05 Jan Wisconsin Hospital Association: President’s Column: Despite Uncertainty in Washington, WI Health Care Steadily Leads the Nation
2017 was another year of outstanding performance from Wisconsin’s health care system. The highly regarded Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) ranked Wisconsin health care #1 in the country. This was one of several studies last year that applauded the performance of Wisconsin health care, including having the highest quality rural hospitals, being one of the best states for physicians, the best state for nurses and the best provider-owned health plans in the country.
While these accolades are noteworthy, more remarkable is Wisconsin’s sustained performance. Last year’s top AHRQ ranking was laudable, but even more impressive is that in the 11 years these rankings have been released, Wisconsin has never shown worse than seventh (#1 three times, #2 four times). Our top-ranked health care also delivers downstream benefits for Wisconsin businesses. In times of severe labor shortages, every day on the job matters, and Wisconsin leads the nation in returning injured workers back to their jobs, back to productivity.
Wisconsin’s health care has been so good for so long that most people take it for granted. However, a recent WHA poll of our member hospital and health system leaders, those in part responsible for sustaining that excellence, revealed growing concern over the instability of the insurance market and its impact in Wisconsin. Read the full Wisconsin Hospital Association article here.