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Health news headlines for November/December 2014. 

2015 WHA Advocacy Day is April 28



Each year, the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) Advocacy Day event grows both in number of attendees and in the impact made on our legislators in Madison. With 1,000 attendees from 100 hospitals/systems plus dozens of corporate member organizations, you can help make the 2015 Advocacy Day event a great success by marking your calendar now for Tuesday, April 28.

While WHA is still finalizing the line-up, the day will include top-notch speakers, an informative briefing on the hot legislative issues of the day and a chance to represent your hospital with a personal visit with your legislator or staff at the State Capitol.

Watch for additional information about Advocacy Day 2015 as it becomes available. Make sure you have an impact in Madison on April 28. Plan now for both you and your hospital team—including senior leaders, trustees and volunteers—to attend this important event.

For details, CLICK HERE.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield launch new plan

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield recently announced the launch of a new plan, Dual-Eligible Special Needs Medicare Plan (DSNP), in the Milwaukee area, including Kenosha, Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. According to the news report, the plan coordinates benefits for people who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

Five Wisconsin leaders named ‘CEOs to know’

Becker’s Hospital Review named 5 Wisconsin hospital and health system CEOs to its 2014 list of “130 nonprofit hospital and health system CEOs to know.” Selections were based on experience, involvement in communities and professional achievements.

The five recognized leaders are:

  1. Catherine Buck, president of Froedtert Hospital
  2. Steve Massey, president and CEO of Westfields Hospital and Clinic
  3. Ronald Sliwinski, president and CEO of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
  4. Jeffrey Thompson, CEO of Gundersen Lutheran Health System
  5. Nick Turkal, president and CEO of Aurora Health Care

For details, CLICK HERE.

So proud! State hospitals’ community outreach efforts total 1.7 billion

In 2013, Wisconsin hospitals provided $1.78 billion on programs that benefit the community, ranging from free care for those who are unable, to outreach activities related to health education, free screenings and community support groups.

To read more, CLICK HERE.

GRAPHIC: Insurance exchange to see modest rate increase

Wisconsin Health News reports that insurance premiums are slated to increase an average of 1 percent for 50-year-olds selctions the lowest cost silver plan in each county on Wisconsin’s federally facilitated health insurance exchange. But, rates vary from county to county.

To see the breakdown, CLICK HERE.

ALERT: What you need to know about Ebola

Get the latest outbreak information, employee education and other details as they become available at WHA.org. CLICK NOW.

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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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