The Society follows hundreds of legislative bills each session, ensuring that the voice of physicians is represented at both the state and national levels on key issues that affect physician practices and patients. The 2013-2014 legislative biennium was undoubtedly one of the most positive for health care in decades, and included the following noteworthy achievements:
- Passage of a Biennial Budget that increases Medicaid funding to keep up with demand, funds expansion of medical schools and includes funding for mental health-related projects.
- Implementation of 2013 Wis. 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.
- Successful opposition to a Worker’s Compensation proposal that would have for the first time imposed a fee schedule on health care services.
- 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.
- Passage of 2013 Wis. Act 242, the physician apology/condolence law.
These victories are among many accomplishments during this biennium. (For a comprehensive summary, click here.)
At the national level, the Society has partnered with more than 100 key stakeholders to urge Congress to repeal Medicare’s flawed sustainable growth rate formula, and we are partnering with other key stakeholders to gain access to Medicare data for cost and quality initiatives.
These are just a few examples of the Society’s many advocacy efforts on behalf of Wisconsin physicians. For more information, you can also use our customized search tool located at the right. Just click on an issue or enter your own key words to find details about legislative issues and Society policy important to you.