September 29, 2022

Free webinars for student and young physician members
The Wisconsin Medical Society partnered with the Arizona Medical Association and the Missouri Medical Association to develop a webinar series for student and young physician members. Each one-hour webinar in this six-part series will air Sundays at 7:00 p.m. starting October 2.

CMO Summit brings together community of physician leaders
The Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) proudly hosted the annual CMO Summit on September 22-24 at the Red Crown Lodge in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin. CMOs and physician leaders representing practices and systems from across the state gathered to discuss the successes and challenges of health care.

Prescription for a Healthy You encourages medical careers and healthy habits
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is excited to be back in person with Prescription for a Healthy You at the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County with medical students from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s (UWSMPH) Primary Care Clerkship program’s Community Health Engagement Project.

Recording of abortion law webinar available for WisMed members
Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) members can access the recording of the September 20 abortion law webinar, “Providing Patient Care Post-Dobbs: A Look at Wisconsin Abortion Law.”

Reminder: September 30 deadline for feedback on WisMed Board decisions on policy proposals
Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) members can weigh in on the recent action of the WisMed Board of Directors (Board) on four policy proposals through Friday, September 30.

Last call for student loan October 31 deadline
If you made student loan payments that didn’t qualify toward forgiveness, act now to correct your record. The deadline to apply for temporary expanded public service loan forgiveness (TEPSLF) is October 31.

Reminder: behavioral health services for WisMed members
The Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) is proud to offer behavioral health services options for our members state-wide. WisMed has partnered with Marvin to provide confidential counseling and coaching services with flexible hours.

DHS offers free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched an online portal for Wisconsinites to order free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests directly to their home. Initial supplies will allow each household to receive one package containing five tests.

September 22, 2022

Volunteers needed to help inspire future doctors
Be part of a fun, interactive activity designed to inspire young people to consider careers in medicine by volunteering with the Foundation at the Wisconsin Science Festival October 10-16 in Madison.

Thank you for your GO PAC GO contributions!
The fun “let’s rally” fifth quarter was worth extending GO PAC GO for a few days.

Leadership Academy new courses – business-focused CME for physicians
Wisconsin Medical Society Members 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 the virtual leadership academy.

September 30 deadline for feedback on WisMed Board decisions on policy proposals
Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) members can weigh in on the recent action of the WisMed Board of Directors (Board) on four policy proposals through Friday, September 30. 

Confused about Fall COVID-19 boosters? You’re not alone
Guest article by COVID-19 Task Force Chair David Letzer, DO
At the last Wisconsin Medical Society COVID-19 Task Force meeting it quickly became clear questions remain surrounding the new fall bivalent booster. What is the best timing for a booster? What if I recently had COVID? How long should I wait between boosters? Do I really need the booster?

Workers' compensation rate changes and good news for health care professionals
Starting October 1, Workers’ Compensation rates in Wisconsin will drop for the seventh year in a row. Unlike many other states, Work Comp rates in Wisconsin are set by the state and are the same for every insurance carrier.

Virtual Scientific Abstract Competition call for entries
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Wisconsin Chapter encourages all Internal Medicine (IM), Family Medicine, IM-Pediatrics and Pediatrics Residents, Fellows and Medical Students to participate in the chapter's virtual Scientific Abstract Competition.

September 15, 2022

District 7 wins GO PAC GO for a second year in a row; fifth quarter opportunity
Congratulations to fourth quarter MVP Corey Cronrath, MD, of District 7! Dr. Cronrath’s contribution helped District 7 win GO PAC GO and the Wisconsin Medical Society stay in the game! District 7’s Eau Claire area physicians once again show how to get in the game.

September 20 abortion law webinar to include physician perspective
With many questions surrounding the status of Wisconsin’s abortion-related law following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision in June 2022, the Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) is offering members a special webinar with legal experts to describe the current legal landscape.

Review Board of Directors’ actions on policy proposals
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors recently acted on four policy proposals submitted in the last policy submission period on PolicyLink. The actions to approve two new policies were part of the Board’s September 10 meeting, held virtually.

Nominate a young physician and superhero of medicine
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is seeking nominations for the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award and Superhero of Medicine Award which will be presented at the Foundation’s Annual Dinner on April 14, 2023, in Madison. The nomination deadline is November 1.

Markets, elections and your portfolio
While we all want steady growth of our investments, it can feel like riding a bike with a 6-year-old. Sometimes we’re at top speed cruising down the hill, sometimes we’re slowly walking with our bike at our side and sometimes we’re sitting on the curb tending to a skinned knee.

WCMEW Summit to feature physician panel
This year’s Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW) Summit, scheduled for October 13 at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells, will feature a 2-hour session on "Building and Retaining the Physician Workforce in Wisconsin.”

September 8, 2022

WisMed offering abortion law webinar September 20
With many questions surrounding the status of Wisconsin’s abortion-related law following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision in June 2022, the Wisconsin Medical Society is offering members a special webinar with legal experts to describe the current legal landscape.

Latest Med Board chaperone, CME rules open for economic impact comments
Two pending state of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) administrative rules are open for economic impact comments, allowing individual physicians and health care entities to give feedback on the potential costs of complying with the MEB proposals.

WisMed members invited to join Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s (WisMed) Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force is seeking new members interested in working to address justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in terms of measurable, strategic and achievable goals.

Welcome new Foundation staff
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members. Please join us in welcoming Jaime Craig as Program Coordinator and Mikaela Powers as Director of Grants and Development.

Contribute to the upcoming election with GO PAC GO – fourth quarter begins today!
If the upcoming election is important to you, then now is the time to invest in the campaigns that matter to you.

Do you have the old or the new life insurance?
September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and is the time when I urge all our members to take a moment to reflect on the life insurance protection they have in place. Not too long ago, life insurance (especially term life), was generally viewed as a commodity.

September 1, 2022

Strengthen physician advocacy by contributing to GO PAC GO
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s political action committee makes contributions to Wisconsin state candidates and committees who are in key races, are in leadership roles or are identified as being pro health care.

Giving to charity using a Qualified Charitable Distribution
Our world is better because of gracious people who donate. Thank you for your gifts.

