August 6, 2020

Discounted PPE for WisMed members
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is very pleased to announce that effective immediately Society Members will receive a 5% discount on all PPE orders! 

Be sure to vote in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary!
Next Tuesday, August 11 is the partisan primary in Wisconsin and your opportunity to shape the November ballot and our future here in Wisconsin and Washington, DC. 

Action Alert: support the Governor’s masking order
Be heard - text ‘maskup’ to 52886* or click here and ask your legislators to support Governor Evers’s masking order.

Explore health innovations designed to improve patient care at OnRamp Healthcare Conference
Explore the intersection of technology and patient care at OnRamp Healthcare Conference.

WMJ invites papers for special issue
The Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) is seeking papers for a special issue examining the impact of race and racism on the health of people in Wisconsin.

Reference Committees this Saturday!
This year’s Reference Committee will be held virtually on Saturday August 8 at 9 a.m.

Save the date - HOD Q&A Town Hall August 19
The Society will host an informational meeting on the proposed constitutional amendment.

Insurance...maybe not as boring as you think
Insurance can help mitigate the stress that an injury or illness will prevent you from supporting your family or maintaining your quality of life.

July 30, 2020

Governor Evers issues statewide mask order
Governor Evers issued a statewide masking order today citing the increase in COVID-19 cases spreading across the state as part of a new public health emergency declaration.

Welcome Dr. Gundersen as new Society president
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is pleased to welcome Erik Gundersen, MD, FAAFP, of La Crosse as the current president.

Trivia from the comfort of home!
Play Wisconsin-themed trivia from the comfort of your couch! Join your fellow Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) members for the first virtual WisMed Meet Up.

Chair of Senate Health and Human Services Committee to speak at next Town Hall
Senator Patrick Testin, Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, will be the guest presenter for next week’s virtual Town Hall.

Why physicians should engage with healthtech at OnRamp Healthcare
OnRamp Healthcare Conference on August 12 is now virtual and free!

Reference Committees August 8
This year’s Reference Committee will be held virtually on Saturday August 8 at 9 a.m.

July 23, 2020

Your generosity makes a huge impact!
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund has provided financial support to 28 Wisconsin medical students with more than 30 students waiting for aid.

Society partners with statewide coalition for PSA
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) joined a broad coalition this week to release a public service announcement that promotes wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and handwashing as effective methods to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

2020 virtual House of Delegates, Reference Committees
The 2020 Wisconsin Medical Society House of Delegates (HOD) will convene on Saturday morning, August 22 at 9 a.m. using an online Zoom platform.

Provider relief fund deadline extended
The deadline for eligible Medicaid and CHIP physicians and organizations to submit information and apply for funding from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund has been extended to August 3, 2020.

COVID-19 virus biology - next virtual Town Hall
Join David O’Connor, PhD, UW Medical Foundation Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, July 29 at 12:15 p.m. O’Connor will present on the virus biology of COVID-19.

Help develop healthtech that works for physicians via OnRamp Healthcare virtual conference
The Wisconsin Medical Society and WisMed Assure are again partnering with gener8tor to host the OnRamp Healthcare Conference.

Prepare for flu season with PPE for health care teams
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) encourages clinics and health care facilities to ensure they have sufficient PPE inventories to protect their patients and staff when the flu season hits coupled with continuing COVID-19.

Medical Examining Board elects new officers
At its most recent meeting last Wednesday the Medical Examining Board (MEB) elected new officers. Sheldon Wasserman, MD, FACOG, was elected to be Chair of the MEB, Sumeet Goel, DO, was elected Vice Chair, and Clarence Chou, MD, was elected Secretary.

New WisMed OnCall: You need an emergency fund!
An emergency fund can be thought of as personal insurance for unexpected expenses.

July 16, 2020

On-demand CME – emerging trends in preadult care
Navigating the Transition Zone: from Adolescence through Young Adulthood is now available as on-demand CME! This series is designed for physicians and other members of the health care team to gain valuable insight on topics that are relevant across specialties.

WisMed Members address Gov. climate change task force
Over the past few weeks, members of the Wisconsin Medical Society addressed the virtual town halls held by the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change.

Upcoming budget cycle and how to get involved
Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) lobbyist Michael Heifetz shared some insights about the upcoming budget cycle including what to watch for and where and how to engage.

Competition and colleagues – from the comfort of your couch!
You asked, we listened! Join your fellow Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) members for the first virtual WisMed Meet Up! This Wisconsin-themed trivia night will provide an opportunity to connect with your peers across the state from the comfort of your home.

