History

MetaStar is proud to have spent more than 40 years helping to improve the quality of health care in Wisconsin and beyond. The focus of our work has shifted over time from quality oversight to quality improvement, and in 1996, the organization previously known as WIPRO renamed itself as MetaStar.

Today, MetaStar staff fosters collaborative relationships with hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, health plans, physicians, and nurses to empower them to make lasting improvements in care with a vision of optimal healthcare for all.

Notable Milestones

In 1973, two organizations were established in Wisconsin: the Foundation for Medical Care Evaluation of Southeastern Wisconsin (FMCE) and the Wisconsin Professional Review Organization (WisPRO). In 1984 the organizations merged to create one state-wide entity using the name WIPRO.

In 1986, Greg Simmons was named the Chief Executive Officer and Steve Laking was named the Chief Operating Officer, both of which still hold these positions today.

In 1991, MetaStar built its new home at 2909 Landmark Place in Madison.

In 1992, the contracted work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) transformed from quality oversight to quality improvement. In 1996, the organization renamed itself as MetaStar, which loosely translates to “guiding change,” and better represented this shift in work.

In 1997, MetaStar became a licensed organization through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to conduct HEDIS Compliance Audits™ for health plans.

In 2002, MetaStar was awarded our first Family Care contract with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). In 2003, our work for CMS expanded to working with Nursing Homes.

In 2010, MetaStar formed the Wisconsin Health Information Technology Extension Center to help providers implement electronic health records (EHRs) and attest for Meaningful Use (MU) to earn incentives. During this time, MetaStar also began offering Medicare Part C&D Data Validation Audit services for health plans.