March 26, 2020

Society action regarding COVID-19
Conditions are changing by the moment regarding COVID-19. The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is taking action to help protect and support physicians and their patients to address this public health crisis and flatten the curve.

Eileen Wilson retiring; Marje Murray to take the helm as Foundation director
After almost 20 years with the Foundation, serving the last seven years as executive director, Eileen Wilson will be retiring in April.

Senate passes Phase 3 of COVID-19 relief
On Wednesday, the Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, otherwise known as “Phase 3,” of Congress’s efforts to provide relief for families, health care practitioners and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Mile Bluff Medical Center shares their COVID-19 response
Mile Bluff Medical Center kindly shared their COVID-19 response plan that was sent to their staff on Monday, March 23.

Board of Pharmacy and other COVID-19 prescribing-related actions
Physicians and pharmacists always work to provide care and medications for their patients, especially during a pandemic or other disaster.

Small Business 20/20 grants to help with impacts of COVID-19
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) created the Small Business 20/20 Program to provide grants to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trials begin for COVID-19 treatment
Last week the University of Minnesota began a clinical trial for post-exposure treatment for COVID-19 using hydroxychloroquine.

Young Physician Section election results
The Young Physician Section (YPS) results from the election are included below. Congratulations to the new leaders!

March 19, 2020

Society event updates - HOD, Reference Committees postponed
Jay Gold, MD, Speaker of the House of Delegates (HOD), with authority granted him by the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Executive Committee acting on behalf of the Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone the House of Delegates and Reference Committee meetings.

Physician resources for COVID-19
With the rapidly changing information regarding COVID-19, the Wisconsin Medical Society is providing our members and their teams with a focused list of resources so you can get the most up to date information for you, your patients and your families.

Governance modernization
With the recent events related to COVID-19 and the impact it has had on in-person gatherings, never has it been a more important time to explore better tools and resources for digital engagement.

Insurance and the coronavirus pandemic
WisMed Assure has provided information about short-term disability, long-term disability, worker’s compensation and business interruption insurance.

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment announces funding to support Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response
The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) has announced the availability of up to $5 million in funding to support Wisconsin’s response to the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

HHS Office of Civil Rights enforcement discretion related to HIPAA
In light of the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is exercising its enforcement discretion and, effective immediately, will not impose penalties on physicians using telehealth in the event of noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

March 13, 2020

Important update regarding Society’s April events
The Wisconsin Medical Society values the exceptional work and dedication of health care professionals. The health and safety of our members, attendees, employees and community is our top priority. Due to the recent pandemic designation of COVID-19 by the World Health Organization and the declaration of a public health emergency by Governor Evers, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the annual CME event and Foundation fundraising dinner scheduled April 17-18.

Caucus meetings underway
Society Districts 3, 6 and 7 have come together at their Caucus meetings this week to discuss resolutions that will be acted on by the House of Delegates.

COVID-19 update
Earlier this week the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic and just yesterday Gov. Tony Evers proclaimed a public health emergency for the state in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 5, 2020

Physicians advocate for student immunizations
On Tuesday, March 3, multiple physicians advocated for the efficacy, safety and utility of student immunizations in front of a packed room in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics.

Gov. Evers signs four Society-supported HOPE bills
Governor Evers signed four Society-supported HOPE bills into law on Tuesday. These new laws are focused on improving access to treatment for opioid and substance use disorder and received bipartisan support.

Transition Zone CME early bird ends tomorrow
Early bird pricing ends tomorrow for our annual meeting CME conference.

COVID-19 risk low in Wisconsin
The first case of 2019 novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Wisconsin was confirmed on February 5, and currently 6 patients are pending investigation.

A three-point strategy for winning big
“A little March madness may complement and contribute to sanity and help keep society on an even keel.”

February 27, 2020

Society members to testify at student immunization hearing
Next Tuesday, March 3, the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics will hold a public hearing on updates to the state’s student immunization regulations.

New health care power of attorney law in effect
Earlier this month Governor Evers signed into law a change that could impact when a patient’s health care power of attorney takes effect.

Adolescent lifestyles just one focus of CME conference
Network with colleagues while learning how to help guide your patients into adulthood at Navigating the Transition Zone: from adolescence through young adulthood,* April 17-18 in Madison.

Governance modernization listening sessions wrapping up, still time to provide feedback
The end of February brings about the wrap-up of the district governance modernization listening sessions. Wisconsin Medical Society staff have crisscrossed the state for the past 10 months, gathering feedback from nearly 200 members at 16 events.

