Every few years someone in state government laments, “We need a better brand for Wisconsin!” Cabinet secretaries scurry about, agency communications directors scratch their heads over possible slogans, and marketing campaigns go largely unfunded.
Here’s an idea: Let’s talk about Wisconsin’s tangible business assets without making it all about tourism and cheese (as much as Badger state loyalists value both).
One such asset is quality health care, a commodity largely taken for granted inside Wisconsin and largely unknown to people and companies who may be thinking of moving or expanding here.
WHA report says team-based care will help address workforce gaps, while innovation, technology change how care is delivered
MADISON (November 2, 2017) ——- Hospitals and health systems are not immune to the workforce struggles all employers are facing as the number of available workers continues to decline and baby boomers retire. That leaves positions that require experienced professionals difficult to fill in hospital intensive care units, operating rooms and highly specialized care units, such as oncology and surgery.
“Employers will need strategies, such as flexible or shorter shifts, less physical work and ‘as needed’ positions to keep the boomers, with all their experience, working a few years longer,” according to Ann Zenk, Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) vice president, workforce and clinical practice.
Wisconsin is a national leader in health care transparency, being one of the first states in the nation to develop online resources to voluntarily share information that will help consumers compare hospital charges. On October 10, WHA announced the release of its newest version of PricePoint (www.wipricepoint.org), an online resource that allows consumers to compare hospital-specific charges and other financial data associated with the care provided for a particular procedure or condition in Wisconsin hospitals and Medicare-certified ambulatory surgery centers. (See Infographic here.) .
WHA members explain how they improve care, reduce costs, improve patient outcomes
Three innovative programs that are improving patient care and reducing health care costs in Wisconsin were shared at a briefing hosted by WHA in the State Capitol September 14.
By: Tom Still | Wisconsin State Journal | August 25, 2017
In the same week when Wisconsin’s overall health-care quality was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the federal agency that tracks such data, the state Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council came up with a solution in search of a problem.
MADISON, WI (August 22, 2017) —- Wisconsin is the top state in the nation for health care with the highest overall health care quality score among all 50 states, according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The ranking is based on Wisconsin’s performance across more than 130 statistical measures that AHRQ uses to evaluate health care performance.
By: GOBanking Rates | Huffington Post | January 20, 2017
Health insurance costs are up for 2016. Monthly premiums for the most popular plans offered on Affordable Care Act state exchanges in 2016 are 10.1 percent higher on average than they were in 2015, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
WHA CEO calls on Congress to act now to stabilize insurance markets and preserve Wisconsin coverage gains
MADISON, WI (August 9, 2017) —- As uncertainty grips health insurance markets throughout the country, people across Wisconsin who buy their insurance through the exchange marketplace could see fewer choices in 2018.
MADISON, WI (July 25, 2017) —- As the Senate moves forward with the debate on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), Wisconsin Hospital Association President/CEO Eric Borgerding reiterated his organization’s position that any proposal repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must ensure access to affordable care and treat Wisconsin’s Medicaid program fairly.
MADISON (July 20, 2017) —–Wisconsin’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) were recognized as the best in the nation by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for outstanding quality performance. The ranking is based on participation and achievement on the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP). Wisconsin CAHS achieved the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement in the country over the past year. CAHs are hospitals with fewer than 25 beds that provide essential services in rural areas. There are 58 CAHs in Wisconsin.
WHA analysis says federal reform bills should include sufficient funding, allow flexibility for states, and not penalize Wisconsin
MADISON (July 13, 2017) —-As concerns about the sustainability of the individual insurance market continue to mount, high risk pools, if properly structured, funded, and focused on preserving coverage for individuals with higher cost chronic conditions, can help bring relative stability to the individual insurance market.
Even if required benefits are trimmed in the next version of the American Health Care Act, the employer market is not likely to react soon. Employers do need to brace for more price sensitivity, however.
On March 21, 2017, Senior Producer Steve Walters discusses the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the replacement called the American Health Care Act with Eric Borgerding, CEO of the Wisconsin Hospital Association at the WisconsinEye studios in Madison, WI.
MADISON (March 17, 2017) —– A newly released scorecard by the Commonwealth Fund ranked Wisconsin the 11th best state in the country based on health system performance, with several communities here ranking in the top-quintile nationally.
The Scorecard ranks every state and the District of Columbia across five broad areas: health care access, prevention and treatment, avoidable hospital use and cost, healthy lives and equity. Wisconsin ranked in the top or second quartile in 35 of the 44 measures that were used in the ranking.
Wisconsin hospitals continue to make significant progress to improve the quality of patient care by lowering some infection rates by nearly 60 percent and reducing hospital readmission rates according to a new report released March 2 by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA).
“Wisconsin is consistently among the best states in the country in patient care quality rankings, and that serves to inspire us to do better and to sustain the progress we have already made,” according to WHA Chief Quality Officer Kelly Court. “We are on the right road, but we still have a way to go to ensure every patient receives the best care possible every time.” Read more…
After six years of upheaval and realignment in health care, the 2016 election has, again, left many asking “What’s next?”
The immediate answer seems certain with the coming inauguration of a president who will sign a repeal of Obamacare. The real uncertainty, the real high stakes, comes in the “when” and “how” Obamacare is replaced.
WHA members work with employers to improve employee health, increase productivity
The Wisconsin Hospital Association reached more than 2,800 employers with a direct mail piece aimed at building awareness of Wisconsin’s high-value health care. In a letter to the state’s business leaders, WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding said it is anything but “business as usual” in Wisconsin hospitals and health systems as they focus on delivering “superior outcomes, while technology and innovation are improving care.”
New WHA/WisEye video highlights how employers and health care providers are working to make Wisconsin a healthier state
MADISON (September 2, 2016) —– Wisconsin hospitals and health systems are partnering with local employers to make health care more accessible and convenient for employees, with an even bigger goal in mind: creating healthier communities.
What keeps people healthy and productive? How is disease prevented? And most importantly, why should employers care about those questions?
MADISON (July 22, 2016) —– A newly released report by the Commonwealth Fund placed Wisconsin among the best states for local health system performance, with several communities here ranking in the top-quintile nationally. http://www.commonwealthfund.org/interactives/2016/jul/local-scorecard/
Has ranked in the top 4 states 9 of the last 10 years
MADISON (July 22, 2016) —- Wisconsin continued to hold its place as one the best states in the nation based on the quality of its health care.
New WHA/WisEye video highlights Wisconsin’s rural health care delivery system
MADISON (July 8, 2016) —– Access to high-quality health care close to home is one of the assets Wisconsin employers value and patients across the state appreciate. In fact, a recent study by financial firm, Smart Assets, found Wisconsin is the sixth best state for health care access. For employers, that means employees can schedule routine medical appointments locally and reduce the amount of time they are off work.
MADISON (March 3, 2016) – Wisconsin hospitals’ efforts to improve quality are resulting in
better patient care, lowering health care costs and saving lives.
Patients traveling to WI for care generate well over $3 billion in economic activity, support more than 6,400 hospital jobs
Gov. Scott Walker touts Wisconsin’s high-quality health care at WHA’s 2015 Advocacy Day.