December 9, 2011
Volume 55, Issue 47

WHA Physician Report Generates Media Interest, Call to Action

The release of the WHA report, "100 Physicians a Year: An Imperative for Wisconsin" garnered heavy statewide media attention. Most importantly, however, it created a sense of urgency to start now to build a physician workforce to meet the future demand for care.

"The report was successful in creating a dialogue in Wisconsin’s medical schools and among our member hospitals about what they can do to avert a physician shortage," according to George Quinn, WHA senior policy advisor and lead author of the report. "Now we need to gather all the stakeholders together and develop an action plan to help us address this critical issue."

One day after the report, Aspirus in Wausau announced that it is considering starting a third medical school. That news was well-received, driven by the need for more physicians in Wisconsin. Gregg Silberg, DO, dean of the Wisconsin College of Osteopathic Medicine, said two thirds of osteopathic medical school graduates go into primary care, which is identified in the WHA report as being the greatest need. The focus, according to Silberg, will be on rural and underserved areas of the state.

In an interview about the report with WITI-TV, Milwaukee, Larry Pheifer with the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) said, "Right now, in the state of Wisconsin, there are openings for about 147 family physicians, and that’s a lot of family physicians."

The Journal Sentinel reported that the Medical College of Wisconsin is looking at ways to encourage more students to specialize in primary care, including making changes in its curriculum and doing more training in community settings rather than hospitals. It is also considering whether to open a satellite campus.

John Raymond, Sr., MD, president and chief executive of the Medical College of Wisconsin, told the Journal Sentinel that they are in the early stages of doing the analysis and that "we are interested in helping to solve the primary care shortage in this state."

In Green Bay, Prevea President and CEO Ashok Rai, MD, told the Green Bay Press Gazette that he would like to see a community effort to advocate for changes.

"As a community, we can make this a priority and take care of ourselves. It’s much better when a community advocates for it rather than individuals," accord to Rai.

J. Richard Ludgin, MD, also quoted in the Green Bay Press Gazette, called the WHA, the "medical conscience of the state."

"The rest of us are players doing our part. Anything we can do that will help promote Wisconsin and provide us with the workforce we need, we will do," Ludgin said.

Quinn and WHA Senior Medical Advisor Chuck Shabino, MD, will be convening groups of stakeholders to map out strategies to address the projected physician shortfall.

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Wisconsin Hospitals PAC Event Features Professor and Pollster Charles Franklin

More than 100 health care leaders from southeastern Wisconsin gathered on Tuesday evening (December 6) at a reception at Miller Park sponsored by the Wisconsin Hospitals PAC. The event featured special guest UW-Madison and visiting Marquette University Law Professor Charles Franklin. Franklin, a nationally renowned pollster who founded Polls and Votes, previewed the 2012 elections, including the recalls and the impact of issues like health care reform.

Following Prof. Franklin’s presentation, Froedtert Health’s Chief Strategy Officer David Olson and WHA Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding discussed the Wisconsin Hospitals PAC and Conduit and how these programs allow individuals to engage in the democratic election process.

"This was a great opportunity to learn from a nationally recognized political scientist and get an in-depth view of what is currently going on in Wisconsin and national politics," said Olson, who also serves as the 2011 chair of the WHA Advocacy Committee. "Tonight we learned the important role we, as health care leaders and citizens, play in our democracy."

The Tuesday evening event was designed to educate health care leaders in Southeastern Wisconsin about how individuals can become more engaged in the political process through the Wisconsin Hospitals PAC and Conduit.

The Wisconsin Hospitals State PAC and Conduit fundraising campaign has reached 86 percent of its 2011 goal. The total raised to date is just over $215,000, coming from 402 individuals and an average contribution of $535.

Individual contributors are listed in The Valued Voice by name and affiliated organization on a regular basis. 2011 contributors to date are listed below. Contributors are listed alphabetically by contribution amount category. The next publication of the contributor list will be in the December 23 edition of Valued Voice. For more information, contact Jodi Bloch at 608-217-9508 or Jenny Boese at 608-274-1820.

* Title and organization are provided for identification purposes only.

Contributions ranging from $1 - 499

 

Adams, Daniel

Memorial Medical Center - Ashland

Alstad, Nancy

Fort HealthCare

Annala, Shannon

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Arendt, Kathleen

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Ashenhurst, Karla

Ministry Health Care

Ayers, Mandy

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Bablitch, Steve

Aurora Health Care

Ballentine, Anne

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Banaszynski, Gregory

Aurora Health Care

Barkovich, Catherine

Sacred Heart Hospital

Beall, Linda

Hudson Hospital

Beglinger, Joan

St. Mary's Hospital

Bell, Kristine

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Bernklau, Robert

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Biros, Marilyn

SSM Health Care-Wisconsin

Bliven, David

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Bloom, Deborah

Sacred Heart Hospital

Boecker, Ron

Wheaton Fransican Healthcare

Bosio, David

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Boson, Ann

Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

Boudreau, Jenny

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Braun, James

Flambeau Hospital

Braun, Michael

Aspirus, Inc.

