April 15, 2016
Volume 60, Issue 15


GME Leaders from Georgia and Idaho to Headline WCMEW GME Summit, May 25

Two leaders in graduate medical education (GME) will be headlining the May 25 Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW) Statewide Summit on GME in Wisconsin Dells. Shelley Nuss, MD, dean of the Athens Campus, Medical College of Georgia, and Ted Epperley, MD, president/CEO, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, will highlight their efforts to meet the challenges of expanding GME in the rural areas of their states.

Wisconsin has also been innovative in rural GME development. Summit attendees will hear from a panel of health care organizations that have created or expanded GME programs using grants from the Department of Health Services (DHS). Four afternoon breakout sessions will focus on community engagement in GME, expanding GME in rural areas via rural training tracks, the use of distance learning and technology in learning, and what you need to know about DHS and WRPRAP grants.

Registration for WMCEW’s Statewide Summit on GME is now open. To register for this event, visit https://events.signup4.net/WCMEWPostGrad0525. Registration questions can be directed to Kayla Chatterton at kchatterton@wha.org or at 608-274-1820. 

This event is presented by the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW). 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.


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Register Now for WHA Symposium for Patient and Family-Centered Care and Engagement, May 20 

On May 20, WHA is offering members the rare opportunity to learn practical strategies of patient and family-centered care to enhance quality, safety and the experience of care directly from the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC). WHA’s Symposium for Patient and Family-Centered Care and Engagement will highlight three faculty from IPFCC, which is widely recognized as a leader in advancing the understanding and adoption of patient and family-centered care.

Registration for this special event is now open at https://events.SignUp4.net/16PFCCESymposium0520. Hospital managers, front-line nursing staff, nursing leaders, physicians, executive leaders, patient/family advisors and volunteers will benefit most from participating in this Symposium, and hospital staff are encouraged to attend as a team. 

The Symposium is scheduled May 20 at Glacier Canyon Lodge at The Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. There is a minimal registration fee to attend this Symposium, thanks to funding provided by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health. For questions about the Symposium’s content, contact Tom Kaster at tkaster@wha.org or 608-274-1820.

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New Legislator Profile: Rep. Terry Katsma (R - Oostburg)
Katsma hopes to ease regulatory burden on health care, decrease cost shifting from Medicaid


As a former banking executive, Rep. Terry Katsma is familiar with the burden that regulations can impose on an industry. He wanted to have in impact at the state level to reduce the regulatory burden on business owners and on hospitals. 

“My wife is a registered nurse, as is one daughter. My other daughter is a physician,” Katsma told Valued Voice Editor Mary Kay Grasmick in a recent interview. “I hear about their frustrations with paperwork, documentation and reimbursement.” 

Katsma supported the WHA-backed provision in the state budget that reauthorized funding for Wisconsin’s Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program and made it an ongoing appropriation.

“I am aware of cost shifting and the impact that has and the reallocation of resources that it requires,” he said. “I know we tried to address that with DSH, and the hospitals in my area benefitted, but I hope we can do more in the future.” 

On the issue of health care workforce shortages, Katsma said one of the proposals discussed during the last session was creating tax deductions for those health care professionals who stay in the state and practice. While his daughter wanted to practice medicine in a rural area in Wisconsin, Katsma recognizes that attracting physicians to rural areas is sometimes a heavy lift for communities. He is interested in looking at legislation that would encourage workforce development, but he is hesitant in supporting special tax exemptions. 

Katsma was a sponsor of the bill that allowed Wisconsin to participate in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, a move he said should help ease the shortage of physicians by speeding up the licensure process. He also recognized the efforts of the Medical College of Wisconsin to educate medical students in smaller urban areas and the value that has in immersing medical students into a rural community, where eventually it is hoped they would establish a medical practice.

Katsma was the lead author of legislation clarifying in state law that a physician is immune from civil and criminal liability for performing a court-ordered body cavity search. The legislation is modeled after the immunity statute that exists for health care providers when they perform a blood draw on behalf of law enforcement. WHA worked with Katsma to make it clear the bill does not require a health care provider to perform a body cavity search, but Katsma hopes the legislation will give health care providers additional protection who choose to assist law enforcement in these searches.

As a member of the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Katsma said the state has a role in raising awareness of the issue and providing some respite to caregivers. 

“Every person knows a friend or a family member who has struggled with dementia. I was a caregiver to my Grandmother, and I am very sensitive to this issue,” Katsma said. “I talk to people, and I hear their stories. We can’t solve Alzheimer’s, but we can raise awareness about it and help to create dementia-friendly communities. There are always limits to the state budget, but we can raise awareness of the issue.”

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Webinar Focuses on WI Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, April 27

As a part of the WHA Health Care Leader Opioid Initiative, WHA will present the fourth in a series of webinars aimed at tackling the opioid abuse and misuse issues in Wisconsin. The next webinar in the series will be “Navigating Wisconsin’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and Controlled Substances Board,” Wednesday, April 27, 2016, from 10:00-11:30 am. This webinar will be presented by Chad Zadrazil, director of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and executive director of the Controlled Substances Board, Department of Safety and Professional Services. For more information or to register for this upcoming event, visit: https://events.SignUp4.net/PDMP-CSB-Opioids

For more information on WHA’s Health Care Leader Opioid Initiative, contact WHA Vice President, Workforce and Clinical Practice Steven Rush at srush@wha.org.

