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  • 27 Sep 2019 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    September 27, Wisconsin Health News

    This week, the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention unveiled its recommendations, ranging from creating a suicide prevention program at the Department of Health Services to requiring student ID cards to have the phone number of a suicide prevention hotline.

    Among the measures are a series of grants targeting suicide prevention efforts, creating an interim license for psychologists to practice, and providing money for farmers to enroll in technical college courses on farm and business management as well as funding for a center that provides mental health training for schools.

    Chair Rep. Joan Ballweg, R-Markesan, said that since they announced the proposals Wednesday, they’ve heard more suggestions.

    “The more we talk about this, the more engagement there is,” she said in a recent interview. “Hopefully, we’ll come up with additional items that we can propose if not this session, then next session.”

    Ballweg spoke to Wisconsin Health News about some of the task force’s recommendations and their next steps. 

    Read more. 

  • 26 Sep 2019 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    September 26, Wisconsin Health News

    Substantial health disparities exist among ethnic groups and those with different healthcare payers in the state, according to a recent report from the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.

    The collaborative, with help from the University of Wisconsin Health Innovation Program, looked at disparities related to race, payer and location.

    Matt Gigot, director of performance measurement and analysis at the collaborative, said they’re seeing substantial disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives as well as the state’s black population.

    They’re also seeing substantial disparities among Medicaid enrollees and the uninsured compared to the commercial population.

    “For some populations, a targeted approach can be taken to mitigate one or two areas where the group is experiencing disparities,” the report’s co-author Dr. Maureen Smith, a University of Wisconsin professor of population health sciences and family medicine, said in a statement. “If we want to close the gaps in health outcomes and care for people who are experiencing multiple disparities, it will require a community-wide response.”

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  • 19 Sep 2019 4:44 PM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Medical Society, Medigram

    On Tuesday night in Delafield, the Waukesha County Medical Society provided the opportunity for physicians to dine with their elected officials and discuss trending health care topics. Representatives Knodl, Hutton, Brandtjen, Duchow, Dittrich and Senator Kapenga attended.

    Legislators responded to questions regarding vaping, direct primary care and telemedicine; however, the most discussed topic was the physician workforce in the state. While physicians were able to provide suggestions to help with the physician shortage, legislators said physician expertise is needed and legislators need to hear more from physicians.

    To ensure physicians are heard, join WisMed Voice, a new advocacy tool from the Wisconsin Medical Society. Joining WisMed Voice is easy–click here and complete the sign-up process.

    If you’re interested in becoming politically active, or supporting your legislators, please contact Heidi Green at or 608.442.3720.

  • 22 Aug 2019 5:25 PM | Anonymous

    Esha Afreen, MS2; Zachary Colvin, DO; Anna Palatnik, MD; Erika Peterson, MD

    Opioid-related deaths have been steadily rising to alarming levels in the United States over the past twenty years. In fact, deaths resulting from opioid overdose accounted for 68% of all drug overdose deaths in 20171. The dangers of overprescribing opioids for pain management include chronic opioid dependence, pill diversion, and accidental ingestion by children due to storage in unsecured locations, further fueling the worsening opioid epidemic2,3.
    Cesarean sections are one of the most common surgical procedures performed. Current data reflects that following cesarean delivery, opioids are often prescribed in excess of the amount necessary for sufficient analgesia3,4. Furthermore, recent studies have accentuated a lack of standardization of opioid prescribing practices for postpartum women, which calls for increased efforts to educate providers on safe prescribing practices2.

    One of the efforts made by the state of Wisconsin to combat opioid overprescribing is a new state law, Wisconsin Act 266, which went into effect April 1, 2017. This law was intended to discourage providers from overprescribing opioids by mandating a search of the prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) database if prescribing opioids for greater than three days duration. The objectives of our study were to examine whether opioid prescribing patterns and postpartum health care utilization were changed after this new law was enacted.

    We hypothesized that Wisconsin Act 266 decreased opioid prescribing without compromising effective post-Cesarean pain control through two aims:

    1. Determining whether there was a decrease in the total amount of opioids prescribed at discharge following Cesarean delivery after the law was enacted, and
    2. Determining whether there was a significant difference in postpartum encounters for pain after the law was enacted.

    A total of 1,316 women met criteria for analysis. There were no statistically significant differences in characteristics between patients in two study periods. There was a significant decrease in number and total amount of opioids prescribed at discharge in the year after the provisions were enacted. A multivariate linear regression was performed controlling for race, labor, previous cesarean deliveries, prior opioid use, and body mass index. Both outcomes remained statistically significant. There was no difference in percentage of patients who had additional encounters for postpartum pain control, or additional opioid prescriptions.

    The study concluded that the amount of opioids prescribed decreased in the year following enactment of Wisconsin Act 266 compared to the year prior, while postpartum encounters for pain did not increase. This demonstrates that opioids were previously being overprescribed and that the law has been effective at reducing opioid prescribing without compromising postoperative pain control after discharge. Future mandates such as this should be considered in other states to decrease opioid overprescribing on a national level.


    The student would like to thank Dr. Erika Peterson, Dr. Zachary Colvin, DO, and Dr. Anna Palatnik, MD for their continued mentorship and support for this project, as well as the Waukesha County Medical Society for their generosity in funding the fellowship that made this project possible.


    1.           Scholl L, Seth P, Kariisa M, Wilson N, Baldwin G. Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018;67(5152). doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6751521e1

    2.           Badreldin N, Grobman WA, Chang KT, Yee LM. Opioid prescribing patterns among postpartum women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018;219(1):103.e1-103.e8. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2018.04.003

    3.           Osmundson SS, Schornack LA, Grasch JL, Zuckerwise LC, Young JL, Richardson MG. Postdischarge opioid use after cesarean delivery. Obstet Gynecol. 2017;130(1):36-41. doi:10.1097/AOG.0000000000002095

    4.           Bateman BT, Cole NM, Maeda A, et al. Patterns of opioid prescription and use after cesarean delivery. Obstet Gynecol. 2017;130(1):29-35. doi:10.1097/AOG.0000000000002093

  • 12 Aug 2019 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Medical Society continues to lead the conversation on well-being and empowerment for physicians and health care teams with this follow-up to last year’s successful event. Designed to energize collaborative efforts to advance proven solutions for increasing clinician empowerment, retention and satisfaction – come be a part of this critical conversation.

    More information about this event can be found here

    You can find the direct link to register here.

  • 1 Aug 2019 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    August 1, Wisconsin Medical Society

    The Wisconsin Medical Society is excited to launch WisMed Voice, a new digital advocacy tool to connect physicians with their lawmakers. 

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  • 25 Jul 2019 1:02 PM | Anonymous

    July 25, Wisconsin Medical Society 

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is investigating cases of severe lung disease among teens who have reported vaping. All eight cases were reported in the counties of Milwaukee, Waukesha and Winnebago and presented with respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

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  • 11 Jul 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    July 11, Wisconsin Medical Society

    Governor Tony Evers signed into law Tuesday in Janesville a Wisconsin Medical Society-supported bill designed to clarify health insurance industry procedures related to “step therapy.”

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  • 13 Jun 2019 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    June 13, Wisconsin Medical Society

    Floods can happen almost anywhere and can arise quickly. Being prepared and knowing how to keep you and your family safe in a flood will make a dangerous and stressful situation more manageable.

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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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