News & Views

From the President & CEO...
Contemplating our future

Chris Queram,
President and CEO

Recently, the WCHQ Board was presented with an unexpected opportunity to reconfirm and reassess its strategic direction with new Board Chair, Dr. John Weigelt, at the helm. The Board typically holds its annual strategic planning retreat in the fall, but scheduled another session this past May following John’s assumption of the position of Chair in March. This timing proved to be quite fortuitous, given the current dynamic healthcare environment resulting from the impact of the plethora of recent state and national changes.

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The Analyst’s Perspective
WCHQ bolsters analytic capabilities with addition to staff


Matt Gigot
Project Analyst

Since its inception in 2003, WCHQ has been at the forefront in the development of performance measures, collection of data related to these measures and public reporting of results. Now, in its continuing effort to enhance the information it provides to its members and the public, WCHQ has taken the significant step of bringing data analysis capabilities to its staff.

Meet Matt Gigot, WCHQ’s new project analyst. Matt, who began with WCHQ in February 2010, comes to us from the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute where he worked while completing his Master of Public Health degree at UW. His position with WCHQ is generously funded through a grant in conjunction with the Health Equity in Wisconsin (NHEW) initiative.

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WCHQ launches readmissions rate pilot project

logoAccording to a study published in 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine, about one in five Medicare patients nationally returns unexpectedly to the hospital within 30 days of being sent home* — a statistic that has caught the eye of industry experts and policy makers searching for ways to control healthcare costs and improve the quality of care. Given the heightened interest in readmissions, WCHQ, with consultative support from the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings, has launched a pilot project to study the methodologies involved in collecting data and reporting on this critical issue.

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Wisconsin’s health information exchange plan development underway

cmslogoThe Wisconsin Relay of Electronic Data (WIRED) for Health Board (see News & Views, Spring 2010) has set a goal of completing the development of a strategic and operational plan for health information exchange for the state of Wisconsin by the end of this summer. The Board is required to submit the plans to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the Department of Health and Human Services by August 31, 2010 in order for the state to be eligible to receive federal Recovery Act funding for the implementation phase of the project.

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