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Experiments in Wisconsin

Helen Zak, President of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, discusses key takeaways from the PHPR Summit. Read more to learn about payment experiments happening at healthcare organizations in the state of Wisconsin.

Last month, I participated in the first annual PHBR Summit, along with more than 150 other leaders in Milwaukee.  We spent the day sharing and discussing the innovative experiments going on in both the US and, most specifically, in Wisconsin.

This Summit highlighted the need for action via inspiring keynotes from Valinda Rutledge, director, Patient Care Models Group at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation; Brent Davis, Medicaid director, Wisconsin Department of Health Services; and Francois de Brantes, executive director, Health Care Incentives Institute.

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Brett Davis

Francois de Brantes

Morning panels featured actual payment experiments going on in Wisconsin, which included total knee replacements:

  • Meriter/Physician‘s Plus
  • Manitowoc Surgery Center/Anthem
  • UW Health/Unity

and diabetes:

  • Bellin-ThedaCare Healthcare Partners/Anthem and WEA Trust

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The afternoon focused on collaborations and pilots within the state of Wisconsin, including:

  • Dean Health Plan and WCHQ:  A Partnership in Total Cost of Care
  • SMARTCare: ThedaCare, American College of Cardiology and Wisconsin Medical Society

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  • Physician Group Practice Demonstration: Lessons Learned from Marshfield Clinic
  • Bellin-ThedaCare Healthcare Partners Pioneer ACO
  • Dean Clinic Medicare Shared Savings ACO

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The key takeaways:

  • Wisconsin is truly a community of innovators with a spirit of sharing and collaboration.
  • Payment reform experiments are important to learning, but there is no clear winner. It‘s a period of transition where you have to live in two worlds (systems), but the hard work and effort will be worth it, as it will get us closer to better value for patients.

I left energized and enlightened. It certainly left me wanting to shine light on these experiments, prompting other experiments. In the coming months, we will highlight the Wisconsin experiments in more detail, so bookmark this page or sign up for the feed, so you are not left out of new information and dialog.

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