Easy advocacy via WisMed Voice
Advocate for your profession wherever you are! Enroll in WisMed Voice to ensure the physician voice is strong and heard in the Capitol by providing you with a direct connection to your legislators.

Physicians Foundation COVID-19 survey
The Physicians Foundation is surveying physicians across the country to understand how COVID-19 is and has impacted practice plans as well as physician outlooks on the future of their practices.

Therapeutics of COVID-19 – next Town Hall
Join Ann Misch, MD, infectious disease faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, July 22 at 12:15 p.m.

July 9, 2020

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down “Perfection Rule” for Medicaid recoupment
In a decision released earlier today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court set explicit limits on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ (DHS) authority to recoup payments made by Wisconsin Medicaid based solely on technical documentation errors.

Society Reference Committees, HOD scheduled to meet virtually
Reference Committee hearings will be held Saturday, August 8 via GoToWebinar. Hearings will discuss resolutions* and other items of business that will be considered by the Wisconsin Medical Society’s House of Delegates (HOD).

Foundation online auction closes July 10
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s silent auction is online this year and closes Friday, July 10!

Virtual Pitch Night – preview OnRamp Healthcare
Get a taste of what the OnRamp Healthcare Conference has to offer via Virtual Pitch Night, on July 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Healthy voting during a pandemic
Wisconsin Medical Society member Joel Charles, MD, MPH, shared resources for healthy voting during a pandemic via WisMed Community,* the Society’s online tool for members to connect with physicians around the state.

Primary care takes hit due to COVID-19
Earlier this week an article published in Health Affairs estimated that primary care practices across the nation will lose $15.1 billion in revenue in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Temte to present at next Town Hall
Join Jonathan Temte, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Public Health and Community Engagement at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health on July 15 at 12:15 p.m.

New WisMed OnCall: Public service loan forgiveness
For those who qualify, Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) may be a way to help repay student loans. However, there are many factors to consider when determining whether this is a viable option.

July 2, 2020

House of Delegates and Reference Committees scheduled, virtually
Save the Date for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Reference Committees, scheduled for 9 a.m. on August 8 via gotowebinar.

OnRamp Healthcare: Be in the “room” where it happens
Complimentary registration is now available for the OnRamp Healthcare Conference. Scheduled virtually for August 12, 2020, the conference brings together corporate executives, investors, innovators and members of the health care team.

Next Town Hall: COVID-19 communicability
Join Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics, July 8 at 12:15 p.m. when Safdar will present on the communicability of COVID-19.

What would you share with a future physician?
For nearly twenty years, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) has helped connect practicing physicians to first year medical students at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

WisMed Assure promotes Chris Noffke to Vice President, Employee Benefits
WisMed Assure is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Noffke from Director of Group Benefits to Vice President, Employee Benefits. Chris has been with WisMed Assure for four years and has worked as an insurance advisor for more than 15 years.

June 25, 2020

Next Town Hall: Senator Tammy Baldwin
Senator Tammy Baldwin will join the Wisconsin Medical Society at the next Town Hall on Wednesday, July 1 at 12:15 p.m.

Speak out against racism, discrimination and bias
Racism is a public health crisis and action is required to establish equity in health.

Medical students struggling during COVID-19
The pandemic has hit medical students in very basic ways. Jobs and fellowships have disappeared, and their families are also struggling – even dying from COVID-19.

WISMedPAC board approved
During Saturday's board meeting, the following were approved to serve on the WISMedPAC board for 2020-2021.

Medical Examining Board and state update
The Medical Examining Board (MEB) met last week and discussed temporary licensing rules that may need to be addressed in anticipation of a “second wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic in the fall.

Insurance Advisor joins the WisMed Assure team
WisMed Assure is always looking for and developing new and better ways to serve the Wisconsin medical community. This includes developing a team of dedicated professionals through education, training, and, when needed, hiring proven expertise.

Navigating testing in a COVID-19 environment
Navigating insurance benefits is complex and confusing for consumers and business owners alike.

Income driven repayment plans
Choosing the best plan for repaying your federal student loans depends on your ability to pay and your financial goals. 

June 18, 2020

Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund announces premium holiday
Yesterday, the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund (Fund) approved waiving the upcoming fiscal year’s premiums for physicians, CRNAs and hospitals enrolled in the fund.

Governor Evers to speak at Society Virtual Town Hall
Governor Tony Evers will join the Wisconsin Medical Society at the next scheduled Town Hall on Wednesday, June 24 at 12:15 p.m.

