September 5, 2014
Volume 57, Issue 36

Orlikoff Presents "A Future Leader’s Guide to Wisconsin Health Care"

Wisconsin is home to some of the most notable health care leaders in the country, so it is no surprise that some of the most innovative ideas in the industry are launched here in the Badger State. WHA is committed to continuing this tradition by helping foster the next generation of leaders.

In partnership with the Wisconsin Forum for Healthcare Strategy (WFHS), WHA is pleased to offer a one-day event November 5 featuring Jamie Orlikoff, a member of Modern Healthcare’s inaugural list of "100 Most Powerful People" in health care. Orlikoff, who is one of the foremost thought leaders in the country, will focus on the role the next generation of health care leaders will play in effectively addressing current health care trends, as well as describe strategies that will ensure Wisconsin continues to be a ‘leader’ state.

Orlikoff will defy current thinking while facilitating creative conversation about the future of health care. At a recent WHA Board planning session, Orlikoff challenged those in attendance 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. (Read the full story:

This event, scheduled November 5 at Glacier Canyon Lodge at The Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, is the first in a series of leadership development programs co-sponsored by WHA and WFHS.

The day’s agenda will also include a moderated panel discussion that features three of Wisconsin’s health care leaders. The panelists will share their experiences in addressing challenges they have faced during their careers, discuss how they have prepared their organizations to be ahead of the curve, and describe how they are responding to the fast-changing environment.

Executive and mid-level leaders, directors and managers—those who are the next generation of administrative leaders in Wisconsin hospitals and health systems—are encouraged to attend. CEOs are invited to identify several ‘rising stars’ in their own organizations and encourage them to attend.

Through the generous support of WFHS, a discounted registration fee is available. This event is expected to sell out, so register soon at An event brochure is included in this week’s packet.

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Political Action Fundraising Campaign Reaches 78% Mark
Under $60,000 left to reach goal

The 2014 Wisconsin Hospitals Conduit and State PAC Fundraising Campaign has had a busy last two weeks with 41 more participants collectively adding $24,000 more to the campaign. The year-to-date campaign total is at $207,000, which is 78 percent of the goal to raise $265,000 by the end of the year.

The Campaign continues strong going into the final two months before the elections where there are a lot of open seat races as legislative retirements and moves by current legislators to run for higher office have been particularly high this election cycle. Last year’s campaign at this date was at 63 percent of goal and in the last election year of 2012, the campaign was at 73 percent of the goal.

The additional 41 individuals contributing in the last two weeks are listed below along with all of the 270 participants to date for the 2014 Campaign. Thank you!

The next publication of the contributor list will be in the September 19 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
Aittama, Craig Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital
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
Ballentine, Anne Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
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
Courtney, Chip Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics, Inc.
Dalebroux, Steve St. Mary's Hospital
Danner, Forrest Aspirus Wausau 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
Erickson, Susan Meriter-UnityPoint Health
Ewald, Sandra Aurora Health Care
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
Gulan, Maria Aspirus Wausau 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
Hattem, Marita Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Heaney, Dwight Fort HealthCare
Henricks, William Rogers Memorial Hospital
Hieb, Laura Bellin Hospital
Hill, Juliet Sacred Heart Hospital
Hockin, Jennifer Aspirus, Inc.
Holub, Gregory Ministry Door County Medical Center
Hueller, Julie Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Jelle, Laura St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Jones, Mary Meriter-UnityPoint Health
Karow, Deborah Ministry Health Care's Howard Young Medical Center
Kaufmann, Marilyn Holy Family Memorial
Kelsey Foley, Kathy Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Kempen, Jacob Aspirus Wausau Hospital
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
LaBarge, Margie Ministry Health Care
Lakey, Sandy Aspirus Wausau 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
Mason, Paul Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints
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
Nevers, Rick Aspirus, Inc.
Newberry-Ferguson, Linda ProHealth Care - Rehabilitation Hospital of WI
Nicklaus, Todd Aspirus, Inc.
O'Brien, Laura
Ott, Virginia St. Joseph's Hospital
Palecek, Steve St. Joseph's Hospital
Pavelec-Marti, Cheryl Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital
Peck, Lori Aspirus Medford Hospital & Clinics, Inc.
Peiffer, Susan Sacred Heart Hospital
Pempek, Kalynn Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Penovich, Carrie Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers
Riddle, Roberta Rusk County Memorial Hospital
Ross, Daniel Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints
Roundy, Ann Columbus Community Hospital
Schweitzer, Susan Columbus Community Hospital
Selle, Ginger St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Shear, Jim  
Sheehan, Heather Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home
Slomczewski, Constance Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints
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
Strasser, Kathy Aspirus, Inc.
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
Voelker, Thomas Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Walczak, Laura St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Waldoch, Timothy Columbia St. Mary's, Inc.
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
Whitinger, Margaret Agnesian HealthCare
Woleske, Chris Bellin Hospital
Wymelenberg, Tracy Aurora Health Care
Ziebarth, Laura St. Mary's Hospital
Contributors ranging from $500 to $999
Anderson, Layton Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital
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
Kerwin, Kathleen  
Kocourek, Cathie Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers
Larson, Margaret Mercy Medical Center
Lentz, Darrell Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Logemann, Cari Aspirus, Inc.
Malone, Virginia St. Mary's Hospital
Mantei, Mary Jo Bay Area Medical Center
McNally, Maureen Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Miller, Clint Spooner Health System
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
Richards, Theresa Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital
Richardson, Todd Aspirus, Inc.
Rohrbach, Dan Southwest Health Center
Rutkowski, Jennifer Grant Regional Health Center
Sczygelski, Sidney Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Selberg, Heidi HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division
Shabino, Charles Wisconsin Hospital Association
Smith, Gregory Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Sobal, Larry Ministry Health Care
Sprecher, Lon  
Stuart, Philip Tomah Memorial Hospital
Swanson, Kerry St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Thoreen, Peter Meriter-UnityPoint Health
VanCourt, Bernie Bay Area Medical Center
White-Jacobs, Mary Beth Black River Memorial Hospital
Yaron, Rachel Ministry Saint Clare's 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
Gutzeit, Michael Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Hart, Shelly Aurora Health Care
Hayden, Kevin  
Janis, Gerald Aurora Health Care
Just, Lisa Aurora Health Care
Kosanovich, John Watertown Regional Medical Center
Kostroski, Sharon Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital
Lappin, Michael Aurora Health Care
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
Priest, Geoffrey Meriter-UnityPoint Health
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, 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
Heywood, Matthew Aspirus, Inc.
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
Sheehan, John
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
Kelch, Elaine
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
Kammer, Peter The Kammer Group
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 ranging from $5,000 to $9,999
Borgerding, Eric Wisconsin Hospital Association
Brenton, Stephen Wisconsin Hospital Association
Size, Tim Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Contributors $10,000 and above
Tyre, Scott Capitol Navigators, Inc


