5 statewide health headlines for June

2014-June-Headlines

Wisconsin getting Healthy Brain Initiative funding

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors awarded Wisconsin a one-year, $50,000 grant to build dementia-friendly communities, as announced by Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades at a Wisconsin Health News briefing in early June.

The goal of the grant, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is to address the state’s growing need to care for people with dementia. The state will use the funding to create partnerships and collect best-practice information on local, dementia-friendly community initiatives. To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

CMS rates ICD-10 test week as ‘successful’

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) accepted 89% of test claims from a representative sample of health care providers, clearinghouses and others during ICD-10 test week in March. CMS said the March test did not identify any issues with ICD-10 claims processing by the Medicare fee-for-service system, noting that many testers intentionally included errors to ensure those claims would be rejected. To read more, CLICK HERE.

Event touts state’s high quality healthcare

The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) touted the high quality and value of healthcare in the state and emphasized the organization’s ongoing initiatives during a briefing at the Capitol on June 3. Kelly Court, WHA’s chief quality officer, said Wisconsin has seen significant improvements in infection reduction the past three years, including a 42 percent drop in central line-associated blood stream infections, a decline in catheter-associated urinary tract infections by one-third and 78 percent fewer early elective deliveries. Over the past two years, Court said all of the quality initiatives WHA has engaged in amount to $46 million in savings and improved care for close to 4,500 patients. To read more, CLICK HERE. 

Five Wisco health systems highlight strong financials

Nearly a quarter of hospitals and health systems recently highlighted by Becker’s Hospital Review for having strong financials have Wisconsin ties. Becker’s 21-provider list includes three acute-care hospitals or health systems in Wisconsin and two systems with hospitals in the state. The listing is based off recent reports from Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Rating Service. The providers with Wisconsin ties making the list are:

  • Mayo Clinic
  • UnityPoint Health
  • Upland Hills Health
  • ThedaCare
  • Agnesian HealthCare

For more information, CLICK HERE. 

INFORGAPHIC: 8 specialties with happiest physicians

According to Medscape’s Physician Lifestyle Report, one of the top medical specialties with the happiest physicians at their jobs is dermatology. To see the infographic, CLICK HERE.

This post was written and researched by Trish Skram. If you have other news, resources or links to share, please comment below or email Trish Skram, blogger and research content specialist for WHPRMS, at trishskram@gmail.com.

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