April 1, 2021

State opening COVID-19 vaccine eligibility on April 5; Physicians can lead the way
Citing an increasing supply of COVID-19 vaccinations and success in vaccinating large percentages of those already eligible, the State of Wisconsin earlier this week announced that all Wisconsin citizens age 16 and older will be eligible to receive vaccinations as of Monday, April 5.

Your ideas needed at 2021 virtual Annual Meeting
Hearing from WisMed Members is the priority during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Membership Briefing on Saturday April 17, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This is an opportunity to chat with fellow members in small groups, pose questions to Society leaders and share your opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the Society - all in just two hours!

Doctor Day is May 5 – advocate for your profession; Vote April 6
Registration is open for a virtual 2021 Doctor Day and the agenda is set. Now we just need you to be part of this day of advocacy for physicians and patients.

RFS and YPS nominations due April 11
Nominations are now 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.

CMS Blue Button - kickstart your awareness before physician scoring goes mainstream
At the push of a button, many more patients and payers will be comparing the cost of the care you provide to the cost of the same care provided by other physicians. They will also be able to ask why your quality scores are different compared to other physicians.

Know your WISMedPAC board member
Bradley Burmeister, MD, is the newest member of the WISMedPAC board, who brings a strong passion for politics to the mix. He’s an ER physician at Bellin Memorial in Green Bay.

White Coat Investor event shared keys to financial success
James Dahle, MD, founder of the White Coat Investor®, recently presented to Wisconsin Medical Society members about financial topics crucial to the success of early career physicians.

National Healthcare Decisions Day: April 16
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). The purpose of NHDD is to inspire, educate and empower the public and physicians about Advance Care Planning (ACP).

March 25, 2021

WisMed condemns surge in anti-Asian hate crimes; offers resources
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) issued a statement condemning the increase in anti-Asian hate crimes, including the murders of six Asian women (and eight victims overall) in Atlanta on March 16.

Foundation auction closes tomorrow at noon
Bid now! Check out the great items in the Foundation Mini Auction in conjunction with the Taste of the Foundation Series. If you couldn’t attend the event you still have a chance to enjoy the wine that we will be tasting – just bid on it!

RFS and YPS nominations due April 11
Nominations are now 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.

Share your ideas at 2021 virtual Annual Meeting
WisMed Members are encouraged to share their ideas during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Membership Briefing on Saturday April 17, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This is an opportunity to chat with fellow members in small groups, pose questions to Society leaders and share your opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the Society - all in just two hours!

Survey to understand patients’ vaccine hesitancy
Vaccine misinformation is prevalent and easily accessible to parents and patients. This misinformation can impact parental attitude about vaccines.

Healing Arts: First phase of Healing Reflections Mural unveiled at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire
For close to a year, the Healing Arts committee at Mayo Clinic Health System in Northwest Wisconsin has been collecting and sharing stories of healing from employees and community members. The project pairs the stories with artists to create a Healing Reflections mural.

Income-driven repayment plans
Looking forward to residency also means looking forward to repaying student loans. There are several things to consider to make the best choice for how to repay student loans.

Free continuing education credit available through WMJ
The Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) has teamed up with the UW-Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) to offer continuing education credit for certain original research papers published in the journal.

March 18, 2021

Doctor Day 2021 to include timely breakout sessions
Join your colleagues (virtually) for Doctor Day on May 5, 2021 to fight for your patients, profession and sound health care policy.

Are you ready for Blue Button? Kickstart your awareness before physician scoring goes mainstream
At the push of a button, many more patients and payers will be comparing the cost of the care you provide to the cost of the same care provided by other physicians. They will also be able to ask why your quality scores are different compared to other physicians.

Register now for 2021 virtual annual meeting
WisMed Members are encouraged to attend the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Membership Briefing on Saturday April 17, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

MCW Master of Science in Global Health Equity
The Medical College of Wisconsin is proud to offer a Master of Science in Global Health Equity program. This program was developed to prepare future global health leaders who will learn by engaging with diverse local and global populations.

Tax season tactics
With tax season in full swing, how much longer can taxpayers enjoy the tax benefits from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and the 2019 SECURE Act? Most of the provisions expire at the end of 2025, but Congress could make changes sooner, so it’s anyone's guess. Here are three strategies to consider.

Honoring Choices Wisconsin seeks local champions
At its most recent meeting this week, members of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW) Steering Committee discussed the opportunity to increase the number of patients expressing their future medical treatment wishes through the use of advance directives.

