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  • 25 Mar 2022 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Save the Date!

    WiSHHRA Annual Conference
    April 28-29, 2022
    Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake

    After a few years off and much deliberation, we have decided to resume our annual conference this spring.  The annual conference will be April 28-29 in Elkhart Lake at the beautiful Osthoff Resort.  This will be a great time to re-connect with colleagues from across the state.  The conference schedule will feature a variety of sessions focused on recruitment and retention in today’s new market.  Attendees will learn about how different strategies are being used to recruit and retain employees.  This includes but is not limited to sessions on new technologies, compensation plans, rewards programs and organizational culture.  Conference schedule and speaker details coming soon!

    Schedule of Events

    Wednesday, April 27 – Welcome Reception

    Thursday, April 28 – general sessions, breakouts and networking groups meet from 8am to 5pm.  Reception from 6pm to 8pm.

    Friday, April 29 – general sessions and networking groups meet from 8:30am – 10:30am.  And WiSHHRA business meeting to follow at 10:30am


    WiSHHRA members can register for $225 for the full conference, or $175 for 1-day rate (Thursday only).

    Non-members can register for $325 for the full conference, or $275 for 1-day rate (Thursday only).

    Reserve your hotel today!

    The Osthoff Resort has provided a great rate for our guests.  Room rates start at $139 per night, and is available for 3 days before or after the event for those interested in extending their stay into the weekend.  Make your reservations now by calling the Osthoff at 1-800-876-3399.  Room rates are guaranteed until April 6.


  • 23 Nov 2021 2:40 PM | Anonymous member

    Access the On Demand Webinar Members Only Page!


    • Legal Update - Presented by Sarah Coyne, Partner - Quarles & Brady
    • Legislative Update - Presented by Kyle O'Brien and Ann Zenk, Wisconsin Hospital Association
    • Compensating Providers Under the New Stark and Anti-Kickback Regulations - Presented by Heather Mogden & Wes Sylla, Hall Render
    • Keeping up with Comp in a HOT marketplace for talent! - Presented by Rena Somersan, Newport Group
    • Succession Planning - Presented by Michael Grubich, LAK Group & Andy Hilling, Andy Hillig Solutions, LLC
    • Vaccine Update - Presented by Ann Zenk, RN, BSN, MHA, Senior Vice President, Workforce and Clinical Practice & Lindsey W. Davis, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP


    • Physician Employment and Medical Staff Matters - Fun Times for HR Directors! - Presented by Sarah Coyne, Partner - Quarles & Brady

  • 12 Oct 2021 12:48 PM | Anonymous member


    • Waivers
    • New Biden rules
    • OSHA standards


    • Ann Zenk, RN, BSN, MHA, Senior Vice President, Workforce and Clinical Practice

    • Lindsey W. Davis, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

  • 19 Aug 2021 8:36 AM | Anonymous member

    In today’s highly competitive healthcare labor, nearly 9 out of 10 organizations are experiencing a leadership shortfall, and only one-third of organizations have formal systems in place to identify high-potential leaders and strategies to retain them.  What gives?  Market-leading healthcare organizations have one thing in common: succession planning.

    Why bother with succession planning at all?  “The clearest answer is that leadership really matters. Organizations either thrive or don’t because of the quality of their leadership,” writes Nancy Schlichting, former CEO of Henry Ford Health System.  Effective succession planning protects organizations from severe disruption and underperformance in an era of value-based care and shrinking reimbursement; it also helps you keep employees engaged, retain top talent and groom them for leadership when succession plans broaden beyond C-suite.

    Join Mike Grubich (President & Managing Partner of the LAK Group) and Andy Hillig (President of Andy Hillig Solutions, LLC) as they provide an overview of what succession planning is, the essential things to consider in your organization’s succession plan, and how individuals can take charge of their own careers and plan for their own career advancement. 

  • 23 Dec 2020 5:18 PM | Anonymous

    Cast Your Vote for the 2021 Board of Directors Election!

    It is time to elect your 2021 WisHHRA Board of Directors! Click the link below to view a list of the candidates, along with a ballot to complete.

    You may accept all proposed candidates or write in candidates and their titles.


    Note: You must be logged into your WisHHRA member account to participate.

    Voting Deadline: January 5th at Midnight CST

  • 19 Nov 2020 7:30 PM | Anonymous member

    Edit: Nominations closed December 4, 2020

    The Wisconsin Healthcare Human Resources Association (WisHHRA) is now accepting nominations of any member in good standing interested in serving in leadership.

