October 26, 2012
Volume 56, Issue 43
MCW’s Community Medical Education Program Receives Enthusiastic Response
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) continues its development work to create a community medical education program in Wisconsin. According to MCW President/CEO John Raymond, MD, the Medical College is now in the process of choosing specific locations for classrooms and offices. Two areas—central Wisconsin and Green Bay—and eight specific sites within those two areas are under consideration.
Raymond told the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW) at their October 23 meeting in Madison that the idea of educating medical students on campuses that are located in more rural areas of the state has received an enthusiastic response from hospitals, health systems, and from the medical community.
WHA Senior Medical Advisor Chuck Shabino, MD pointed out that local physician engagement is critical. Raymond assured the group that physicians have voiced interest in and support for the idea of a community-based medical education program.
"Several of our senior leaders have met with physicians who are interested in teaching in the program," according to Raymond. "Many of the physicians point out to us that they are excited to teach students because it brings an entirely new dimension to their career."
Raymond said that in meetings with elected state representatives and senators, they have identified the project as a local economic development opportunity. The business community is equally excited, and in each community they have self-assembled support teams to assist MCW in making the expansion successful.
The MCW program creates an opportunity for collaboration with existing allied health programs and for inter-professional training with students in affiliated programs, such as nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, physician’s assistant and social work.
An expanded medical school is just the first step, however. Raymond emphasized the importance to create more opportunities for residencies in Wisconsin.
"Having an expanded medical school is one step in the continuum," Raymond said. "MCW would like to work with our WCMEW partners to identify a strong plan for expanded residency programs in Wisconsin."
WHA Senior Policy Advisor George Quinn outlined the WHA Board-approved work plan that identifies six areas that are critical in addressing the shortage of GME opportunities in Wisconsin. Quinn shared the work plan, developed with input from the WHA Board and members along with key stakeholders, which will:
WHA Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding said WHA will develop a strategic, consensus-building approach to advocacy for GME and the physician workforce issues that align with the Board-approved work plan. It is one of a handful of key issues that WHA has discussed with more than 70 candidates during visits over the past couple of months. He also said WHA is working with Wisconsin Health News to host a lunch program that will focus on the physician shortage and other workforce issues.
WCMEW member Nancy Sugden shared a Wisconsin Health Workforce Data Collaborative report that analyzed the 2011/12 physician workforce survey data. The study provides baseline information that is helpful in determining whether the current number of medical school graduates, the retention rate of Wisconsin graduates, and the rate of recruitment of U.S. medical school graduates and international graduates, if sustained, will be sufficient to replace retiring physicians and maintain the current population to physician ratio as the population increases. Sugden said the report emphasizes the importance of data collection, and she suggested that similar studies of physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and other health professionals will be necessary to understand how changes in the health care delivery system will influence the demand for physicians.
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On October 23, the WHA Medicaid Reengineering Group (MRG) held the second of three planned meetings. The group is tackling questions around Medicaid coverage in light of the Supreme Court’s decision that the Medicaid expansion is optional for states. The group is comprised of member CEOs and CFOs.
The meeting focused on understanding alternatives to the Medicaid program that might be available in 2014. One alternative for some could be subsidized coverage in a health insurance exchange. The MRG discussed the differences between Medicaid benefits and cost-sharing, and the potential benefits and cost-sharing that would be offered in the exchanges.
A second alternative is the Federal Basic Health Program. This is an optional program for states that was included in the health care reform law. Other states are considering whether to implement such a program, but some are holding off given the federal government has not yet issued regulations on the topic.
"It’s important that we try to understand the alternatives," said Nick Desien, CEO of Ministry Health and Chair of the MRG. "There are a lot of moving parts, and we need to consider what it means in terms of coverage expansion and what the impacts could be for providers and for the state."
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The 2012 Wisconsin Hospitals State PAC and Conduit campaign has raised $228,500 to date putting the campaign over 91 percent of the annual goal to raise $250,000 by year’s end. In the last two weeks, 26 additional individuals have participated putting the total number of contributors to the 2012 campaign at 371. This year-to-date total is also an increase of almost $44,000 ahead of last year’s pace, and $10,000 ahead of the 2010 record-setting campaign year.
Disbursements to candidate campaigns continue at a rapid pace during the last weeks before the election. So far in 2012, more than $220,000 has been disbursed to candidate campaigns from the Wisconsin Hospitals PAC and by individuals through their Wisconsin Hospitals Conduit accounts. That number will continue to grow in the remaining 12 days before the election.
