Column: Wisconsin’s Critical Access Hospitals Ranked 2nd in the Nation for Quality Excellence

Wisconsin’s rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) were recently recognized as some of the best performing hospitals in the country for quality reporting and improved participation. Every year, the federal Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project measures the success of the country’s rural hospitals in meeting specific quality metrics. Wisconsin ranked second in the nation for its quality reporting and improvement rates for the calendar year 2022, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Wisconsin has consistently ranked in the top 10 since 2015.

Quality improvement in Wisconsin hospitals does not happen by chance; it results from a dedicated team of providers, staff, and hospital leaders committed to delivering high-quality care to patients in our district. High-quality health care is made possible through sound public policy that supports quality improvement efforts. These initiatives include enacting the Quality Improvement Act and critical Medicaid funding in the last several state budgets and actions we’ve worked on with the legislature to expand the healthcare workforce we need to deliver high-quality healthcare to patients.

As nursing and other healthcare profession face significant workforce shortages, I understand the critical importance of supporting our current frontline caregivers for years to come. A safer environment for nurses will also mean a safer environment for patients and a higher quality of care. In this session, I authored and passed Assembly Bill 960, which extends protections for our healthcare workers and provides more significant penalties for battery or threats against healthcare workers. Thank you to all our outstanding healthcare workers and the excellent care they provide to Wisconsinites.

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