New Medicare Data Enhances WHIO Atlas of Health Care in Wisconsin

January 20, 2016

The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) now includes Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims data in its interactive WHIO Atlas of Health Care in Wisconsin, 3rd Edition.

The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) now includes Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims data in its interactive WHIO Atlas of Health Care in Wisconsin, 3rd Edition.

The WHIO Atlas, available online since October 2015, is an easily accessible, interactive tool to help better understand practice variation as a means to achieve the highest quality of care at the most appropriate cost. The Atlas visually maps out geographically-based relative resource use by Region, County, and Zip Code in the State of Wisconsin.

Until now, Atlas analyses were constructed from Commercial, Medicaid FFS, Medicaid HMO and Medicare Advantage claims information, covering 72% of the state population. With the addition of Medicare FFS data, the Atlas now includes more than 84% of Wisconsin’s population with $115B in billed charges.

“Adding Medicare FFS data to the WHIO Atlas and our other analytic tools gives a big boost to WHIO’s on-going efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of health care in Wisconsin,” said WHIO CEO Josephine Musser. “Medical groups, policy-makers and researchers are using these data to identify best practices and strategies to make high quality health care affordable and accessible for all Wisconsinites,” Musser said.

The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality, affordability, safety and efficiency of health care in Wisconsin.