Of the total contributors, 15 percent are members of the Platinum Club. Those 54 members have contributed $1,500 or more to the 2012 campaign and will be receiving a premium recognition item commemorating their membership next month. Thank you to all those 2012 contributors to date who are listed below. Contributors are listed alphabetically by contribution amount category. The next publication of the contributor list will be in the November 9 edition of The Valued Voice.
For more information, contact Jodi Bloch at 608-217-9508 or Jenny Boese at 608-274-1820.
|Contributors ranging from $1 to $499|
|Ambs, Kathleen||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Appleby, Jane||Aurora Health Care|
|Arendt, Kathleen||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Ashenhurst, Karla||Ministry Health Care|
|Bair, Barbara||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Beglinger, Joan||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Bell, Kristine||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Bernklau, Robert||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Bessen, Paulette||Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital|
|Biros, Marilyn||SSM Health Care-Wisconsin|
|Bliven, David||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Bosio, David||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Boson, Ann||Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital|
|Bowers, Laura||SSM Health Care-Wisconsin|
|Brenholt, Craig||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Brenton, Andrew||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Buettner, Susan||Aurora Health Care|
|Burgener, Jean||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Buss, Diane||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Bychinski, Paul||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Calhoun, William||Mercy Medical Center|
|Carlson, Peter||Aurora Psychiatric Hospital|
|Censky, Bill||Holy Family Memorial|
|Cieslak Duchek, Mary||Aurora Health Care|
|Clark, Julie||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Clesceri, Maryann||Aurora Health Care|
|Coil, Joseph||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Collins, Sherry||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Cox, Tamarah||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Culotta, Jennifer||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Cummings, Mike||Aurora Health Care|
|Dahl, James||Fort HealthCare|
|Dalebroux, Steve||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Danner, Forrest||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Davis, Leslie||Aurora Health Care|
|DeRosa, Jody||St. Mary's Janesville Hospital|
|Dettman, Amy||Bellin Hospital|
|Dietrich, Dean||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Dodd, Petra||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Drengler, Kathryn||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Drexler, Rochelle||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Dufek, Nancy||Memorial Medical Center - Ashland|
|Dux, Larry||Community Memorial Hospital|
|Elliott, Roger||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Entenmann, Kim||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Ericson, Allen||Froedtert Health St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Fabich, Robb||Aspirus, Inc.|
|Facey, Alice||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Fielding, Laura||Holy Family Memorial|
|Francaviglia, Stephen||Aurora Health Care|
|Freimund, Rooney||Bay Area Medical Center|
|Fuchs, Thomas||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Gajeski, Lynn||St. Vincent Hospital|
|Garavet, Scott||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Garibaldi, Isabelle||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints|
|Garvey, Gale||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Gates, John||Aurora Health Care|
|Giedd, Janice||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Govier, Mary||Holy Family Memorial|
|Grady, Raymond||Aurora Health Care|
|Granger, Lorna||ProHealth Care, Inc.|
|Gresham, James||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|Groskreutz, Kevin||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Grundstrom, David||Flambeau Hospital|
|Gulan, Maria||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Halida, Cheryl||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Hart, Daniel||Community Memorial Hospital|
|Hattem, Marita||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Hedrington, Brian||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Heinzen, James||Aurora Medical Center in Hartford|
|Hieb, Laura||Bellin Hospital|
|Hill, Nick||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Hinker, Jennifer||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Hinton, George||Aurora Sinai Medical Center|
|Hockers, Sara||Holy Family Memorial|
|Hoege, Beverly||Reedsburg Area Medical Center|
|Holub, Gregory||Ministry Door County Medical Center|
|Huber, Mark||Aurora Health Care|
|Hueller, Julie||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|Huemmer, Paul||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Irwin, Ron||Aurora Health Care|
|Jelle, Laura||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Jensema, Christine||HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division|
|Jensen, Russell||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Johnas, Nancy||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Johnson, Eric||ProHealth Care - Rehabilitation Hospital of WI|
