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Gov. Walker Signs WHA-Championed
Emergency Detention Bill

Bill implements recommendations by WHA Behavioral Health
Task Force

On March 7, Gov. Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 538, which enacts recommendations made by WHA’s Behavioral Health Task Force to better define in statute hospitals’ and physicians’ roles in Wisconsin’s mental health emergency detention process.

Signed into law as 2017 Act 140, the new law addresses liability concerns raised by hospitals and physicians when a health care provider disagrees with a law enforcement officer or county crisis agency determination to not proceed with an emergency detention of a patient. The new law also addresses a regulatory inconsistency between Wisconsin’s emergency detention law and the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), and more clearly aligns Wisconsin law and HIPAA regarding disclosures to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public.


Fort Healthcare CEO Mike Wallace Reflects on Public Health, Leadership and the role of WHA in Interview
 Written by Alia Paavola, Becker’s Hospital Review, March 13, 2018

Since joining Fort Atkinson, Wis.-based Fort HealthCare as president and CEO in 2006, Michael Wallace has implemented a vision and executed strategies to improve health outcomes in the community and the state of Wisconsin.

Wallace’s vision, leadership and dedication helped Jefferson County, where Fort HealthCare is located, move from the 33rd spot out of 72 counties to the 9th spot in 2017 on the University of Wisconsin Population Health Initiative rankings for overall health outcomes.

In addition to his executive leadership role at the health system, Wallace, an untiring advocate for better health in Wisconsin, served as the chairman of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a board position at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.  (Read more...)

 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 new 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.”  

(Read more...)

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.



This Week's Priorities

Foundation Scholarships: WHA Foundation has announced scholarships for Hospital Team Simulation Training. (Read more)

Advocacy: Nearly 1,000 advocates attended WHA Advocacy Day March 21 in Madison.(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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