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Wisconsin Hospitals Take Measures to Conserve IV Solution

Hospitals coping with shortages to assure patient care

Wisconsin hospitals and health systems are taking steps to conserve their supply of IV solution as they cope with unprecedented shortages.

A majority of the hospitals and health systems in Wisconsin responding to a survey from the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) this week, said they are proactively rationing intravenous (IV) solution to minimize the impact on their organizations. However, almost half of those hospitals say their conservation efforts are having a significant impact on staffing, scheduling or other operational issues. A few organizations reported they have come close to rescheduling procedures or sending patients to other facilities because they were so low on IV solution, but to date, no hospitals have had to transfer patients or postpone treatments. See data graphs.

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President's Column
“Wisconsin should
strike its own path”
 By Eric Borgerding, WHA President

Eric BorgerdingThis week’s President’s Column is a reprint of WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding’s February 12 testimony supporting legislation creating a reinsurance program aimed at stabilizing individual insurance rates in Wisconsin. 

Testimony in Support of AB 885 and SB 770 -  Joint Committee on Finance
February 12, 2018 

Good Afternoon Chairpersons Darling and Nygren and members of the Joint Committee on Finance. Thank you for holding this hearing and the opportunity to testify. My name is Eric Borgerding, and I am pleased to comment on behalf of the Wisconsin Hospital Association in support of AB 885 and SB 770, a reinsurance proposal intended to help stabilize the individual health insurance market in Wisconsin and sustain the substantial coverage gains we have achieved over the past four years.  

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 Borgerding Shares 2018 WHA Goals;
”WHA goes where its members are”

Gov. Scott Walker makes no apologies – he brags about Wisconsin’s health care.

“In the State of the State address, we listed off the great things about Wisconsin…and we pointed out that we are literally the best state in the nation for the quality of our health care system,” Walker told the WHA Board at its February 8 meeting in Madison. “We brag about Wisconsin health care and talk about not just how it attracts economic development, but how it attracts talent and adds to the overall quality of life.”  

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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

Worker's Comp: During a hearing that lasted nearly six hours February 14, the health care community stood united in opposition to government-set price controls imposed unilaterally on hospitals, physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors and other practitioners who provide care to injured workers.  (Read more)

Dental Initiatives: WHA's work group on dental needs for patients with special needs met January 31. (Read more)

Advocacy Day: NPR's Mara Liasson will keynote WHA's Advocacy Day March 21 (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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