|Johnson, George||Reedsburg Area Medical Center|
|Jones, Mary||Meriter Hospital|
|Jurenec, Anne||ProHealth Care - Rehabilitation Hospital of WI|
|Karow, Deborah||Ministry Health Care's Howard Young Medical Center|
|Karuschak, Michael||Amery Regional Medical Center|
|Keene, Kaaron||Memorial Health Center|
|Kelsey Foley, Kathy||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Kempen, Jacob||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Kepchar, Dennis||Ministry Health Care|
|King, Steve||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Kingston, Mary Beth||Aurora Health Care|
|Klay, Lois||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Klein, Richard||Aurora Health Care|
|Klein, Tim||Holy Family Memorial|
|Kleinschmidt, Sherry||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Koch, Doug||Aurora Health Care|
|Kocourek, Cathie||Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers|
|Konkel, John||Aurora Health Care|
|Koss, Gail||Aspirus, Inc.|
|Kowske, Steve||Aurora Health Care|
|Krause, Carolyn||Meriter Hospital|
|Krueger, Kari||St. Mary's Janesville Hospital|
|Lachecki, Therese||Memorial Medical Center - Ashland|
|Lambrecht, Randy||Aurora Health Care|
|Lampman, Sandra||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Larson, Teresa||ProHealth Care - Rehabilitation Hospital of WI|
|Larson, William||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Leonard, Mary Kay||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Lewandowski, Terri||Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital|
|Logemann, Tim||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Lucas, Roger||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Ludgin, Richard||Aurora Health Care|
|Lynch, Sue||Mayo Health System - Franciscan Healthcare|
|Marcouiller, Don||Memorial Medical Center - Ashland|
|Margan, Rob||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Markgraf, Janelle||Langlade Hospital - An Aspirus Partner|
|Mason, Paul||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints|
|Maurer, Mary||Holy Family Memorial|
|McMeans, Scott||Holy Family Memorial|
|Meicher, John||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Merrick, Marianne||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Mohr, Carol||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Moon-Mogush, Cindy||Aurora Health Care|
|Moss, Kenneth||Meriter Hospital|
|Murphy, Thomas||Aurora Health Care|
|Neeno, Joan||St. Mary's Janesville Hospital|
|Nelson, Dean||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Nevers, Rick||Aspirus, Inc.|
|Nguyen, Juliet||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Nicklaus, Todd||Aspirus, Inc.|
|Norbin Killoran, Carrie||Aurora Health Care|
|Norton, Marcella||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|O'Hara, Tiffanie||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Ojala, Theresa||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Olson, Bonnie||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Olson, Christine||Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha|
|Olson, David||Froedtert Health|
|Olson, Keri||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Ose, Peggy||Riverview Hospital Association|
|Peck, Lori||Memorial Health Center|
|Peiffer, Susan||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Pempek, Kalynn||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Penczykowski, James||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Pennebecker, Allen||Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital|
|Pirsig-Anderson, Jane||Aurora Health Care|
|Platt-Gibson, Melanie||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Prunty, Brian||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Quinn, George||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Reinke, Mary||Meriter Hospital|
|Reising, Chris||Aspirus, Inc.|
|Renneker, Jim||Aurora Sinai Medical Center|
|Reynolds, Kristen||Aurora Health Care|
|Richbourg, Mary||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Rocheleau, John||Bellin Hospital|
|Roethle, Linda||Bellin Hospital|
|Roundy, Ann||Columbus Community Hospital|
|Rozenfeld, Jonathan||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Rubenzer, Deanne||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Rudolph, Wade||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Rueber, Joel||Aspirus, Inc.|
|Samuelson, Bonnie||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Sanicola, Suzanne||Columbia St. Mary's Columbia Hospital|
|Saunaitis, Tamara||Meriter Hospital|
|Schaetzl, Ron||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Schneider, David||Langlade Hospital - An Aspirus Partner|
|Schraufnagel, Patricia||Memorial Medical Center - Ashland|
|Schuelke, Susan||Community Memorial Hospital|
|Schwartz, Mary||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Scinto, Jeanne||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Sczygelski, Sidney||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Sheehan, Heather||Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home|
|Sio, Tim||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints|
|Slomczewski, Constance||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints|
|Stapelfeldt, Kimberly||Aurora Medical Center in Hartford|
|Steevens, Alan||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Stelzer, Jason||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Stewart, Jeff||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Strasser, Kathy||Aspirus, Inc.|
|Strobel, Donald||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Sullivan, Anne||Memorial Medical Center - Ashland|
