, Juliet Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Kingston, Mary Beth Aurora Health Care
Kirsch, Jennifer Gundersen Health System
Korom, Nancy Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Lange, George Westgate Medical Group, CSMCP
Larson, Margaret Mercy Medical Center
Latta, Richard Godfrey & Kahn, SC 
Lindberg, Steve Mayo Clinic Health System - Red Cedar
McNally, Maureen Froedtert & MCW
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
Pollard, Dennis Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Quinn, George Wisconsin Hospital Association
Reardon, Brian Hospital Sisters Health System
Richards, Theresa Ministry - St. Joseph's Hospital
Rocole, Theresa Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Roesler, Bruce The Richland Hospital
Rohrbach, Dan Southwest Health Center
Rozenfeld, Jon St. Mary’s Hospital - Madison
Rude, Nels The Kammer Group
Sczygelski, Sidney Aspirus Wausau Hospital
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
Smith, Gregory Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Stern, Robert Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Stuart, Philip Tomah Memorial Hospital
Teigen, Seth St. Mary’s Hospital 
Thurmer, DeAnn Waupun Memorial Hospital
Van Court, Bernie Bay Area Medical Center
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
Bagemihl, Katherine Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
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
Geraghty, Tricia Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Gorelick, Marc Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Gunn, Veronica Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Just, Lisa Aurora Health Care-South Region
Kerwin, George Bellin Hospital
Killoran, Carrie Aurora Health Care
Lentz, Darrell Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Lewis, Jonathan St. Mary's Hospital 
McCawley, Thomas Beloit Health System
McGowan, Kathryne Aspirus, Inc.
Punzenberger, Lindsay Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin 
Radoszewksi, Pat Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Rakowski, Mark 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
Shanahan, Thomas Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
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 HSHS - 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 
Heywood, Matthew Aspirus, Inc.
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 
Meyer, Daniel Aurora BayCare Medical Ctr Green Bay
Oliverio, John Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Pandl, Therese HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division
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
Mettner, Michelle Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin 
Neufelder, Dan Ministry Health Care
Normington, Jeremy Mercy Medical Center
O’Brien, Kyle Wisconsin Hospital Association
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
Size, Tim Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Tyre, Scott Capitol Navigators, Inc.


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WCMEW Team-Based Care Summit 2015: Transforming Concepts Into Reality
November 12, 2015, Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton

This one-day program will include interdisciplinary education and discussion to strengthen existing teams, catalyze new team development, bridge care silos and spark new ideas. 

Register today at: http://events.SignUp4.net/15TBC1112

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Guest Column: Letter to Health Care Providers from Attorney General Schimel

The Wisconsin Hospital Association is supporting Attorney General Brad Schimel on the statewide prescription opiate abuse, prevention, education and awareness campaign launched September 17 (see www.wha.org/pubarchive/valued_voice/WHA-Newsletter-9-18-2015.htm#1). 

WHA is working with the Wisconsin Medical Society, Wisconsin Nurses Association, Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Dental Association to develop a resource center for health care professionals on this issue. More information will be available over the coming weeks. 

Below is an open letter to health care providers from Attorney General Schimel.


September 18, 2015

Dear DOJ Partner:

Since my last letter on July 2 informing you of our plans for a statewide Prescription Opiate Abuse, Prevention, Education and Awareness Campaign, we’ve been hard at work conducting research, planning strategy and producing creative messaging for a compelling marketing campaign that will resonate with all target audiences. On September 17, 2015, we launched the result of these efforts - the DOSE OF REALITY: Prevent Prescription Painkiller Abuse in Wisconsin statewide campaign.

The goal of the DOSE OF REALITY effort is to address the prescription opiate abuse problem head-on in Wisconsin and stop its spread throughout the state. The campaign logo includes a skull and crossbones on a prescription painkiller bottle because it’s meant to shock people out of their complacency about the issue and into action. Using cutting-edge creative messaging that includes television, radio, online and outdoor advertising, the DOSE OF REALITY campaign will:

In addition to the statewide media my office will be running to communicate the vital DOSE OF REALITY message, I am making campaign assets available to you free to access, customize and use in your own communities and audiences as you see fit. Many of these materials are available today, and more will be added to the portal in the next several weeks. Go to www.DoseOfRealityWI.gov and click on RESOURCES on the bottom of the home page. This will take you to the Wisconsin Department of Justice DOSE OF REALITY (DOR) Online Ordering Portal. (For instructions on accessing these materials, contact Mary Kay Grasmick at WHA, mgrasmick@wha.org or 608-274-1820.)

Once inside the portal, you will be able to select the DOSE OF REALITY assets you want for your own use and indicate whether you want general or customized versions of them.

If you have any questions about the DOSE OF REALITY campaign and how to best take advantage of the materials being made available on the portal, please contact Anne Schwartz, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Wisconsin Department of Justice at (608) 266-6686 or schwartzae@doj.state.wi.us.

On behalf of all of us at DOJ, I appreciate your partnership in helping us to share a DOSE OF REALITY and save lives all across Wisconsin.

Brad Schimel,
Attorney General

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Two Midnight Short-Stay Reviews

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes to its approach with regard to educating providers and enforcing the Two-Midnight Rule. Specifically, CMS has decided to use Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs), rather than Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) or recovery auditors, to conduct the first line medical reviews of providers who submit claims for inpatient admissions. BFCC-QIOs have a significant history of collaborating with hospitals and other stakeholders to ensure high-quality care for beneficiaries. The BFCC-QIO for Wisconsin is KEPRO.