Shop for a cause – Foundation auction now live online
The Foundation had to cancel the in-person event and silent auction this year due to the pandemic but is now bringing the auction to you virtually!

PPE orders now direct ship!
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is happy to announce that PPE orders will now be shipped directly to the recipient and there is no longer a $500 minimum order.

OnRamp Healthcare Conference – attend virtually on August 12
Physicians interested in being a part of lowering cost, increasing access and improving outcomes in health care cannot miss OnRamp Healthcare Conference (OnRamp).

MPL Market + COVID-19 = What next?
Consider the degree of uncertainty COVID-19 has introduced while reading this statement by Tom Baker, a University of Pennsylvania Law School professor. 

June 11, 2020

First shipment of PPE orders delivered
Members and non-members from across the state picked up their PPE orders last week.

Welcome med students with a white coat
Sponsoring a white coat for an incoming medical student through the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s annual White Coat Campaign welcomes them to the medical community.

Statewide White Coats for Black Lives Rally this Saturday
The White Coats for Black Lives Wisconsin chapter will be holding their kickoff rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m.

Society Board Chair and Professor at Emory University to present at Society’s Virtual Town Hall
Join WisMed Board Chair Jerry Halverson, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Rogers Behavioral Health and Nadine Kaslow, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Emory University next Wednesday, June 17 at the Virtual Town Hall.

HHS announces next round of provider relief
On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the next round of funding for providers from the CARES Act.

WEDC grants for small practices
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced that applications for one-time loans for small businesses will be accepted from Monday, June 15 through Tuesday, June 23.

How different interest rates work: The good and bad of compound interest – New WisMed OnCall
Knowing the difference between simple and compound interest as well as loan capitalization is critical to understanding how to manage your debt and maximize your savings.

June 4, 2020

Racism is a Public Health Crisis
“I can’t breathe.” These were the harrowing last words of an American, George Floyd, spoken as a system deprived him of life.

Help protect our future physicians!
“My summer internship was cancelled, and I can’t work. I’m not sure how I am going to eat, let alone pay my rent.”

Additional PPE products available for order
Wisconsin physicians can now order face shields and an additional disposable gown type through the PPE ordering option the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) created to help Wisconsin’s health professionals access PPE.*

Pulmonary and Critical Care physicians to present at next Town Hall
On Wednesday, June 10 at 6 p.m. UW Health Pulmonary and Critical Care physicians Ellie Golestanian, MD, and James Runo, MD, will share their experiences, challenges and the therapeutics they are utilizing to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

Effectiveness of physical distancing during COVID-19
John Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin discussed social distancing and the COVID-19 epidemic during Wednesday’s Physician Town Hall meeting presented by the Wisconsin Medical Society.

VotER project aims to register patients to vote
VotER is a nonprofit that provides a non-partisan, non-interruptive way to help health care professionals assist patients with registering to vote.

AMA COVID-19 efforts
Last week the American Medical Association (AMA) released two letters related to COVID-19.

May 28, 2020

Support for physicians and other health care staff
The Physician Support Line is operated by physicians for physicians. This confidential, free service is designed for physicians to obtain peer to peer support.

2020 White Coat Campaign underway
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s annual White Coat Campaign has begun.

Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is on its way for clinics serving vulnerable populations, including rural and urban settings, and fundraising has begun to provide PPE support for as long as necessary.

Lyerly, MD, running for State Assembly
Wisconsin Medical Society member Kristin Lyerly, MD, MPH, recently announced her campaign for the State Assembly for district 88 in the Green Bay area as a democrat.

MCW President and CEO on next Virtual Town Hall
On Wednesday night, the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) and attorney John Rather of the Madison law firm Neider & Boucher S.C., spoke to attendees at the second virtual town hall meeting.

Simons new Chair-elect of FSMB
The Wisconsin Medical Society congratulates Kenneth Simons, MD, on his election to Chair-elect of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).

MEB discusses executive orders, licensing
At last week’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) meeting the MEB discussed the impacts of the expiration of Governor Evers’s executive orders – particularly as it relates to licensing.

Last chance to shape Society advocacy!
The Advocacy Priorities survey closes on Friday, May 29, so take it today!

Accessing COVID-19 test results
The Department of Health Services provided instructions for health care professionals to access patient COVID-19 test results.

Different kinds of debt – New WisMed OnCall
Amassing a considerable amount of debt during medical school is standard for the majority of medical students. 

May 21, 2020

WisMed Foundation to donate PPE to practices serving vulnerable populations
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) can help with personal protective equipment (PPE)!

Opportunity for health professionals to order PPE
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is proudly offering an opportunity for all physicians and health care professionals throughout Wisconsin to order personal protective equipment (PPE).