|Tapper, Joy||Milwaukee Health Care Partnership|
|Teigen, Seth||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Thornton, Eric||St. Mary's Janesville Hospital|
|Thurmer, DeAnn||Waupun Memorial Hospital|
|Tobin, Susan||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Turner, Sally||Aurora Health Care|
|Tuttle, Kathryn||Memorial Medical Center - Ashland|
|Voelker, Thomas||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Walker, Troy||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Wanless, Kathy||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Watts, Susan||St. Vincent Hospital|
|Wojciechowski, Gary||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Woleske, Chris||Bellin Psychiatric Center|
|Worrick, Gerald||Ministry Door County Medical Center|
|Wymelenberg, Tracy||Aurora Health Care|
|Wysocki, Scott||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Zaverl, Kimberly||Froedtert Health|
|Zeller, Brad||Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Nursing Home|
|Contributors ranging from $500 to $999|
|Arca, Marjorie||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Bard, Jeffrey||Aurora Health Care|
|Bonin, Christopher||Aurora Health Care|
|Brooks, Alenia||Aurora Health Care|
|Brophy, Michael||Aurora Health Care|
|Bukowski, Cathy||Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital|
|Buser, Kenneth||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints|
|Carlson, Dan||Bay Area Medical Center|
|Chess, Eva||Aurora Health Care|
|Chumbley, Bud||Aspirus, Inc.|
|Clough, Sheila||Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital|
|Dietsche, James||Bellin Hospital|
|Eckels, Timothy||Hospital Sisters Health System|
|Ewing, Thomas||Aurora Health Care|
|Fields, Mary||Aurora Health Care|
|Garcia-Thomas, Cristy||Aurora Health Care|
|Guffey, Kerra||Meriter Hospital|
|Hanson, Gail||Aurora Health Care|
|Hart, Shelly||Aurora Health Care|
|Heifetz, Michael||SSM Health Care-Wisconsin|
|Huettl, Patricia||Holy Family Memorial|
|Hyland, Carol||Agnesian HealthCare|
|Jacobson, Terry||St. Mary's Hospital of Superior|
|Joyner, Ken||Bay Area Medical Center|
|Just, Lisa||Aurora Medical Center in Hartford|
|Kellar, Richard||Aurora West Allis Medical Center|
|Kerwin, George||Bellin Hospital|
|Klimisch, Ronald||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Larson, Margaret||Mercy Medical Center|
|Lentz, Darrell||Aspirus, Inc.|
|Mantei, Mary Jo||Bay Area Medical Center|
|May, Carol||Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital|
|McDonald, Brian||Aurora Health Care|
|McKennie, Randall||Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center|
|McKevett, Timothy||Beloit Health System|
|McNally, Maureen||Froedtert Health|
|Miller, Jim||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Nelson, Dave||SSM Health Care-Wisconsin|
|Nelson, James||Fort HealthCare|
|Pollard, Dennis||Froedtert Health|
|Potts, Dennis||Aurora Health Care|
|Richards, Theresa||Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital|
|Rickelman, Debbie||WHA Information Center|
|Roberts, Paula||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Sale, Nora||Froedtert Health|
|Samitt, Craig||Dean Health|
|Selberg, Heidi||HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division|
|Shabino, Charles||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Simaras, James||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|Skowlund, Kathleen||Aurora Health Care-South Region|
|Statz, Darrell||Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative|
|Stuart, Philip||Tomah Memorial Hospital|
|Swanson, Kerry||St. Mary's Janesville Hospital|
|Talley, Barbara||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Taplin Statz, Linda||SSM Health Care-Wisconsin|
|Trenschel, Robert||Aurora Health Care|
|VanCourt, Bernie||Bay Area Medical Center|
|Wilk, Leonard||Aurora Medical Center in Grafton|
|Zenk, Ann||Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital|
|Zorbini, John||Aurora Health Care|
|Contributors ranging from $1,000 to $1,499|
|Anderson, Sandy||St. Clare Hospital & Health Services|
|Bablitch, Steve||Aurora Health Care|
|Bailet, Jeffrey||Aurora Health Care|
|Banaszynski, Gregory||Aurora Health Care|
|Bedwell, Elizabeth||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Britton, Gregory||Beloit Health System|
|Buck, Catherine||Froedtert Health|
|Byrne, Frank||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Court, Kelly||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Deich, Faye||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Edwards, Susan||ProHealth Care, Inc.|
|Falvey, Patrick||Aurora Health Care|
|Fischer, Edwin||Fort HealthCare|
|Francis, Jeff||Ministry Health Care|
|Frank, Jennifer||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Garcia, Dawn||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Gunn, Veronica||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Gutzeit, Michael||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Herzog, Mark||Holy Family Memorial|
|Hilt, Monica||Ministry Saint Mary's Hospital|
|Hymans, Daniel||Memorial Medical Center - Ashland|
|Johnson, Charles||St. Mary's Hospital|
|Kosanovich, John||Watertown Regional Medical Center|
|Lappin, Michael||Aurora Health Care|
|Loftus, Philip||Aurora Health Care|
|Martin, Jeff||Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital|
|Mattes, Dan||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|Mohorek, Ronald||Ministry Health Care|
