September 23, 2016
Volume 60, Issue 38


Governor Walker Creates Statewide Task Force on Opioid Abuse
WHA named to serve on Governor’s Task Force along with key state leaders


In another move by state government to address Wisconsin’s heroin and opioid abuse epidemic, Gov. Scott Walker has created the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse. In an announcement from the Governor’s office September 22, Gov. Walker named WHA as a member of the task force, along with co-chairs Rep. John Nygren and Lieutenant Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Walker also named Attorney General Brad Schimel and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers to the Task Force.

“We’ve recently seen opioid use and abuse escalate throughout Wisconsin,” Gov. Walker said. “The bottom line is this has become an epidemic, and every year we see more people dying from opioid overdose. We’ve taken serious steps in the past to combat opioid abuse in Wisconsin, including signing Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education, or H.O.P.E., legislation into law last spring, and issuing a standing order allowing naloxone to be dispensed without individual prescriptions. These efforts are saving lives and helping people get the support they need to recover. Our announcement today about the creation of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse demonstrates our unified efforts and brings us closer to our goal of ending opioid abuse and overdose in Wisconsin.” 

The Task Force will be charged with “advising and assisting the Governor in a coordinated effort to combat the opioid crisis facing the state of Wisconsin” and have the mission of reviewing and analyzing actions already taken in Wisconsin to combat the opioid crisis, review actions of other states and the National Governors Association Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction, and identify potential action items for the state of Wisconsin.

“Wisconsin hospitals and health systems are on the front lines of Wisconsin’s heroin and opioid abuse epidemic,” said WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding. “We applaud Governor Walker for the creation of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse and appreciate his recognition of the role Wisconsin’s hospitals have in this important conversation. Much has been accomplished through Representative John Nygren’s HOPE Agenda and Attorney General Brad Schimel’s Dose of Reality campaign, but more can and should be done. We look forward to serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse and identifying solutions to Wisconsin’s heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.”

For a copy of the Executive Order creating the Task Force, go to www.wha.org/pdf/GovEO214OpioidAbuseTF9-22-16.pdf.


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WI Board of Nursing Begins Drafting Responsible Prescription Drug Guidelines

At the September 19 Controlled Substances Board meeting, Board of Nursing (BON) Chair Jeff Miller announced that the BON has designated a three-person committee to begin drafting best practice prescribing guidelines for opioids and other controlled substances. These guidelines will follow those already written and adopted by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) and are a result of Wisconsin State Assembly Rep. John Nygren’s HOPE legislative package, 2015 Act 269. This statute allows the BON, the MEB, the Podiatry-affiliated Credentialing Board, the Dentistry Examining Board and the Optometry Examining Board to issue guidelines regarding best practices in prescribing controlled substances. Miller reported these guidelines will follow closely those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as those recently created by the MEB. 

For more information contact Steven Rush, WHA vice president, workforce and clinical practice, at srush@wha.org or 608-274-1820.

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Conduit Contributions Heat Up—Disburse Funds by November 8
Is your name on the contributor list? 


The Wisconsin Hospitals State PAC & Conduit campaign continues to make progress on raising $300,000 in 2016, but with the November 8 election less than two months away, disbursing those dollars now to candidates for state office who value hospitals and health systems is extremely important. 

“We are seeing Wisconsin Hospitals Conduit account holders send thousands of dollars every week to candidate campaigns,” said Nora Statsick, WHA political consultant. “With the election only seven weeks away, now is the time to release your funds and direct them to candidates who value Wisconsin hospitals and health systems.” 

As a reminder, individuals who contribute to the Wisconsin Hospitals Conduit retain full control over their funds. Once deposited, conduit funds remain until the account holder authorizes the release of those dollars to candidates or party committees of their choosing. 

To check conduit balances or discuss disbursing conduit dollars to candidates, contact Nora Statsick at nstatsick@wha.org or by phone at 608-239-4535. 

In terms of raising dollars, the Wisconsin Hospitals State PAC & Conduit campaign is at over $242,000, putting the campaign at 81 percent of its aggressive $300,000 goal. Contribute today in order to disburse conduit funds in time for the November 8 elections. Better candidates lead to better legislators who craft better laws. 

