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PROVIDERS: Must Inform Parents of Right to Refuse Registering in Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry

Opt-out option begins July 1, 2018

The Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry (WBDR) was created under state law to collect demographic, diagnostic, and identifying information for children born with specific birth defects. Physicians and pediatric specialty clinics are mandated to report this information from birth to two years of age to the Department of Health Services’ (DHS) Wisconsin Birth Defects Prevention and Surveillance Program.


Fox Valley Hospitals Participate in “Dark Sky” Emergency Preparedness Exercise
Mass power outage simulation helps hospitals and partners develop unified response to emergencies

Following two years of planning, hospitals and hundreds of Fox Valley Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition members participated in an emergency preparedness exercise that simulated a mass power outage covering more than a third of the state. Known as “Dark Sky,” the exercise was run May 15-17 in several areas of the state.

In the Fox Valley, the exercise began with a decoy bus accident where first responders were called to the scene. As hospitals received multiple simulated bus-accident patients to triage and transfer, exercise participants were introduced to a new variable: a mass power outage that extended the duration of the exercise.

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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.



This Week's Priorities

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

Physicians: Physician regulatory and electronic health record (EHR) burden were themes heard at the recent WHA PLC meeting. (Read more)

Emergency Prep: Fox Valley Hospitals Participated in “Dark Sky” Emergency Preparedness Exercise (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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