|Niemer, Margaret||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Peterson, Douglas||Chippewa Valley Hospital|
|Radoszewski, Pat||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Reynolds, Sheila||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Ricci, Anthony||Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington|
|Robertstad, John||ProHealth Care - Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital|
|Roller, Rachel||Aurora Health Care|
|Runge, Charles||Froedtert Health|
|Russell, John||Columbus Community Hospital|
|Sanders, Robert||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Schafer, Michael||Spooner Health System|
|Tempelis, Eric||Gundersen Lutheran Health System|
|Uhing, Michael||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Westrick, Paul||Columbia St. Mary's Columbia Hospital|
|Wolf, Edward||Lakeview Medical Center|
|Contributors ranging from $1,500 to $1,999|
|Alig, Joanne||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Barney, Steven||SSM Health Care-Wisconsin|
|Bloch, Jodi||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Boese, Jennifer||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Canter, Richard||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|Clapp, Nicole||Grant Regional Health Center|
|Coffman, Joan||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Eichman, Cynthia||Ministry Our Lady of Victory Hospital|
|Geboy, Scott||Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman|
|Gorelick, Marc||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Grasmick, Mary Kay||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Hahn, Brad||Aurora Health Care|
|Harding, Edward||Bay Area Medical Center|
|Kammer, Peter||The Kammer Group|
|Lewis, Gordon||Burnett Medical Center|
|Maciver, Carolyn||Aurora Health Care|
|Meyer, Daniel||Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay|
|Natzke, Ryan||Marshfield Clinic|
|O'Brien, Mary||Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center|
|Postler-Slattery, Diane||Aspirus Wausau Hospital|
|Potter, Brian||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Stanford, Matthew||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Wallace, Michael||Fort HealthCare|
|Warmuth, Judith||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Contributors ranging from $2,000 to $2,999|
|Brenton, Mary E.|
|Desien, Nicholas||Ministry Health Care|
|Duncan, Robert||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Erwin, Duane||Aspirus, Inc.|
|Jacobson, Catherine||Froedtert Health|
|Kachelski, Joe||Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network|
|Kief, Brian||Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital|
|Leitch, Laura||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Levin, Jeremy||Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative|
|Little, Steven||Agnesian HealthCare|
|Manas, Julie||Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Merline, Paul||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Mettner, Michelle||Children's Hospital of Wisconsin|
|Neufelder, Daniel||Affinity Health System|
|Normington, Jeremy||Moundview Memorial Hospital & Clinics|
|Oliverio, John||Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare|
|Pandl, Therese||HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division|
|Sanders, Michael||Monroe Clinic|
|Sexton, William||Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital|
|Starmann-Harrison, Mary||Hospital Sisters Health System|
|Taylor, Mark||Columbia St. Mary's, Inc.|
|Woodward, James||Meriter Hospital|
|Contributors ranging from $3,000 to $4,999|
|Borgerding, Eric||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Fish, David||Hospital Sisters Health System|
|Turkal, Nick||Aurora Health Care|
|Contributors $5,000 and above|
|Brenton, Stephen||Wisconsin Hospital Association|
|Size, Tim||Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative|
|Tyre, Scott||Capitol Navigators, Inc|
CMS National Provider Call Features Physician Speaker
Top of page (10/26/12)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sponsored a National Provider Call on Thursday, October 25, 2012 featuring speaker Ginger Boyle, MD, CCS, CCD-P, practicing family physician in Spartanburg, South Carolina, faculty with the Spartanburg Family Medicine Residency Program, and an AHIMA certified coder. Boyle is also a physician advisor for the Spartanburg Regional Health System case management/utilization review, clinical documentation integrity, and documentation integrity programs.
Boyle explained how her health system is preparing for ICD-10 implementation from several dimensions including the Steering Committee, the Awareness and Education Committee, HIM Management and ICD-10 code-specific training, documentation improvement and integrity, operational implementation, testing and the transition.
"Physician education and buy-in are critical, and without it we will have a garbage in/garbage out scenario," Boyle said. "Physicians can be taught, they should focus on the good ICD-10 brings us, ICD-10 is not an oncoming train, and with a well-planned implementation, we can achieve smooth, sweet success," she added.
Topics covered by other speakers during the call were general ICD-10 requirements and CMS implementation planning, an update on national coverage determinations and ICD-10 and an update on ICD-10 and administrative simplification. The PowerPoint presentation from the call is available at: www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2012-10-25-ICD-10-Call.html. A transcript and audio will be available in the near future.
