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  • 22 Nov 2019 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Medical Society has partnered with the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to bring together experts on emerging health care trends within the transition zone of adolescents becoming young adults for the Society’s Annual Meeting CME Conference. Navigating the Transition Zone: From Adolescence through Young Adulthood,* will be April 17 and 18 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison, Wis.

    Saturday’s keynote, Childhood Adversity and Lifelong Health: The Science Behind Trauma-informed Care, will be presented by Pamela McGranahan, DNP, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Nursing, DNP Program Director.

    With a focus on mental and behavioral health, sexual health, adolescent lifestyles and complex diseases within the transition zone of adolescents becoming young adults, this conference is designed for physicians and other members of the health care team to gain valuable insight on topics that are relevant across specialties.

    Plan your weekend! The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction will be from 5 pm – 8:30 pm on Friday, April 17 and the Society House of Delegates meeting will be on Sunday, April 19.

    Contact Brianna Farwell at 608.442.3791 with questions.
    * This conference has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and AAFP Credit.

    Find more information here!

  • 21 Oct 2019 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    October 21, Wisconsin Health News

    The annual economic cost of binge drinking in Wisconsin is $3.9 billion, according to a new report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

    The report called binge drinking a “critical public health concern” and said it leads to increased spending on healthcare, crime and other costs.

    “Everyone who lives and works in Wisconsin is affected by the health and economic costs of excessive alcohol consumption, including binge drinking,” the report noted.

    The prevalence of binge drinking in Wisconsin last year was 24 percent, compared to the median of 16 percent in the United States.

    Productivity losses contributed to 66 percent of the total cost of binge drinking, with 10 percent attributed to healthcare, 15 percent to criminal justice and 9 percent to other losses like motor-vehicle crashes. The annual cost per resident, including children, is $666.

    Local, state and federal governments pay for around 41.4 percent of total binge drinking costs, which is around $1.6 billion.

    The state alcohol tax revenue in Wisconsin last year was $60.9 million, 1.6 percent of the total cost of binge drinking.

    The report noted limitations like the numbers being “substantially underestimated” due to gaps in data and by not including intangible costs like pain and suffering.

    Read more.

    Correction: The initial story misstated the revenue collected through the state’s alcohol tax. The correct number is $60.9 million.

  • 11 Oct 2019 10:08 AM | Anonymous

    October 11, Wisconsin Health News

    Hospital leaders weighed in on what health systems can do to cut costs and the role they should play in addressing the social determinants of health at a Wisconsin Health News panel this week.

    Panelists included:

    ·     Dr. Scott Rathgaber, CEO, Gundersen Health System

    ·     Damond Boatwright, President, SSM Health Wisconsin

    ·     Luke Beirl, CEO, Hayward Area Memorial Hospital

    Watch a WisconsinEye video of the event.
  • 8 Oct 2019 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    Charles Franklin, PhD, nationally recognized government scholar and pollster, will headline Doctor Day 2020. 

    Doctor Franklin has served as director of the Marquette Law School Poll since its inception in 2012.  During that year’s highly scrutinized election cycle, he established Marquette as the definitive source for information concerning public opinion in Wisconsin. 

    Under Doctor Franklin’s direction as a visiting professor at Marquette, the poll became the largest independent polling project in state history. It accurately captured voter attitudes before every major election in 2012, including the gubernatorial recall, U.S. Senate and presidential races.

    Since joining Marquette as a professor of law and public policy in August 2013, Doctor Franklin has used the poll to continue tracking political races of interest to voters and explore additional public policy issues.

    At Doctor Day on January 29, 2020, Franklin will share his insight and polling data relevant healthcare policy and the 2020 election. 

    Click here for more information!

  • 27 Sep 2019 9:13 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 9:17 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.”

    Read more.

  • 19 Sep 2019 3:44 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 4:25 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 11:49 AM | 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 12:05 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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