Braunschweig, Jennifer

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center

Brenholt, Craig

St. Mary's Hospital

Brenny, Terrence

Stoughton Hospital Association

Burgener, Jean

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Busch, Rebecca

Spooner Health System

Buss, Diane

St. Mary's Hospital

Calhoun, William

Mercy Medical Center

Campau, Patricia

Columbia St. Mary's, Inc.

Campbell-Kelz, Nancy

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Casey, Candy

Columbia Center

Caven, Michael

Memorial Medical Center - Ashland

Ceelen, John

Ministry Health Care

Censky, Bill

Holy Family Memorial, Inc.

Clark, Renee

Fort HealthCare

Connor, Michael

Aurora Health Care

Cooksey, Patricia

Hudson Hospital

Cox, Tamarah

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Dahl, James

Fort HealthCare

Dalebroux, Steve

St. Mary's Hospital

Danner, Dean

Aspirus, Inc.

Decker, Michael

Divine Savior Healthcare

DeMars, Nancy

Sacred Heart Hospital

Derks, Darla

Sacred Heart Hospital

DeRosa, Jody

St. Mary's Janesville Hospital

Devermann, Robert

Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh

Dietrich, Dean

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Dolohanty, Naomi

Aurora Health Care

Donlon, Marcia

Holy Family Memorial, Inc.

Drengler, Kathryn

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Drexler, Rochelle

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Dux, Larry

Community Memorial Hospital

Dwyer, Amy

Sacred Heart Hospital

Ehn, Diane

Froedtert Health

Ela, Susan

Aurora Health Care

Elliott, Roger

St. Joseph's Hospital

Erickson, Susan

Meriter Hospital

Erickson, William

Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital

Evans, Kim

Bellin Hospital

Evenson, Rock

Froedtert Health

Fabich, Robb

Aspirus, Inc.

Facey, Alice

St. Clare Hospital and Health Services

Fait, Jane

Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital

Fielding, Laura

Holy Family Memorial, Inc.

Freiberg, Kerry

Community Memorial Hospital

From, Leland

Beloit Health System

Fuchs, Thomas

St. Joseph's Hospital

Furlong, Marian

Hudson Hospital

Garavet, Scott

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Garvey, Gale

St. Mary's Hospital

Gaynor, Stanley

Black River Memorial Hospital

Giedd, Janice

St. Joseph's Hospital

Gigot, Kelly

St. Vincent Hospital

Gjolberg, Skip

Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital

Goldberg, David

Community Memorial Hospital

Govier, Mary

Holy Family Memorial, Inc.

Graul, Mark

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Grohskopf, Kevin

St. Clare Hospital and Health Services

Groskreutz, Kevin

St. Joseph's Hospital

Gruber, Richard

Mercy Health System Corporation

Grunwald, Patricia

Meriter Hospital

Guffey, Kerra

Meriter Hospital

Gulan, Maria

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Gullicksrud, Lynn

Sacred Heart Hospital

Gutsch, Mike

Southwest Health Center

Hafeman, Paula

St. Vincent Hospital

Halida, Cheryl

St. Joseph's Hospital

Hamilton, Lisa

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Hamilton, Mark

 

Hattem, Marita

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Heilmann, Lea

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Hemes, Jim

 

Hessert, Peter

Aspirus, Inc.

Hieb, Laura

Bellin Hospital

Hill, Nick

St. Joseph's Hospital

Hockers, Sara

Holy Family Memorial, Inc.

Hoege, Beverly

Reedsburg Area Medical Center

Hofer, John

Bay Area Medical Center

Holmes, Sheryl

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Holub, Gregory

Ministry Door County Medical Center

Hueller, Julie

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Jelle, Laura

St. Clare Hospital and Health Services

Jensen, Russell

St. Mary's Hospital

Johnas, Nancy

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Johnson, Charles

St. Mary's Hospital

Johnson, Joanne

St. Mary's Hospital

Keene, Kaaron

Memorial Health Center - An Aspirus Partner

Kellar, Richard

Aurora West Allis Medical Center

Kelsey Foley, Kathy

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Kempen, Jacob

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

King, Peggy

Memorial Health Center

King, Steve

St. Mary's Hospital

Klay, Lois

St. Joseph's Hospital

Klein, Rick

Aurora Health Care

Kostroski, Sharon

Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital

Kuehni-Flanagan, Tracy

St. Joseph's Hospital

Kleaveland Kupczak, Sarah

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Lachecki, Therese

Memorial Medical Center - Ashland

Laird, Michael

Froedtert Health St. Joseph's Hospital

Lange, George

Westgate Medical Group, CSMCP

Lentz, Darrell

Aspirus, Inc.