To date, 285 individuals have contributed in 2016. Is your name on the list? Take a look at the full contributor list below. 

Join the effort today by making your 2016 Wisconsin Hospitals State PAC & Conduit contribution. You can easily do so online at www.whconduit.com or by calling WHA’s Jenny Boese at 608-268-1816, or Nora Statsick at 608-239-4535.

Contributors ranging from $1 to $499  
Alstad, Nancy Fort HealthCare
Anderson, Philip HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Arnett, Eugene Aurora Health Care
Babbitts, Jamie HSHS - St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center
Babler, David Babler Associates
Baenen, Sharla Bellin Psychiatric Center
Bayer, Tom HSHS St. Vincent Hospital
Berken, Nathan Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Boehm, Donna HSHS - St. Nicholas Hospital
Boese, June Wheaton Franciscan - All Saints
Brabant, Christopher HSHS - St. Vincent Hospital
Braddock, Jonathan ISG Advisors, LLC
Brice, Kaitlin HSHS - Eastern Wisconsin Division
Burch, Todd Aspirus Riverview Hospital
Carlson, Peter Aurora Psychiatric Hospital
Clementi, Bridget Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Collins, Sherry Wisconsin Hospital Association
Coopman, Dianne SSM - St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Danner, Forrest Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Davis, Brett Aspirus, Inc.
Dombrowski, Alice ThedaCare Medical Center - Waupaca
Donnelly, Margaret Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Drone, Kim Wisconsin Hospital Association
Dux, Larry Froedtert & MCW Community Memorial Hospital campus
Erdmann, Dorothy ThedaCare Medical Center - Shawano
Evenson, Rock Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Ewald, Sandra Aurora Health Care
Ferrigno, Sandra SSM - St. Mary's Hospital
Fielding, Laura Holy Family Memorial, Inc.
Fischer, Deborah Bellin Health System
Franzen, Kimberly HSHS - St. Vincent Hospital
Garibaldi, Isabelle Watertown Regional Medical Center
Giles, Barbara HSHS - St. Vincent Hospital
Grabow, Peter Mayo Clinic Health System -Franciscan Healthcare LaCrosse
Grasmick, Michael Wisconsin Hospital Association
Groskreutz, Kevin HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital
Gustafson, Sara UW Hospitals and Clinics
Gutsch, Mike Cumberland Healthcare
Halida, Cheryl HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital
Hamilton, Mark UW Hospitals and Clinics
Hanson-Mays, Joan Black River Memorial Hospital
Harrington, Kathleen Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire
Hedrington, Brian HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Helgeson, Jason HSHS - Eastern Wisconsin Division
Hermel, Cindy Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Hieb, Laura Bellin Hospital
Hill, Juliet HSHS - Sacred Heart Hospital
Jamerson, Barbara ProHealth Care - Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
Kaiser, Ann HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Kantos, Craig ThedaCare Medical Center - Waupaca
Kelsey Foley, Kathy Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Kempen, Jacob Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Kingston, Mary Beth Aurora Health Care
Kirsch, Jennifer Gundersen Health System
Klapperich, Linda Ministry - Our Lady of Victory Hospital
Klay, Chris HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital
Kluth, Doreen HSHS - St. Vincent Hospital
Kocourek, Cathie Aurora Medical Center - Two Rivers
Kruse, Joe Mayo Clinic Health System -Franciscan Healthcare LaCrosse
Kuehn, David Rusk County Memorial Hospital
Lux, Teresa Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Luehring, Sally HSHS - St. Vincent Hospital
Lynch, Sue Mayo Clinic Health System -Franciscan Healthcare LaCrosse
Malone, Virginia SSM - St. Mary's Hospital
Manley, Paula Prevea Health/Hospital Sisters Health System
Mannix, Peter HSHS - St. Clare Memorial Hospital
Marquardt, Amy Hospital Sisters Health System
Maurer, Mary Holy Family Memorial, Inc.
Mays, Laura Stoughton Hospital Association
McArdle, PeggyAnn Agnesian HealthCare
McElligott, Marilyn Gundersen Health System
McMeans, Scott Aurora BayCare Medical Center - Green Bay
Meicher, John SSM - St. Mary's Hospital
Nevers, Rick Aspirus, Inc.
Nicklaus, Todd Aspirus, Inc.
Norell, Brett Holy Family Memorial, Inc.
Olson, Bonnie HSHS - Sacred Heart Hospital
Ose, Peggy Aspirus Riverview Hospital
Ostrander, Gail HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division
Pearson, Jane SSM - St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Peck, Lori Aspirus, Inc.
Peirick, Marcie Watertown Regional Medical Center
Pempek, Kalynn Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Penovich, Carrie Aurora Medical Center - Two Rivers
Prise, Eric Tomah Memorial Hospital
Prunty, Brian Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Quackenboss, Tatum HSHS St. Vincent Hospital
Rakes, Gary Aspirus, Inc.
