VIDEO: 4 must-see health headlines

Each month, in addition to marketing and communications posts, we explore new issues impacting Wisconsin’s hospitals and health systems. In partnership and orientation with the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), this blog features headlines and hot button issues concerning Wisconsin hospitals, clinics and organizations. Here, you’ll read and watch videos about new legislation, hospital measurement and performance initiatives and the tools and resources you need to understand and manage today’s current, complex and controversial health care issues.

If you have other news to share, please comment below or email Trish Skram, blogger and research content specialist for WHPRMS, at

VIDEO: I sat down with Eric Borgerding, executive vice president of WHA, to discuss what health care executives and marketers need to know about health care reform.

Other facts to know about the new health care insurance exchange:

  • About 92,000 people will be transitioned from the Medicaid program to the exchanges starting January, 1 2014. They received a letter the week of September 23 from the Department of Health Services (DHS) advising them of their changed status. To read the letters, CLICK HERE. 
  • About 86,000 childless adults will be newly-eligible for Medicaid starting January, 1, 2014.
  • The WHA Enrollment Council will continue to meet through December, or longer if necessary, to address enrollment-related issues and to provide feedback to OCI and DHS as necessary.

Nurses bring high energy to best practice sharing event

For many hospitals in Wisconsin, there is a desire to bring the patients’ perspective directly into the planning, delivery, improvement and evaluation of care. On September 25, more than 180 front-line Wisconsin nurses and nurse leaders participated in the WHA Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB) Mid-Point event in Wisconsin Dells to learn emerging best practices in this area.

Watch for more coverage of the WHA TCAB event in the October 11 Valued Voice and check WHA’s facebook page for hospital team photos taken at the event HERE.

WHA Information Center launches new website

WHA Information Center (WHAIC) recently re-launched their Website (hyperlink:, with a focus on improving the user experience. Debbie Rickelman, information center vice president of WHA says the WHAIC web users include data submitters from hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, purchasers of the standard and custom data sets, certified workers compensation databases and analytic services.

WHAIC also provides some information publicly via the website including access to the Guide to Wisconsin Hospitals, Uncompensated Health Care Report, Health Care Data Report and the Wisconsin Inpatient Quality Indicators Report. WHAIC’s hospital pricing transparency website,

Direct questions about the website to Brian Competente, operations manager, WHAIC, at

New report: We experience longer, but not better lives

Although death rates are down for Wisconsin residents, an increasing number say their health is poor or fair, according to a new report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Some of the 19 analyzed health behaviors – including incidence of smoking, teen births and binge drinking among adults – have dropped off the past decade, but other socioeconomic indicators – such as violent crime, high school drop out, impoverished children and unemployment rates – are exacerbating.

The UW study examines Wisconsin’s overall trends, but also health factors and various demographic and geographic subsets of the state’s population to show not all Wisconsinites are improving or declining in health equally.

To read more CLICK HERE.

This post was written by Trish Skram, blogger and research content specialist for WHPRMS. Trish also manages Mercy Health System’s public relations and social media efforts. To read more about Trish, CLICK HERE.

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