Leonard, Mary Kay

St. Mary's Hospital

Logemann, Cari

Aspirus, Inc.

Lopas, Mary

Ministry Door County Medical Center

Lucas, Roger

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

LuCore, Patricia

Sacred Heart Hospital

Lux, Teri

Community Memorial Hospital

Magnussen, Eric

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Marcouiller, Don

Memorial Medical Center - Ashland

Margan, Rob

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Markgraf, Janelle

Langlade Hospital - An Aspirus Partner

Maroney, Lisa

 

Marquardt, Amy

 

Marsch, Jean

St. Vincent Hospital

Mason, Paul

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints

Matzke, Monica

Aspirus, Inc.

Maurer, Mary

Holy Family Memorial, Inc.

McKenzie, Paula

St. Mary's Hospital

McKevett, Timothy

Beloit Health System

McNally, Maureen

Froedtert Health

Meicher, John

St. Mary's Hospital

Meidl, Kathy

Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital

Merline, Karen

 

Meissner, Diane

Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital

Meyer, Jeffrey

Osceola Medical Center

Meyer, Margaret

Community Memorial Hospital

Mohr, Carol

Sacred Heart Hospital

Mourey, Gerald

Aspirus, Inc.

Mueller, Rick

Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital

Muellerleile, Steven

Westfields Hospital

Mugan, James

Agnesian HealthCare

Mulder, Doris

Beloit Health System

Myers, Lynne

Meriter Hospital

Needham, Jean

Westfields Hospital

Nelson, Dean

St. Mary's Hospital

Nevers, Rick

Aspirus, Inc.

Neikirk, Jon

Froedtert Health

Niemer, Margaret

Children's Hospital and Health System

Nockerts, Steven

The Richland Hospital

Norton, Marcella

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Ojala, Theresa

St. Mary's Hospital

O'Keefe, James

Mile Bluff Medical Center

Olson, Bonnie

Sacred Heart Hospital

Omdahl, Nicholas

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints

Ose, Peggy

Riverview Hospital Association

Osen, John

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Page, Alison

Balwin Area Medical Center

Palecek, Steve

St. Joseph's Hospital

Peiffer, Susan

Sacred Heart Hospital

Pempek, Kalynn

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Penczykowski, James

St. Mary's Hospital

Peters, Kenneth

Bellin Hospital

Petonic, Mary Frances

Meriter Hospital

Pinske, Heather

St. Mary's Hospital

Piper, Barbara

Sacred Heart Hospital

Polenz, Scott

Memorial Medical Center - Neillsville

Potts, Dennis

Aurora Health Care

Powell, Stacey

Sacred Heart Hospital

Priest, Geoffrey

Meriter Hospital

Proehl, Sheila

Hudson Hospital

Prunty, Brian

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Quade, Steve

Ministry Door County Medical Center

Quinn, George

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Radoszewski, Pat

Children's Hospital and Health System

Rambert, Luanne

Community Memorial Hospital

Rambo, Kari

Hudson Hospital

Reinke, Mary

Aurora Health Care

Rickelman, Debbie

WHA Information Center

Roethle, Linda

Bellin Hospital

Roller, Rachel

Aurora Health Care

Rozenfeld, Jonathan

St. Mary's Hospital

Rubenzer, Deanne

St. Joseph's Hospital

Rudolph, Wade

Sacred Heart Hospital

Rueber, Joel

Aspirus, Inc.

Rutkowski, Jennifer

Grant Regional Health Center

Samitt, Craig

Dean Health System

Sanders, Paul

Community Memorial Hospital

Saunaitis, Tamara

Meriter Hospital

Schade, Randy

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Schaefer, Mark

Froedtert Health

Schaetzl, Ron

St. Clare Hospital & Health Services

Schmitz, Bonnie

Agnesian HealthCare

Schraufnagel, Patricia

Memorial Medical Center - Ashland

Schroeder, Larry

Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital

Schuelke, Susan

Community Memorial Hospital

Schulz, Janet

ProHealth Care, Inc.

Schuster, Lynn

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Scieszinski, Robert

Ministry Door County Medical Center

Scinto, Jeanne

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Sczygelski, Sidney

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Sennholz, William

Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital

Sheehan, Heather

Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge

Smith, Greg

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Snow, Rachel

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Sparks, Steven

St. Mary's Hospital

Sprengeler, John

St. Joseph's Hospital

Stanford, Cynthia

 

Statz, Darrell

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative

Stelzer, Jason

St. Clare Hospital and Health Services

Stenson, Jill

Agnesian HealthCare

Stephenson, Sean

 

Stine, Stephen

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Stoffel, Julie

St. Joseph's Hospital

Strasser, Kathy

Aspirus, Inc.

