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Newest WHA WiPricePoint.org Release Expands Health Care Price Information

 Compare hospital charges, estimate average physician fees, pharmacy costs, more

 

Wisconsin is a national leader in health care transparency, being one of the first states in the nation to develop online resources to voluntarily share information that will help consumers compare hospital charges. On October 10, WHA announced the release of its newest version of PricePoint (www.wipricepoint.org), an online resource that allows consumers to compare hospital-specific charges and other financial data associated with the care provided for a particular procedure or condition in Wisconsin hospitals and Medicare-certified ambulatory surgery centers. (See Infographic here.) .

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Boatwright to Serve as
WHA 2018 Chair-Elect
Van Meeteren will chair
Association in 2018
 

Damond Boatwright, regional president/CEO, hospital operations, SSM Healthcare of Wisconsin, has been selected by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Nominating Committee to serve as WHA chairelect in 2018 and chair in 2019. A member of the WHA Board since 2015, Boatwright currently serves on the WHA Board Subcommittee on Health Care Reform.    (Read more...)

Worker’s Comp Premiums Drop Again—And Without a Government Fee Schedule

Provider coalition mobilizes to fight government price controls on care for injured workers

Effective October 1, Wisconsin employers experienced a significant reduction in worker’s compensation premiums for the following year, all without implementing a government fee schedule for health care services.

In June, the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) issued an announcement stating that employers would see an 8.46 percent reduction in premiums in October 2017—the largest decrease in nearly a quarter century. The decrease in premiums results in $170 million in savings to employers. In that release, DWD Secretary Ray Allen said, “This is just another indicator for businesses that Wisconsin is a great place to work.” The 8.46 percent drop is an overall figure; the manufacturing segment will see a whopping 9.28 percent reduction.

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Wisconsin Hospitals are Committed to Quality and Transparency

CheckPoint PricePoint ServePoint Quality Center

WHA Gold Members:
MarshfieldClinic Staff Care WHA Information Center
Hall Render Merritt Hawkins  

Fast Facts
By the Numbers:

General med-surg hospitals:  129
Critical access hospitals:58
LT acute care hospitals: 6
Psychiatric hospitals: 10
Inpatient days (2014): 2,600,153
Outpatient days (2014): 18,211,447

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

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This Week's Priorities

eNLC: Two important steps were taken to maintain Wisconsin's status as a nurse licensure state. (Read more)

CMS: WHA submitted comments to CMS on a proposed rule in which CMS signaled intent to implement flexibilities within value based payment programs.(Read more)

Enrollment: AHA has developed an online resource center to help hospitals and health systems connect consumers to information about open enrollment (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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