$111,000 more from Social Security
With more than 2,700 rules and 567 separate filing strategies for Social Security, 96% of people fail to make the optimal claiming decision and miss out on $111,000 of benefits for the average household.

Identifying Opioid Abuse Risk in the Chronic Pain Patient: Techniques for Mastering Accuracy webinar available on demand
Identifying Opioid Abuse Risk in the Chronic Pain Patient: Techniques for Mastering Accuracy will provide learners a comprehensive review of the many ways to identify abuse risk factors and how to assign them appropriate importance.

August 25, 2022

GO PAC GO second annual campaign opens with a strong first quarter
Our second annual GO PAC GO fundraising campaign kicked off last week with an email from the WISMedPAC board encouraging physicians to strengthen the physician voice at the Capitol by contributing to WISMedPAC.

Be a part of the Wisconsin Science Festival, October 10-16
The Wisconsin Science Festival is a statewide celebration of science and a great opportunity for physicians to engage with their communities and spark the curiosity of young people to consider careers in health and medicine. The Wisconsin Science Festival brings science, arts and more to communities across the state through the University of Wisconsin system.

Open enrollment
We’re rapidly approaching autumn and it’s time to start thinking about your open enrollment. Many companies to fail to properly do an open enrollment. Whether it’s your first time or you just need a refresher, WisMed Assure can help.

Student loan forgiveness and payment extension
On August 24, President Biden announced major changes to federal student loans. These new rules only apply to federal student loans and not private loans.

Survey regarding access to medicines
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is conducting a survey regarding pharmacies denying or delaying access to medications for patients with substance use disorder, including buprenorphine.

Roundtable on youth leadership in population health
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is presenting ‘Exploring the Power of Youth Leadership in Creating Conditions for Health and Equity’ via webcast from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on September 19. The roundtable on population health improvement will explore how young people are engaging in and leading efforts to improve the social, economic and environmental factors that influence the health and equity of communities.

August 18, 2022

State MEB moves forward with revamped chaperone rule
The state of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) put the final touches on its revamped chaperone rule for sensitive physical exams at its monthly meeting August 17, significantly scaling down the proposal’s scope following individual physician and Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) advocacy ever since the potential rule was first discussed in April 2021.

Foundation Fellowship: Predictors of Discrimination in Medical Settings Among Muslim Women
As a prospective physician, it’s important for me to understand how my identity as a woman, a Pakistani American and a Muslim will inform my experiences. Through my projects with Aasim Padela, MD, and his team, I have obtained critical insight into how these identities will affect my future in medicine.

GO PAC GO kicks off – get in the game for stronger WisMed advocacy!
The GO PAC GO campaign to raise funds for WISMedPAC kicked off this week with an email from the WISMedPAC Board encouraging physicians to get in the game. The Wisconsin Medical Society’s (Society) political action committee, WISMedPAC, amplifies the physician voice by making political contributions to candidates and leadership committees at the state level.

Build your financial wisdom
Join us for online educational sessions presented by WisMed Financial exclusively for Wisconsin Medical Society members. Session topics include retirement planning, social security and tax planning.

Registration open for annual WCMEW Summit
The 2022 Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW) Summit will be held on October 13 at the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. This year’s event, titled Getting Real About Our Impending Workforce Crisis, will cover topics including promoting health care careers and creating and expanding clinical training sites.

August 11, 2022

Ballots are set for the November 8 general election!
Tuesday’s primary election has determined the candidates that are up for election in less than three months. Listed below are the statewide candidates. U.S. House, state legislative and local races are also on the fall ballot.

Welcoming the new students at Medical College of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation and Society staff were eager to welcome first year students at Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee on Monday, August 8 when they were fitted for their very first White Coats and received their letters of welcome from Wisconsin physicians.

Around the State in 8 Districts touches down in District 7
On a perfect Wisconsin summer afternoon, staff from the Wisconsin Medical Society, WisMed Assure and the Foundation arrived at Carson Park in Eau Claire for the Annual Tri-County Medical Society Corn Roast on August 9. 

Digital marketing discount for WisMed members
Wisconsin Medical Society members can access an exclusive discount to produce a digital marketing or TV broadcast campaign with WMSN Fox 47 News. Digital marketing (commercials on streaming services) is a fraction of the cost of traditional TV commercials.

HHS and DOJ issue nondiscrimination in telehealth guidance
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued Guidance on Nondiscrimination in Telehealth: Federal Protections to Ensure Accessibility to People with Disabilities and Limited English Proficient Persons.

Latest issue of WMJ explores social determinants of health
The most recent issue of WMJ explores factors that influence health disparities. Many factors impact our health and well-being including our communities, housing, education, social support, family income, employment, and childhood experiences. In this issue of WMJ, authors explore several of these influences and some of the ways they lead to health disparities among patients.

Financial literacy resources for medical students, physicians
Reducing financial stress gives physicians and medical students the brain space to focus on more important things like their loved ones, hobbies and the practice of medicine. Because of this, WisMed Assure and the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation partnered to create the Financial Literacy Series: What I Wish I Knew.

August 4, 2022

COVID-19 Task Force discusses Paxlovid issues
At its most recent meeting July 28, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s COVID-19 Task Force discussed the latest developments regarding Paxlovid – Pfizer’s two-drug antiviral COVID-19 treatment.

Drug Testing in Clinical Practice: The Science and Art of Drug Monitoring webinar available on demand
Presented by David Galbis-Reig, MD, DFASAM, Medical Director of Addiction Services at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints, Drug Testing in Clinical Practice: The Science and Art of Drug Monitoring* will introduce prescribers to the art and science of drug testing including the use of different drug testing matrices and an explanation regarding the differences between screening immunoassay technology and confirmatory GC-MS or LC-MS testing.

A budget for physicians
Everyone needs to know their budget numbers. Budgeting gives you control and even the freedom to know when you can splurge.

Reminder: behavioral health services for WisMed members
The Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) is proud to offer behavioral health services options for our members state-wide. WisMed has partnered with Marvin to provide confidential counseling and coaching services with flexible hours.

