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Hospitals Find Experienced Nursing, Entry-Level Positions
Difficult to Fill

 WHA report says team-based care will help address workforce gaps, while innovation, technology change how care is delivered 

MADISON (November 2, 2017) ------- Hospitals and health systems are not immune to the workforce struggles all employers are facing as the number of available workers continues to decline and baby boomers retire. That leaves positions that require experienced professionals difficult to fill in hospital intensive care units, operating rooms and highly specialized care units, such as oncology and surgery.

“Employers will need strategies, such as flexible or shorter shifts, less physical work and ‘as needed’ positions to keep the boomers, with all their experience, working a few years longer,” according to Ann Zenk, Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) vice president, workforce and clinical practice.


Boatwright to Serve as
WHA 2018 Chair-Elect
Van Meeteren will chair
Association in 2018

Damond Boatwright, regional president/CEO, hospital operations, SSM Healthcare of Wisconsin, has been selected by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Nominating Committee to serve as WHA chairelect in 2018 and chair in 2019. A member of the WHA Board since 2015, Boatwright currently serves on the WHA Board Subcommittee on Health Care Reform.    (Read more...)

Worker’s Comp Premiums Drop Again—And Without a Government Fee Schedule

Provider coalition mobilizes to fight government price controls on care for injured workers

Effective October 1, Wisconsin employers experienced a significant reduction in worker’s compensation premiums for the following year, all without implementing a government fee schedule for health care services.

In June, the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) issued an announcement stating that employers would see an 8.46 percent reduction in premiums in October 2017—the largest decrease in nearly a quarter century. The decrease in premiums results in $170 million in savings to employers. In that release, DWD Secretary Ray Allen said, “This is just another indicator for businesses that Wisconsin is a great place to work.” The 8.46 percent drop is an overall figure; the manufacturing segment will see a whopping 9.28 percent reduction.

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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 (2014): 2,600,153
Outpatient days (2014): 18,211,447

 Wisconsin hospitals employ more than 100,000 people and generate nearly
$30 billion in economic activity.



This Week's Priorities

MACRA: CMS released the final rule for year 2 of the Quality Payment Program (MACRA)(Read more)

PABs: A tax reform package released by the House Ways & Means Committee includes a provision to eliminate the tax exemption for PABs... (Read more)

Workers Comp: The facts and data show the WI Worker's Comp program is working well. (Read more)


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