Top of page (10/26/12)
On October 26, close to 40 hospital constituents participated in WHA’s Telephone Town Hall with U.S. Representative Sean Duffy. And on October 29, 60 hospital constituents will meet personally with U.S. Senator Ron Johnson at WHA’s hospital listening session at Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc.
"Wisconsin health care providers have a great story to share with our elected officials about their commitment to high value care and better outcomes," said WHA President Steve Brenton. "WHA strongly believes that opportunities for hospital constituents to talk personally with Members of Congress are essential for moving health care forward in ways that do not continue to disadvantage high value states like ours."
WHA’s next Telephone Town Hall will be held November 13 and 15 and is entitled: "Post Election Analysis: What the Results Mean for Wisconsin Health Care." Featured presenters will be WHA President Steve Brenton and Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding, who will describe what the elections mean in terms of decisions to be made on Medicaid and health insurance exchanges as well as on Congressional activities during the lame duck session and beyond.
The WHA Hospital Listening Sessions along with Telephone Town Halls have been a mainstay over the past year as a means for WHA to educate and motivate hospitals on important issues. 2012 events held or scheduled to date include:
Additional events are in progress so watch The Valued Voice for details in the coming weeks and months. For questions, contact WHA’s Jenny Boese at email@example.com or 608-268-1816.
Top of page (10/26/12)
Two care transition workshops were recently held in Rice Lake and Viroqua with nearly 300 representatives attending from hospitals, public health agencies, nursing homes, aging units, aging and disability resource centers, assisted living facilities and home health care agencies.
The workshops brought representatives from the local "care continuum" together to discuss hospital readmission trends, identify best practices for preventing readmissions, and to examine potential collaborations that could be used to reduce readmissions.
Stephanie Sobczak, WHA manager of quality improvement, facilitated an exercise with the groups where the participants diagrammed their local system of care and then identified opportunities for improvement. It is helpful for care providers to take a systems view of their local care continuum before focusing on the details. This establishes a shared framework for problem solving on a bigger scale, according to Sobczak. Participants were encouraged to continue group meetings and move forward with their efforts to ensure smoother patient transitions in their communities.
"The real benefit of these events was to establish new relationships among care providers so they can come together to improve communication and processes related to transferring patients from the hospital to other sites of care," according Sobczak. Plans are underway to determine the level of interest for additional workshops.
The workshops were sponsored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, MetaStar and several other key stakeholders representing long-term care and community organizations. These groups are all members of the Wisconsin Transition of Care Steering Committee, of which WHA is one of the founding members, and they share a commitment to facilitating work at the local level.
Top of page (10/26/12)
Over the past week State Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) visited several of the hospitals he now represents due to legislative redistricting. Those visits included Beloit Health System and Fort Healthcare in Fort Atkinson.
During his time at both hospitals, Sen. Kedzie was able to talk and learn from each hospital’s respective senior leadership about their commitment to the community, recent innovative initiatives as well as health care issues of importance.
In addition, Sen. Kedzie was able to tour both facilities and see firsthand how each hospital is committed to providing high-quality, high-value care.
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Tom Kaster, WHA quality improvement advisor, recently visited three hospitals participating in WHA’s Partners for Patients quality initiative.
Kaster’s visits included Tomah Memorial Hospital, Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Whitehall, and St. Joseph’s Community Health Services in Hillsboro. All three hospitals have improvement leaders that are participants in the HRET Improvement Fellowship.
"It is very obvious their involvement in the fellowship has given them an advantage to bring IHI’s model for improvement back to their facilities and initiate outstanding quality improvement projects. It is easy to see that these leaders understand how to build great improvement teams that can drive rapid improvement through small tests of change," said Kaster.
Tomah Memorial Hospital, Tomah
While at Tomah Memorial Hospital, Kaster met with a group of department leads, nurse managers and front line staff to present a general overview of Partners for Patients in our state. Tomah is actively working on the OB Adverse Events, CAUTI and Surgical Site Infections Partners for Patients initiatives. They talked about their progress on each initiative and what next steps they will be taking to further improve the culture of safety and quality of care at their facility. In addition, a group of front line staff and nurse leaders recently returned from the WHA Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) event and were brimming with excitement and positive energy about how they were going to work to improve outcomes in their hospital.
Overall, Tomah is extremely engaged, excited and focused on quality improvement. They are well positioned to continue to drive positive change and improve patient care throughout their organization.
Tri-County Memorial Hospital, Whitehall
Kaster met with both the falls reduction team and the readmissions improvement team at Tri County Memorial Hospital. They have made good progress in the Falls Reduction Initiative. In regards to their readmissions progress, they have been making great strides utilizing small tests of change. Fortunately, Tri-County Memorial’s Readmission team includes a member from their adjoining nursing home. This connection is providing them with valuable insight on how they can better coordinate care between the hospital and nursing home, which in turn has proven to reduce readmissions.
