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  • 2 May 2019 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    May 2, Wisconsin Medical Society

    Doctor Day 2019 brought more than 300 physicians and medical students from across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs yesterday.

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  • 18 Apr 2019 12:38 PM | Anonymous

    April 18, Wisconsin Medical Society

    A bill clarifying health insurance company procedures related to “step therapy” and another bill related to supervised pharmacy students being allowed to administer prescribed vaccinations garnered Society support on Wednesday in the State Capitol at a rare joint public hearing of the State Assembly and Senate health care committees.

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  • 5 Mar 2019 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    Summer is only a few months away, and the Wisconsin Medical Society has teamed up with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) to make sure your health care team is prepared.

    From Asthma to Zika: A Physician's Guide to Summer is being held April 5-6 in Madison. Focusing on emerging health trends in infectious disease, environmental health and trauma, the new two-day education conference features a full lineup of speakers from MCW and UWSMPH, plus the opportunity to fulfill opioid education required by the Medical Examining Board and plenty of time to network with colleagues from across the state.

    Click here for details including session descriptions, speaker bios and registration information. The conference has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Application for CME credit with the American Academy of Family Physicians is pending.

    Contact Stephanie Taylor at 608.442.3796 or stephanie.taylor@wismed.org if you have questions.


  • 11 Jan 2019 4:50 PM | Anonymous

    January 9, Wisconsin Health News

    ProHealth Care and UW Health are expanding their clinical partnership to include heart and vascular care, the two health systems announced Tuesday.

    Under a clinical co-management agreement, the health systems will work to improve heart and vascular services in Waukesha County and the surrounding area.

    “Working with UW Health, we will take our program to a new level of excellence,” said Susan Edwards, ProHealth Care CEO.

    UW Health will provide medical and administrative oversight, and the newly opened heart and vascular center at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital will be named UW Health Heart & Vascular Center at ProHealth Care.

    “We share with ProHealth Care an intense focus on improving the quality of care, and we are excited to begin this new partnership,” said Dr. Alan Kaplan, UW Health CEO.

    UW Health and ProHealth Care have a similar partnership on cancer care, launching the UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care in 2015.

  • 11 Jan 2019 4:46 PM | Anonymous

    Medical College of Wisconsin CEO Dr. John Raymond wants to make Milwaukee one of the nation’s healthiest and safest cities. To do that, MCW is partnering with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation on an initiative aimed at addressing social determinants of health including workforce, housing and food insecurity. 

    It’s also continuing its focus on the state’s looming physician shortage and increasing access to behavioral health. 

    At a newsmaker event on Feb. 12 in Milwaukee, Raymond will provide an update on the Flourishing Lives Initiative, discuss what’s next for MCW’s regional campuses and more. Learn more and register.

  • 11 Jan 2019 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    A monthly webinar series, Health Care Workforce Resilience, jointly sponsored by the Wisconsin Medical Society and the Wisconsin Hospital Association, is offered the second Tuesday of each month throughout 2019.

    Each month will focus on a unique topic. Participants will receive one hour of continuing education credit, as well as practical and easy-to-implement tools for dealing with burnout in health care.

    Resources and the recording of the January webinar, Prevalence & Severity of Burnout: Workforce Resilience as Care Quality, are available online.

     The next monthly webinar, Enhancing Resilience: The Science and Practice of Gratitude, will occur on February 12 and will demonstrate a simple, enjoyable and effective tool for improving well-being by cultivating gratitude. Learn more and register.

  • 11 Jan 2019 12:40 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Medical Society 2019 Annual Meeting is April 5-7 at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

    2019 Key Dates:

    • Feb. 1—Deadline for Society members to submit resolutions for consideration by the HOD (To learn more about resolutions, click here.)
    • Feb. 15—Virtual reference committees open online
    • Feb. 18 to March 22—District and specialty caucus meetings (Click here* for details.)
    • March 5—Deadline to make room reservations at Hilton Madison.
    • March 23—Reference Committees held at Society headquarters in Madison and via webinar.
    • March 28—Reference Committee reports provided to delegates, alternate delegates and Society officers.
    • April 4, 6 p.m.—Board of Director’s meeting at Society headquarters, Madison.
    • April 5 – 6—Conference: From Asthma to Zika: A Physician’s Guide to Summer, Monona Terrace, Madison
    • April 5, 5 p.m.—Foundation Annual Dinner and Silent Auction
    • April 6, 6:30 p.m.—President’s Inauguration and Awards Ceremony
    • April 7—House of Delegates

     
    For more details about the 2019 Annual Meeting, click here. (Requires member login. You will be redirected to the login page first.)

  • 8 Jan 2019 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Medical Society’s House of Delegates (HOD) will convene Sunday, April 7, as part of the Society’s 2019 Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison. Society members may submit for HOD consideration resolutions to help shape Society policy on important medical issues. The deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1.

    More information about the resolution process and guidelines is available in this article. Resolutions will be debated prior to the HOD via district caucus meetings, which are being scheduled now. Dates and locations will be posted on the Society’s website as they become available. In addition to the district caucuses, members will be able to weigh in on resolutions through virtual references committees, which will be accessible online beginning Feb. 15, and during reference committees, which are being held at Society headquarters in Madison Saturday, March 23, beginning at 9 a.m. Members also will be able to participate via webinar.