DHS expands monkeypox vaccine eligibility
Last week, the Wisconsin Department Health Services (DHS) announced expanded eligibility requirements for JYNNEOS, the preferred vaccine for preventing monkeypox infection in the United States.

UW seeking physicians for end-of-life care surveys
An international collaboration of physician organizations and universities – including the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health – needs input from specific specialties to help assess physician personal preferences on end-of-life care impacting clinical practice.

AMA resources for WisMed members
The American Medical Association (AMA) provides a variety of resources that WisMed members can take advantage of, including webinars and podcasts. Two upcoming webinars will focus on mental health and suicide prevention. 

July 28, 2022

Around the State in 8 Districts lands in District 6
Thanks to your donations to the ongoing Around the State in 8 Districts campaign, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) awarded a grant to Lakeshore Community Health Care, Inc. (LCHC). 

Gov. Evers, DHS award telehealth grants for behavioral health providers
Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) awarded more than $2.5 million to 27 providers to create neighborhood telehealth access stations to remove barriers to care for behavioral health services such as mental health and substance use treatment and recovery support.

Remember to vote on August 9
Wisconsin’s partisan primary election is coming up quickly. On Tuesday, August 9, your vote will help determine which candidates will be on the general election ballot this November 8.

Reminder - weigh in on proposed WisMed policies by August 1
Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) member policy proposals are posted on PolicyLink and are open for members to register support, opposition and/or comments. 

Dust off your employee handbook
The expansion of working from home over the last few years has increasingly blended our work and home lives. As new policies have been implemented and old policies updated, it’s important to update your employee handbook before your open enrollment.

WisMed members can save on laptops, car rentals and more through WisMed Perks
Through WisMed Perks, Wisconsin Medical Society members can access back to school deals on laptops, tablets and more from Lenovo.

July 21, 2022

Med Board revamping chaperone rule proposal
The state of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) will likely move in a new direction on a proposed administrative rule designed to promote the use of chaperones for physicians conducting sensitive physical exams. The change in direction follows more than a year’s input from physicians around the state and two separate Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) periods on two different versions of the proposal.

Provide input on what matters to improve health
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) Foundation depends on input from physicians throughout the state to inform our decisions on supporting local non-profits through our grant program. The Foundation also collaborates with the Society to meet our mission to improve health in Wisconsin by supporting a strong physician workforce and public health initiatives.

Suicide and crisis lifeline now available
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (Lifeline), a free, confidential behavioral health and support line is now available. Anyone can utilize the Lifeline at any time by calling 988 (multiple languages available), texting a message to 988 (English only), or using the chat feature at 988lifeline.org (English only).

Weigh in on proposed WisMed policies today!
Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) member policy proposals are now posted on PolicyLink and are open for members to register support, opposition and/or comments. The comment period for this round of policy proposals will be open through Monday, August 1, 2022.

Five reasons physicians need a financial plan
A financial plan is especially important for physicians and their families. Here are five reasons every physician needs their own financial plan.

Host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in your community
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare (AMI), the state’s vaccination partner, can help you host a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic in your community, including at schools, faith-based organizations, nursing homes, community-based organizations and local events and festivals.

July 14, 2022

Supreme Court agrees with WisMed/AMA on local health dept. powers
The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a 4-3 ruling on July 8 supporting local public health departments’ ability to issue orders protecting the public during certain events such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Around the State in 8 Districts touching down in District 4
Through the Around the State in 8 Districts campaign, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) is thrilled to award a grant to Keep Area Teens Safe (KATS) in Wausau, a program championed by Mary Jo Freeman, MD.

Primary debates
See for yourself! Debates are set for primary candidates in the race for U.S. Senate and Governor. WTMJ-TV Milwaukee and Marquette University are co-hosting July debates for the qualifying candidates in the contested primaries for U.S. Senate and Governor.

New leadership on the WisMed Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
This past May brought a transition in our Wisconsin Medical Society’s (WisMed) Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Task Force.

Both Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines now recommended for ages 6 months and older
Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced the authorization and recommendation for use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years of age for their primary series.

Your life has only 3 planning scenarios
You’ll either have a long life, health problems along the way or a short life. That’s it. Plan for those three situations whether you’re single, married, with or without kids and most of your planning is done.

July 7, 2022

White Coat Campaign: Thank you!
Through the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s White Coat Campaign, every incoming student receives their first white coat and a note of encouragement from the physician who sponsored their coat. Thanks to your generosity, every first-year student at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) and Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Central, Green Bay and Milwaukee will receive their first white coat and a warm note of welcome.

How to Talk to Patients About Opioids webinar available on demand
Presented by Michael McNett, MD, Medical Director for Chronic Pain, Aurora Healthcare, who specializes in addiction and pain management, How to Talk to Patients About Opioids* is designed to address the challenges faced by physicians and other prescribers and to improve opioid prescribing practices without compromising the quality of patient care.

WisMed sponsors annual Resident and Fellow Section Picnic
On June 28 the Resident and Fellow Section held what’s planned to be an Annual Welcome to Wisconsin Picnic at the Camp Bar in Wauwatosa near the Medical College of Wisconsin campus.

Residents without retirement
If you’re a medical resident without access to an employer retirement plan, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. You can open and add money to an individual retirement account (IRA) or Roth IRA.

June 30, 2022

State Med Board part of abortion law clarification suit
The State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) is one of the parties filing an action in Dane County Circuit Court requesting a declaratory judgement that the state’s original abortion law is no longer valid. While the state’s original abortion law was first passed in 1849, subsequent actions by the state legislature created new abortion laws differing from the 19th century version.

Foundation fellowship looks at interplay between socioeconomic status and race on female oncologic outcomes in Milwaukee County
Guest article by Mira Patel, Medical College of Wisconsin MD Candidate, Class of 2024.

What does the WISMedPAC Board do?
Your WISMedPAC Board is nominated every January and confirmed by the Wisconsin Medical Society's (Society) Board of Directors. WISMedPAC Board members serve for one year but can be renominated the following year.

