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THE BUSINESS JOURNAL (March 5, 2013) - “We have realized value, learned much and shared lessons openly,” Pemble said. “I extend the best for those that will follow, continuing this important work for the people of Wisconsin.” (Full Article Here)

TIMESUNION (March 1, 2013) – ThedaCare center for healthcare value announces founding members. (Full Article Here)

MARKET WATCH (February 27, 2013) - "As healthcare across the nation prepares for regulatory changes and reform, hospitals still need to stay laser focused on delivering quality healthcare," said Gabriel Goncalves, CEO and president, PeopleAnswers. (Full Article Here)

BUSINESS INSIDER (February 23, 2013) - Better quality at affordable cost, that's really value — we call that the value equation. (Full Article Here)

CLEVELAND.COM (February 21, 2013) - As payment methods shift from the fee-for-service model to a value-based model, he said, partnerships that allow hospital systems to lower the overall cost of delivering healthcare will be critical. (Full Article Here)

WXOW-LA CROSSE (February 19, 2013) - Gundersen Lutheran's commitment to providing high-quality care for patients has earned the organization a place among America's 100 Best Hospitals according to Healthgrades. This award represents six years of advanced and continuous quality excellence and patient care for Gundersen Lutheran. (Full Article Here)

INFORUM (February 14, 2013) -  They[Essentia] were the only six among thousands of providers to seek accreditation, said John Smylie, Essentia’s CEO. Satisfying NCQA’s standards for accreditation was a rigorous process, he said. But Essentia, which transformed its entire system to the accountable care model in 2010, was all in. (Full Article Here)

LA CROSSE TRIBUNE (December 6, 2010) - Mayo Clinic and Gundersen Lutheran officials said they will continue to push national health care discussions toward rewarding quality and cost-efficient care, even with an election shift in Washington that could put reform efforts in doubt. "We don't need the current health care reform repealed or replaced," said Dr. Peter Amadio, a member of Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center in Rochester, Minn. "We can make some fixes to make reform better.” (Full Article Here)

THE NEW YORK TIMES (October 12, 2009) - With Democrats increasingly confident that they can pass major health care legislation this year, some of the nation’s foremost experts are warning that the emerging bills do not do enough quickly to tamp down soaring medical costs — the biggest problem facing the majority of Americans, who already have insurance. (Full Article Here)

MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL (October 2, 2009) - “We don’t always see it because we live here, but we’ve made tremendous progress in this state in terms of coverage and quality and we’re working very hard on the cost and affordability issue,” (Full Article Here)

MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL (August 28, 2009) - The Wisconsin Hospital Association’s Issue Advocacy Council has released two radio ads and is planning a third to promote the state’s health care system while asking residents to be cautious in their support of national health care reform. (Full Article Here)

RACINE JOURNAL TIMES (August 24, 2009) - Wisconsin has a story to tell that could help those currently debating our health care system in this country, according to Stephen Brenton and Kenneth Buser. (Full Article Here)

WISCONSIN HEALTH ASSOCIATION (July 31, 2009) - First a note of appreciation to Congressman Ron Kind (D-La Crosse) for his hard work in getting Democrat Leaders to agree to a process that may "fix" the longstanding flawed Medicare physician payment formula and include a legislative "marker" that promises address of the notion that Medicare payment should reward value. (Full Article Here)

MODERN HEALTHCARE (July 17, 2009) - The Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, Gundersen Lutheran health system and others warned federal lawmakers that a public health plan based on Medicare payments would “have a severe negative impact,” while a lack of provisions to deal with regional payment disparities could prove equally harmful. (Full Article Here)

LA CROSSE TRIBUNE (June 14, 2009) – The hard work of southwest Wisconsin health care providers to influence the debate over national health care reform is paying off.  Gundersen Lutheran CEO Dr. Jeff Thompson and Franciscan Skemp CEO Dr. Robert Nesse and their organizations have worked tirelessly to get make sure the Wisconsin model of integrated health care delivery, preventative care, education, advance directives and electronic records gets the appropriate seat at the table.  (Full Article Here)

THE WASHINGTON POST (June 11, 2009) - When President Obama touches down today in Green Bay, Wis., he will be landing in one of the highest-value health communities in the nation, a city that by numerous measures has managed to control medical spending while steadily improving health outcomes. (Full Article Here)

LA CROSSE TRIBUNE (June 10, 2009) - The timing couldn't have been better: On the day U.S. Rep. Ron Kind was to meet both with President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, The Washington Post ran a front-page article praising La Crosse for its economical health care.(Full Article Here)

THE NEW YORKER (June 1, 2009) - In Washington, the aim of health-care reform is not just to extend medical coverage to everybody but also to bring costs under control. Spending on doctors, hospitals, drugs, and the like now consumes more than one of every six dollars we earn.(Full Article Here)

THE NEW YORK TIMES (May 11, 2009) - Because insurers typically pay hospitals to treat patients — not to keep them away by keeping them healthy — hospitals can actually lose money by providing better care. Empty beds mean lost revenue.(Full Article Here)

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