Rauber, Jill Holy Family Memorial, Inc.
Revnew, Dorothy ProHealth Care - Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
Richman, Tim Affinity Health - Calumet Medical Center
Risley-Gray, Ruth Aspirus, Inc.
Schaetzl, Ron SSM - St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Schneider, David Aspirus Langlade Hospital
Selle, Ginger SSM - St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Shaw, Vonda UW Health
Sheehan, Heather Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Nursing Home
Simi, Robert  
Sisel, Scott Eide Bailly, LLP
Sparacino, Gloria Aurora West Allis Medical Center
Spindler, Ralph Wheaton Franciscan - Elmbrook Memorial Hospital
Stapelfeldt, Kimberly Aurora Medical Center - Washington County
Statz, Darrell Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Stelzer, Jason SSM - St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Stich, Dan Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Strasser, Kathy Aspirus, Inc.
Tandberg, Ann HSHS - St. Joseph's Hospital
Tapper, Joy Milwaukee Health Care Partnership
Thornton, Eric SSM - St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Tincher, Pat Aspirus Langlade Hospital
Ulrich, Janice Columbus Community Hospital
Walker, Troy SSM - St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Warpinski, Heidi HSHS - St. Vincent Hospital
Westbrook, Diane River Falls Area Hospital
Wetenkamp, Vicki Holy Family Memorial, Inc.
Whitinger, Margaret Agnesian HealthCare
Wilmet, Jodi Bellin Hospital
Wysocki, Scott SSM - St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Contributors ranging from $500 to $999  
Anderson, Andy Aurora Health Care
Bagnall, Andrew HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital
Behl, Kevin Columbia St. Mary's Hospital - Milwaukee
Braun, James Flambeau Hospital
Breen, Melissa Marshfield Clinic
Brenny, Terrence Stoughton Hospital Association
Cadieux, Marc Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Connors, Lawrence HSHS St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center
Cottrell, Michael HSHS
Curran-Meuli, Jane Holy Family Memorial, Inc.
DeGroot, Dan HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
Dexter, Donn Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire
Doeringsfeld, Jean WHA Information Center
Edwards, Gordon Marshfield Clinic
Ericson, Allen Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Fitzgerald, Moira
Froemming, Lisa Columbia St. Mary's Hospital - Milwaukee
Gille, Larry HSHS St. Vincent Hospital
Gorelick, Marc Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Hartberg, David Gundersen - Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics
Heaney, Dwight Fort HealthCare
Jensema, Christine HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division
Johnas, Lora HSHS - Sacred Heart Hospital
Johnson, Kenneth HSHS St. Vincent Hospital
King, Steve SSM - St. Mary's Hospital
King, Vivian Aurora Health Care
Lange, George Columbia St. Mary's Hospital - Milwaukee
Larson, Margaret Affinity Health - Mercy Medical Center
Lentz, Darrell Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Logemann, Cari Aspirus, Inc.
Mance, Jennifer Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
McCawley, Thomas Beloit Health System
McNally, Maureen Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Miller, Brent Marshfield Clinic
Mulder, Doris Beloit Health System
Myers, Karen Stoughton Hospital Association
Nelson, James Fort HealthCare
O'Farrell, Rick Holy Family Memorial, Inc.
O'Keefe, James Mile Bluff Medical Center
Ordinans, Karen Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Peterson, Douglas Chippewa Valley Hospital
Quinn, George Wisconsin Hospital Association
Reardon, Brian Hospital Sisters Health System
Rocole, Theresa Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Roesler, Bruce The Richland Hospital
Roethle, Linda Bellin Hospital
Rohrbach, Dan Southwest Health Center
Roundy, Ann Columbus Community Hospital
Rude, Nels The Kammer Group
Rutkowski, Jennifer Grant Regional Health Center
Schmitz, Bonnie Agnesian HealthCare
Schubring, Randy Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire
Sczygelski, Sidney Aspirus Wausau Hospital
Selberg, Heidi HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division
Shabino, Charles Wisconsin Hospital Association
Shorter, Tom Godfrey & Kahn, SC
Statsick, Nora Wisconsin Hospital Association
Theiler, Brian Gundersen Tri-County Hospital & Clinics
Thurmer, DeAnn Agnesian - Waupun Memorial Hospital
VanCourt, Bernie Bay Area Medical Center
Van Meeteren, Bob Reedsburg Area Medical Center
Wolf, Edward Lakeview Medical Center
Worrick, Gerald Ministry - Door County Medical Center
Contributors ranging from $1,000 to $1,499  
Bedwell, Elizabeth Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Brenton, Andrew Wisconsin Hospital Association
Brussow, Julie Marshfield Clinic
Butler, John Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Colman, Gerard Aurora Health Care
