Health Care Value

2015 Rural Health

Advocacy is Central to WHA's Mission -- Wisconsin leads the nation in delivering high-quality, high-value health care and in transparency. Wisconsin hospitals and health systems provide not just health care, but also employ more than 100,000 people across the state. High-value health care is an economic development asset for the state and local communities. Listen to the Wisconsin Hospital Association tell the health care story and learn why it’s an asset in the Badger state.

Wisconsin Health Care Ranks Second Highest in Nation

Wisconsin follows only New Hampshire in overall performance

MADISON (May 2, 2015) ---- Wisconsin is the second most highly-rated state in the country based on the quality of its health care according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Wisconsin had the second best overall health care quality measure score among all 50 states, second only to New Hampshire, based on more than 200 measures that AHRQ used to evaluate health care performance. The rankings are posted here:

Read the release here.

JFC Protects and Strengthens Medicaid DSH

Budget Committee adopts WHA recommendation for ongoing funding

During their meeting May 21, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance adopted a WHA-backed amendment to the Governor’s budget bill making the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program an ongoing, annual appropriation. In his proposed budget, Gov. Scott Walker included funding for the DSH program for the next two years, helping to prevent a cut of about $72 million in the upcoming biennium for hospitals in Wisconsin. The action on May 21 by the powerful budget committee strengthens the Governor’s proposal by making DSH an ongoing program into the future. 

“We are very pleased that the Joint Committee on Finance recognizes that more must be done to stabilize funding in the Medicaid program,” said WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding. “This is a welcome, ongoing acknowledgment of the challenges that confront Wisconsin’s hospitals, where care is provided to all who walk through their doors, every minute of every day of every year.” (Read more...)

Walker Promotes Wisconsin Health Care Globally


Governor: "We have access to some of the most remarkably high-quality health care in the world"

When it comes to promoting Wisconsin health care, it would be difficult to find a more committed spokesperson than Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Speaking before a crowd that topped 1,000 at WHA’s Advocacy Day April 28, Walker touted Wisconsin’s high-quality, high-value health care as an economic development asset that deserves global recognition. (Read more...)

Wisconsin Hospitals are Committed to Quality and Transparency

CheckPoint PricePoint ServePoint Quality Center WICD-10

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

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.


Hidden Health Care Tax

This Week's Priorities

Medicaid DSH: The JCF adopted a WHA-backed amendment to the Governor's budget bill making the DSH program an annual appropriation. (Read more)

Health Insurance: JFC approved budget amendment for changes to be approved by JCOER (Read more)

Flu: Wisconsin hospitals hit a record-setting 96 median influenza immunization rate for the 2014-15 season... (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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