State updates medical records copy fees
The state’s Department of Health Services (DHS) recently announced an update to what can be charged for providing copies of a patient’s health care records. DHS is required under state law to adjust fees each year based on changes to the Consumer Price Index.

Behavioral Health Integration immersion program for physician practices
The BHI Immersion Program, a new, free initiative launching this fall, is designed to provide enhanced technical assistance to physician practices. The program was created in response to limited access to mental health care in a time of acute psychological distress and trauma to promote the integration of behavioral and mental health care into overall health care.

Cyber incidents on the rise
As noted in the Winter 2022 Antidote article exploring cyber liability trends, cyber incidents are on the rise – ransomware especially.

June 23, 2022

Around the State in 8 Districts
Listening to physicians about what matters most to you in your work and communities is the top priority for the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) and the Foundation. We believe a strong, supported physician workforce leads to improved health equity and access and a healthier Wisconsin for all.

WisMed COVID-19 task force gets "long COVID" update
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s COVID-19 task force spent its June 16 meeting learning more about and discussing the implications of post-acute sequelae of COVID-19, or "long COVID." The comprehensive presentation from Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, associate dean for clinical trials at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, took the task force through various aspects of the still-developing condition, including the difficulties physicians and patients have in identifying it, evidence regarding its prevalence following initial COVID and the latest medical literature outlining studies undertaken so far.

Health coverage for physicians retiring early
The need for health insurance pushes some people to work to at least age 65, even when they can financially afford to retire much earlier. Let’s explore six ways to secure health coverage between early retirement and when Medicare starts at age 65.

Research study assessing racial disparities in pulse oximetry measurement requesting funding
The Wisconsin Medical Society and Foundation through the JEDI Task Force continue to look for opportunities to support research and efforts to increase health equity and access in Wisconsin. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a focus on health equity and, with it, a re-awareness of decades old data on racial disparities about the clinical accuracy of pulse oximeters among patients with darker skin pigmentation.

AMA webinar Racism in Medicine June 29
The American Medical Association (AMA) will host a 90-minute webinar Racism in Medicine: Historical foundations and strategies for advancing health equity from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. CT on June 29. Emily Cleveland Manchanda, MD, MPH, the Director for Social Justice Education and Implementation at the AMA, will give a 60-minute didactic presentation followed by 30-minutes for Q&A.

June 16, 2022

 

Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, new AMA president-elect
Earlier this week, Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, senior associate dean at Medical College of Wisconsin, director of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment and WisMed member, was voted president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Ehrenfeld will begin his term as AMA president in June 2023.

WisMed policy supports legislative action if Roe, Casey overturned
Although the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) hasn’t released its final opinion in a case determining whether a right to abortion services exists in the U.S. Constitution, that decision is expected in the next few weeks. If the final decision determines that the U.S. Constitution does not trump state law, Wisconsin may default to abortion law passed in 1849 that levies criminal penalties on those providing abortion services.

Foundation awards $200,000 in scholarships
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation has awarded $200,000 in scholarships to 67 students for the 2022-2023 school year! These awards are made possible by physicians, County Medical Societies and families generously giving back to support and encourage the next generation of medical professionals.

Med Board exploring opioid/controlled substances CME changes
The State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) may alter its approach to current CME subject-matter requirements related to opioid/controlled substances prescribing. Currently, the MEB requires physicians each biennium to complete two credits in opioids/etc. coursework approved by the MEB. Historically, the MEB has affirmatively renewed this requirement every two years.

June 17 deadline for feedback on WisMed Board decisions on policy proposals
Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) members can weigh in on the recent action of the WisMed Board of Directors (Board) on three policy proposals through Friday, June 17. WisMed members can register their support, opposition and/or comments on those Board actions via PolicyLink.

What is Inflation Guard?
In 2021, we’re seeing a unique economic environment. Supply chains have been affected by the pandemic and a few industries experienced weather-related setbacks. This, along with the new challenge of a labor shortage, is not allowing supply to keep up with demand, which leads to inflation. - By Society Insurance Team in 2021, reposted with permission from Society Insurance

June 9, 2022

Weigh in on WisMed Board decisions on policy proposals
The Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) Board of Directors (Board) recently acted on three policy proposals submitted through PolicyLink. Now WisMed members can weigh in on those Board actions via PolicyLink and register their support, opposition and/or comments.

Wendy Molaska, MD, FAAFP, presents Presidential Scholar Award
Recently Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) President Wendy Molaska, MD, FAAFP, presented the 2022 Presidential Scholar Award to Zachary Dunton, a student at UW School of Medicine.

Stay off “the list” by contributing to WISMedPAC
“I’d like to make a contribution, but I don’t want to end up on a list!” We frequently hear that comment. Nobody wants to be inundated with mailings, emails and political phone calls.

Reducing college cost by more than $140,000
A WisMed Financial client reduced their daughter’s 4-year college cost from $170,803 to less than $30,000 total! If your child will be a junior or senior this fall, you may be planning some college visits this summer. During those visits, you’re probably evaluating quality of school and campus life. Let’s evaluate cost too.

June 2, 2022

Elizabeth Ringle named Foundation Executive Director
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) Board of Directors is pleased to name Elizabeth Ringle as its Executive Director. Ringle, long time Foundation program director, began her role as Foundation Executive Director on May 9, 2022 when Marje Murray, Executive Director since April 2020, accepted a new position.

On the Record with Wisconsin Medical Society CEO Chumbley
Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA, is set to retire this month. Chumbley joined the Society in November 2017, leading it through the COVID-19 pandemic.

HSA – the triple attack!
As many independent physicians know, health insurance costs are high – and keep climbing! To help alleviate some of these increases, WisMed Assure, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s insurance agency, suggests using strategies like Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Health Reimbursement Accounts/Arrangements (HRA).

Share your experience treating chronic Lyme disease patients
In order to develop support for physicians who care for chronic Lyme disease patients, the AMA’s Chronic Lyme Disease Project is hosting a series of virtual focus groups. If you typically see 5-30 patients each year with persistent, prolonged symptoms contributed to Lyme disease, you are invited to spend one hour with other experienced physicians discussing your experience.