MEB approves prescribing CME requirement extension; begins work on potential chaperone rule
The State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) at its most recent monthly meeting advanced a proposed administrative rule that will extend for another biennium the requirement that most physicians obtain two credits of continuing education related to opioid prescribing.

Beware – false information regarding COVID-19 vaccination impacting life insurance policies
The Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner sent out a press release earlier this week alerting consumers to misinformation that getting a COVID-19 vaccination could void a policyholder’s life insurance coverage.

March 11, 2021

Register now for 2021 virtual annual meeting
WisMed Members are encouraged to attend the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Membership Briefing on Saturday April 17, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Vote now! Nominees, elections for Society offices
Wisconsin Medical Society Members can now vote for the Society President-elect and Treasurer.

SARS-CoV-2 CME series now available on demand
In partnership with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Wisconsin Medical Society COVID-19 Task Force, a SARS-CoV-2 CME series was presented over the past several weeks to a broad audience of physicians.

Member-exclusive early career finances with the White Coat Investor
There’s still time to register for the member-exclusive webinar Early Career Financial Management presented by James Dahle, MD, on March 25 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn from one of your most respected peers in the field on this subject matter.

Info needed: What’s your experience with health care power of attorney forms?
National Healthcare Decisions Day is on April 16, and is intended to help educate the public on the benefits of advance care planning and inspiring people to “have the conversation” about preparing advance directives, making health care power of attorney designations and ensuring loved ones understand end-of-life wishes. The day also emphasizes how important it is for physicians to support their state’s advance care planning programs and opportunities.

Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology after hours series
During “Who, What, When, Where, How for Eye Missions,” March 16 from 7 to 8 p.m., Kevin Wienkers, MD, will share his experience in mission work. He will also speak about how to get involved and why others should, too.

Free buprenorphine X-Waiver trainings for eligible Wisconsin prescribers
The Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine (WISAM) will host eight virtual trainings in 2021 through a partnership grant with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. This series is designed to increase treatment capacity for opioid use disorders by training more prescribers to be able to treat opioid use disorders with buprenorphine.

March 4, 2021

AMA President, Susan R. Bailey, MD, to Keynote 2021 Doctor Day
The Doctor Day planning committee is delighted to announce Susan R. Bailey, MD, as the keynote for this year’s Doctor Day.

Register by March 8 to enjoy wine and cheese with the Foundation
Enjoy wine and cheese with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation while connecting with our community and raising money for our mission. A Taste of the Foundation will be held March 25, June 24 and September 23 from 7-8 p.m. Register for the first event by March 8 to ensure tasting kits are sent out on time.

You’re a member! Now what? Take Hold of Your Financial Future
Tune in to You’re a member! Now what? to get to know Mark Ziety of WisMed Financial. Created by the Wisconsin Medical Society, WisMed Financial provides financial advice physicians can trust. Join us on Wednesday, March 10 at 12 p.m.

Date change for 2021 virtual Annual Meeting and Membership Briefing
Please consider attending the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Membership Briefing on Saturday April 17, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Vote now: Nominees, elections for Society offices
Wisconsin Medical Society Members can now vote for the Society Treasurer and President-elect via the link below. According to the Society’s Constitution, Article V, the President Elect and Treasurer will be elected by the general membership.

Free COVID-19 buttons to encourage safe behaviors
Is your outfit of the day missing something? Wisconsin Medical Society members can get free Stop the Spread buttons.

When to start receiving Social Security benefits
One of the must-answer questions for anyone retiring is when to start Social Security. 

February 25, 2021

Share your white coat stories
Every year, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) provides a white coat to every incoming medical student in Wisconsin. The Foundation wants to share your white coat experience with the donors who make this work possible and hopes to make it a little more fun this year!

Society-supported COVID-19 liability protections signed into law
Governor Tony Evers signed legislation into law earlier this morning that provides civil liability protection against opportunistic COVID-19 lawsuits. Under the new law, entities such as physician offices will be immune from civil liability for harm related to someone’s exposure to SARS-CoV-2, unless the entity engaged in reckless or wanton conduct or intentional misconduct.

SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Children and Adolescents and Pathophysiology of Unusual Effect of the Virus, next Wednesday
Elizabeth Ann Misch, MD, and Joseph McBride, MD, will present the last live webinar of the SARS-CoV-2 CME series* with SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Children and Adolescents and Pathophysiology of Unusual Effect of the Virus.

