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Hurricane Maria that struck Puerto Rico is causing a conservation effort of IV solution at Wisconsin hospitals.

Officials say hospitals and health systems are taking steps to conserve their supply of IV solution as they cope with unprecedented shortages. Ann Zenk is a Wisconsin Hospital Association vice-president and a former administrator at Ministry Health Care in Rhinelander. So why is there an IV shortage?

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A critical access hospital is defined as a rural acute care facility providing 24-hour emergency services, acute inpatient and swing-bed care and offers inpatient stay up to 96 hours on average.

A recent report sites the state's critical access hospitals as the best in the nation. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration reported Wisconsin's rural hospitals achieved the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement in the country over the past year.

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Wisconsin hospitals are lowering some infection rates by nearly 60 percent and reducing hospital readmission rates according to a new report released by the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

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Hospitals reported losing more than $1 billion caring for patients in the Medicaid program and $1.6 billion on Medicare, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association 2016 Community Impact Report.

WHA spokesperson Mary Kay Grasmick says Medicaid pays hospitals only about 65 percent of what it costs to care for this vulnerable, and often medically-complex, patient population.

Grasmick says hospitals reported losing more than $1 billion dollars caring for patients in the Medicaid program...

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A report from the Wisconsin Hospital Association shows the progress hospitals are making in reducing infections, preventing falls and decreasing hospital re-admissions.

Data collected by the WHA from nearly 100 community hospitals the Association quality improvement team has worked with over the past four years shows they have reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections 66 percent, reduced falls with injury 26 percent, and decreased sepsis mortality by 16 percent.

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As money tightens and fewer physicians and nurses are available in many spots in Wisconsin, hospitals are trying new techniques  to supply service to patients.

Dr. Judy Warmuth from Wisconsin Hospital Association says people and money are fewer and more services are being     requested..

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Medical professionals are expecting to see an uptick in the number of people coming for treatment because of the Affordable Care Act.

Wisconsin Hospital Association Executive Vice-President Eric Borgerding says this upswing in numbers comes at a time when hospitals are under greater financial pressure...

 

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For now, a move to cut a subsidy critical for some Northwoods hospitals has been put to the back burner says a hospital group spokesperson.

In August, the Wisconsin Hospital Association put out alarm bells about funding for "Critical Access Hospitals". A federal Health and Human Services Inspector General recommended removing critical access hospitals from Medicare payment status. The money from the federal budget helps the most rural of hospitals maintain service and without it, experts say, it could end service in those communities.

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The Wisconsin Hospital Association put out the alarm bells Friday after a report from Washington D.C. indicated a subsidy for some small rural hospitals should be discontinued.

The federal Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General recommended removing a Medicare payment status known as "Critical Access Hospital" for hospitals that do not meet certain distance requirements.

Wisconsin Hospital Association President Steve Brenton says Antigo, Merrill, Tomahawk, and Eagle River hospitals have this special status.