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More than 100 hospitals in Wisconsin teaming up to improve health care

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Over 100 Wisconsin hospitals are collaborating with each other to improve the quality of their care. And it's resulted in big savings for them, and better care for you.  

The Wisconsin Hospital Association said the improved care is in the form of fewer readmissions, as patients learn more about taking care of themselves after they go home -- and hospitals learn more about reducing bad reactions to medications.  

Because of all that, an estimated 3,500 Wisconsin patients did not have to be readmitted -- and that's saved hospitals about $34 million since the middle of 2012.  

The Obama health reform law reduces Medicare reimbursements to hospitals with excessive readmissions. But the hospital group said it didn't take Obamacare to get them to pay attention to the problem.  

Association president Steve Brenton says hospital-related infections have also been reduced -- and all the improvements generate value for patients, employers, and health insurers.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)