The Wisconsin Medical Society is the only organization that represents all physicians in Wisconsin regardless of specialty or practice size.
We present a strong, unified physician voice at the Capitol and in the courtroom to safeguard the patient-physician relationship; to ensure that patients have access to high-quality, cost-efficient care; and to preserve Wisconsin as one of the best states for physicians to practice medicine.
We make sure the physician voice is heard on the wide range of issues that affect today’s changing health care landscape. Click on the links below to learn more, or use the navigation links to find out how you can get involved.
At the Capitol
The 2015-2016 state legislative session saw more than 1,800 bills proposed. Dozens of those offerings were aimed directly at health care, and the Society analyzed all of them for potential positive or negative effects on physicians and their patients.
- The Society supported passage of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (2015 Act 116), which eases the administrative burden for physicians applying for a medical license in another Compact state.
- Fighting opioid abuse continues to be a major public health effort in Wisconsin. The Society worked closely with legislative leaders in shaping new laws that enhance the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (Act 266), promotes law enforcement sharing information with a prescriber when drugs are found at a crime scene (Act 268), making opioid antagonists more readily available statewide (Act 115) and allowing the state’s Medical Examining Board to create opioid best practice prescribing guidelines (Act 269).
- The Society helped stop a bill that would have required video recording of surgeries upon a patient’s request (2015 Assembly Bill 255).
- A bill taking away the ability for health care entities to require its employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment (Assembly Bill 312/Senate Bill 218) failed to advance through the legislature following physicians raising concerns.
- A late attempt by some of the state’s chiropractors to gain the ability to prescribe all drugs (Senate Bill 762) was thwarted following physician-led outcry.
For a comprehensive summary of the 2013-2014 legislative biennium, click here.
Learn more about our efforts at the Capitol.
In the Courtroom
The Society regularly monitors cases in Wisconsin’s state and federal courts and seeks permission to file amicus (“friend of the court”) briefs in cases likely to affect members’ practices or the medical liability environment, interfere with the patient-physician relationship or impose non-evidence-based constraints on the practice of medicine.
In 2015, the Society has been granted permission to appear and file an amicus brief in the following cases:
- Seifert v. Balink—Wisconsin Supreme Court
- Bayer v. Dobbins—Wisconsin Court of Appeals
- Mayo v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund—Wisconsin Court of Appeals
- Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc. et al. v. Schimel, et. al.—United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Learn more about our efforts in the courtoom.