Strobel, Donald

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Sullivan, Anne

Memorial Medical Center - Ashland

Sullivan, Gail

St. Joseph's Hospital

Swiderski, Julie

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Tapper, Joy

Milwaukee Health Care Partnership

Tarantino, Jennifer

Aurora Health Care

Taylor, Steve

Beloit Health System

Tews, Carol

Memorial Medical Center - Neillsville

Tincher, Pat

Langlade Hospital - An Aspirus Partner

Tobin, Susan

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Todd, Jeffrey

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Turner, Sally

Aurora Health Care

Turtenwald, Robyn

Community Memorial Hospital

Tuttle, Kathryn

Memorial Medical Center - Ashland

Vakoc, Patricia

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

VanDeVoort, John

Sacred Heart Hospital

Voelker, Thomas

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Vogt, Paula

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Waldoch, Timothy

Froedtert Health

Walker, Troy

St. Clare Hospital and Health Services

Wanless, Kathy

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Washburn, Juliane

Bay Area Medical Center

Watts, Susan

St. Vincent Hospital

Wipperfurth, Kay

Fort HealthCare

Witt, Heather

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Yaron, Rachel

Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital

Zeller, Brad

Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge

Zorbini, John

Aurora Health Care

 

Contributions ranging from $500 - 999

 

Anderson, Rhonda

Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee Hospital

Andersen, Travis

St. Elizabeth Hospital

Bailet, Jeffrey

Aurora Health Care

Bayer, Tom

St. Vincent Hospital

Bukowski, Cathy

Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital

Bultema, Janice

 

Byrne, Frank

St. Mary's Hospital

Cardamone, Dr. Steve

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Carlson, Dan

Bay Area Medical Center

Clapp, Nicole

Grant Regional Health Center

Clough, Sheila

Ministry Health Care’s Howard Young Medical Center

Deich, Faye

Sacred Heart Hospital

Dicus-Johnson, Coreen

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Dietsche, James

Bellin Hospital

Eckels, Timothy

Hospital Sisters Health System

Frank, Jennifer

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Garcia, Dawn

St. Joseph's Hospital

Granger, Lorna

ProHealth Care

Grundstrom, David

Flambeau Hospital

Guirl, Nadine

ProHealth Care

Heifetz, Michael

SSM Health Care-Wisconsin

Herzog, Sarah

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Huettl, Patricia

Holy Family Memorial, Inc.

Hyland, Carol

Agnesian HealthCare

Johnson, Patricia

Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge

Jurenec, Anne

ProHealth Care - Rehabilitation Hospital of WI

Kersten, Juliet

Children's Hospital and Health System

Kerwin, George

Bellin Hospital

Klimisch, Ronald

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Korom, Nancy

Children's Hospital and Health System

Krueger, Mary

Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital

Lewis, Gordon

Burnett Medical Center

Mantei, Mary Jo

Bay Area Medical Center

May, Carol

Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital

Nelson, Dave

SSM Health Care-Wisconsin

Nelson, James

Fort HealthCare

Nelson, Nanine

ProHealth Care

Oberholtzer, Curt

Bay Area Medical Center

Ouimet, Mary

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints

Pedretti, Julie

Children's Hospital and Health System

Peterson, Douglas

Chippewa Valley Hospital

Pollard, Dennis

Froedtert Health

Postler-Slattery, Diane

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

Richards, Theresa

Ministry Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

Rocole, Theresa

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Roller, Rachel

Aurora Health Care

Runge, Charles

Froedtert Health

Russell, John

Columbus Community Hospital

Sale, Nora

Froedtert Health

Schafer, Michael

Spooner Health System

Schneider, David

Langlade Hospital - An Aspirus Partner

Selberg, Heidi

HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division

Shabino, Charles

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Ship, Mark

Children's Hospital and Health System

Simaras, James

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Stuart, Philip

Tomah Memorial Hospital

Swanson, Kerry

St. Mary's Janesville Hospital

Thurmer, DeAnn

Waupun Memorial Hospital

Van Meeteren, Bob

Reedsburg Area Medical Center

VanCourt, Bernie

Bay Area Medical Center

Volpe, Joseph

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Worrick, Gerald

Ministry Door County Medical Center

Zenk, Ann

Ministry Saint Mary's

 

Contributions ranging from $1,000 - 1,499

 

Alig, Joanne

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Anderson, Sandy

St. Clare Hospital and Health Services

Boland, Susan

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints

Bowers, Brenda

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Britton, Gregory

Beloit Health System

Buser, Kenneth

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints

Court, Kelly

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Duncan, Robert

Children's Hospital and Health System

Edwards, Susan

ProHealth Care, Inc.

