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 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 2013-2014 legislative biennium was undoubtedly one of the most positive for health care in decades, and we are working to build on those successes during the current biennium. Recent noteworthy accomplishments include:
- Passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which repeals Medicare’s flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, creates a new value-based incentive payment system and allows for greater access to Medicare fee-for-service data by certain entities.
- Implementation of Act 111, which clarifies physician informed consent following the split opinions in the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Jandre v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund decision.
- Unanimous passage of the Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education (HOPE) agenda—seven different bills related to the horrors of heroin use, combating prescription drug diversion and funding diversion programs.
- Successful opposition to a Worker’s Compensation proposal that would have for the first time imposed a fee schedule on health care services.
- Passage of 2013 Wis. Act 242, the physician apology/condolence law.
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.