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Help Promote WI Drug Take-Back Day April 30

More than 70 percent of the abused painkillers in our communities were obtained improperly from family members or friends. Many people have expired prescription drugs stored in their homes. 

April 30 is Wisconsin’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in this event. Wisconsin hospitals and health systems are encouraged to help promote their local “take-back” event. According to the Attorney General’s office, a record 22.35 tons of medications were collected at the event last fall. 

For more information and materials on Drug Take-Back Day, visit: http://doseofrealitywi.gov/drug-takeback. The page contains information and instructions on Drug Take Back, along with a link to a locator map that contains permanent locations at this time, but will include all the temporary Drug Take-Back Day locations a little closer to April 30.

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24th Annual $2,500 Rural Health Prize - June 1 Deadline

The Hermes Monato, Jr. Prize of $2,500 is awarded annually for the best rural health paper. It is open to all students of the University of Wisconsin (any campus) as well as those who have graduated since June 1, 2015.

Students are encouraged to write on a rural health topic for a regular class and then submit a copy to the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative as an entry by June 1, 2016.

Previous award winners as well as judging criteria and submission information are available at www.rwhc.com/Awards/AnnualMonatoEssay.aspx.

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Guest Column: Wisconsin Technology Council Helps Move Ideas to Market
By Tom Still, President, Wisconsin Technology Council


Health care and technology are intertwined in Wisconsin, where some of the nation’s best hospitals, clinics, providers and researchers touch tens of thousands of patients—present and future—every day.

Providing pathways for innovative ideas to be put into practice throughout the state’s health care industry is among the roles of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

Working with large organizations with thousands of employees as well as startups that may have no more than a handful of employees and a transformative idea, the Tech Council offers programming to bring ideas to the marketplace. Here are some of our platforms:

There are scores of examples of emerging health care companies that have engaged in Tech Council programs and conferences over its 15-year history.

One example that speaks directly to hospitals is Isomark, a Madison-based company that has developed a patented, non-invasive way to measure patient breath samples to detect infections before they rage out of control. With regulations and reimbursement rates increasingly tied to getting patients healthy—and keeping them so—companies such as Isomark can provide much-needed, cost-saving innovation.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Technology Council and its reach into the state’s diverse, tech-based economy, visit www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com.

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Grassroots Spotlight: Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Hosts Speaker Paul Ryan

During a home visit to his Congressional district, House Speaker Paul Ryan visited Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Child Advocacy Center, Walworth County. Located in Elkhorn, WI, the center provides a safe place for kids and families who may have been abused or witnessed violent acts, to get medical care. Children’s operates seven child advocacy centers and two medical satellite offices in Wisconsin, making it the largest hospital-based child advocacy center operator in the nation.

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Grassroots Spotlight: Reedsburg Area Medical Center Hosts Lt. Governor and Area Legislators 

Reedsburg Area Medical Center President/CEO Bob Van Meeteren hosted Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, State Sen. Howard Marklein and State Rep. Ed Brooks on a recent visit.

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ISG Advisors: Understanding Financial Planning Designations

When it comes to choosing a financial advisor, you should choose to work with an advisor you feel comfortable with, who understands your needs and, most importantly, one that you can trust. But these days it can be hard to know who has the real expertise.

Most people think financial planners are all the same; however, anyone can use the title “financial planner.” Only those who have fulfilled the certification and ongoing education of professional designations represent a high level of competency, ethics, and professionalism. 

Many people also don’t understand the basic differences among brokers, investment advisors, insurance agents, and financial planners—let alone the numerous designations that many financial advisors add to their titles. Here are three things to think about when evaluating a financial advisor’s designations:

The financial professionals at ISG Advisors have earned several designations through the American College and the College for Financial Planning by completing a series of courses and passing proctored exams. To maintain these designations, ISG’s account executives must meet stringent ethics requirements and participate in several hours of continuing education each year. Here’s what our designations mean to clients: Whether it’s budgeting, planning for retirement, saving for education, managing taxes and insurance coverage, or all the above, financial planning means much more than just investing. Working with professionals who have committed the time and resources to become experts in their field, who are held to rigorous ethical standards, and who understand all the complexities of the changing financial climate can bring all the financial pieces together and make objective, unbiased recommendations that are in the best interest of their client.

About ISG Advisors
As WHA’s Premier Partner, ISG Advisors goes above and beyond to help hospitals balance employee needs with the cost of employee benefits. Through strategic planning, professional services, and technology based solutions, ISG can help reduce benefit costs, increase efficiency, and improve employee satisfaction – bringing your employee benefits program to new heights in quality and performance. Learn more at www.isg-advisors.com/wha.html.

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