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Health Care Experts Discuss Wisconsin’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Community partners meet with DSPS Secretary and Opioid Task Force

Wisconsin’s Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) partnered with WHA to set up roundtables across the state to foster discussion about Wisconsin’s enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (ePDMP).

On May 22, 16 members of Iowa County’s Opioid Task Force met with DSPS Secretary Laura Gutierrez and PDMP Deputy Director Sarah Bradley at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville. Upland Hills leaders and clinicians, law enforcement officers and county service providers discussed the state’s effort to combat the opioid abuse epidemic which has tripled the number of overdose visits to Wisconsin hospitals since 2010. There has been a 10 percent reduction in opioid prescriptions dispensed in the last 12 months, but there is more work to be done.

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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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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.

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This Week's Priorities

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

Care Coordination: Intensive Care Coordination Program legislation incentivizes WI hospitals to offer care coordination svcs. for high utilizers of EDs. (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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