Governor Evers announces new funding from CARES Act
Earlier this week Governor Evers announced new funding to help address the various impacts of COVID-19. On Tuesday, the Governor announced the creation of a $1 billion effort to support COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, operations and resources for local communities.

Second Virtual Town Hall announced
On Wednesday night, the Wisconsin Medical Society and State epidemiologist, Ryan Westergaard, MD, kicked off the first of five virtual town hall meetings.

HHS updates FAQs on CARES Act funds
Late last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released clarifications for providers who received funds in relation to the CARES Act.

Help shape the future of Society advocacy - short survey!
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is seeking input from physicians and future physicians on critical issues that need to be addressed in the next legislative biennial.

COVID-19 vaccine progress
On Monday, May 18, John Raymond, MD, President and CEO of Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) presented to virtual audience members of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and MCW a daily briefing on Milwaukee's health and economy.

May 14, 2020

Supreme Court overturns Safer at Home order
Yesterday the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the Evers Administration’s Safer at Home order effective immediately.

PPE ordering
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is proudly offering an opportunity for all physicians and health care providers throughout Wisconsin to order PPE.

Westergaard, MD, to speak at Society virtual town hall meeting
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) will host weekly virtual town hall meetings beginning Wednesday, May 20, in order to provide a venue for physicians and other members of the health care team to learn and share on a variety of topics surrounding COVID-19.

Save the date for Doctor Day 2021!
Doctor Day 2021 is scheduled for Wednesday May 5, 2021 at the Monona Terrace in Madison.

Help shape the future of Society advocacy - short survey!
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is seeking input from physicians and future physicians on critical issues that need to be addressed in the next legislative biennial.

Society COVID-19 resource round-up
The Wisconsin Medical Society has shared many resources with Medigram readers over the past six weeks to aid physicians and their health care teams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buy or rent a home – New WisMed OnCall
There are many factors to consider when deciding whether to buy or rent a home, especially during residency.

May 7, 2020

PPE for physicians and health care teams
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is pleased to announce that Wisconsin health care practices can now order personal protective equipment (PPE) from a reputable and certified bulk PPE supplier through ActionPPE.

Help guide Society advocacy
Be Heard! On May 5, the Wisconsin Medical Society emailed all physicians and soon-to-be physicians asking for their input on critical issues to be addressed in the next legislative biennial.

Supreme Court considers Safer at Home
On Tuesday, the State Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whether or not the extension of the Safer at Home order issued on April 16 violated state law.

Physician announces candidacy
Chris Kapsner, MD, an emergency medicine specialist in Sheridan, is running as a democrat for the State Assembly’s 67th district.

AMA COVID-19 resources
The American Medical Association (AMA) has compiled resources to help states advance their response to COVID-19.

Deadline extended for attestation of HHS funds
The deadline for health care professionals to attest to receipt of Provider Relief Fund payments and accept the Terms and Conditions has been extended by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

How to get ideal long-term disability for your specialty group
The simple truth is that specialty physician groups need special treatment in order be fully protected from the financial hardships a disability can cause.

Settlers Bank to assist physicians and clinics with SBA/PPP applications
Settlers Bank is a Wisconsin business focused on serving the needs of physicians and clinics throughout the state. In order to best serve those needs during this time, they will assist physicians and clinics with questions regarding the SBA/PPP loan application process – even if they are not a current client.

Complimentary access to well-known attorney now available to Society members
Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) members can now access the assistance of a familiar and trusted health care and business attorney to help them better understand legal issues and financial resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Considerations for reopening practice
The Wisconsin Medical Society compiled guidelines to assist with reopening your practice from resources developed by leading organizations throughout the country, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, State Medical Societies, Specialty Medical Societies and ProAssurance.

COVID-19 policy update
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) responded on behalf of the Department of Health Services (DHS) to the Legislature’s lawsuit seeking to overturn the extension of Governor Evers’s Safer at Home order.

Taking the fight to COVID-19
Jim Yong Kim, MD, emphasized in last week’s relevant reading that it is not too late to go on the offensive in fighting COVID-19.

Special election only a few weeks away – make a contribution now
On Tuesday, May 12, voters will elect a new representative to serve out former Congressman Sean Duffy’s term for the 7th Congressional district. Duffy retired in September due to family matters.

Fast track to financial independence: ‘Live Like a Resident’ – New WisMed OnCall
After scrimping for years of medical school and residency, it’s completely understandable to want to enjoy your hard-earned salary once you become an attending.