May 26, 2022

 

Students still need white coat sponsors!
Through the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s White Coat Campaign, every incoming medical student receives their first white coat and a note of encouragement from the physician who sponsored their coat.

Support your candidate for Governor with WISMedDIRECT
The Governor's seat is up for election this year! Governor Tony Evers is unopposed in the August 9 primary, but there are four competitive Republicans and two independents battling in the primary for the opportunity to move onto the November 8 general election.

Pay off a mortgage or invest excess cash?
Recently a physician client asked whether they should pay off a mortgage or invest the excess cash. Here’s their situation...

May 19, 2022

Physician volunteers needed
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) is partnering with the Milwaukee Area Association of Retired People (AARP) and Walk With a Doc (WWAD) to recruit physician volunteers in Milwaukee. The mission of WWAD is to inspire communities through movement and conversation with physician-led walking groups.

Is your group disability insurance good enough?
May is Disability Insurance Awareness Month. This is the perfect time to evaluate your disability protection, determining if you’re adequately covered and address any potential holes or gaps in your coverage. A common theme I hear when talking with our members is, “I have disability insurance coverage as part of my employee benefits, so do I really need personal disability protection?”

Reminder: chaperone rule economic impact period open through June
The State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) has opened another Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) period for physicians to weigh in on the potential costs of a proposed administrative rule designed to promote the use of chaperones when performing genital, breast and rectal exams (or when those areas might be exposed during other procedures).

Reminder: state-wide behavioral health services for WisMed Members
The Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) is proud to offer behavioral health services option for our members state-wide. WisMed has partnered with Marvin to provide confidential counseling and coaching services with flexible hours.

May 12, 2022

Chaperone rule economic impact period open through June
The State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) has opened another Economic Impact Analysis (EIA) period for physicians to weigh in on the potential costs of a proposed administrative rule designed to promote the use of chaperones when performing genital, breast and rectal exams (or when those areas might be exposed during other procedures).

It’s White Coat Campaign time again!
Help the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) warmly welcome the incoming class of medical students to the profession of medicine by participating in the White Coat Campaign. With a gift of $100, you provide a white coat and personal message of welcome and encouragement to a first-year medical student attending school in Wisconsin.

District 3 celebrates GO PAC GO win
The Wisconsin Medical Society's (WisMed) Government Relations team traveled to Eau Claire on Tuesday for the Tri County Medical Society's meeting and celebration! The District 3 "Mighty Docs" won the 2021 GO PAC GO competition and raised the most money for the Wisconsin Medical Society's political action committee (PAC).

Nearly $400,000 increase on $1.5 million portfolio
Strategic changes can significantly increase your retirement portfolio. A WisMed Financial client added almost $400,000 to their $1.5 million portfolio without changing investments. They used tax planning.

May 5, 2022

Around the State in 8 Districts
Join your colleagues in supporting community health projects Around the State in 8 Districts. Through the annual Physician County Survey, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation takes note of what matters most to physicians in each county and district of Wisconsin and which community health projects would benefit from Foundation grants.

State-wide behavioral health services for WisMed Members
The Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) is proud to announce a new behavioral health services option for our members state-wide. WisMed has partnered with Marvin to provide confidential counseling and coaching services with flexible hours.

Highlight WisMed members’ achievements
Wisconsin Medical Society members do amazing things for their patients, profession and communities. Help us highlight our members and their achievements by nominating yourself or a fellow physician for the WisMed Member Spotlight!

Don't miss the complimentary Back to Basics loss prevention webinar for WisMed members
Wisconsin Medical Society members are invited to a complimentary one-hour loss prevention webinar on May 11 at 7 a.m.

April 28, 2022

Political giving 101
Do you make contributions to political candidates? Would you like that process to be as simple as possible? If you answered yes, we can help you!

Patricia Téllez-Girón Salazar, MD and Roger Kapoor, MD, MBA, FAAD, recognized for their outstanding service at Foundation Awards Presentation
On Thursday April 21, 2022, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation held a special online presentation to recognize the outstanding contributions Patricia Téllez-Girón Salazar, MD, and Roger Kapoor, MD, MBA, FAAD, have made to the profession of medicine and to their communities.

I Bonds are great! …sometimes
I Bonds currently have a stated interest rate of 7.12% through the end of April and are expected to earn 9.62% after May 1.

April 21, 2022

Society praises Gov. Evers’s veto of independent nursing bill
The Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) hailed Governor Tony Evers’s veto of a bill April 15 that would have allowed certain advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to provide complex care independent of any physician involvement.

COVID-19 Therapeutics presentation available
The COVID-19 Therapeutics webinar given at the Wisconsin Medical Society’s annual meeting is now available to view. COVID-19 Therapeutics was presented by Jonathan Meiman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Occupational and Environmental Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Deanna Olexia, Enterprise Coordinator for the Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Program at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.

State Med Board renewing chaperone rule effort
The State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) voted at its monthly meeting April 20 to move ahead with a revised physician unprofessional conduct rule aimed at promoting the use of chaperones when performing breast, genital or rectal exams (or, importantly, performing care that might expose those areas).

Reminder: Department of Safety and Professional Services planning application blackout, LicensE launch
The Department of Safety and Professional Services has planned a two-week blackout period effective 12 p.m. on April 29 through 11:59 p.m. on May 15 for initial license applications for 72 license types (the list of affected licenses is available here).

Reminder: complimentary Back to Basics loss prevention webinar for WisMed members
Wisconsin Medical Society members are invited to a complimentary one-hour loss prevention webinar on May 11 at 7 a.m. The Back to Basics webinar, presented by Laurette Salzman, Senior Risk Management Consultant for ProAssurance, was developed to help you evaluate your current practice for potential medical professional liability risks and patient safety issues that may arise in your patient interactions and in follow-up with patients and other health care professionals.

April 14, 2022

Society honors Dennis Luther, MD, Molli Rolli, MD
The Wisconsin Medical Society honored two Wisconsin physicians for their longstanding commitments to their communities and the medical profession.