Dietsche, James Bellin Hospital
Francaviglia, Stephen Aurora Health Care
Garcia-Thomas, Cristy Aurora Health Care
Geraghty, Tricia Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Graebner, David Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center
Hafeman, Paula HSHS St. Vincent Hospital
Jacobson, Terry St. Mary's Hospital of Superior
Jelle, Laura SSM - St. Clare Hospital & Health Services
Just, Lisa Aurora Health Care - South Region
Keddington, Richard Watertown Regional Medical Center
Lewis, Jonathan SSM - St. Mary's Hospital
Lindberg, Steve Mayo Clinic Health System - Red Cedar
McGowan, Kathryne Aspirus, Inc.
Miller, Kim Beaver Dam Community Hospital
Nelson, David HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Oland, Charisse Rusk County Memorial Hospital
Olson, David Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Pollard, Dennis Froedtert & MCW Community Memorial Hospital campus
Punzenberger, Lindsay Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Rai, Ashok Prevea Health/Hospital Sisters Health System
Rakowski, Mark Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Sanders, Robert Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Schafer, Michael Spooner Health System
Stuart, Philip Tomah Memorial Hospital
Swanson, Kerry SSM - St. Mary's Janesville Hospital
Teigen, Seth SSM Health Care of Wisconsin
Voelker, Thomas Aspirus Riverview Hospital
Wessels, Bill Aspirus, Inc.
White-Jacobs, Mary Beth Black River Memorial Hospital
Woleske, Chris Bellin Hospital
Contributors ranging from $1,500 to $1,999 Gold Club
Anderson, Sandy Ministry Health Care
Bard, Jeffrey Aurora Medical Center - Oshkosh
Bloch, Jodi Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Brophy, Michael Aurora Health Care
Buck, Catherine Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Clapp, Nicole Grant Regional Health Center
Coffman, Joan HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital
Court, Kelly Wisconsin Hospital Association
Frank, Jennifer Wisconsin Hospital Association
Grasmick, Mary Kay Wisconsin Hospital Association
Gullingsrud, Tim Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home
Gustafson, Andy SSM Healthcare of Wisconsin
Hanson, Gail Aurora Health Care
Harding, Edward Bay Area Medical Center
Heywood, Matthew Aspirus, Inc.
Lewis, Gordon Burnett Medical Center
McKevett, Timothy Beloit Health System
Robaidek, Jay University Hospital
Roller, Rachel Aurora Health Care
Rozenfeld, Johnathan SSM - St. Mary's Hospital
Rush, Steven Wisconsin Hospital Association
Russell, John Columbus Community Hospital
Sheehan, John UW Health American Center
Schulze, Connie Ministry Health Care
Contributors ranging from $2,000 to $2,999 Gold Club
Alig, Joanne Wisconsin Hospital Association
Duncan, Robert Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Hanus, Andrew Aurora Health Care
Herzog, Mark Holy Family Memorial Hospital
Hilt, Monica Ministry Health Care/St. Elizabeth Hospital
Kachelski, Joe Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network
Killoran, Carrie Aurora Health Care
Lappin, Michael Aurora Health Care
Leitch, Laura Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman
Levin, Jeremy Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Manas, Julie HSHS - Sacred Heart Hospital
Natzke, Ryan Marshfield Clinic
Potter, Brian Wisconsin Hospital Association
Rislov, Amy Aurora Health Care
Sexton, William Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center
Sherry, Bernie Ascension Health
Stanford, Matthew Wisconsin Hospital Association
Starmann-Harrison, Mary Hospital Sisters Health System
Steines, Sara Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Turney, Susan Marshfield Clinic
Wallace, Michael Fort HealthCare
Contributors ranging from $3,000 to $4,999 Platinum Club
Andersen, Travis Columbia St. Mary's, Inc.
Boese, Jennifer Wisconsin Hospital Association
Boatwright, Damond SSM Health Care of Wisconsin
Jacobson, Catherine Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Little, Steven Agnesian HealthCare
Mettner, Michelle Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Meyer, Daniel Aurora BayCare Medical Center 
Neufelder, Daniel Ministry Health Care
Normington, Jeremy Affinity Health - Mercy Medical Center
O'Brien, Kyle & Laura Wisconsin Hospital Association
Pandl, Therese HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division
Sanders, Michael Monroe Clinic
Standridge, Debra Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
Turkal, Nick Aurora Health Care
Contributors ranging from $5,000 to $9,999 Leaders Circle
Borgerding, Eric & Dana Wisconsin Hospital Association
Brenton, Stephen Wisconsin Hospital Association
Kerwin, George Bellin Hospital
Size, Tim Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Troy, Peggy Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
$10,000+ Contributors Leaders Circle
Tyre, Scott Capitol Navigators, Inc


