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Wisconsin Hospitals’ Statewide Community Impact Totals $1.8 Billion

 Hospitals report over $1 billion in Medicaid losses; Spent $229 million on physician and health professional education, training 

MADISON (November 22, 2017) ------- Memphis Zettler came into the world as a breech birth, the first of many medical issues he’s faced in his young life. And while all kids are expensive, Memphis required multiple procedures and surgeries that initially were covered by BadgerCare. But when he became ineligible for that program, the family could not cover his medical expenses. That’s when the hospital stepped in to help. Memphis’s family applied and qualified for financial assistance. It was a relief to his very worried family.

Memphis’s story repeats itself multiple times across the state, every day.


Guest Column
Don't Settle for a Job When You Can Build a Career
 By Ann Zenk, WHA Vice President, Workforce and Clinical Practice

The following op-ed was sent to the statewide press November 27, 2017.

It’s hard to top a career pathway where you can increase your salary by more than four-fold in as little as six years, and with perks like tuition support, flexible scheduling and employment while you pursue advancement. That’s the career path open to those who enter the health care workforce, and a career path highlighted in the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s 2017 Wisconsin Health Care Workforce report. I personally pursued that career path, from food service while in high school, to certified nursing assistant while in college, to registered nurse and nurse executive while in grad school, now rounding out my career as WHA’s resident expert on workforce.  (Read more...)

WHA Board Reviews 2017 as New Issues, Goals Take Shape for 2018

The December WHA Board meeting presents an opportunity for members and staff to look back on the year, but set their sights on the issues that will carry forward and on those that are just taking shape for 2018.

Cathy Jacobson, president/CEO, Froedtert Health, reflected on her term as she presided over her last Board meeting as chair December 7 in Madison.

“A year goes by fast,” Jacobson noted. “Leading this Board was a fantastic opportunity marked by key accomplishments by the Board and staff.”

(Read more...)

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

340B, PABs: WHA traveled to Washington to meet with members of the WI Delegation over key issues pending in Congress. (Read more)

Team-Based Care: Gov Walker signed AB 529 that provides clarification that WI's Medicaid program covers services ordered by physicians... (Read more)

Medicaid: WHA to DHS: Don’t Overlook Psychiatrists in Outpatient Behavioral Health Payment Increase (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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