January 26, 2023

WisMed, AMA file amicus brief in abortion statutes conflict case
The Wisconsin Medical Society joined with the American Medical Association’s Litigation Center and other health care organizations this week on a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief in a pending case that may decide the validity of an 1849 state statute criminalizing the provision of abortion-related care.

Operation: Education back in-person!
Celebrating more than 20 years of Operation Education, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation was thrilled to be back in person at both University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

State Med Board posts updated opioid prescribing guideline
Following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s update late last year to their clinical practice guideline for prescribing opioids for pain, the state Medical Examining Board has similarly updated its opioid prescribing guideline.

Get to know the WisMed Assure Team
WisMed Assure, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s insurance agency, offers members discounts on and exclusive access to insurance products including medical malpractice insurance, business owners’ insurance, WPS Medicare Supplement program, dental, health, disability and life insurance. WisMed Assure’s Team Income Defense helps individual physicians protect their income.

Discounted behavioral health services for WisMed members
Everyone needs help sometimes. The Wisconsin Medical Society is proud to offer behavioral health services options for our members. WisMed has partnered with Marvin to provide confidential counseling and coaching services with flexible hours. Board certified psychiatrists and licensed psychologists are available via teletherapy when you need them.

 

January 19, 2023

Can courts order substandard care despite physician objections? State Supreme Court hears arguments
The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard oral arguments January 17 in a case that will decide whether a circuit court judge exceeded judicial authority in ordering a hospital to provide Ivermectin to a COVID-19 patient despite that treatment falling below the standard of medical care.

Prescription for a Healthy You encourages careers in health and medicine and increases compassion and understanding
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation would like to extend a huge thank you to the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health students Lauren Thao-My Nguyen, Sheida Pourdashti and Erik Sanson for their contribution to our Prescription to a Healthy You program as part of their Chronic and Preventive Care Block in their Community Health Education Program.

Register now for Doctor Day 2023
Doctor Day 2023 registration is now open for the in-person event at Madison’s Monona Terrace on June 15, 2023! Doctor Day is the premier physician advocacy day at the state Capitol, bringing together physicians of all specialties and medical students to advocate for their profession and their patients.

Resident Financial Blueprint – free webinar February 9
Residents, it’s time to think about your personal finances. With your years of training to be a physician, there’s a good chance your finances have been on hold. Join us online on Thursday February 9 at 7 p.m. to learn how to put your personal finances on the right track.

State Med Board elects leaders for 2023
The State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) re-elected its leadership for 2023 during its monthly meeting January 18, held virtually.

“I’m a Doctor…Now What?” webinar series available on demand
The Wisconsin Medical Society recently concluded a series of six webinars with the theme of “I’m a Doctor…Now What?” This series was developed by the National Medical Health Collaborative, a non-profit organization established by the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Arizona Medical Association and the Missouri State Medical Association.

 

January 12, 2023

2023-24 state legislative biennium underway
The tree has been removed from the Capitol Rotunda. The echoes of the inauguration ceremony have faded away. Now the Wisconsin State Legislature has begun its work for this biennium, and you can be an important help in advancing Wisconsin Medical Society (WisMed) policy goals!

Student scholarship and fellowship applications due February 1
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) scholarships for the 2023-2024 school year and fellowship applications are open and due on February 1. Medical students are encouraged to check out these opportunities on our website and submit their application by February 1, 2023.

If you hate setting annual goals, relax, you’re not alone!
By Shawna Bertalot, CIC, ACI – WisMed Assure President - If your employer requires you to set annual goals, but it feels tedious, overwhelming and not very meaningful to you, relax, you’re not alone!

Change in recommendations for prescribing oral antibiotics for respiratory infections with Streptococcus pneumonia
Guest article by Barry C. Fox, MD, WisMed COVID-19 Task Force Member - A newly published study from a collaboration of Wisconsin resources has significant implications for prescribing of antibiotics for respiratory infections.

Take advantage of your WisMed Perks with WisMed credit card, discounts on electronics, travel and more
If you’re purchasing new technology or planning spring travel, consider taking advantage of a personal or business credit card exclusively for WisMed members.

New resources: AMA STEPS Forward® toolkits
The American Medical Association (AMA) has developed resources for physicians to gain the tools you need to overcome barriers and restore the joy in your practice of medicine. AMA STEPS Forward® practice innovation strategies offer real-world solutions to the challenges that your practice is confronting today.

 

January 5, 2023

There's still time to nominate for WISMedPAC Board!
We've received great interest from physician members and medical students to serve on the WISMedPAC board. The deadline to nominate yourself or a fellow physician is tonight at midnight!

Foundation challenge exceeded!
Happy New Year! Thanks to everyone who donated to the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) during the special year-end challenge, we exceeded the $10,000 goal.

New Retirement Rules with SECURE Act 2.0
On December 29, 2022, SECURE Act 2.0 was signed into law, creating multiple changes to retirement planning. This builds on SECURE Act 1.0 by encouraging Americans to save for retirement to strengthen the financial safety net.

Opportunity to request free supplies from DHS
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is providing an opportunity for partner organizations and stakeholders to request free supplies. There is a large variety of items including PPE, office materials, durable medical equipment and furniture.

AMA webinar: Understanding the CPT Code Set and its Place in Medicine
Physicians and their medical societies are central to the future of medicine, utilizing and driving innovations in patient care from their unique perspective.