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MEB Work on Telemedicine Rules Nears Completion

The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) presented their most recent, and likely final, draft of MED 24, the rule being promulgated that will define and regulate the use of telemedicine by Wisconsin licensed physicians and physician assistants. 

The telemedicine subcommittee of the MEB reviewed comments presented by a few stakeholders at their September 21 meeting. WHA has been actively involved in this rule making process and the details of this rule have been carefully examined and vetted by the WHA Telemedicine Task Force over the past 10 months. The current draft is a streamlined version of the original version presented in January, and more closely aligns with the recommendations put forth by the WHA Telemedicine Task Force. At the September 21 meeting, Steven Rush, WHA vice president, workforce and clinical practice, thanked the MEB for their continued collaboration with stakeholders. 

“WHA appreciates the opportunity to work with the MEB on this and other important issues that directly impact the high-quality care our member hospitals provide each and every day. The end result of this process in particular represents what is possible when stakeholder involvement is encouraged and valued,” said Rush. 

The rule is expected to go before the full MEB in October and then be presented for public hearing at the November MEB meeting. For more information, contact Rush at srush@wha.org or 608-274-1820.

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November 15 WCMEW Summit to Focus on GME

On November 15, the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW) and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural GME (WCRGME) will offer the one-day event, “Wisconsin GME Summit: Celebrating Successes and Exploring Opportunities” at the Best Western Premier Park Hotel in Madison. To register, visit: https://events.SignUp4.net/16WCMEW-GME-1115

This one-day Summit will highlight the challenges and opportunities in expanding graduate medical education (GME) programs in Wisconsin. The agenda will include an examination of Wisconsin’s current GME efforts, as well as two panel discussions focused on Wisconsin’s state-funded GME grant programs, one including grantees who have started new programs and the other with those who have expanded existing programs. Using small group discussion format, the afternoon will focus on the topics of garnering broad community support for a GME program, effectively using technology to deliver GME training and support, and developing GME partnerships for efficiency.

For more information, including the day’s agenda and online registration, visit: https://events.SignUp4.net/16WCMEW-GME-1115

This event is jointly presented by WCMEW and WCRGME. WCMEW is a multi-stakeholder organization whose purpose is to facilitate strategies to ensure an adequate supply of health care providers to meet the needs of Wisconsin citizens today and into the future. WCRGME was established to address the shortage of rural primary care physicians through the expansion of GME. It is a network of organizations developing and maintaining rural residency rotations, rural training track residency programs and rural fellowships.

