This article discusses the Healthiest Wisconsin 2010 (HW2010) statute and its implementation to improve patient care through a denial of payment to hospitals when a selected condition takes place. The state of Wisconsin has created a program to improve the state's overall health through a partnership between the state department of health, universities, and other health providers. While the two programs have their differences, this article explores how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services can learn from Wisconsin and HW2010 to create a more reasonable plan to improve patient safety.

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