April 21 Foundation event to honor Patricia Téllez-Girón Salazar, MD, Roger Kapoor, MD, MBA, FAAD
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation will present the Superhero of Medicine Award to Patricia Téllez-Girón Salazar, MD, and the Viste Young Physician Leadership Award to Roger Kapoor, MD, MBA, FAAD, on April 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Department of Safety and Professional Services planning application blackout, LicensE launch
The Department of Safety and Professional Services has planned a two-week blackout period effective 12 p.m. on April 29 through 11:59 p.m. on May 15 for initial license applications for 72 license types. This black-out is part of the transition to LicensE, the department’s new self-guided, online platform that is replacing paper applications for occupational licenses, and is critical to ensuring the successful launch of this new system.

National Health Care Decisions Day April 16
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) raises awareness of the right everyone has to decide on advance care planning and create an advance directive document. This day also serves as reminder to those who have created an advance directive to make sure their wishes and goals of treatment have not changed.

Bear vs. bull market quiz
Did you know bear markets have been getting shorter over the last 50 years? That’s not oddball trivia. That fact could reset your perspective when the markets surprise you, and it’s not the only one that could keep you grounded and looking at the long term. Some of the basics about bear and bull markets can help, too.

WisMed member-exclusive discounts on travel, tech and more
Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) members are eligible for exclusive discounts from affiliate partners through the WisMed Perks program. Special discounts are currently available from Lenovo, Avis and Budget.

April 7, 2022

Last chance to weigh in on this round of proposed WisMed policies
Wisconsin Medical Society members have until midnight on Friday, April 8, 2022 to register support, opposition and/or comments on this round of policy proposals. The current set of proposed policies are posted on PolicyLink. WisMed members can submit policy proposals at any time via PolicyLink and they will be posted for member comment prior to the Board of Directors meetings throughout the year.

WisMed Annual Meeting Saturday – still time to register
Members can still register for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2022 Annual Meeting. The virtual event to be held Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to noon will feature a message from the Society CEO, an advocacy update and PolicyLink overview and a presentation on COVID-19 Therapeutics from Jonathan Meiman, MD, and Deanna Olexia.

Complimentary Back to Basics loss prevention webinar for WisMed members
Wisconsin Medical Society members are invited to a complimentary one-hour loss prevention webinar on May 11 at 7 a.m. The Back to Basics webinar was developed to help you evaluate your current practice for potential medical professional liability risks and patient safety issues that may arise in your patient interactions and in follow-up with patients and other health care professionals.  

March 31, 2022

Weigh in on proposed WisMed policies today!
WisMed member policy proposals are now posted on PolicyLink and are open for members to register support, opposition and/or comments. The comment period for this round of policy proposals will be open through Friday, April 8, 2022.

Annual Meeting to feature COVID-19 therapeutics presentation
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2022 Annual Meeting will feature a presentation on COVID-19 Therapeutics from Jonathan Meiman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Environmental and Occupational Health at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Deanna Olexia, Enterprise Coordinator for the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Introducing PACtalk
Starting in April, watch for a new bi-weekly feature in Medigram called PACtalk! PACtalk will focus on the WISMedPAC board, political giving via our PAC and conduit, upcoming elections, legislation that may affect your practice and patients and answer your questions about these or other topics!  

Additional Caucus meetings scheduled
Wisconsin Medical Society Districts 5, 7 and 8 have held their Caucus meetings and the remaining meetings are listed below. This page will be updated as caucus meetings are scheduled.

IRS proposed rule changes impact estate planning
Last month, the IRS released proposed changes that impact how much your family could inherit. Anyone leaving a retirement account to children is especially impacted, even without a will or trust.

PATCH Symposium – improve health care professional interactions with teens
The PATCH Symposium will be held April 20 in Madison and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for health care professionals and young people (ages 12-21) from across Wisconsin to collaborate to learn, share and grow as adolescent health champions and advocates!

March 24, 2022

DHS urges physicians to increase use of oral antivirals to treat COVID-19
When the FDA granted emergency use authorization for Paxlovid and molnupiravir in January, we gained powerful new tools in the fight against COVID-19. These medications can change the course of the pandemic by preventing serious illness among the most vulnerable patients. Paxlovid is highly efficacious and has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by 88% in clinical trials.

Society Annual Meeting agenda and registration
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2022 Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Saturday April 9, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The agenda, below, includes the installment of the President and Treasurer and farewell message from Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD.

Reminder: Email Gov. Evers to veto the nursing independence bill
There’s still time to ask Governor Tony Evers to veto legislation that would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to practice independently, with no interaction with physicians required.

Celebrate colleagues at Foundation awards event
Please join the Foundation virtually on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. as Patricia Téllez-Girón Salazar, MD, receives the Superhero of Medicine Award and Roger Kapoor, MD, MBA, FAAD, receives the Viste Young Physician Leadership Award.

WISMedPAC board has “new” leadership
On March 15, the WISMedPAC board met and voted on new officers. The elected officers are Chair Dan Bennett, MD, Vice Chair John Hartman, MD, and Treasurer/Secretary Paul Wertsch, MD.

Gov. Evers signs harm to health care workers bill
Governor Tony Evers signed a bill into law March 23 making it a Class H felony to cause bodily harm (battery) or threaten to harm certain health care workers or their families.

Lower health insurance costs with strategy and unique offerings
WisMed Assure, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s insurance agency, created the Wisconsin Medical Society Welfare Benefit Trust (WMSWBT) or the Association Health Plan (AHP) to help health care professionals manage health insurance costs. This year WisMed Assure negotiated with their carrier partner, WPS, to lower the rates for all new groups.

March 17, 2022

Gov. Evers signs fentanyl testing strips decriminalization bill
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed Senate Bill 600 into law March 16, removing fentanyl test strips from the criminal definition of “drug paraphernalia” in state statutes.

Med Board advances new chaperone language; accepts stakeholders’ offer of further discussions
The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) continued efforts at its monthly meeting on March 16 to advance a new administrative rule promoting the use of chaperones when physicians perform sensitive physical exams.

Caucus meetings underway
Wisconsin Medical Society Districts 5 and 7 have held their Caucus meetings and the remaining meetings are listed below.

