WHA Hails Unanimous Bipartisan Committee Passage of Hospital Regulatory Reform Bill
Mary Kay Grasmick, 608-274-1820, 575-7516
MADISON (February 13, 2014) ---- The Wisconsin Hospital Association today praised the Assembly and Senate Health Committees for passing legislation that will modernize the way that hospitals are regulated in Wisconsin.
The bills (AB 728 and SB 560) streamline the State’s hospital regulations with existing federal rules. For years, hospitals have had to abide by duplicative state and federal rules that are confusing to administer and inefficient to implement.
Wisconsin Hospital Association Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding said hospitals across the state are applauding the bills.
"Our hospital regulations have been updated once in 45 years and it’s been 26 years since those changes were made. Just think about that. A lot has changed in health care in the past five years, let alone the last 26," Borgerding said. "Wisconsin’s hospital regulations have been frozen in time, reflecting the very different health care environment of the 1980s. The changes these bills will bring are long overdue and very welcome."
WHA hailed the two Health Committees for their support of the bills that will not only update the regulatory process for hospitals, but will also reduce the time and resources that hospitals now must spend to comply with duplicative, outdated rules.
“We are especially pleased with the unanimous bipartisan support this received in the Assembly and Senate Health Committees,” Borgerding added. “We want to thank the bills’ authors--Rep. Howard Marklein and Sen. Leah Vukmir—for their dedicated efforts to reform Wisconsin’s hospital regulatory system.”
Both bills now move to the Assembly and Senate floors for a full vote by the Legislature.