October 31, 2016
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

Wisconsin Program Honored by National Association

Two DHS Divisions recognized for innovative practices

A unique, collaborative effort designed to improve outcomes for residents of Wisconsin assisted living facilities has been chosen for a national award. The Association of Health Facility Survey Agencies (AHFSA) recognized the Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living (WCCEAL) with one of its Promising Practices Awards. The honor is given to programs that promote innovative, effective practices addressing industry-wide issues.

“We strive to ensure those served by our assisted living facilities receive the highest quality of care,” said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer.  “I am proud of the work our DHS staffers have done, along with our WCCEAL partners, to maintain and improve care in this ever-changing industry.”

WCCEAL is a public-private collaboration that includes the Division of Long Term Care and Division of Quality Assurance at DHS, along with the state’s ombudsman program, assisted living communities, assisted living and residential provider associations, and the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA). Group members are collaborating on the implementation of a comprehensive quality assurance, quality improvement program.

AHFSA’s goal is to improve the quality of life and quality of care in the nation’s health delivery system by improving the regulatory and educational activities of the state survey agencies. This is the 16th year of the Promising Practices program, which is designed to promote communication among state agencies and enable them to share models of outstanding service, processes or practices, as well as publicly recognize the efforts of those agencies.

Judges gave WCCEAL top honors in the Quality Improvement in the Regulatory Process/Open category, which recognizes creative practices that have a high rate of participation by staff and positive outcomes for patients and residents. “Overall this was an outstanding presentation,” AHFSA Coordinator of Promising Practices Cindy Deporter said. “It is unique because it is self-driven and provides the assisted living communities with a manner in which to easily measure the care they are providing on objective measures.”

Learn more about Assisted Living facilities in Wisconsin.