    Resolutions received after the Feb. 1 deadline will be considered “late resolutions,” unless it is presented by the Board of Directors, the Speaker, Vice Speaker, constitutional officer or by a council or committee of the Society or the HOD. All “late resolutions” will be forwarded to the Rules Committee for review. The Rules Committee will make recommendations to the HOD regarding the acceptance of any “late resolutions” at the April 7 opening session.

    Submit resolutions for the 2019 House of Delegates to CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, Wisconsin Medical Society, PO Box 1109, Madison, WI 53701 or via email to Noreen Krueger.

  • 8 Nov 2018 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    Membership-based direct primary care models are rising in popularity. What’s driving this growth and what does it mean for the rest of the healthcare system?

    A Wisconsin Health News Panel on Nov. 13 in Madison, The Netflixing of healthcare: The rise of direct primary care and what it means for the rest of the healthcare system, will take a deep dive into this emerging model, which was the focus of a recent legislative study committee and has spurred legislation. Panelists include:

    • Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin
    • Tim Murray, CEO, Solstice Health 
    • Donna Friedsam, Health Policy Programs Director, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
    • Tim Lundquist, Director of Government and Public Affairs, Wisconsin Association of Health Plans
    Learn more and register.
  • 8 Nov 2018 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    Nov. 8, Wisconsin Health News

    Gov.-elect Tony Evers is poised to dramatically alter Wisconsin’s approach to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, a move that could reshape parts of the state’s healthcare market.

    Gov. Scott Walker, a longtime foe of Obamacare, conceded Wednesday afternoon to Evers, the state superintendent who ran a campaign focused on healthcare and expanding coverage under the ACA.

    “The results of this election in Wisconsin are very consequential with regard to health policy,” said Donna Friedsam, health policy programs director at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. “There’s going to be a number of substantial changes.”

    Evers will have to work with a Republican-controlledLegislature. He told reporters Wednesday that he wants to meet with legislative leaders to discuss moving forward on healthcare and other issues.

    “I would really like to talk to them about how we can kind of set the stage going forward so we can find common ground,” he said.

    Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, said in a statement that he’d work to find “common ground when possible.”

    “While yesterday was a win for Gov.-elect Evers, it cannot be seen as any kind of mandate for change,” he said. “Assembly Republicans will continue to deliver on our conservative promises to our constituents and won’t allow Wisconsin to slide backward.”

    Dr. Bud Chumbley, Wisconsin Medical Society CEO, said that divided government at the state level could lead to gridlock and slow efforts to reduce the uninsured rate.

    But he noted that the divided federal government, with Democrats controlling the House and Republicans controlling the Senate, will likely halt efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, protecting people who gained coverage under the law.

    “It’s hard to say,” he said. “A lot of things are said in campaigns. It’s hard to sort out what people are going to do."

    The Wisconsin Hospital Association sees a bipartisan way forward on increasing the number of healthcare workers to meet demand and promoting use of telemedicine.

    “We are confident that all of us will remain focused on enacting bipartisan public policy that maintains Wisconsin’s high-quality healthcare system,” WHA CEO Eric Borgerding said in a statement.

    Medicaid expansion could come with the next budget

    Healthcare experts expect Evers will propose expanding Medicaid in his first biennial budget.

    While Republican lawmakers have long opposed accepting federal money for expansion, they may have a difficult time filling a hole that could amount to more than $200 million.

    There’s also enthusiasm among voters nationwide to take the money. Idaho, Nebraska and Utah voters all approved expanding Medicaid Tuesday.

    “Yesterday’s election results substantially increased the chances of expanding BadgerCare,” Jon Peacock, Kids Forward research director, wrote in an email. “The approval of referendums to expand Medicaid in three very red states shows how popular that policy is.”

    Also at stake are the state’s efforts to require that some childless adults work, pay premiums and take a health risk assessment to qualify for BadgerCare. Wisconsin received approval on the waiver last week.

    According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, governors may decide not to implement Medicaid waivers. If states choose to change how their Medicaid program operates, they would need to renegotiate with federal officials.

    “Although the state now has authority to make these changes, the new governor could potentially withdraw, amend or not implement the waiver,” the Kaiser Family Foundation noted in a brief released Wednesday.

    State could shift attitude toward Affordable Care Act

    Evers vowed during his campaign that he’d withdraw Wisconsin from a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the ACA on his first day in office.

    Democratic Madison attorney Josh Kaul declared victory in the state’s attorney general race Wednesday morning. Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel acknowledged Kaul’s lead but didn’t concede, saying he’ll wait until every vote is counted.

    Peacock expects that Evers and Kaul will “put some muscle” into the campaign rhetoric around coverage of pre-existing conditions. He predicted that Wisconsin will “switch sides by backing the state attorneys general that are defending the law.” 

    Friedsam of the UW Population Health Institute said that Evers’ pick for insurance commissioner could take a different approach to regulating insurance in Wisconsin, particularly around the individual market.

    That could have an impact on how plans that don’t comply with the ACA are promoted or to the degree that they’re offered in the state. And the state could end up playing a greater role in outreach and promoting enrollment, she said.

    Friedsam also said there’s “opportunities to use the purchasing power of the state” through Medicaid and the state employee health plan “to try to help control healthcare prices generally.”

    “The new governor has an opportunity now to think creatively,” she said. 


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