    The Board is calling for nominations for the following positions:

    • President-Elect
    • Secretary
    • At-Large Director

    Expectations of Officers and Board - All Officers and Directors of the Board shall attend in person, or telephonically, at least 60% of all Board meetings on an annual basis. Region Directors shall participate in all activities of the Board of Directors. Each shall recommend to the President, members of his/her district for appointment to various committees of the organization, act as a resource to members within their district, and assist with planning conferences on a rotating basis.

    The President-elect shall, in the absence of, or because of the incapacity of the President, perform all duties and assume all responsibilities of the President.  He/she shall have the responsibility of recognizing contributions of Board members. This position serves 1 year, proceeds to serve as President for 2 years and then proceeds to Past-president for 1 year. Nominees must have previously served at least 1-term on the board to be eligible as an officer.

    The Secretary shall record the proceedings and prepare the minutes of the organization, which shall be available to the members for inspection. He/she shall maintain the supplies, minutes and official records of the organization and perform such other duties as may be necessary to coordinate and advance the organization's objectives as authorized by the Board of Directors. This position serves for two years.

    At-Large Directors are elected to 2-year terms and may serve up to 2 consecutive terms. 

    All terms begin January 1, 2021.

  • 20 Jul 2020 10:08 AM | Anonymous member

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) invites you to attend a Medicaid Telehealth Expansion interactive webinar.


    This webinar will seek your response to DHS’s proposed launch of Wisconsin Act 56: Telehealth Expansion, which will significantly expand Wisconsin Medicaid’s permanent telehealth policy. The presentation will include the following items:

    1.       General overview of telehealth expansion
    2.       General policy information
    3.       Wave 1 priority acute and primary service areas:
    4.       Proposed services included in telehealth
    5.       Proposed services excluded from telehealth
    6.       Input from attendees

    Following the presentation, DHS will take questions from attendees via the DHS telehealth mailbox.

    How to join

    Thursday, July 30, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

    Click this URL to join; Password: 07302020

    Join by phone: 646-558-8656; Webinar ID #933 1403 1869

    Friday, July 31, 2:00-3:30 pm

    Click this URL to join; Password: 07312020.

    Join by phone: 646-558-8656; Webinar ID #999 9957 0817

  • 9 Jul 2020 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Health News, July 9

    Wisconsin hospitals are asking that the federal government consider making temporary COVID-19 regulatory flexibilities, especially those that helped expand telehealth, permanent. 

    Bellin Health CEO Chris Woleske said they asked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar about making the waivers permanent during his visit to Green Bay last month.

    Woleske said that keeping flexibility around licensing, emergency rooms and record keeping requirements beyond the pandemic would also be helpful. She said the waivers have played a vital role in meeting the needs of patients.

    Eric Borgerding, Wisconsin Hospital Association CEO, said that they’ll advocate at both state and federal levels to make recent flexibilities permanent.

    “The pandemic has shown that providers and patients have embraced the technology – utilization of telehealth has exploded since March,” he said in a statement. “Some healthcare systems have measured patient and provider satisfaction with telehealth visits and the reviews are consistently very positive.”

    WHA supports permanent changes for other pandemic-related flexibilities, including allowing out-of-state healthcare providers to practice in Wisconsin.

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., was among a bipartisan group of 38 senators who sent a letter last week to Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma asking for a plan and timeline for making the telehealth flexibilities permanent. 

    Congress, through its COVID-19 relief packages, provided HHS with the authority to waive telehealth requirements for the length of the federal public health emergency. The senators said they’ve heard from patients concerned the rules will be rolled back. 

    “Telehealth has been a lifeline to patients and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” they wrote

    A CMS spokesperson said the agency is reviewing the flexibilities granted during the emergency and determining what it can do under its regulatory authority once the emergency finishes. 

    The spokesperson said telehealth has been a crucial tool in the fight against COVID-19.

    The agency has in the past few months expanded telehealth aggressively, allowing for the use of virtual emergency room visits, letting doctors supervise clinical staff remotely and eliminating requirements that some visits be face to face. That’s led to a significant increase in visits, the spokesperson noted.

    “CMS Administrator Verma believes it is crystal clear that we need to continue to harness the power of telehealth,” they wrote. “Factors such as reimbursement and how we determine which telehealth services work best are going to continue to evolve.” 

  • 2 Jul 2020 9:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello fellow WisHHRA members! I hope that this finds you all healthy and enjoying this warm Wisconsin weather. As I write this a few days before the long holiday weekend, I reflect how much has changed for all of us over these last few months. While I am sometimes sad about things that were cancelled and delayed, I am also grateful for the extra time that I got to spend with my family. From a professional perspective, and as Human Resources professionals a lot has changed for us as well. I don’t think that I learned as much in my career as I did over the last few months of enduring a pandemic. We have had to provide support to our employees in ways we never thought we would as well as trying to manage the changing market which has impacted all of our health care systems in different ways. In many ways, our leadership teams have looked to the HR professionals to help them navigate through these difficult times and from what I can see, everyone has stepped up to meet those challenges.

    Now six months into my presidency, we have had to cancel our annual conference, which was saddening to me as I was really looking forward to connecting with many of you in-person. However, the Board is working through some alternative plans, which I hope will find new and exciting. More information will be coming in the next few months so please stayed tuned to your WisHHRA monthly messages. Please also take some time to respond to the survey that Badger Bay will be sending out shortly regarding what you would like to see as well as what topics you would like to spend some additional time talking about. In addition, I ask that you all please try to actively engage on our listserv. This is one of the many valuable things about being a WisHHRA member, the ability to share ideas and get feedback from your peers. There have been a lot of great questions posed as we all navigated through these new times together, and it always help to see what others are trying as well as what your organizations are doing as well.

    Finally, I would like to take an opportunity to wish Bree Clarksen from Badger Bay good luck in her new adventure. For those of you who don’t know Bree, she is the Association Director from Badger Bay, who assists us with the management of WisHHRA. She has been instrumental in our conference planning as well as assisting me with the tasks related to being the President. She has kept me on task, and also provided some great ideas to myself and the Board. She has been very easy to work with and has made my transition to President very easy.

    I hope that you all enjoy these next few summer months and all of the “excitement” that lies ahead. If there is ever anything that you would like to see in upcoming newsletters or activities that you would like us to consider or any thoughts related to WisHHRA, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at I would love to hear from you!


  • 9 May 2020 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Governor Tony Evers today announced Wisconsin’s new Battelle Memorial Institute Critical Care Decontamination System™ is now ready and available for use by the state’s health care workers and first responders to decontaminate their N95 respirators so they can be reused up to 20 times. The Battelle system decontaminates N95 respirators by killing viruses and bacteria using hydrogen peroxide gas, and will greatly extend the life of a vital piece of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

    The Battelle system will be able to decontaminate up to 80,000 N95 respirators on a daily basis. It can decontaminate respirators up to 20 times without degrading filtration performance. The usual decontamination turnaround time for users is a maximum of 72 hours, plus shipping time, as long as the site is not over its capacity for use. The Battelle system can only decontaminate respirators, and not other items of PPE. It is also not authorized for use with respirators containing cellulose-based materials.

    Battelle decontamination services, including shipping, will be provided to Wisconsin healthcare organizations and professionals free of charge. Eligible healthcare providers include, but are not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, public health professionals, human and child protective services offices, emergency managers, first responders, coroners, medical examiners, law enforcement and correctional institutions, home health organizations, pharmacists, rural health services and dental offices.

    The new Battelle system highlights decontamination efforts ongoing throughout Wisconsin to try to ensure that health care workers and first responders can be as safe as possible when performing their duties.

    With all of the decontamination efforts underway in Wisconsin, health care workers and first responders are being asked to save their used PPE supplies for decontamination. Throughout the past couple of weeks, outreach efforts were conducted to inform health care workers and first responders on how to sign up for the Battelle system decontamination service, and ensure their masks are safely returned to them.

    Through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the State of Wisconsin received the Battelle system this week. Battelle developed the system in 2015 to help decontaminate PPE to prevent further spread of Ebola. The Columbus, Ohio company is currently deploying the system to 60 different sites across the nation.

    Beyond the Battelle system, other decontamination efforts in Wisconsin include UV decontamination sites. These sites service N95 respirators as well as other types of PPE, such as face shields, gowns, and aprons. UV decontamination facilities are currently operating in much of Wisconsin, highlighted by sites in Brown, Dane, Kenosha, and Sawyer counties.

    In addition to statewide decontamination efforts, Wisconsin continues to work on building up its stockpile of PPE supplies. Last week Wisconsin received a delivery of 230,000 N95 respirators from FEMA. Gov. Evers continues to request more of these supplies to meet Wisconsin’s pressing need.

    The full press release from the Governor is available online (link).

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