Health Care Value

2015 Advanced Practice Clinician Hospitalist Programs

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.


Walker Signs Two-Year Budget into Law, Vetoes 104 Provisions

Permanent Medicaid DSH program receives final approval from Gov. Walker

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law the biennial budget bill July 12, spending nearly $73 billion and funding state government for another two years. The budget includes several key priorities for the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), including nearly $650 million in additional state resources to fund the cost-to-continue in the state Medicaid program and an authorization of a permanent Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program.

“Establishing an ongoing Disproportionate Share Hospital program has been WHA’s number one priority and chief accomplishment in this budget cycle,” said WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding. (Read more...)

WHA Announces Recruitment Period for TCAB Cohort 4  Partners for Patients logo

cabTransforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) is one of WHA’s most successful improvement initiatives. In the words of one chief nursing officer who led a TCAB team, “TCAB has been a game changer for our nursing units.”

In recognition of the significant benefit that WHA members derive from the program, when funding for TCAB from the Aligning Forces for Quality grant ended, the Wisconsin Hospital Association made the decision to fully support the program.

“Our members have greatly valued the expanded skill set that TCAB has brought to their staff,” according to Chief Quality Officer Kelly Court. “WHA will continue to make TCAB available to our hospitals by offering an opportunity to join our newest cohort.” (Read more)


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.


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This Week's Priorities

Health Reform: The US Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on rural health and released a series of legislation designed to reform the Medicare program. (Read more)

Emergency Prep: DHS inaugurated 7 HCCs to provide for a more coordinated approach to prepare for natural and health emergencies.(Read more)

CAH: Dozens of CAH leaders participated in a meeting with key officials from CMS... (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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