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2015 Advocacy Day

WHA Shares Transparency Message with More than 2,000 Employers
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As employers consider their various options for providing health insurance to their employees, they are also interested in sharing information that will help their workers become better informed health care consumers. (Read more)

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President's Column
SGR: “Better a Diamond with a Flaw than a Pebble (With Another Patch)”
 
By Eric Borgerding, WHA President

Eric BorgerdingTypically this time of year we are reporting another 9 to 12-month delay, or “patch,” of the SGR’s 21 percent physician payment cut, financed by years-long cuts to hospital reimbursement. But on March 26 that changed with the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passing H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The SGR was created 18 years ago, and has been delayed/patched17 times! Though certainly not perfect, H.R. 2 is an historic opportunity to bring this absurd Sword of Damocles to an end, and it has WHA’s full support (see WHA’s letter to Congress at www.wha.org/pdf/SGR-Ryan3-25-15.pdf). (Read more...)

Team-Based Health Care Scores Big with Patients


Workforce ReportHospitals, Health Systems Find New Care Delivery Models
Alter Workforce Needs

MADISON (March 24, 2015) --The magic of University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan is in his ability to strategically place the right players on the floor at the right time throughout the game to optimize the team’s opportunity to win. Wisconsin hospitals and health systems are following a similar principle and that is to provide the right care, at the right time, at the right place. Increasingly, they are finding team-based care can lead to winning results, both in terms of patient satisfaction and better health outcomes.
--Read the Report.         --Read the Release.

Wisconsin Hospitals are Committed to Quality and Transparency

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Fast Facts
By the Numbers:

General med-surg hospitals:  129
Critical access hospitals:58
LT acute care hospitals: 6
Psychiatric hospitals: 10
Inpatient days (2013): 2,720,902
Outpatient days (2013): 16,695,548

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

NewsClips

Hidden Health Care Tax

This Week's Priorities

SGR: Intense negotiations continue in the US House and Senate on repeal of the much-maligned SGR. (Read more)

ETF: Segal Consulting released a report estimating the state could save $50-$70 million annually by self-insuring state employees... (Read more)

Meaningful Use: HHS published its proposed Stage 3 EHR meangingful use rules as well as its proposed 2015 CEHRT rules... (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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