WisMed leaders attend AMA National Advocacy Conference
Gathering virtually rather than in Washington, D.C. this year, a group of Wisconsin Medical Society policy leaders participated in the AMA’s two-day National Advocacy Conference, held on February 23 and 24. 

Learn how to improve patient health, recruitment and manage costs via the Climate-Smart Healthcare webinar
The Climate-Smart Healthcare webinar, April 20 at noon, will explore how increasing energy and material efficiency, shifting to renewable energy and becoming resilient to natural disasters is an opportunity for organizations to make progress towards improving their patients’ health, recruiting and retaining skilled staff, managing costs and benefiting their communities. 

White Coat Investor webinar
James Dahle, MD, of The White Coat Investor will present a one-hour webinar on March 25 at 5:00 p.m. Early Career Financial Management will address issues physicians encounter at the beginning stages of their careers which are critical to their financial health and overall well-being. 

February 18, 2021

Run for a Healthier Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is planning a run/walk challenge later this year. Join friends, family and colleagues in virtually exploring the state, especially those communities where donor funding has allowed the Foundation to provide grants that address determinants of health.

Gov. Evers unveils 2021-23 biennial budget proposal; signs PPP tax bill into law
In a recorded address to a joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature Tuesday evening (Feb. 16), Governor Tony Evers unveiled his $91 billion 2021-23 biennial state budget proposal.

Preventing SARS-CoV-2 in Systems, next in CME series on Feb. 24
On February 24, Nasia Safdar, MD, MS, will present Preventing SARS-CoV-2 in Systems as part of the SARS-CoV-2 CME Town Hall Series.* Dr. Safdar will discuss the spread of the virus in health systems, schools and other industries.

Senate passes COVID-19 liability protection as part of special session bill
The Wisconsin State Senate approved legislation this morning, February 18, that will provide important civil liability protections related to COVID-19 for health care entities and other businesses.

COVID-19 PSA
Wisconsin Medical Society President, Erik Gundersen, MD, MA, is featured in a COVID-19 PSA. In addition to reminding patients of the basic safety precautions of masking, physical distancing and handwashing, Dr. Gundersen encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they are able.

COVID-19 buttons to spark patient conversations via WisMed and Pharmacy Society partnership
Wisconsin Medical Society members can get free Stop the Spread buttons. In an effort to encourage conversations with patients about healthy COVID-19 behaviors and vaccine hesitancy, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s COVID-19 Task Force developed a button that can be worn by physicians and other members of the health care team to help spark those conversations.

Reminder: Settlers bank to assist physicians and clinics with SBA/PPP application process
Physicians and clinics can reach out to Settlers bank for assistance with SBA/PPP loan applications. Settlers bank is a local Wisconsin business focused on serving the needs of physicians and clinics throughout the state.

Personal finance classes for medical students and residents
Improving personal financial health and knowledge among physicians is a core purpose of both WisMed Assure and WisMed Financial, both part of the Wisconsin Medical Society. To provide a solid foundation before even entering practice, they have developed personal finance classes specifically for medical students and residents.

February 11, 2021

Legislature acts on health care, PPP tax policy as February floor period nears
The State Capitol was active this week – despite the pandemic – with various legislative committees holding public hearings and votes on bills that may be placed on next week’s State Senate and State Assembly floor calendars.

Society, other physician leaders join with AG’s call for crisis mental health reform
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) and leaders from the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association (WPA) and Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (WACEP) joined with Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, other government entities and law enforcement this afternoon to recommend reforms to the state’s emergency detention process and ways to make behavior health services more available.

Next SARS-CoV-2 CME Feb. 17: Mutations, immunity duration and transmissibility after vaccine, effect of vaccine on testing for the virus
David O’Connor, PhD, presents Mutations, immunity duration and transmissibility after vaccine, effect of vaccine on testing for the virus as the next session in the Wisconsin Medical Society’s SARS-CoV-2 CME Town Hall Series.*

Settlers bank to assist physicians and clinics with SBA/PPP application process
Settlers bank is a local Wisconsin business focused on serving the needs of physicians and clinics throughout the state. As part of that mission, Settlers bank will assist with questions regarding the SBA/PPP loan application process – and is extending that service to physicians and clinics regardless of whether they are a current client.

Medical Society of Milwaukee County-Foundation hosting Calling All Heroes event
Calling All Heroes is a special online celebration supporting the Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC) Foundation’s mission of empowering physicians and promoting health for individuals, families and entire communities.