Key money moves to make by age 45
Regardless of your income, with some simple money moves you have more control and financial opportunity than you might think. You don’t need to be rich. You don’t need to earn a million dollars a year. And you definitely don’t need to sacrifice your lifestyle.

PATCH Symposium to help health care professionals interact with teens
The PATCH Symposium is a one-of-a-kind opportunity in which health care professionals and young people (ages 12-21) from across Wisconsin will collaborate to learn, share and grow as adolescent health champions and advocates! This event will be held April 20 in Madison and is designed to provide professional development opportunities to a variety of Wisconsin health care professionals while prioritizing youth voices!

March 10, 2022

Society names Michael Flesher new CEO
The Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors has named Michael Flesher as its CEO. Mr. Flesher will also serve as the CEO of Wisconsin Medical Society Holdings Corporation. Starting June 6, Mr. Flesher will replace Bud Chumbley, MD, who is retiring after five years as CEO.

Reminder: Contact Gov’s office on nursing independence bill
All Wisconsin Medical Society members received an Advocacy Alert on March 8, urging physicians to contact Governor Tony Evers’s office to ask that he veto legislation allowing certain nurses to practice independently in Wisconsin.

State Senate puts a wrap on 2021-22 legislative biennium
The Wisconsin State Senate’s lengthy floor session on March 8 ended the 2021-22 general state legislative period. Wisconsin is one of just 11 states that does not place a set limit on the number of session days per year, making our state’s legislature essentially full-time (especially in the odd-numbered years of each biennium).

Last chance: vote for Society offices via WisMed Mobile
Today is the last day Wisconsin Medical Society Members can vote for the Society President-elect and Treasurer via the WisMed Mobile app.* According to the Society’s Constitution, Article V, the President-elect and Treasurer will be elected by the general membership.

Cyber liability trends continue in 2022
As companies shifted to more virtual work, cybercriminals took advantage of every slight vulnerability. So, let’s review some cyber security basics, specifically focusing on why health care professionals and organizations are the most vulnerable to cyberattacks, what their greatest vulnerabilities are and what risk mitigation must be in place to even qualify for insurance.

March 3, 2022

Foundation to honor 2022 award recipients
Please join the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation on April 21, 2022 at 6:30 to honor the 2022 Superhero of Medicine and the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership award recipients.

Health care worker battery bill advances; independent nursing bill update
A bill in the Wisconsin State Legislature increasing the penalty for intentionally causing bodily harm (battery) to certain health care workers passed out of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety March 2 on a 5-2 vote. The proposal responds to a troubling increase in incidents against health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reminder: vote for Society offices via WisMed Mobile
Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) Members can vote for the Society President-elect and Treasurer via the WisMed Mobile app.* According to the Society’s Constitution, Article V, the President-elect and Treasurer will be elected by the general membership.

Seven ways to improve investment performance
Too often, investors focus on reducing expenses as the only means of improving investment performance. Yes, low expenses are important, but they account for less than a third of the potential added performance.

February 24, 2022

End of State Legislative session sees flurry of bills
As the 2021-22 biennial state legislative session comes to an end early next month, legislative proposals are progressing through both the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate. Some bills will likely be approved by Governor Tony Evers and become law, while others seemed designed to prompt a Gov. Evers veto.

WisMed, AMA file amicus brief supporting local public health powers
Emphasizing the importance of empowering ground-level public health officials when rapidly-developing events threaten communities, the Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) and the American Medical Association (AMA) filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court February 22.

Vote for Society offices via WisMed Mobile
Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) Members can vote for the Society President-elect and Treasurer via the WisMed Mobile app.* According to the Society’s Constitution, Article V, the President-elect and Treasurer will be elected by the general membership.

Register for Society virtual Annual Meeting
Registration is open for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2022 Annual Meeting to be held virtually on Saturday April 9, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Why residents need disability protection
For medical residents or fellows, their biggest asset is their future ability to earn an income. Until it’s sustainable to lose earning power without consequence, it’s important to fully protect it. James Dahle, MD, of The White Coat Investor states, “Early in residency, buy as large of a high-quality, specialty-specific, own occupation, individual disability insurance policy as an agent is willing to sell you.”

Physician volunteers needed for Let's Talk About Pain Medicines workshops
Physician volunteers are needed for Let's Talk About Pain Medicines educational workshops in Brown, Eau Claire, Marathon, Milwaukee, Pierce and Waukesha counties. These workshops are organized through Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) with a grant from the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation.

February 17, 2022

State Assembly amends, passes nursing independence bill
The Wisconsin State Assembly amended and then approved legislation this afternoon (February 17) allowing certain nurses (APRN) to practice independently.

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

MEB pushes reset button on chaperone rule
The state of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) will need to craft a new version of its chaperone requirement rule to avoid an onerous rulemaking procedure specific to proposals exceeding a certain level of implementation and compliance costs. State law passed in 2017 requires an agency to halt or alter proceedings if a proposed administrative rule would cost affected entities $10 million or more over a two-year period.

Add your National Healthcare Decisions Day event to the Society’s calendar
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), April 16, 2022, is a day to inspire, educate and empower the public, physicians and the health care team about the importance of advance care planning (ACP).

Social Security projected depletion and physicians
Each year the Social Security Trustees publish a report on the financial health of the fund. The 2021 report indicates the retirement benefit and survivors’ benefit (technically called the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance) can make timely payments for 11 more years to 2033.

February 10, 2022

WisMed testifies on Direct Primary Care legislation
Wisconsin Medical Society President-elect Wendy Molaska, MD, visited the State Capitol February 8 to testify in favor of legislation ensuring that Direct Primary Care (DPC) arrangements will not be considered a health insurance “plan.” The proposal, Senate Bill 889, received a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Legal Review and Consumer Protection, which is scheduled to vote on the bill February 11.

Doctor Day 2022 delivers policy, politics to hundreds virtually
While forced to be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Doctor Day 2022 delivered a heavy dose of timely health care-related information to hundreds joining online February 8. A joint effort of 20 sponsors supporting physicians and their ability to practice medicine, Doctor Day 2022 was emceed by Wisconsin Medical Society President Alicia Arnold, MD.

