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WHA and Post-Acute Partners Welcome More Than 200 to Appleton Conference

On June 6, WHA sponsored its first-ever post-acute care conference in Appleton. Thanks to a partnership with LeadingAge Wisconsin, Leading Choice Network and the Wisconsin Association for Home Health Care, the conference attracted over 200 participants representing the entire continuum of care.

“WHA has made a concerted and strategic effort to broaden our public policy agenda to reach beyond the walls of the hospital, across the health care system, and along and within the continuum of care,” said WHA President Eric Borgerding in opening conference remarks. “Working with key partners, like LeadingAge, Leading Choice Network and the Wisconsin Association of Home Health Care, we want to start collaborating to get our arms around the challenges presented in post-acute care, and then translate this knowledge into solutions. The audience today reflects an excellent balance of providers from both the acute and post-acute provider communities, and we could not be more pleased with the interest in this issue so in need of cohesive definition and attention.”


Congress Sends Veterans
Health Care Access Bill to
President Trump
Legislation makes it easier for veterans to access health care services from community providers

On May 23 the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that supports our veterans in getting their health care from community providers. The bill easily cleared the House and is expected to be signed into law by President Trump before Memorial Day.

The $52 billion reform bill adds funding for the Veterans Affairs (VA) Choice program that was slated to run out of money by the end of May. The Congressional Budget Office projects that 640,000 more veterans nationwide will seek services from private providers outside the VA each year due to reforms in the bill.

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 Wisconsin Hospitals Leading the Way
Toward Safer Patient Care

Wisconsin’s hospitals have been ranked among the best in the country for safe and satisfying health care, according to a report released March 8 by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA).

“The delivery of effective, high-quality patient care creates healthy communities where people want to live and work,” according to WHA’s Chief Quality Officer Beth Dibbert. “There is always more work to do, and knowing that our hospitals have a positive effect on people’s lives gives us the encouragement to do even better.”  

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Wisconsin Hospitals are Committed to Quality and Transparency

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WHA Gold Members:
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Merritt Hawkins  

Fast Facts
By the Numbers:

General med-surg hospitals:  128
Critical access hospitals:58
LT acute care hospitals: 6
Psychiatric hospitals: 11
Inpatient days (2016): 2,565,519
Outpatient days (2016): 18,743,013

 Wisconsin hospitals employ more than 100,000 people and generate nearly
$30 billion in economic activity.



This Week's Priorities

Rural: Rural Health Conference will be held June 27-29 in Elkhart Lake. (Read more)

1332 Waiver: WHA recently submitted comment in support of the waiver to HHS (Read more)

Dental: Dental access is at the forefront of health care, and this access can be problematic for dental patients with special needs. (Read more)


WHA Job Bulletin

The WHA Job Bulletin provides member hospitals a venue where they can post vacancies on-line as a no cost benefit of membership.


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