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WHA Health Law Manual Webinar: Record Retention, Patients’ Rights

WHA will continue its complimentary webinar series on September 11 from 12-1:30 p.m. with a presentation of the "WHA Record Retention Manual and WHA Patients’ Rights, IRB, HIV & Other Miscellaneous Issues Manual." This webinar will cover the recommended minimum time periods for retaining various health care records and documents as well as statutory provisions regarding the proper disposal of medical records. The webinar will also discuss patients’ rights protections set forth in the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation and skilled nursing facility requirements and in Wisconsin statutes and regulations governing hospitals and nursing homes. It will further address specific informed consent issues, including consent to participate in clinical research, consent for HIV testing, and disclosure of test results.

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 Attorneys in attendance may earn CLE credit.

This webinar will be presented by Katherine A. Kuchan and Stephane P. Fabus of the law firm of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman.

The Health Law Manuals are available for WHA members to view and download at WHA members who would like to access the Manuals should contact to request a username and password.

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Hospitals Participate in WHA "Just Culture" Workshop

On August 22, WHA members from Monroe Clinic and Edgerton Hospital and Health Services took advantage of a one-day workshop to learn about the principles and practices to become a "Just Culture" hospital. The workshop was made possible through a grant from the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.

A component of the national Partnership for Patients initiative is to improve patient safety in hospitals. Because of its important role in quality improvement, WHA has included several culture-change learning opportunities in its Partners for Patients collaborative. In addition, two members of the WHA quality team, Jill Hanson and Stephanie Sobczak, are certified Just Culture™ champions and trainers for Wisconsin hospitals.

"Implementing a best practice or a care bundle is only part of the effort to improve patient safety. We know that it is equally important to address culture change because of its impact on safe practices," according to Hanson.

The Just Culture approach to improving patient safety engages managers and front-line staff by providing a heightened awareness of established best practices. To date, nearly 40 Wisconsin hospitals have taken steps to adopt Just Culture™ as a key component of their safety practices. Hospitals interested in learning more should contact Jill Hanson at or 608-274-1820.

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Wisconsin Team-Based Care Innovations Headline WCMEW Conference

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 This week’s packet includes the conference brochure and the day’s agenda. Direct registration questions to Jenna Hanson at or at 608-274-1820.

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Earn AAPC credits at November 14 Chargemaster Seminar

WHA’s one-day seminar "Preparing the Chargemaster for 2015," scheduled November 14 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 2015 reporting requirement updates, as well as CPT and HCPCS coding revisions. Schuler will also focus on developing strategies for department staff education in addition to updating the chargemaster.

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 in the Glacier Canyon Lodge at The Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells November 14. A brochure with registration form and online registration are available at For registration questions, contact Jenna Hanson at 608-274-1820 or email

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23rd Annual $2,500 Rural Health Prize – June 1 Deadline

The Hermes Monato, Jr. Prize of $2,500 is awarded annually for the best rural health paper. It is open to all students of the University of Wisconsin (any campus) as well as those who will be recent graduates at the time of submission.

Students are encouraged to write on a rural health topic for a regular class and then to submit a copy to the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative as an entry by June 1.

Previous award winners as well as judging criteria and submission information are available at

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