As a physician, your commitment is to your patients. But in today’s rapidly changing health care environment, it’s challenging to provide high quality care AND stay abreast of legislation, regulation, data, technology and other issues.
For more than 170 years, Wisconsin Medical Society members have provided a unified voice to state and federal policymakers, who too often don’t fully understand how their decisions may affect patient care. But the Society ensures that physicians have a voice in these decisions—and that voice is being heard.
With nearly 12,500 members, we are the only organization that had the clout to successfully challenge the state’s $200 million raid of the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund. Prior to that, we led efforts to implement and later restore a cap on noneconomic damages in medical liability cases; and in 2013, our efforts to clarify physicians’ informed consent responsibilities paid off with passage of 2013 Wisconsin Act 111. The new law is in response to the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s 2012 decision in Jandre v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund, which the Society and others believed could have led to increased defensive medicine and patient confusion.
From safeguarding Wisconsin’s stable medical liability environment to leading efforts to protect the physician-patient relationship and ensure access to high quality, cost-efficient care, the Society advocates every day on behalf of your patients and your profession.
We launched and are now expanding statewide Honoring Choices Wisconsin, a major initiative designed to build system change and advocacy around advance care planning; and with member feedback, we’ve developed tools and resources physicians need to manage day-to-day demands.
If you are already a Society member, thank you for your support. If you’re not a member, there is a spot for you!
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