Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Grad to brief legislators, staff on benefits of health care data

Alum Lisa Ellinger will participate in a legislative briefing on the use of health-care data to improve efficiency and quality of health care in Wisconsin. The briefing, "Health Care Quality, Effectiveness, and Value: How Might State of Wisconsin Investments Pay Off?," is Thursday, October 8, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room 411 South of the State Capitol.

Lisa Ellinger

Ellinger will join Julie Bartels, Wisconsin Health Information Organization, and Jonathan Jaffery, chief medical director of Medicaid and BadgerCare programs for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in a discussion about how the State of Wisconsin uses WHIO data to improve quality and efficiency and how these major investments position Wisconsin for the next chapter in health-care reform. Christopher Queram, chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality, will serve as moderator. WHIO is Wisconsin's largest warehouse of information on the cost and outcome of health care provided by hospitals and doctors.

A 2003 Master of Public Affairs grad, Ellinger is deputy administrator for the Division of Insurance Services of the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds. The Division of Insurance Services oversees the administration of health care, life, and disability benefits for nearly 230,000 state and local government employees in Wisconsin.

Prior to joining the division in January 2008, Ellinger was the assistant director of the Wisconsin Health Project from 2004-2007. WHP developed a bipartisan health-care reform proposal introduced in the Legislature in 2005. The Wisconsin Health Project also worked with legislators on the development of a universal health care proposal unveiled in 2007.

Ellinger served as a policy advisor on the Wisconsin governor's staff in 2003-04 and was the lead staff in the creation and development the governor's KidsFirst initiative. She earlier worked as a legislative research assistant in the Senate and Assembly. She attended La Follette part time from 1998-2003 while working in the Legislature.

The Evidence-Based Health Policy Project, a partnership of the La Follette School, the Population Health Institute and the Wisconsin Legislative Council, organized the October 8 briefing.

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— article last updated October 27, 2009