WisMed Assure hires Medicare specialist
WisMed Assure is happy to announce the addition of Jerry Tiffany to their “Team Income Defense,” which focuses on income protection for individual physicians and their families. With his vast knowledge and experience in life and health insurance, Jerry will be instrumental in expanding WisMed Assure’s outreach for young physician education and providing superior service to all of our members.

Waukesha County Medical Society trivia night March 3
Waukesha County Medical Society (WCMS) invites all members to register to attend the WCMS Trivia Night scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2022. Trivia will be held at Raised Grain Brewing Co.

February 3, 2022

Physician wellness program launches in La Crosse County
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is proud to announce in partnership with La Crosse County Medical Society (LCMS) the launch of the LifeBridge Physician Wellness Program. This completely confidential offering is now available to all LCMS members, providing up to six free coaching/counselling sessions per year with a psychologist.

WisMed responds to so-called “Medical Freedom” bills
A group of Wisconsin State Legislators released a series of bills on February 2 aimed at promoting patients’ ability to obtain ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatments.

Last chance to register for Doctor Day
Don’t miss Doctor Day 2022 on Tuesday, February 8! Register here and view the agenda for the day. This three-hour virtual advocacy day will include a legal update and a policy and politics panel discussion featuring Paul Farrow, Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman, Ben Wikler, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman and JR Ross, WisPolitics.com, as moderator.

WisMed PolicyLink simplifies policy process
The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recently launched WisMed PolicyLink, an online tool for members to submit and review health care policies. It is designed to give member physicians a more accessible and convenient way to promote high quality patient care and support physicians’ ability to practice medicine.

Advantages of down markets
Down markets are inevitable, and they are also advantageous. Everyone wants to buy low and sell high, right? Well, down markets are the opportunity to buy low. Many investment indexes, whether U.S. or international, were negative for January.

January 27, 2022

Nursing independence bill passes State Senate in split vote
The Wisconsin State Senate on January 25 approved Senate Bill 394, which allows advanced practice registered nurses to practice independently. The vote was 19-14, with 18 Republican and 1 Democratic "aye" votes, and 11 Democratic and 3 Republican "nay" votes.

Register for Society virtual Annual Meeting
Registration is now open for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2022 Annual Meeting to be held virtually on Saturday April 9, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

2022 WISMedPAC Board Members
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors approved the nominations of the following to the WISMedPAC Board for 2022: Dan Bennett, MD, Bradley Burmeister, MD, Andrew Campbell, MD, Clarence Chou, MD, Donn Dexter, MD, John Hartman, MD, Don Lee, MD, Ken Pechman, MD, and Paul Wertsch, MD.

Virtual Doctor Day is February 8
There’s still time to register for Doctor Day 2022! Register here and view the agenda for the day. This three-hour advocacy day will include a legal update and a policy and politics panel discussion.

Key terms in a disability policy
Finding the right income protection policy can seem overwhelming. Understanding the following terms can make the process a little easier.

January 20, 2022

Doctor Day to be virtual on February 8
After careful consideration, the Doctor Day planning committee has decided to change this year’s Doctor Day to an entirely virtual event. Doctor Day 2022 is scheduled from 10 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, February 8.

Physician advocacy is helping reshape nursing independence bill – more contacts needed
As reported in last week’s Medigram, legislation that would allow certain advanced practice nurses to practice independently has turned contentious in the State Legislature. Following a split 9-6 Assembly Health Committee vote, with Republican and Democratic committee members in both the Aye and Nay columns for passage, the bill’s eventual final status is still unclear.

Thanks for running for a healthier Wisconsin!
Thanks to everyone who ran for a healthier Wisconsin in 2021! Hopefully this brought everyone a little sanity as we navigated another crazy year. Your participation will allow the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation to help more communities in 2022.

Let your patients know: free COVID-19 test kits available
This week the federal government launched a simple process for the public to order four free COVID-19 test kits per household. Physicians can help their patients slow the spread of COVID-19 by reminding patients about this availability.

State med board elects leadership for 2022
At its first monthly meeting for 2022 on January 19, the state of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) held its annual election to set MEB leadership for the year.

Payroll adjustments for 2022 retirement plan limits
With inflation comes inflation adjusted retirement plan limits, which may make it time for those participating in a 401(k) or 403(b) to adjust retirement contribution rates with their payroll department.

January 13, 2022

Independent nursing bill gets contentious committee vote - action needed
Legislation that will allow certain advanced practice nurses to independently provide care to patients passed out of the State Assembly Committee on Health January 12 on a contentious 9-6 vote.

Wisconsin Medical Society offices consolidate
Effective January 13, 2022, the Wisconsin Medical Society office has moved from the Rimrock location in Madison to the WisMed Assure office in Fitchburg. Telephone numbers have not changed, and the new address is below.

Insurance resources for WisMed Members
WisMed Assure and WisMed Financial worked with WMSN Fox 47 News to create an awareness campaign (additional resources can also be found below the commercial).

Member benefits to access today
Special discounts are currently available to Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) Members in addition to the standard WisMed Perks. WisMed Members can save up to 71% on high-performance tech and more via Lenovo’s New Year Savings event through January 23.

January 6, 2022

COVID-19 Task Force produces new patient flyer
The Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) COVID-19 Task Force has produced a simple, clearly-worded flyer describing how patients can help reduce their risk of catching COVID-19. It's also available in the Resources section of the WisMed COVID-19 web page and via the "Resources" section under the expandable menu in the WisMed Mobile app.

COVID-19 webinar on guidance changes
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is hosting a COVID-19 webinar for health professionals Changes to Isolation and Quarantine Guidance and other COVID-19 Updates on Friday, January 7 at 7:00-8:00 a.m.

Physician finances impacted by 2022 legislation
The backdoor may be closing on Roth IRAs, and federal student loan payments are postponed (again), which may make it beneficial to file for an extension on 2021 tax returns.

Waukesha County Medical Society trivia night March 3
Waukesha County Medical Society (WCMS) invites all members to register to attend the WCMS Trivia Night scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2022. Trivia will be held at Raised Grain Brewing Co.