Calling all delegates – join a reference committee!
Wisconsin Medical Society members are invited to participate on a reference committee for this year's House of Delegates. The reference committees are scheduled to take place in Madison on March 28 and at the House of Delegates on April 19.

Learn how teens engage in their health care at the PATCH Symposium
The 2020 PATCH Symposium, May 13 in Madison, is an unconventional, interprofessional learning event for Wisconsin health professionals seeking to enhance the way adolescents receive and experience health care in our state.

February 20, 2020

Assembly approves CARES Act, PBM bill
Two bills that the Wisconsin Medical Society has been tracking received votes on the Assembly floor this week.

Society members discuss health care with Representative Kind
On Tuesday, February 18, Congressman Ron Kind and his regional staff person, Mark Aumann, joined 15 physicians and leaders from the Wisconsin Medical Society at Stella Blues in Eau Claire for a Health Care Forum.

RFS and YPS nominations due Feb. 28
Nominations are being accepted for a variety of leadership positions within the Resident Fellow Section (RFS) and the Young Physician Section (YPS) of the Wisconsin Medical Society.

Resolutions for 2020 House of Delegates now available online
Resolutions to be considered at the 2020 Wisconsin Medical Society House of Delegates (HOD) are now available online through WisMed Community Virtual Reference Committees (VRCs).

Term life insurance
“How much can I get for how little?” This is the usual question from a potential buyer of “Term” Life insurance—but for our residents, fellows and young physicians who want to protect their life and their family, it’s an incomplete question.

La Follette School of Public Affairs to host inaugural policy forum
With generous support from Herb Kohl Philanthropies, the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is pleased to announce its inaugural La Follette Forum.

February 13, 2020

Amended CARES Act passes both Senate and Assembly Committees
The substitute amendment of the CARES Act passed both the Senate and Assembly committees this week and will now head to floors of both houses for a vote.

Society end-of-session sprint
The 2019-2020 legislative session is drawing to a close with the Assembly expected to adjourn after its February 20 floor period and the Senate expected to adjourn in March.

Help your patients transition from adolescence through young adulthood
Don’t miss two great days of networking, CME and emerging trends in preadult health care. Navigating the Transition Zone: from adolescence through young adulthood,* April 17-18 in Madison, will focus on mental and behavioral health, sexual health, adolescent lifestyles and complex diseases.

Join a reference committee!
Society staff is pulling together a list of members to participate on the reference committees for this year's House of Delegates.

Foster a healthy tomorrow at Foundation Dinner
Enjoy an evening with colleagues and friends, help celebrate physician and medical student award recipients and support the work of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation at this year’s Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction on April 17 in Madison.

February 6, 2020

New proposals would impact patient coverage
Two new proposals, one federal and one state, could significantly impact patient coverage and access in Wisconsin.

Society accepting WISMedPAC board nominations
The Wisconsin Medical Society is currently accepting nominations to the WISMedPAC Board of Directors.

Nominees for Society offices announced; District caucuses scheduled
The Nominating Committee of the Wisconsin Medical Society House of Delegates (HOD) prepared a slate of nominees for Society offices during its meeting January 24.

Share governance modernization feedback
Feedback is the name of the game, as Wisconsin Medical Society staff and member leadership crisscross the state to hear from our members.

Playing defense and offense to win the liability game: a game plan for success in a hard insurance market
Three of every four primary care physicians will be sued by a patient during the course of their career. The numbers are even worse for specialties.

January 9, 2020

Society efforts result in physician reimbursement increase
The Society is pleased to announce that the Department of Health Services (DHS) will be increasing physician Medicaid reimbursement for physician and psychiatrist services by $18.5 million effective January 1, 2020.

Physicians active at Capitol this week
The physician voice was heard at the Capitol this week with Wisconsin Medical Society members testifying on 11 bills in three different committees.

Foundation event, education conference to focus on healthy youth during annual meeting weekend
The new year has begun and it’s time to make plans for attending the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Education Conference, taking place April 17-19 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

Future of Society governance taking shape
As the 2020 House of Delegates approaches, Wisconsin Medical Society staff is increasing its effort to gather member feedback on proposed changes to the Society’s policymaking process.

House of Delegates to consider amendments to Society’s constitution
Among the items to be considered during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2020 House of Delegates (HOD) meeting April 19 in Madison are proposed amendments to the Society’s constitution.

Resolutions for 2020 Annual Meeting due Feb. 3; Reference Committees set for March
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s House of Delegates (HOD) will convene Sunday, April 19, as part of the Society’s 2020 Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.