Fale, Robert

Agnesian HealthCare/St. Agnes Hospital

Francis, Jeff

Ministry Health Care

Friberg, Deb

Columbia St. Mary's Milwaukee Hospital

Fritsch, Phyllis

Upland Hills Health

Geboy, Scott

Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman

Gunn, Veronica

Children's Hospital and Health System

Gutzeit, Michael

Children's Hospital and Health System

Hahn, Brad

Aurora Health Care

Harding, Edward

Bay Area Medical Center

Hilt, Monica

Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital

Hymans, Daniel

Memorial Medical Center - Ashland

Karuschak, Michael

Amery Regional Medical Center

Kerschner, Joseph

Children's Hospital and Health System

Kosanovich, John

UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center

Little, Steven

Agnesian HealthCare

Loftus, Philip

Aurora Health Care

Martin, Jeff

Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital

Morgan, Dwight

Aurora Health Care

Nauman, Michael

Children's Hospital and Health System

Niemer, Margaret

Children's Hospital and Health System

Normington, Jeremy

Moundview Memorial Hospital and Clinics

Radoszewski, Pat

Children's Hospital and Health System

Reynolds, Sheila

Children's Hospital and Health System

Robertstad, John

ProHealth Care - Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital

Sanders, Robert

Children's Hospital and Health System

Size, Pat

 

Sohn, Jonathan

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Standridge, Debra

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Troy, Peggy

Children's Hospital and Health System

Wallace, Michael

Fort HealthCare

Westrick, Paul

Columbia St. Mary's, Inc.

 

Contributions ranging from $1,500 - 1,999

 

Bjork, Tanya

 

Bloch, Jodi

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Boese, Jennifer

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Canter, Richard

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Coffman, Joan

St. Joseph's Hospital

Eichman, Cynthia

Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital

Gorelick, Marc

Children's Hospital and Health System

Grasmick, Mary Kay

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Herzog, Mark

Holy Family Memorial, Inc.

Jacobson, Catherine

Froedtert Health

LePore, Michael

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Mohorek, Ronald

Ministry Health Care

O'Brien, Mary

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center

Olson, David

Froedtert Health

Olson, Edward

ProHealth Care

Potter, Brian

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Sexton, William

Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital

Stanford, Matthew

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Starmann-Harrison, Mary

Warmuth, Judith

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Wolf, Edward

Lakeview Medical Center

Woodward, James

Meriter Hospital

 

Contributions ranging from $2,000 - 2,499

 

Borgerding, Dana

Brenton, Mary E.

Fish, David

Hospital Sisters Health System

Kachelski, Joe

Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network

Katen-Bahensky, Donna

 

Kief, Brian

Ministry Saint Joseph’s

Leitch, Laura

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Merline, Paul

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Mettner, Michelle

Children's Hospital and Health System

Neufelder, Daniel

Affinity Health System

Oliverio, John

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Pandl, Therese

HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division

Sanders, Michael

Monroe Clinic

Troy, Peggy

Children's Hospital and Health System

 

Contributions ranging from $2,500 - 2,999

 

Desien, Nicholas

Ministry Health Care

Levin, Jeremy

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative

Taylor, Mark

Columbia St. Mary's, Inc.

 

Contributions ranging from $3,000 - 3,999

 

Borgerding, Eric

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Kammer, Peter

The Kammer Group

Petasnick, William

Froedtert Health

Turkal, Nick

Aurora Health Care

 

Contributions ranging from $4,000 - 4,999

 

Erwin, Duane

Aspirus Wausau Hospital

 

Contributions $5,000 +

 

Brenton, Stephen

Wisconsin Hospital Association

Size, Tim

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative

Tyre, Scott

Capitol Navigators, Inc

 

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WHA Foundation Fundraiser Supports Health Care Student Scholarships
Show your support with a contribution to the WHA Foundation Today

Each year, the WHA Foundation supports a variety of initiatives that have a statewide impact on health care and that meet its three funding priorities of workforce development, quality and patient safety, and community collaboration. In a continued effort to support the health care workforce in Wisconsin hospitals, for the eighth consecutive year, the WHA Foundation, Inc. awarded more than 30 scholarships, worth approximately $40,000, to technical college students completing a health-related degree program.

A unique twist to the Foundation scholarship program is that, unlike most scholarships, it covers tuition and book expenses for the final semester of the technical college degree program, to assist and encourage students to make that one final push toward graduation and a career in health care. Each scholarship winner is reimbursed for actual tuition and book expenses, up to $2,000.