Facts you need about Medicare Supplement Insurance
The best time to explore and understand Medicare Supplement Insurance is well before you turn age 65.

April 23, 2020

COVID-19 policy updates
On Monday, Governor Evers released the “Badger Bounce Back” plan detailing benchmarks for when the state can begin to relax the provisions of the Safer at Home order and reopen the economy.

Updated testing recommendations, supplies and treatments
Effective April 16, 2020, the Department of Health Services released updated testing recommendations.

Foundation seeks feedback – mission and vision in the time of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the way we all do our work. In listening to Wisconsin Medical Society members, it seems clear that one of the most important things we can do for the health of Wisconsin right now is to help support our health care professionals and students.

CMS issues recommendations on “non-essential” procedures
On Monday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued recommendations for when it would be okay to start performing “non-essential” procedures and services during the pandemic.

COVID-19 insurance premium relief
To assist physicians adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, ProAssurance, our endorsed carrier for medical professional liability insurance, is offering a premium credit to adjust for reduced medical liability exposure for those who have suspended elective procedures or are seeing fewer patients.

April 16, 2020

Legislature votes on COVID-19 package
Yesterday the Legislature passed and Governor Evers signed a package (Act 185) aimed at dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Evers extends Safer at Home order
Earlier today Governor Evers extended the state’s Safer at Home order until May 26.

Society signs on to support Phase 4 proposals
Earlier this week the Wisconsin Medical Society signed on to a joint letter with the AMA and other state medical societies outlining specific areas where Congress could take additional action in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DEA issues temporary exceptions for controlled substances
Late last week the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) issued new guidance regarding temporary flexibilities on the handling of controlled substances by satellite hospitals and clinics.

State epidemiologist Ryan Westergaard to participate in next CMO virtual call
Over the past three weeks, peers from a statewide community of Chief Medical Officers and other physician leaders have communicated virtually to exchange ideas and resources on the topics surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic during a series of virtual meetings.

Medical Examining Board update
The Medical Examining Board (MEB) met on Wednesday this week and the primary topic of discussion was COVID-19.

April 9, 2020

Society partners in physician financial assistance letter to HHS
The Wisconsin Medical Society joined with numerous state and national medical societies to send a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting “immediate financial assistance for physicians across the country who are taking heroic action to treat patients with the novel coronavirus, providing ongoing care for patients with chronic conditions and urgent needs, and incurring significant financial losses due to postponing non-essential procedures and visits.”

How the stimulus can help you
As the COVID-19 crisis continues, there are wide-ranging resources available for physicians and health care professionals. However, identifying which resources will benefit your health care practice can be difficult.

Communicating social distancing to patients
Some estimates place the state’s peak late next week, while the Department of Health Services says it may be in the next 3 to 6 weeks. Regardless, the importance of social distancing remains the same.

Financial Wellness for Physicians – New WisMed OnCall
After being talked into buying an insurance product that did not fit his financial needs and goals, third-year medical student Rufus Sweeney decided to do something about it.

April 2, 2020

Society COVID-19 action update
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) continues to advocate for physician and patient needs during this pandemic as Wisconsin’s physicians continue to provide high-quality care while putting themselves at risk. The Society’s continued efforts over the last week have produced tangible results in the fight against COVID-19.

Last chance to get your absentee ballot today!
Next Tuesday, April 7 is Wisconsin’s spring election and today, April 2 is the last chance to request your absentee ballot online at - it’s so simple!

Discounted telehealth for clinics – Society partners with Valet Health
The Wisconsin Medical Society has partnered with Valet Health, an innovative health care digital marketing company, to offer a streamlined – and HIPAA compliant – telehealth start-up service during the coronavirus pandemic.

Society CEO participates on WMC panel
On Wednesday, Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, was a panelist for the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) weekly webinar addressing COVID-19 concerns.

COVID-19 crisis prompts OCI guidance to insurers
Insurers are being asked to allow small employers of physicians and other health care workers (2 - 49 employees) to extend health care coverage to employees who work less than 30 hours per week or are furloughed due to COVID-19.

Society staff working for you – remotely
Wisconsin Medical Society staff would like to thank each and every one of our more than 10,000 members for your dedication to the profession and your patients, especially during this time.

Governance modernization update
Wisconsin Medical Society staff has put the final touches on the proposed new governance structure and has created this document to help communicate that structure and the process used to develop this.

Society and Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin issue joint statement
Earlier this week the Wisconsin Medical Society and the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin (PSW) issued a joint statement asking physicians and pharmacists to exercise responsible prescribing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.