St Joseph’s Community Health Services, Hillsboro
St Joseph’s Community Health Services has been extremely active in their two WHA Partners for Patients Initiatives. Kaster had the opportunity to present on using small tests of change to test multiple interventions and drive rapid improvement, as well as strategies for displaying and interpreting data.
It was exciting to hear they have had success with implementing several great interventions, but are not satisfied with stopping there. They already had plans to launch additional evidence-based practices that are proven to reduce readmissions and falls.
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Partners of WHA Announce "Best of the Best" Awards
The Partners of WHA has named Faye Deich, chief operating officer at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, and Jon Rozenfeld, former chief operating officer and executive vice president of St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, as their 2012 Best of the Best Administrative Award recipients. Each year, the Partners of WHA Best of the Best Administrative Award recognizes an on-site hospital executive who demonstrates a cooperative, supportive, enthusiastic, and well-defined relationship with his or her volunteer organization. Both awards were presented October 7 at the Partners of WHA Annual Convention in Madison.
Deich was nominated for this award by the Volunteer Partners of Sacred Heart Hospital. In nominating her, the Volunteer Partners indicated, "Our administrator is very vocal about the fact that our volunteers are an integral part of our mission. They bring something extremely valuable: themselves. Their service brings cheer and gentle assistance to many in need."
Rozenfeld was nominated for the 2012 award by the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary members. In nominating him, the members stated, "Our administrator is an enthusiastic ambassador for the volunteers and Auxiliary members. (He) recognizes and takes seriously our role, motivation and overall success. Our administrator leads by example and is a role model for all administrators, staff, volunteers, and community leaders."
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Partners of WHA, the statewide hospital volunteer organization, celebrated hospital volunteerism and recognized volunteer excellence at its state convention October 16-18 in Madison. More than 350 Partner’s members attended the conference.
The convention featured a hospital CEO panel discussion on health reform, access to health care and rising health care costs. The panel, moderated by WHA Executive Vice President Eric Borgerding, included WHA member CEOs Sandy Anderson of St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo; Terry Brenny of Stoughton Hospital; Frank Byrne, MD, of St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison; and Dan Neufelder of Ministry Health Care and Affinity Health System.
Partners of WHA also awarded their annual Wisconsin Award for Volunteer Excellence (WAVE Award) to four volunteer member organizations, honoring outstanding programs in the categories of community service programs, fundraising, in-service hospital volunteer programs, and community outreach/collaboration.
The 2012 WAVE Award recipients were:
Volunteers of UW Health Partners-Watertown Regional Medical Center: Safety Center
Safety Center offers a variety of child safety products with volunteers trained to answer questions and properly fit helmets. Volunteers present at community events each year, bringing car seats, helmets and smoke detectors to ensure people know how to use them and where to find the Safety Center. They also provide sleep sacks to each baby born at the hospital and have established a fund for needy families who can’t afford car seats.
St. Vincent Hospital Auxiliary: The HEAL Program (Helping Elevate thru Art & Love)
The HEAL Program gives ill children a way to communicate, express and understand their feelings through art and interaction with a therapy dog. Participants paint two pictures on canvas with the help of a volunteer art therapist and her dog. The children keep one painting and the other is displayed in the annual art show and sold, with the proceeds benefiting HEAL and the hospital’s Child Life program.
Partners of Stoughton Hospital: Dancing With the Stoughton Stars
Nearly 70 volunteers were needed to make this event successful, from the dancers, judges and instructors to the ticket sellers, greeters, and ushers. Six dancer couples from all areas of the community committed to securing sponsorships, dance lessons and costumes. More than 600 people attended the event and net proceeds of over $23,000 were raised to assist with the purchase of a digital medical imaging archiving system for Stoughton Hospital.
Partners of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls: Lake Wissota "Last Chance on the Lake"
This event is an effort to provide outdoor activity to the community in the winter months, promote fitness and healthy fellowship to all ages, and broaden the Partners support base in the community by collaborating with outside groups with similar goals. They offer a 10K and 30K ski course, a classic 10K course, a 10K snowshoe course and a children’s race.
