LRB-2525/1
SWB:jld
2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 14, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Zimmerman, Quinn, E. Brooks,
Tranel, Ballweg, Bernier, Edming, Kitchens, Krug, Kulp, Mursau, Nerison,
Novak, Petryk, Ripp, Snyder, Spiros, Summerfield, Swearingen, Tauchen,
Tusler, VanderMeer, Billings, Doyle, Genrich and Meyers, cosponsored by
Senators Testin, Harsdorf, Bewley, Cowles, Erpenbach, Olsen, Ringhand
and Shilling. Referred to Committee on Rural Development and Mining.
AB255,1,2 1An Act to create 20.435 (1) (fL) and 146.617 of the statutes; relating to: grants
2for quality improvement initiatives and making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Department of Health Services to distribute $100,000 in
grant moneys each fiscal year to the Wisconsin Hospital Association Foundation
Quality Improvement Fund to 1) increase participation by rural hospitals in quality
improvement activities by the association; or 2) broaden the scope of quality
improvement activities provided by the association. The bill also requires the
association to submit an annual report regarding the outcomes resulting from
activities funded by the grant program.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB255,1 3Section 1. 20.005 (3) (schedule) of the statutes: at the appropriate place, insert
4the following amounts for the purposes indicated: - See PDF for table PDF
AB255,2 1Section 2. 20.435 (1) (fL) of the statutes is created to read:
AB255,2,42 20.435 (1) (fL) Quality improvement initiatives grants. The amounts in the
3schedule for grants to the Wisconsin Hospital Association Foundation Quality
4Improvement Fund under s. 146.617.
AB255,3 5Section 3. 146.617 of the statutes is created to read:
AB255,2,6 6146.617 Quality improvement initiatives grants. (1) In this section:
AB255,2,77 (a) “Association” means the Wisconsin Hospital Association.
AB255,2,98 (b) “Rural hospital” means a hospital, as defined under s. 50.33 (2), that is not
9located in a 1st class city.
AB255,2,12 10(2) From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (1) (fL), the department shall
11distribute a grant of $100,000 each fiscal year to the association Foundation Quality
12Improvement Fund for any of the following purposes:
AB255,2,1413 (a) Increase participation by rural hospitals in quality improvement activities
14by the association.
AB255,2,1615 (b) Broaden the scope of quality improvement activities provided by the
16association.
AB255,3,2 17(3) Beginning on March 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, the association shall
18submit a report to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to

1the legislature in the manner under s. 13.172 (2) describing the outcomes resulting
2from activities funded by the grant program under this section.
AB255,4 3Section 4. Effective date.
AB255,3,54 (1) This act takes effect on the day after publication, or on the 2nd day after
5publication of the 2017-19 biennial budget act, whichever is later.
AB255,3,66 (End)
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