Since the program’s inception in 2003, over 250 scholarships, worth more than $285,000, have been awarded to students in one of the state’s 16 technical colleges. Degrees earned include nursing, physical and occupational therapy, radiography, respiratory care, health information technology and a variety of other health care-related two-year degree programs.

Each fall, the WHA Foundation holds its annual fundraising campaign to continue supporting efforts like the scholarship program and other important statewide initiatives. Recently, each WHA hospital executive received a direct appeal for the fundraising effort, and thank you to those who have stepped forward with a generous contribution. A brochure and contribution form is also included in this week’s packet for those who would still like to make a contribution on behalf of yourself or your hospital. For more information on the WHA Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign, contact Jennifer Frank at 608-274-1820 or at jfrank@wha.org .

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Guest Column: State faces looming physician shortage
Tim Size, Executive Director, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative

Wisconsin’s rural communities have faced a shortage of physicians for decades. Without changing how we train and retain our next generation of physicians, it is about to get a lot worse.

New predictions show future shortages statewide, rural and urban. Urban shortages will only make it even harder to recruit to rural communities.

You can blame people my age — the fabled baby boomers. According to a new report by the Wisconsin Hospital Association, "100 New Physicians a Year: An Imperative for Wisconsin," we will be 2,200 doctors short by the time baby boomer retirees finally slow down around the year 2030.

For the next 20 years, large numbers of older physicians and other health care professionals will retire and become major "consumers" of health care.

WHA projects an increase in the number of physicians but not enough to make up for increased demand, increased retirements and the large number of medical school students in Wisconsin that end up practicing elsewhere.

It would be fine to do nothing if this were just about waiting longer for a hot new iPhone or iPad. But this shortage is a bit more serious. It means many people, particularly in rural communities, will wait months to be seen by a doctor. None of us want that wait when we are anxious, have a deteriorating condition or untreated pain.

There will also be a significant hit on the rural economy. A retiring rural physician not replaced means a loss of income and jobs throughout the community. Studies at the National Center for Rural Health Works at Oklahoma State University have found that one full-time rural primary care physician generates about $1.5 million in revenue for the community, and creates, or helps create, 23 jobs.

There are those who say that hospitals and clinics must start doing a better job recruiting physicians into our state. But this is something we are already unusually good at. For every graduate of a Wisconsin medical school, five other physicians are now being recruited from outside Wisconsin. Compared with other states, we are very dependent on "importing" physicians.

Other states face the same affect of aging baby boomers, and many will face an even greater increase in demand due to health reform. With that greater competition, we will be very fortunate to maintain our current level of "imports."

This brings us to the imperative of growing our own. The possibility of our two existing schools expanding the number of students they graduate is encouraging. So is the possibility of the long-rumored addition of a new school of osteopathic medicine. But at best, this is only half of the solution.

Overall, only 38 percent of the graduates from Wisconsin’s two medical schools remain and practice in Wisconsin. We must not only graduate more but also retain them. This requires that we substantially increase the number of in-state and rural residencies — the additional formal training that physicians need after medical school.

If you look at those students who are from Wisconsin, go to medical school here and do their residency here, 86 percent stay and practice in Wisconsin. Bottom line for retaining doctors once they are fully trained: it makes a huge difference where medical schools draw their students from and what they do to encourage their graduates to choose residency training in Wisconsin after graduation.

Our medical schools need to encourage physicians to have their residency experience in rural Wisconsin. This requires rural residencies to be available. We are fortunate to have a nationally-recognized Rural Training Track in Baraboo, but they can only take two new medical school graduates a year.

The Baraboo residency has now placed more than 75 percent of its graduates in rural practice, with more than 70 percent providing rural maternity care and over half of whom have stayed in Wisconsin. These statistics are similar to the other 22 Rural Training Tracks that exist nationally. However, each individual program is small. This model of education will not make a big impact on the rural access problem without collaborative approaches to expanding the number of these sites.

Expanding the number of Rural Training Tracks in Wisconsin must become a top priority.

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WHA Education: Physician Leadership Training Offered March 9-10
Early bird discount now available

Registration is now open for the seventh annual "WHA Physician Leadership Development Conference," scheduled Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10. This highly-regarded event will be held at The American Club in Kohler. The full conference brochure, with agenda, registration and resort information is available at http://events.SignUp4.com/12PLD.

A discounted "early bird" registration fee is available if participants register by January 20. Additionally, a "host" registration option is available to those hospital representatives/management leaders who would like to accompany their physicians to the conference but do not need CME credit.

This popular conference brings nationally-recognized faculty to Wisconsin to assist in developing physician leadership skills and facilitating the transition of your physicians from clinicians to physician leaders. Physician leaders must represent both clinical and managerial interests, and each year at this event, presenting faculty from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) focus on important leadership skills that help physician leaders to move beyond their clinical training and take a new approach to managerial decision making and problem solving.

