Who we are
Employees of the Department of Health Services follow a
common mission. We also focus on specific strategy and guiding
principles in all
of our work for the people in Wisconsin.
To support economic prosperity and quality of life, the Department of
Health Services exercises multiple roles in the protection and promotion
of the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin.
The Department supports policies vital to a fair and vibrant
marketplace that delivers affordable, high-quality healthcare to our
citizens and leverages our state's tradition of strong health outcomes,
innovation and world-class provision of healthcare.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
- We serve the citizens who have entrusted us with important
responsibilities and funds they earned.
- Our healthcare costs are not sustainable at current levels. We
need new models for care delivery, regulation development,
prevention strategies, risk sharing and purchasing.
- In this transformation, we must enhance the role of our citizens
as primary stakeholders in managing their health and associated
- Competition, choice, and transparency are critical elements to
these emerging models if we are to increase the value of healthcare
to our citizens.
- Public programs shall complement rather than compete against the
private market. We will work to eliminate cost shifting to the
private sector and among different systems (acute, mental health,
- We will continue to provide support systems to help vulnerable
people lead fulfilling, self-directed, healthy lives that promote
independence, while recognizing the value of and utilizing supports
from families and the community.
- We will actively promote collaboration in pursuit of innovation,
increased value and improved outcomes for the benefit of all our
- We will align resources to achieve positive outcomes and hold
ourselves accountable for achieving results.
MEASURING OUR ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OUTCOMES
- Triple the number of individuals who self-direct their long-term
services and supports.
- Expand the use of integrated healthcare for all individuals with
complex medical needs who are enrolled in publicly-financed health
- Ensure every child while in the foster care system has a medical
- Reduce the rate of growth in the per capita cost of each
- Adopt innovative models of care such as peer supports for special
- Reduce the prevalence of acquired pressure ulcers in acute care
and long-term care settings.
- Reduce the incidence of falls in Wisconsin nursing homes.
- Comply with the requirement that Continuing Care Plans are
transmitted (and includes all required elements) to the next level
of care provider within 5 days of the patientís discharge.
- Monitor the incidence of civil patient re-admission within 30 days
following treatment at Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI) and
Winnebago Mental Health Institute (WMHI).
- Reduce the incidence of preventable admissions and re-admissions
to institution-based care.
- Ensure that the three state Centers meet the Baldrige National
Quality Indicators and participate in the Wisconsin Center for
Performance Excellence program.
- Expand and improve program integrity efforts to increase
compliance and reduce the incidence and risk of fraud or misuse of
- Improve management and control funds appropriated to administer
the Medicaid program.
- Reduce preterm, low-birth weight and infant mortality rates for
BadgerCare Plus HMO members in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Last Revised: March 25, 2013