WMJ seeks reviewers
The Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) received a record number of submissions in 2020 and is now seeking volunteers to add to its pool of highly qualified reviewers. Peer reviews provide helpful suggestions to authors on how to improve the quality of their manuscript and ensure that high-quality articles are published.

Employee handbook creation for WisMed Assure clients
Insurance renewals have been finalized and employees have been updated. So, what’s next? The perfect answer is to focus on Employee Handbooks for 2021.

February 4, 2021

State Legislature nullifies state masking requirement, Gov. Evers issues new order
The question of whether Governor Tony Evers can issue a statewide facial covering requirement as part of a public health emergency declaration continues to roil the State Capitol, with the State Assembly and Governor issuing dueling actions this afternoon (February 4) within minutes of one another.

Doctor Day to feature legislative panel
Two great things to look forward to this spring – warm weather and Doctor Day 2021 on May 5! This year’s advocacy day will be virtual and include all the key elements of years past including a keynote presentation, priority issue briefing, policy breakouts and, of course, legislative visits!

New SARS-CoV-2 CME series begins next week with Updates on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Safety
The first of four sessions in the Wisconsin Medical Society’s new SARS-CoV-2 CME Town Hall Series* kicks off with Updates on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Safety presented by Jonathan L. Temte, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Public Health and Community Engagement at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH).

What has your white coat seen?
Every year, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) provides a white coat to every incoming medical student in Wisconsin. The Foundation wants to share your white coat experience with the donors who make this work possible and hopes to make it a little more fun this year!

Foundation Board welcomes new members
The Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Trustees approved a new physician member and two new student members to the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation Board on January 23.

Wisconsin Medical Society Holdings Board welcomes new members
Wisconsin Medical Society Holdings is pleased to welcome Michael Foley, MD, and Greg Dombrowski, MBA, to its board. Both new members were approved at the January 23 board meeting.

Backdoor Roth, real estate and White Coat Investor events
Please join WisMed Financial for educational events in February and March. These are complimentary and exclusive to Wisconsin Medical Society members.

January 28, 2021

Wine, cheese and community impact with A Taste of the Foundation
Without giving up hope that someday soon in-person will be safe, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is launching a series of virtual events this year to connect with our community and raise money for our mission.

State Assembly delays effort to nix Governor’s public health emergency; mask requirement
The Wisconsin State Assembly has delayed a vote on a measure that would cancel Governor Tony Evers’s latest public health emergency order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The action would also nullify the statewide mask mandate that is in effect until March 20.

2021 WISMedPAC Board Members
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s (Society) Board of Directions approved the nominations of the following to the WISMedPAC board: Dan Bennett, MD, Bradley Burmeister, MD (new nominee!), Andrew Campbell, MD, Clarence Chou, MD, Sherry Clarke, Donn Dexter, MD, John Hartman, MD, Don Lee, MD, Ken Pechman, MD, and Paul Wertsch, MD.

You’re a member! Now what? Become an active advocate
Join the Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) for a dive into political advocacy. Tune in on Wednesday, February 10 at noon and learn how WisMed represents you at the capitol and the tools we provide for you to be an advocate!

UW’s virtual Operation Education a success!
On the evening of Thursday, January 21 the Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) Foundation and the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association (WMAA) sponsored the first (and possibly not the last) virtual Operation Education for first year medical students (M1) at UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

WCMEW launches Clinical Training Hub webpage
The Clinical Training Hub is a Wisconsin resource that provides information about available health care education and training programs and sites where students can fulfill their clinical training experiences.

What to know about long-term care
When figuring out how much money to save for retirement – and how to save enough money – most Americans don’t even think about the cost of long-term care.

January 21, 2021

WisMed COVID-19 Task Force weighs in on vaccine distribution
As the State of Wisconsin continues to manage the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines it receives from the federal government, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s (Society) COVID-19 Task Force recently weighed in on a state advisory committee’s preliminary recommendations on which cohorts should be included in the next round of vaccinations.

Virtual paint night for WisMed members
Wisconsin Medical Society members are invited to a fun, virtual paint night on Thursday, February 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

PPP loans reminder
Physicians and clinics that received PPP loans issued in the spring of 2020 should review the reminder below from Settlers bank.

COVID-19 buttons to spark conversations with patients via WisMed and Pharmacy Society partnership
In an effort to encourage conversations with patients about healthy COVID-19 behaviors and vaccine hesitancy, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s COVID-19 Task Force developed a button that can be worn by physicians and other members of the health care team to help spark those conversations.