ACPE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ACPE designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.TM Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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PPS and CAH Medicaid EHR Payment Application Deadline is December 31
Contact WHA to see if DHS has pre-qualified your hospital for payment

The deadline for submission of Wisconsin Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program applications from eligible PPS and CAH hospitals for federal fiscal year (FFY) is December 31, 2011.

As a reminder, both PPS hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals can receive a Medicaid EHR incentive payment merely by showing that they have adopted or are in the process of implementing or upgrading to certified EHR technology. Meaningful use is not required to receive a first payment under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

Wisconsin’s Medicaid program has pre-qualified many hospitals for payment in 2011. To see if your hospital is pre-qualified, contact Matthew Stanford at WHA at 608-274-1820 or mstanford@wha.org.

Also, hospitals are reminded that unlike the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, there is no penalty for skipping a year of participation in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Thus, a hospital could receive a Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment for federal fiscal year 2011, and wait until federal fiscal year 2013 to show meaningful use for the first time and thus receive a first Medicare Incentive Payment and a second Medicaid Incentive Payment at that time.

WHA has compiled numerous resources regarding the EHR Incentive Programs, including resources from past WHA webinars on the subject, at www.wha.org/meaningful-use.aspx. Specific resources regarding the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program application process can be found at: www.wha.org/medicaid-ehr.aspx.

If you have any questions, contact Matthew Stanford at WHA at 608-274-1820 or mstanford@wha.org.

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Physician Documentation Key to ICD-10 Success
WHA Offers Regional Seminars Focused on Documentation Improvement

Although there are many areas of preparation important to a successful transition to ICD-10, ensuring detailed physician documentation may be the most vital of them all. Proper physician documentation is critically important because of its direct bearing on a hospital or clinic’s revenue cycle and ability to report quality outcomes appropriately.

In an effort to assist its members with this important piece of the ICD-10 transition, WHA is offering five regional, one-day seminars in March 2012 focused on physician documentation improvement for ICD-10.

Attendees will learn how the ICD-10 regulation will affect physicians, their practices and their hospitals, and discuss specific examples of how physician documentation impacts ICD-10 coding accuracy. Hospital leaders should encourage their physician leaders and other ICD-10 implementation team members to attend one of these regional sessions.

Each session will be identical, so attendees can choose the date and location most convenient for them.

Each will be presented by Lynn Kuehn, a certified coding specialist for physicians (CCS-P) and an AHIMA certified ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer. The seminar will be offered in five regional locations across Wisconsin:

A full brochure with more information and on-line registration are available at: http://events.SignUp4.com/UnlockICD10. Register your physicians by December 15 to get on their calendars early and take advantage of the early bird registration discount.

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Register your ICD-10 Team Today for this Important Webinar Series:

"The ICD-10 Impact on Hospitals and Transition Strategies to Meet the Deadline"
A four-part webinar series for senior leaders and their ICD-10 implementation teams

The next session is December 14: Understanding the Financial Impact of ICD-10

Follow up sessions include:
• Strategic Planning for ICD-10 Readiness – January 18
• Assessing Your Vendors for Readiness – February 15

An audio recording is available of the November 16 session – ICD-10 Budget Development/Review
A full brochure and on-line registration are available at
http://events.SignUp4.com/ICD10Impact11-12

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Last Chance to Register for "Getting the Chargemaster Ready for 2012" seminar
Thursday, December 15
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells

Chargemaster/APC coordinators, coding staff, office managers, CFOs, and others who are responsible for charge generation processes should plan to attend.

A full brochure and on-line registration are available at http://events.SignUp4.com/Chargemaster12.

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Wisconsin Hospitals Community Benefits: Charity Care

Fear of a bill should never prevent a patient from seeking care at a Wisconsin hospital. Wisconsin hospital charity care programs provided $232 million to more than 700 patients each day in 2010. The stories that follow illustrate the deep commitment and continuing concern that hospitals have to their patients to ensure they receive the care they need regardless of their ability to pay.

 

Special help during hard times

"I am writing you today to express my heartfelt appreciation for the outstanding service I have received from Aurora. Thanks to Aurora’s Helping Hand program, I have been able to procure additional necessary medical treatment. None of this would have been possible without the superb efforts and graciousness of Ms. Herrera."

These are the heartfelt words of a patient helped by Chela Herrera at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha. J.H. was admitted into the Emergency Department with a fractured ankle. He was homeless, unemployed, and uninsured. J.H. left the hospital on his own, having chosen not to have a cast put on his ankle because he was afraid of a large hospital bill. Weeks passed and J.H. returned to the hospital accompanied by a buddy with whom he was rooming temporarily. He inquired about financial counseling assistance. It was apparent that the condition of his leg was worsening.

