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WHA-Developed Medicaid Emergency Department Care Coordination Program Signed into Law

Legislation designed to incentivize Wisconsin hospitals to offer care coordination services for high utilizers of hospital emergency departments was signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker April 16. The legislation, now known as 2017 Act 279, was recommended to the legislative authors, Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek), Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), through work done by WHA members as part of WHA’s 2016 Medicaid Workgroup. The program provides a payment of up to $1,000 per patient for a 12-month period to provide intensive care coordination services to certain Medicaid enrollees, as well as a shared savings component for hospitals and health systems that are able to demonstrate savings to the Medicaid program.


Fort Healthcare CEO Mike Wallace Reflects on Public Health, Leadership and the role of WHA in Interview
 Written by Alia Paavola, Becker’s Hospital Review, March 13, 2018

Since joining Fort Atkinson, Wis.-based Fort HealthCare as president and CEO in 2006, Michael Wallace has implemented a vision and executed strategies to improve health outcomes in the community and the state of Wisconsin.

Wallace’s vision, leadership and dedication helped Jefferson County, where Fort HealthCare is located, move from the 33rd spot out of 72 counties to the 9th spot in 2017 on the University of Wisconsin Population Health Initiative rankings for overall health outcomes.

In addition to his executive leadership role at the health system, Mr. Wallace, an untiring advocate for better health in Wisconsin, served as the chairman of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a board position at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

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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 new 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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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

Medmal: The WI Supreme Court heard arguments on the medical liability cap on April 19.(Read more)

Workforce: WHA's Council on Workforce meeting covered new WHA-spearheaded training grants, legislative accomplishments and priorities related to workforce, Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeships in health care, and data for workforce planning. (Read more)

Public Policy: WHA's Public Policy Council discussed dental health and PA legislation...(Read more)


WHA Job Bulletin

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