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Grassroots Spotlight: Sen. Ringhand Joins Hospital Leaders in Janesville for WHA HEAT Roundtable

Hospital leaders from southern Wisconsin joined Sen. Janis Ringhand during a WHA HEAT Roundtable discussion hosted by Kerry Swanson at SSM Health-St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital September 22. Sen. Ringhand opened up the conversation by talking about the importance of providing coverage to those individuals who cannot afford access to care, especially for those living at or near the poverty line. WHA members talked about the benefits of coverage expansion in Wisconsin, which has resulted in lower charity care and bad debt, but has also resulted in additional Medicaid losses for Wisconsin hospitals and an even larger hidden health care tax on Wisconsin employers. Hospital leaders encouraged Ringhand to look at ways to increase Medicaid reimbursement for Wisconsin’s hospitals and physicians.

Hospital leaders also discussed the importance of training, recruiting and retaining high-quality health care providers in Wisconsin—especially through investments in residency training for physicians. Members thanked Ringhand for her support of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and gave examples of inefficiencies in the current licensing process that have caused delays for physicians who have been successfully recruited to Wisconsin from another state. In many instances, the Compact will help expedite the licensure process for physicians looking to practice in Wisconsin from another Compact state.

Ringhand also heard from several WHA members who expressed concerns with the idea of the state pursuing a self-funded arrangement for state employee health insurance coverage.



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WHA Webinar Series Highlights National Antitrust Trends, October 12 

On October 12, WHA’s Legal & Regulatory Webinar Series will feature “National Trends in Health Care Antitrust Litigation.” This webinar will explore health care antitrust trends emerging nationally, will discuss common antitrust mistakes related to business strategy, and will examine communication between parties and with regulators. The session will be presented by Tracey Klein and Jon Kramp of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren sc, a WHA corporate member, and special guest presenter Tasneem Chipty, PhD, of Matrix Economics.

Online registration for this session, as well as all other sessions scheduled as part of the Legal & Regulatory webinar series, can be found at https://events.SignUp4.net/16LegalSeries.

Other upcoming sessions include: 

There is no registration fee for webinars in this series, but pre-registration is required. The series is intended for WHA hospital and corporate members as a member benefit, and includes a range of topics, each presented by a representative of a WHA corporate member law firm. 

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Invite Your Rising Stars to WHA’s Emerging Leaders Conference, November 16

In the fall of 2014, WHA and the Wisconsin Healthcare Strategy Forum (WHSF) partnered to offer an important program aimed at emerging leaders in health care. That day, keynote speaker Jamie Orlikoff focused on the ‘new normal’ in health care and how consumers and employers were already forcing changes in both domestic and global health care markets.

This fall, WHA and WHSF are teaming up again to provide the next step in this exclusive education series focused on the role the next generation of health care leaders will play in effectively addressing current health care trends. This event, “Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities: A Future Leader’s Guide to Wisconsin Health Care,” scheduled November 16 in Madison, will feature Ryan Donohue and Kris Baird, both nationally respected experts in health care consumerism and the patient experience.

As a current Wisconsin health care leader, WHA encourages you to identify several “rising stars” in in your organization and personally encourage them to attend. Registration is now open at https://events.SignUp4.net/16TCTO-1116.

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Prepare Your Chargemaster for 2017 at WHA Seminar, December 9

On December 9, WHA is offering the popular one-day seminar “Preparing the Chargemaster for 2017” in Wisconsin Dells.

Presenter Glenda Schuler will lead attendees in an overview of all 2017 reporting requirement updates and CPT and HCPCS coding revisions. Schuler will focus on updating the chargemaster as well as on strategies for department staff education. This program has prior approval of the American Academy of Professional Coders for 5.5 continuing education units.

Chargemaster/APC coordinators, chief financial officers, controllers, decision support managers, office managers, compliance auditors, coding staff, pharmacy directors, material managers/purchasing directors, and other directors and managers responsible for the charge generation process are encouraged to attend this event. 

The full day’s agenda and online registration are available at https://events.SignUp4.net/Chargemaster-1209. For registration questions, contact Kayla Chatterton at 608-274-1820 or email kchatterton@wha.org.

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