Chela Herrera was pleased to explain the Helping Hand program application to both of them. J.H. and his buddy left to locate the necessary documents and returned the same day. Within a few days, he received news that he was approved for a 100 percent Helping Hand discount for a total of three months. In addition, because his ankle needed to be completely restructured, an out of network specialist also waived charges that were not covered by the Helping Hand program.

Chela noted, "This patient was extremely thankful and needed the care. I am so glad he came back and that we were able to help him."

Aurora Medical Center Kenosha

Sacred Heart Hospital provides quality care and compassion for all those in need

Each year, Sacred Heart Hospital provides millions of dollars of support to thousands of individuals throughout the western Wisconsin communities it serves. Last year alone, Sacred Heart Hospital provided

$11 million of non-billed Community Care services to aid uninsured and underinsured patients facing financial strain. Sacred Heart’s Community Care Program is tangible proof of our commitment to providing health care for all people, regardless of their ability to pay. Through this program, patients may be eligible to have their hospital bills partially or completely forgiven.

As a self-pay patient, George Patterson was under severe financial strain after several urgent hospital stays. A 76-year-old non U.S. citizen then living with his ex-wife, Rhonda, George found himself without insurance or the means to pay his mounting medical bills. Although he had been living in the U.S. since 1991 and had become a legal Wisconsin resident, George had been denied Social Security due to lack of payment, thus making him ineligible for Medicare coverage. Without insurance, they contacted a financial advisor at Sacred Heart with the hope of receiving financial assistance, and were advised to apply for Community Care.

"We are pleased to notify you that you qualify for our Community Care Program and a 100% reduction of your account balance." To the Pattersons, these were the words of hope at a time of despair. Not only was the hospital able to forgive their account balance, but the financial advisor they contacted also put them in touch with other outreach services that the hospital offers. Through these free outreach services, a hospital representative helped George complete the necessary applications required to gain state assistance and sent them to the county in which he resides. George recently received word that he had been approved for BadgerCare assistance–ensuring all his future medical bills will be covered for all providers. In a follow-up letter to Sacred Heart, George and Rhonda wrote, "Thank you for all you did to help George in his financial difficulties when he was in the hospital. We both appreciate your efforts very much. His inability to get insurance coverage has been a great worry for us both. BadgerCare was a God-send, but what you did is truly a miracle for us."

Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire

Extended hospitalization financial needs

Bob works part-time for a local business, and therefore he is not eligible for health insurance benefits. He applied for the BadgerCare Core Plan, but there is a waiting list with thousands of people ahead of him. He was offered the Badger Care Basic Plan but with his modest income he could not afford the $130 per month premium required by the plan. He was basically a healthy person so he took the chance that nothing would happen while he was without any health insurance coverage.

Unfortunately, as always seems to be the case, the unexpected occurred. Bob arrived at Holy Family Memorial’s Emergency Department experiencing extreme back and abdominal pain, along with shortness of breath. After numerous tests, it was determined that Bob had a very large kidney stone and needed emergency surgery.

Bob spent several days at Holy Family Memorial while his medical bills mounted, totaling more than he would be making at his current job over the next three years! Bob was overcome with worry wondering how he could even begin to pay his bills. Holy Family Memorial’s Community Care Program was able to help Bob by relieving him of this financial medical burden and allowing him to concentrate on full recovery.

Hopefully, he will be able to find employment that provides health insurance benefits for his needs, or he will be able to find an affordable catastrophic plan for himself from which to draw upon if such an event would occur again.

Holy Family Memorial, Inc., Manitowoc

Financial assistance program gives patient peace of mind

When Sandra was admitted to the Emergency Department (ED) at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center for a blood clot, she did not have any time to plan for how she would pay a sizable medical bill. However, the burden was lifted after the hospital’s Financial Counseling team assisted her in applying for Aurora’s Helping Hand program. Sandra wrote a letter expressing her gratitude:

"My name is Sandra, and I’m writing you this letter because I want to say thank you very much for all your help when I was admitted at the ED last January because of a blood clot in my left leg. I thank God for giving me the caring doctors, nurses and Certified Nurse Assistants here at St. Luke’s, who made my healing faster so I was able to go home last January. I would like to say thank you to the doctors and nurses on the 4th floor, where my room was. I would like to give my heartfelt appreciation to Jim Soriano, the ED Financial Counselor who helped me take care of my hospital bills. Also I give thanks to the following social workers, Shawn and Holly Wesley, for helping me in regards to my financial situation. Again, I say thank you very much to Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center for the love and care they gave to me."

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee

Submit community benefit stories to Mary Kay Grasmick, editor, at mgrasmick@wha.org.

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