March 11, 2016
Volume 60, Issue 10

Governor Walker Confirmed as 2016 Advocacy Day Luncheon Keynote 
Early bird registration winners announced

Gov. Scott Walker is confirmed as the luncheon keynote speaker at WHA’s 2016 Advocacy Day March 30 at the Monona Terrace in Madison. We are in the final weeks before Advocacy Day. You won’t want to miss this event, so make sure you and your hospital contingents are registered. Register at:

“Each year Advocacy Day attendees appreciate hearing directly from the sitting Governor regarding a vision for Wisconsin’s health care future,” said WHA President/ CEO Eric Borgerding. “Continuing that tradition, we are pleased to announce Governor Walker will be our luncheon keynote March 30.”

Attendees will also hear a morning keynote from American Hospital Association President/CEO Rick Pollack. He will share the latest from our nation’s capital in Washington, DC. Following Pollack, the legislative leaders panel will provide insight into what’s happening in the state capitol in Madison. Confirmed panelists include: Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield), Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) and Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha). Then it’s off to the state capitol for legislative meetings—the most important part of the day. 

This year WHA held a fun prize drawing for individuals who registered before 12:00 a.m. March 4. Of the 751 people included in our drawing, the following 10 were drawn as winners. If your name is listed below, watch for your prize in the mail at the address you registered with for Advocacy Day. Advocacy Day is one of the best ways hospital advocates can make an important, visible impact in the state capitol. Register now at For Advocacy Day questions, contact Jenny Boese at or 608-268-1816. For registration questions, contact Jenna Hanson at or 608-274-1820.

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Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center: March is Traumatic Brain Injury Month

According to the Brain Injury Association of American, more than 2.5 million people in the United States sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. More than 1 million more people experience strokes and other acquired brain injuries. At least 5.3 million Americans live with TBI-related disabilities. 

In Wisconsin, 17,879 patients were seen in the ER with traumatic brain injuries, while 5,561 were admitted and treated in the hospital. 

The causes of TBI are diverse, but the three leading causes are car accidents, firearms and falls. Firearm injuries are often fatal; 9 out of 10 people die from their injuries. Young adults and the elderly are at the highest risk for TBI.

Data provided by the WHAIC ( The WHA Information Center is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.

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Attorney General Schimel Confirmed to Keynote WHA Community Health Summit

Attorney General Brad Schimel is committed to doing what he can in partnership with other stakeholders to prevent heroin use and opioid abuse in the state of Wisconsin. He also knows the power of the community health needs assessment (CHNA) process to identify existing and emerging health issues and then bring the right partners to the table to address them and improve the health of residents. 

As district attorney in Waukesha County prior to his role now as the state’s attorney general, Schimel participated in ProHealth Care’s CHNA. That process gave him the opportunity to talk to physicians to describe what he saw at that time as a growing problem with the use of opioids in the community. 

Fast forward to today, and Attorney General Schimel is at the forefront of a statewide campaign, “Dose of Reality” aimed at improving the health and lives of those who suffer from heroin or opiate addiction and to prevent others from this terrible disease.

WHA is pleased to announce Schimel will keynote the WHA Community Benefit/Population Health Summit May 5 in Madison at the Sheraton Madison Hotel. This conference is aimed at helping staff within Wisconsin’s hospitals and health systems develop and implement plans that will improve the health of all Wisconsinites.

The Wisconsin Hospital Association has made it a priority to help hospitals and health systems meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act related to Schedule H and the CHNA planning and implementation process. The Summit on May 5 will feature state and national experts who will share their expertise in the areas of compliance, the CHNA process and best practices. 