Founded in 1951 as Wisconsin Hospital Association Auxiliaries, Partners of WHA, Inc. emphasizes volunteer service and participation in grassroots advocacy, public policy and community health education, and health career programs for Wisconsin hospitals. Additionally, Partners promotes leadership development offering resources and educational seminars to local hospital volunteer and auxiliary groups, and shares information on successful community health education initiatives, advocacy and fundraising activities and trends on volunteerism through a variety of channels, including its quarterly newsletter, Reaching Out. More information can be found at www.partnersofwha.org.
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Fear of a bill should never prevent a patient from seeking care at a Wisconsin hospital. Wisconsin hospital charity care programs provided $232 million to more than 700 patients each day last year. The stories that follow illustrate the deep commitment and continuing concern that hospitals have to their patients to ensure they receive the care they need regardless of their ability to pay.
Wheaton Franciscan provides emotional healing for patient
After decades of on and off heart issues, Chris Maurer found himself with more health complications – kidney cancer. The 62-year-old always managed the medical expenses from his surgeries and hospital visits with private health insurance from his employer. But with the economic downturn, Chris lost his job and his insurance after working 40 years in consumer finance in the automotive industry.
Chris remained on his insurance plan for a time through COBRA, but after exhausting his savings and assets, he could no longer afford the premiums. Without health insurance to cover his medical bills, Chris began to lose hope as his health problems increased in severity.
"I had private health insurance for years, and I always took care of myself. I was faced with a situation that I didn’t know how to handle," said Chris. "I found myself with the daunting task of asking, ‘Where do I go? Who do I turn to?’"
In early 2012, as Chris was being treated at Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial for both heart and kidney complications, he was approached by Cris Liebhauser, the Wheaton Franciscan Financial Counselor. Not only did she help Chris apply for Wheaton’s Community Care Program, but she also connected him with resources to pursue coverage through Medicaid and Medicare due to his severe kidney condition.
"Wheaton’s timing couldn’t have been any better. You can really shut down in dealing with everything when you realize what you are going through and the possibility that things can get worse," said Chris.
Chris met criteria to receive free care from Wheaton to cover his IV treatments for anemia and other services. While he hopes to eventually have government insurance, Wheaton will pay for tens of thousands of dollars in uncovered costs for the kidney dialysis Chris requires.
After his financial counseling sessions and qualifying for Wheaton’s Community Care program, Chris began to feel less anxious and stressed in a time of uncertainty.
"So much of healing is related to your emotional state. It really impacts your immune system. Having support from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare was a huge load of my shoulders," said Chris.
Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial, Brookfield
Cancer does not discriminate
Lung cancer does not discriminate by age or gender. Each year in the United States, lung cancer in non-smokers affects more people than AIDS.
Yet it was the startling discovery for a young newlywed couple beginning their life together to be told of a diagnosis of lung cancer. While both had full-time jobs, the wife had minimal health insurance coverage and the husband was uninsured.
The wife, 23 years old, was rushed into the Emergency Department at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha with severe pain throughout her body. After a biopsy was performed, she was apprised of her diagnosis and the treatment that would be needed.
When the young couple met with a financial counselor to discuss payment options, they learned about Aurora’s Helping Hand program. An Aurora financial counselor assisted them in completing the application. We can only imagine their relief when they learned that the patient qualified for a 100 percent discount for the care and treatment she would need.
Aurora Medical Center Kenosha
Team of hope
According to the American Cancer Society, one in two American men and one in three American women will develop cancer in their lifetimes. Each year, as a means of helping the millions of people whose lives are by touched by cancer, Memorial Health Center participates in the American Cancer Society’s Walk/Run of Taylor County.
In 2011, Memorial Health Center’s Team of Hope raised more than $3,000 for the American Cancer Society. This total was enough to put the team in first place among the 22 fundraising teams. Overall, the event raised $20,646.96 to help fund cancer research and the American Cancer Society programs that benefit people facing cancer.
This year’s Team of Hope was made up of more than 60 Memorial Health Center and Aspirus VNA Medford staff members, their family and friends.
Memorial Health Center (An Aspirus Partner), Medford
Janesville Jets Team up with Mercy Health System to Fight Cancer
Mercy Health System’s "Paint the Rink Pink" event with the Janesville Jets helped raised awareness of and generated funds for cancer treatment. The event was held October 19 and October 20 when the Janesville Jets played the Coulee Region Chill in support of cancer awareness. The event was also sponsored by Bliss Communications, the Janesville Gazette and WCLO. After both games, the Jets will held a live auction of the specialty pink jerseys the players wore with net proceeds being donated to the Mercy Foundation with funds earmarked for the Mercy Regional Cancer Center. Mercy Health System handed out pink thundersticks each night and provided cancer awareness literature.
Mercy Health System, Janesville
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