BFCC-QIO Two-Midnight Short-Stay Reviews will focus on educating doctors and hospitals about the Part A payment policy for inpatient admission. Recovery auditor patient status reviews will be conducted by the recovery auditors for those hospitals that have consistently high denial rates based on the BFCC-QIO Two-Midnight Short-Stay Review outcomes. Key elements that providers need to know during the transition: 

KEPRO is holding an informational webinar on this change September 30 at 2:00 p.m. Visit https://qualitynet.webex.com and look for Two-Midnight Short-Stay Reviews to register for the webinar.

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Join an Initiative to Improve Behavioral Health Care

Depression and alcohol use disorder are frequently under-identified and can lead to negative patient outcomes, higher care costs and higher rates of hospital readmissions. MetaStar, which represents Wisconsin in the Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network, is inviting inpatient psychiatric facilities and primary care practices to join a new quality improvement project. The initiative is focused on increasing screening rates for these conditions with goals of reducing 30-day readmission rates and increasing outpatient follow-up for psychiatric discharges. It will also focus on improving coordination/transitions of care among care providers for Medicare beneficiaries with mental health disorders.

Assistance and reports are offered at no cost to the participating organizations, and possible reimbursement for screening is available from Medicare and Medicaid. For more information and to join, contact Kim Johnson at kjohnson@metastar.com or 608-274-1940.

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Member News: Coffman Receives 2015 Wisconsin ACHE Award

Joan Coffman, president and CEO of HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, and fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), was awarded the 2015 Wisconsin ACHE Regent Senior Executive Award September 22 at the ACHE-WI 2015 Annual Conference in Elkhart Lake, WI. Coffman joined St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2008 as chief operating officer and was named president and CEO in April 2010.

“ACHE has provided me with rich knowledge resources and a network of local, statewide and national health care leaders who are engaged and truly care about advancing our chosen profession,” said Coffman. “As an executive, I was drawn to ACHE’s Code of Ethics, which governs health care executives in leading lives that embody an exemplary system of values and ethics while promoting lifelong learning.”

Coffman currently serves as a board member of the ACHE – Wisconsin Chapter. She also serves on the Rural Hospital Issues Group of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and was recently appointed to the Governing Council of the American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals. She is a board member for the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, the Chippewa Family Support Center, and the Chippewa Valley Technical College Foundation. 

Coffman received the 2014 Partners of Wisconsin Hospital Association’s “Best of the Best Administrative Award,” presented annually to a leader demonstrating supportive and cooperative relationships with volunteer organizations. She also serves on WHA’s Council on Public Policy, is a WHA Board Alternate and is president of WHA’s West Central Region.

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WHA Foundation Scholarships Available to Hospitals for OB Simulation Training

Across Wisconsin, high fidelity simulation labs are available to hospitals; however, cost, scheduling and other logistical issues can be a barrier to participation for some. To assist in providing access to simulation-enhanced learning environments, the WHA Foundation has granted funding to provide scholarships for interdisciplinary OB teams to participate in OB clinical simulation training. 

Five simulation labs across the state have partnered with the WHA Foundation to offer hospital te hands-on experience in a variety of OB simulations. This is an excellent opportunity for hospitals who might have limited access to high fidelity OB simulation. The training will include up to eight hours of clinical simulation exercise, staff to assist the hospital OB team in the identification and development of appropriate scenarios, debriefing after simulation completion and materials for the hospital to take back to their facility to share with colleagues. The actual training must take place between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016. 

For complete information on scholarship eligibility and criteria, the list of participating simulation training labs or to access the OB Clinical Simulation Training scholarship application, visit the WHA Foundation webpage at: www.wha.org/whaFoundation.aspx.

Priority submission deadline for scholarship applications is October 9, 2015, with notification by October 23. Regular submission deadline is December 1, with notification by December 4. A maximum of 20 scholarships will be awarded, so hospitals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Direct any questions to Jennifer Frank at jfrank@wha.org.

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Implementation Steps for Advanced Practice Hospitalist Programs: Oct. 6 Webinar

On October 6, WHA, in partnership with the law firm Quarles & Brady, is offering a webinar focusing on steps hospitals need to take in order to implement an advanced practice clinician (APC) hospitalist program. The presentation will discuss bylaw considerations, privileging documents, co-signature timeframes, and recommended policies and procedures.

There is no fee for WHA hospital and corporate members to participate, but pre-registration is required. This WHA Member Forum webinar series is intended for and limited to staff of WHA hospital and corporate members only, as a member benefit.

View a complete description of this session and register online at http://events.SignUp4.net/2015APHospWebSeries.

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Earn AAPC credits at November 13 Chargemaster Seminar

WHA’s one-day seminar “Preparing the Chargemaster for 2016,” scheduled November 13 in Wisconsin Dells, has been approved by the American Academy of Professional Coders for 5.5 continuing education credits. 

At this one-day seminar, Glenda Schuler will lead attendees in an overview of all 2016 reporting requirement updates, as well as CPT and HCPCS coding revisions. In addition to updating the chargemaster, Schuler will also focus 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 at the Wintergreen Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells November 13. A brochure with registration form and online registration are available at http://events.signup4.net/15Chargemaster1113. For registration questions, contact Jenna Hanson at 608-274-1820 or email jenna.hanson@wha.org.

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