New WHA Legislative and Regulation Summaries on WHA Member Portal

December 28, 2017

WHA is adding new summaries of WHA priority bills that were recently enacted into law as well as a new regulatory update to the Act Summary section of the WHA Member’s Only portal. The new summaries include:

  • 2017 Act 135 – Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact 
  • 2017 Act 119 – Clarification to Wisconsin health care providers that DHS’s Medicaid program covers services prescribed or ordered by physicians and non-physicians alike when the order is made within the provider’s scope of practice
  • Regulatory Update – Status of Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) reporting under EHR Meaningful Use and MACRA/MIPS

The new regulatory update regarding CPOE is a result of discussions at the WHA Physician Leaders Council regarding physician time spent utilizing CPOE technology and confusion regarding regulatory requirements of CPOE usage under the meaningful use program. In short, the summary reviews the current treatment of CPOE under the meaningful use and MACRA/MIPS programs and explains that hospitals and physicians are no longer required to report CPOE in order to avoid Medicare penalties.

The summaries are for WHA members only and will not be generally available on the WHA website. The summaries are posted in the member’s portal, which is accessible by clicking the “WHA Member’s Only” icon located on the home page at Once in the WHA member portal, the summaries can be found in the dropdown menu under the “Legal Resources” tab. This section of is a secure location and requires a first-time user to obtain a username and password. If you do not have a member account, go to and click on “Register” to create an account. If you have questions about how to register, contact Tammy Hribar at or 608-274-1820.

This story originally appeared in the December 28, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter