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  • March 19, 2021 8:46 AM | Deleted user

    First elected to the state Assembly in 2012, Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) represents the 15th Assembly District, which includes portions of Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. The district also includes the city of New Berlin and part of West Allis. 

    Before running for office, Rep Sanfelippo spent all his professional life in the private sector. He was the owner and operator of landscaping business for over 20 years, and he still operates a small Christmas tree farm. In addition to drawing on his experience as a small businessman to champion pro-business, pro-growth policies in the Legislature, as the long-time Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee, Rep. Sanfelippo has focused his policymaking efforts on health care issues and challenges facing the state.

    Over the years, Sanfelippo has worked on numerous proposals to help improve the delivery of quality patient care, including legislation passed by the Legislature last session –but ultimately vetoed by Governor Tony Evers – to recognize and properly regulate direct primary care in Wisconsin. Under the direct primary care model, patients pay a monthly fee, with no further co-pays or deductibles, and in return receive unlimited access to their primary care doctor.

    In the current legislative session, Sanfelippo has been a leading voice on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and authored legislation recently passed into law that authorizes pharmacy technicians with proper training and supervision to administer vaccines.

    Rep. Sanfelippo took a few minutes to talk with us about a handful of topical health care-related issues and what his health care policy priorities are for the 2021-22 legislative session:

    QUESTION: You are serving another session as Chairman of the Assembly Health Committee, which plays a vital role in shaping health care policy in Wisconsin. With that in mind, what do you believe are the most pressing health care-related challenges facing the state, and what policy solutions do you believe are needed to address those challenges?

    Rep. Sanfelippo: The immediate issue at hand of course is to make sure we are getting vaccines to everyone who wants them as quickly as possible. The administration made such a mess by unnecessarily bogging down the initial rollout in bureaucratic red tape and only shaped up once the legislature began putting pressure on them. We need to eliminate their bureaucratic barriers to vaccination and continue our oversight to compel them to improve.

    The other issue garnering much of my efforts will be to combat the Governor’s ridiculous idea to legalize marijuana. The potentially dangerous health implications are very serious according to every health care organization and official, especially for our kids which makes this politically motivated proposal even more reckless.  

    QUESTION: Outside of the state’s leading health care issues you mentioned above, what other health care-related proposals do you or your committee plan to pursue during the 2021-22 legislation? For example, last session you authored the direct primary care bill that would have exempted direct primary care agreements between a health care provider and a patient from Wisconsin’s insurance laws. Do you plan to reintroduce that bill or other legislation that would modify the traditional delivery of medical care in Wisconsin?

    Rep. Senfelippo: We will continue focusing on innovative ideas that expand access and increase affordability while keeping the decision making between the doctor and patient where it belongs.

    QUESTION: Prior to COVID-19, Wisconsin was facing a growing shortage of health care professionals, from physicians and nurses to CNAs and mental health care providers . The pandemic has only magnified the shortage and has put additional stress on the delivery of care in Wisconsin. Are there any potential programs or policies you are considering or willing to support that would help address the state’s health care workforce shortage?

    Rep Sanfelippo: We can continue to work on education and tax incentives to encourage individuals to enter the health care fields with the most critical shortages. In addition, we must look at MA rates for certain sectors. Many of these services have not had any or only minimal increases in the past decade making hard for businesses to compete with the rest of the community for employees.  

    QUESTION: As part of his 2021-23 budget bill proposal, Gov. Evers once again recommended Wisconsin accept the federal Affordable Care Act's provision for Medicaid expansion, stating the expansion would provide healthcare coverage over 45,000 uninsured low-income families in Wisconsin and reduce state healthcare costs by $630 million over the two-year budget cycle. The Legislature removed the initiative form the Governor’s 2019-21 budget proposal, and it appears likely lawmakers will once again remove the provision. What is your position on the issue, and why?

    Rep. Sanfelippo: MA expansion is DOA in my book. There is plenty of proof by looking at those states which did expand in the past to see the disaster it has caused for state budgets. Furthermore, adding another 45,000 individuals to a system that is already struggling to provide enough care for members is a recipe for disaster. 

    QUESTION: Last month, Gov. Evers recently vetoed Assembly Bill 1, the Legislature’s broad COVID-19 relief legislation. As a result, several of the bill’s provisions have been introduced as separate legislation. What steps, if any, do you believe the Legislature should take next to address the public health aspects of COVID-19, the continued roll out of vaccines, and any additional federal funding the state will receive to address the pandemic?

    Rep. Sanfelippo: The best thing the legislature can do is to continue our close oversight of the process. We know from experience that Governor Evers’ administration is severely challenged when it comes to carrying out day-to-day operational duties of an agency under demand. Just look at DWD and the unemployment mess. As soon as the legislature came back in last January, we made the vaccination rollout issue #1 and put the heat on the agency to shape up. Now that Secretary Palm has shipped out, we continue to be vigilant in our oversight and to address issues as they arise. 

  • January 15, 2021 3:00 PM | Deleted user

    State residents can sign up for weekly emails containing updates, news, and resources

    The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today a newsletter the public can sign up for to get direct information about the COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout. Every Friday, a COVID-19 update newsletter will be sent via email to people who sign up to receive it. Registration is now open, and archived copies of the weekly newsletter will also be available.

    “Throughout this pandemic, we have remained committed to keeping the residents of Wisconsin as informed as possible,” said Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “The more quality information we have, the more effective we can be in making healthy and safe choices. That is why we have regularly updated data dashboards and science-based guidance on our website, and it is also why we want to add a weekly newsletter to our communications toolbox.”

    View the entire news release.

  • December 29, 2020 10:00 AM | Deleted user

    Reminders and updates for members:

    • The state holds weekly updates for vaccinators and stakeholders.  These webinars are Fridays at 9am.  Past webinars are also available on line.
    • The state has updated its information on the vaccinate enrollment process.  This and past information are available on the state’s website for COVID-19 vaccinators.  Check here to learn more about enrolling as a vaccine provider and related resources.
    • The state also launched a new vaccine page for the public.  This includes a summary of vaccine allocated, shipped and administered.

  • December 23, 2020 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    Madison, WI -- The statewide coalition to combat the spread of COVID-19 is encouraging Wisconsin residents to keep it up on COVID as statewide positivity and hospitalization rates show an encouraging downward trend. As vaccinations begin to be distributed in the state, the leaders of the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition are urging Wisconsinites to remain vigilant in practicing safe behaviors to ensure we continue to curtail the spread of the virus.

    The efforts of the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition to-date have resulted in significant amplification of public health messaging focused on curbing the spread of COVID-19. Since its launch in October, the coalition has produced six public education announcements encouraging safe behaviors. These spots have achieved an estimated audience reach of well over 30 million on statewide television and radio. On digital platforms, coalition ads have generated over 16 million ad impressions and reached more than six million devices across the state.

    “We are encouraged by a recent reduction in cases and hospitalizations, which show that safe practices are making a difference in Wisconsin,” said Wisconsin Hospital Association President and CEO Eric Borgerding. “On behalf of the coalition, we say, “Thank you!” to the people of Wisconsin for taking the necessary precautions to curb the spread of COVID. But we cannot stop now. Over the next several months as vaccines are made available to the general public, we need to keep our guard up and continue to wash hands, wear masks and maintain social distance.

    Since its launch in October, the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition has advanced an aggressive campaign encouraging the use of crucial safety measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coalition messaging has included public education announcements featuring a wide range of Wisconsin voices, including frontline health care workers from health systems throughout Wisconsin, members of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Congressman Mark Pocan, and UW System President Tommy Thompson.

    “Wisconsinites have come together to fight the common enemy of COVID and get our state heading in the right direction,” said Wisconsin Counties Association Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. “Vaccines are coming, but we can’t stop now. The next few months will be critical and we encourage everyone to do their part to slow the numbers even more.”

    The “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition currently includes more than 125 of Wisconsin’s leading health care, business, and advocacy organizations. Notable coalition members include the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Green Bay Packers, and representatives of local governments, chambers of commerce, and visitors bureaus from every corner of the state. The organizations have joined together with a shared goal of furthering public education about the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin and the critical need for preventative measures.


    For more information about the Stop the Spread coalition and the importance of safe behaviors for both public and state economic health, visit www.wha.org/stopthecovidspread

  • December 01, 2020 9:54 AM | Deleted user

    Congressman Pocan, Speaker Vos join together to urge Wisconsin residents to stay safe Madison, WI -- Keeping ourselves, our friends, neighbors, and loved ones safe is not political. That’s the message delivered by Republican Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan, who appear together in the latest “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition public education announcement aimed at combating the pandemic raging throughout Wisconsin. The new ad, the coalition’s fifth, will begin airing on broadcast and digital channels throughout the state today as rampant community spread of COVID-19
    continues to stress the state’s health care system.

    Representing different political parties, geographic areas and bodies of government, Congressman Pocan and Speaker Vos have come together for a cause that all Wisconsin residents can agree on: beating COVID-19. “After another election, it’s clear we have differences, but we can also agree,” says Speaker Vos in the ad. “We can still live our lives and be sensible and safe.” Both elected officials speak about the importance of preventative measures including wearing masks, hand washing, practicing social distancing, and staying
    home whenever possible. “We have to do all we can to stay safe,” adds Congressman Pocan.

    “Wisconsin needs unified responses to the COVID pandemic and aligning around a common message is critical,” said Eric Borgerding, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. “We’re grateful to Speaker Vos and Congressman Pocan for joining us to send the public a crucial message about working together to slow COVID’s spread.”

    “We all need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID and get Wisconsin out of this public health crisis,” added Wisconsin Counties Association Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. “As Congressman Pocan and Speaker Vos have demonstrated, keeping Wisconsin safe is something upon which we can all agree.”

    Since its launch in October, the “Stop the COVID Spread!” coalition has grown quickly to include more than 125 of Wisconsin’s leading health care, business, and advocacy organizations. The organizations have joined together in a campaign to educate the public about the seriousness of the growing crisis in Wisconsin and the critical and growing need for preventative measures. A full list of member organizations is below.

    You can watch the full video at: https://youtu.be/zds-d5Yq4gU

    For more information about the Stop the Spread coalition and the importance of safe behaviors for both public and state economic health, visit www.wha.org/stopthecovidspread or contact one of the coalition co-chairs:

    • Wisconsin Hospital Association – Myranda Tanck, mt@platform-communications.com
    • Wisconsin Grocers Association – Brandon Scholz, brandon@wisconsingrocers.com
    • Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce – Nick Novak, nnovak@wmc.org
    • Wisconsin Restaurant Association – Tracy Kosbau, tkosbau@wirestaurant.org
    • Wisconsin Counties Association – Mark D. O’Connell, oconnell@wicounties.org

    The growing coalition is currently made up of the following organizations:

    • Wisconsin Hospital Association, CO-CHAIR
    • Wisconsin Counties Association, CO-CHAIR
    • Wisconsin Grocers Association, CO-CHAIR
    • Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), CO-CHAIR
    • Wisconsin Restaurant Association, CO-CHAIR
    • ACHE-WI
    • Adams County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
    • Alliance of Health Insurers
    • Arts Wisconsin
    • Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin
    • Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers, Inc.
    • Association of Wisconsin Tourism Attractions
    • Badger Bay Management Company
    • Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau
    • Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce
    • Deforest Windsor Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Destination Madison
    • Destination Wisconsin
    • Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center, Inc.
    • Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce
    • Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Forward Janesville, Inc.
    • Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    • Fox West Chamber of Commerce
    • Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Greater Green Bay Chamber
    • Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce
    • Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
    • Green Bay Packers
    • Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
    • Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
    • Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
    • Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce
    • LeadingAge Wisconsin
    • League of Municipalities
    • Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    • Medical Society of Milwaukee County
    • Mequon-Thiensville Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Metastar
    • Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)
    • Middleton Chamber of Commerce
    • Milwaukee Brewers
    • Milwaukee Bucks
    • Monona East Side Business Alliance
    • Monroe Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    • Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce
    • New Berlin Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
    • New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
    • Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
    • Park Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
    • Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Portage County Business Council
    • Pulaski Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce
    • Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
    • Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce
    • Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce
    • Skiing Wisconsin
    • St. Germain Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Stoughton Chamber of Commerce
    • Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce
    • The Arc Wisconsin
    • The Chamber of Manitowoc County
    • Tomah Chamber & Visitors Center
    • United Way Wisconsin
    • UW System
    • VISIT Lake Geneva
    • Visit Milwaukee
    • WAMD-Wisconsin Association of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
    • Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Waukesha County Medical Society
    • Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce
    • West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Whitewater Chamber of Commerce
    • Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians
    • Wisconsin Assisted Living Association
    • Wisconsin Association for Home Health Care
    • Wisconsin Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
    • Wisconsin Association of Health Plans
    • Wisconsin Association of Local Health Department and Boards (WALHDAB)
    • Wisconsin Association of School Administrators
    • Wisconsin Association of Surgery Centers, Inc.
    • Wisconsin Bankers Association
    • Wisconsin Broadcasters Association
    • Wisconsin Builders Association
    • Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative
    • Wisconsin Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians
    • Wisconsin Credit Union League
    • Wisconsin Dental Association
    • Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council
    • Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association
    • Wisconsin Health Care Association / Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living
    • Wisconsin Healthcare Business Forum
    • Wisconsin Hospice and Palliative Care Association
    • Wisconsin Literacy Network
    • Wisconsin Medical Society
    • Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
    • Wisconsin Organization of Nurse Leaders
    • Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
    • Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
    • Wisconsin Propane Gas Association
    • Wisconsin Psychiatric Association
    • Wisconsin Public Health Association
    • Wisconsin Realtors Association
    • Wisconsin Safety Council
    • Wisconsin Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    • Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association
    • Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association
    • Wisconsin Swimming
    • Wisconsin Technology Council
    • Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association
    • Wisconsin Utilities Association

  • August 12, 2020 8:30 AM | Deleted user

    Wis. Admin. Code ch. DHS 131, Hospices was published with an effective date of August 1, 2020. The new rule affects all hospices licensed by the State of Wisconsin. The updated rule includes provisions related to:

    • Plan review for capital construction or remodeling
    • Fees for plan reviews
    • Updated standards related to discharge planning, patient assessment, physician’s orders, bereavement services and physical environment

    Questions regarding the revised rule may be sent to the Division of Quality Assurance.  If you have a question about this information, email the Division of Quality Assurance.

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