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Wisconsin Consumers Can Connect to Health Care Price Info at WiPricePoint.org

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MADISON (August 21, 2014) ----- Shopping for health care might not ever be as simple as comparing prices in a grocery store. But in Wisconsin, health care providers and the Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center, LLC (WHAIC), a subsidiary of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), continue to develop and refine tools aimed at helping consumers compare health care costs. (Read more)

Hospital Workforce Reflects Wisconsin's Aging Trend

Hiring remains flat, but future retirements require vigilant workforce planning 

MADISON (AUGUST 27, 2014) ---- Hiring in hospitals has remained flat since the recession, however, it could pick up in the near future as baby boomers who postponed retirement plans begin to leave the workforce.

While the economy has caused many employees to put their retirement plans on hold, hospitals across the state are putting strategies in place to ensure they have a workforce to replace those that are leaving.  In some key hospital patient care positions, nearly a quarter of the employees are over age 55 according to data collected by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC).

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High-quality, high-value health care is a hallmark in Wisconsin. Hospital systems are improving quality, increasing efficiency and delivering value to employers and residents in their communities. This week we feature the work of Aspirus Medford Hospital and Clinics.

Small Group makes a Big Impact at Aspirus Medford  Partners for Patients logo

The following was shared with WHA quality department staff, as written by Nicole Kollmansberger, a surgical/quality RN, Aspirus Medford Hospital and Clinics, for their internal newsletter. Aspirus Medford is a participant in WHA’s Partners for Patients collaborative. According to Tom Kaster, WHA quality coordinator, "This is a great example of the passion and enthusiasm that can result when a staff works as a team to reduce patient harm." In addition, this illustrates for small hospitals measuring the "days between" events is more meaningful than only looking at rates – which can fluctuate greatly from month to month because of small numbers of patients. (Read more)

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This Week's Priorities

Workforce: Hiring remains flat in Wisconsin, but retirements loom. (Read more)

Health Law: WHA will host a complimentary member webinar on "WHA Record Retention Manual and WHA Patients' Rights, IRB, HIV and Other Miscellaneous Issues." (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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