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.
For example, during the last session the Society worked with lawmakers and strategic partners to drive an important piece of public health legislation designed to combat the growing epidemic of concussions in youth sports. The youth concussion law (2011 Wis Act 172) specifically requires distribution of concussion-related information to youth athletes, parents and coaches; establishes requirements for removing an athlete from play; and requires an athlete to receive written clearance from a qualified health care professional before returning to play.
The Society also lobbied successfully for passage of legislation (2011 Wis Act 2) that creates a better legal environment for conducting peer review.
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.
These are just a few examples of the Society’s many advocacy efforts on behalf of Wisconsin physicians. Legislative priorities for the 2013-2014 biennium include Medicaid, physician workforce, including graduate medical education, and more. (Click here to read more.) You can also use the search tool to locate information about legislative issues and Society policy important to you.