Topics and speakers in addition to the Attorney General include:

    “Creating and Sustaining Local Partnerships that Improve Community Health”
    Karen Timberlake, Director, UW Population Health Institute
    “Wisconsin State Health Plan: Working Together Toward a Healthier State”
    Karen McKeown, RN, MSN, State Health Officer and Administrator of Public Health

    “Building Collaborative Relations Across County Lines”
    Kevin Stanberg, Director of Public Relations, Memorial Medical Center, Ashland

    “Get on the Bus: From CHNA to Action!”
    Paula Morgen, Community Health Manager, ThedaCare
    Kurt Eggebrecht, Director and Public Health Officer, Appleton Health Department

    “Schedule H, CHNAs and Implementation Plans: An Update on Collection and Reporting Requirements”
    Trina Hackensmith, Vice President, Lyon Software

    “WHA Update: Collecting and Reporting Community Benefits”
    Jenna Hanson, WHA Community Benefits Liaison
    Mary Kay Grasmick, WHA Vice President, Communications

WHA members are encouraged to invite public and community health partners and participate in this Summit as a team. The fee for the Summit is $150. A small room block is available at the Sheraton Madison Hotel. Call 608-251-2300 to make a reservation. Registration information is available at:

For questions about the Summit, contact Mary Kay Grasmick at Direct registration questions to Kayla Chatterton at

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Board of Nursing Approves Updates to APNP Rule 

The Wisconsin Board of Nursing (BON) heard testimony and took action to approve a proposed rule March 10 that updates N 8, the regulatory chapter that defines and directs the practice of advance practice nurse prescribers (APNPs) in the state of Wisconsin. 

As previously reported in The Valued Voice, several changes to the existing rule are being proposed by the BON, such as updating education requirements and prescription permissions for APNPs, but the testimony and discussion at the March 10 hearing centered primarily on the collaborative relationship requirement between an APNP and physician in the current rule. The proposed rule adopted unanimously by the BON largely maintains the existing rule language regarding the collaborative relationship requirement. 

“WHA would like to thank the Board of Nursing for including us and other key stakeholders in these rule discussions that are occurring at an important time in the evolution of care delivery,” wrote Steven Rush, WHA vice president, workforce and clinical practice, in testimony provided to the Board March 10 regarding the proposed rule. “A critical component of the evolution of care delivery is the emergence and use of ‘team-based care’ models that focus on coordinated and patient-centered care that leverage the individual and shared contribution each member brings to the team. A cornerstone of this model of care and a transformed health system is a new level of collaboration across the health professions, including physicians, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, pharmacists and others. The collaboration provisions currently provided in N 8 are consistent with and encourage the team-based care collaborative approach to patient care.” 

For several months, WHA and other stakeholders engaged in multiple BON committee and board meetings as the rule was developed and debated. Responding to those who testified in opposition to maintaining an APNP-physician collaboration relationship, BON Chair Jeff Miller acknowledged the hard work of the Board in balancing the needs and perspectives of all groups and said that preservation of collaboration in the rule best reflected “current health care needs and practices.”

The rule will now receive final review by the Governor and legislative committees, and may be published as a final rule within the next two or three months.

Further questions should be directed to Steven Rush at or 608-274-1820.

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American Hospital Association Annual Meeting 
May 1-4 in Washington, DC 

The American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Meeting will be held May 1-4 in Washington, DC. The AHA Annual Meeting provides programming and networking opportunities. In addition, WHA will host several Wisconsin member events during this meeting. Those WHA events include a luncheon issues briefing, a members-only dinner and scheduled Hill visits with Wisconsin’s Members of Congress.

Every year Wisconsin hospital leaders provide essential insight to their Members of Congress during our visits on Capitol Hill. WHA briefs attendees on issues and facilitates all Hill meetings on your behalf. WHA encourages you to participate in this important portion of the trip. 

If you are planning to be in Washington for this event, contact Jenny Boese, WHA vice president, federal affairs & advocacy, at or 608-268-1816 for details about WHA’s member events. 

For more details or to register for the AHA Annual Meeting, go to:

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WHA Member Forum: Health Care Leader Opioid Initiative Webinar Series

Register today for one of the three upcoming webinars:

There is no fee for WHA hospital and corporate members to participate in any of these WHA Member Forum webinars, but pre-registration is required.

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DHS/DQA 2016 Hospital Conference, May 12

On May 12, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) are hosting the 2016 Hospital Conference at Glacier Canyon Lodge at The Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The agenda includes a wide variety of hospital-related topics and is designed for hospital staff and DQA surveyors. The full conference agenda and online registration are available at: For questions about this event, contact Leann Graffin at or at 608-267-1438.

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