Medical Examining Board elects leadership for 2021; discusses CME rule
The State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) elected leaders for the 2021 calendar year at its monthly meeting on January 20.

Help shape Medical Society policies in 2021 – join a Reference Committee
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is seeking a special group of members to help review policy proposals that are submitted for discussion and eventual action by the Board of Directors.

Deadline extended: WMJ call for artwork
The Wisconsin Medical Journal (WMJ) is seeking artwork to illustrate a special issue on the impact of race and racism on the health of people in Wisconsin.

Consider these tips to simplify and automate your finances this year
First, get organized by figuring out what you own and what you owe. This will also help with tax prep since a list of accounts will help you quickly determine if you are missing a tax form.

January 14, 2021

Society input heard in COVID-19 Response Bill Amendments
The Wisconsin State Senate took up fast-moving COVID-19 response omnibus legislation this week, with both committee and full Senate action on 2021 Assembly Bill 1 (AB 1) taking place on Monday and Tuesday.

WisMed talks COVID-19 vaccinations at Assembly info. hearing
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) was one of a handful of organizations invited to speak earlier today before the Assembly Committee on Health as part of an informational hearing on the state’s rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Request for feedback – what additional PPE is needed
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) has been partnering with ActionPPE since April to provide much needed PPE to physician practices across the state. The Society is investigating expanding these current product offerings and would like feedback regarding what additional PPE products our members need.

Society compiling group 1a vaccination county info
Knowing how important it is to cut through the confusion many independent group 1a physicians and health care staff are facing in acquiring COVID-19 vaccinations, the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is compiling information received from local public health departments related to group 1a access and sharing it on the Society’s COVID-19 vaccine page.

Leadership Academy – business-focused CME for physicians
Wisconsin Medical Society Members who are taking on new leadership roles or responsibilities within their practice or system or transitioning from a patient care role to an administrative role in leadership are invited to join our virtual leadership academy.

Join the reimagined Reference Committee to help shape Medical Society policies in 2021
With the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) evolving its policymaking process to a year-round schedule, the Society is seeking a special group of members to help review policy proposals that are submitted for discussion and eventual action by the Board of Directors.

WisMed and Pharmacy Society partner on distributing COVID-19 buttons to spark conversations with patients
In an effort to encourage conversations with patients about healthy COVID-19 behaviors and vaccine hesitancy, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s COVID-19 Task Force developed a button that can be worn by physicians and other members of the health care team to help spark those conversations.

Fostering Mental & Emotional Well-being in Future Leaders
OnRamp Healthcare is teaming up with American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact and Headstream to present "Fostering Mental & Emotional Well-being in Future Leaders," January 28, 2021, from 4-5 p.m.

Voluntary benefits can give employees more at no cost to employers
Balancing the costs of employee benefits with all other expenses can be a challenge.

January 7, 2021

Society weighs in on Assembly GOP COVID Response Bill
Signaling the importance of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Wisconsin State Assembly Republicans and Democrats each unveiled their own COVID-19 response bills on Inauguration Day, January 4.

Society opposes VA rule allowing care without physician supervision
The Wisconsin Medical Society joined with dozens of other state- and specialty-based health care organizations on a letter opposing a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposed rule that would allow virtually all non-physician providers (NPP) to practice without the clinical supervision of a physician.

You’re a member! Now what? Exploring WisMed Assure
Explore the benefits of Wisconsin Medical Society membership by joining the WisMed team for an overview of WisMed Assure, the only Wisconsin-based insurance firm exclusively serving the health care community.

Help shape Medical Society policies in 2021
With the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) evolving its policymaking process to a year-round schedule, the Society is seeking a special group of members to help review policy proposals that are submitted for discussion and eventual action by the Board of Directors.

Physician Wellness Advisory Committee moving forward
The Physician Wellness Advisory Committee held its first meeting in December. The purpose of this committee is to design and establish the framework and operability of a Physician Wellness Program to offer help and respite when needed for the physicians of Wisconsin.

Minnesota Medical Association physician well-being conference Jan. 28
The Minnesota Medical Association’s (MMA) 5th annual physician well-being conference will be held virtually on January 28, 2021. 

Part 2 of COVID Relief Bill
As expected, the COVID Relief Bill was signed into law just before the end of 2020. The $900 billion bill was embedded in the much larger Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.