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2017-2018 Policy Compendium

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BIL-001: Disclosure of Facility Fees

Disclosure of Facility Fees: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports state legislation that would require health care facilities, charging facility fees, to notify patients that facility charges may be incurred in addition to professional and ancillary charges. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

BIL-002: Reinstatement of Consultation Codes

Reinstatement of Consultation Codes: The Wisconsin Medical Society fervently requests the AMA to devote its advocacy focus and energy to the reversal of decisions to eliminate the use of service codes for consultation services. Continue reading

BIL-003: Requirements for Prescriptions

Requirements for Prescriptions: The Wisconsin Medical Society, in order to protect patient confidentiality and to minimize administrative burdens on physicians, opposes requirements by pharmacies, prescription services and insurance Continue reading

BIL-004: Cash Payments

Cash Payments: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes any attempts by lawmakers to outlaw cash transactions between doctors and patients. (HOD, 2016) Continue reading

EXC-001: Criminal Background Checks for Nursing Home Personnel

Criminal Background Checks for Nursing Home Personnel: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports allowing businesses providing the services of an adult day care center, an adult family home, an assisted living facility, a community-based Continue reading

EXC-004: Guardianship to Facilitate Admission of Patients to Extended Care Facilities

Guardianship to Facilitate Admission of Patients to Extended Care Facilities: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that admission to extended care facilities should be permitted if a competency evaluation has been completed and a guardianship Continue reading

EXC-006: Initiation and Implementation of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Wisconsin Long Term Care Facilities

Initiation and Implementation of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Wisconsin Long Term Care Facilities: The Wisconsin Medical Society continues to endorse the document, “Practice Parameters: Regarding the Initiation and Implementation of Continue reading

HOM-001: Funding for the Development of Home Visiting Programs

Funding for the Development of Home Visiting Programs: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports state funding to support communities in the development of sustainable home visiting programs. Legislation should include safeguards that programs be built Continue reading

HOM-002: Reimbursement for Home Health Care Services

Reimbursement for Home Health Care Services: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  • Medicare being the primary insurer of the elderly and disabled

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HOM-003: Home Health Care Services

Home Health Care Services: The Wisconsin Medical Society

  1. Supports the concept of home care, which has been recognized and utilized as a viable mode of health care by organized medicine

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INS-004: Retrospective Denials

Retrospective Denials: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation that, except in cases of fraud:

  • Limits the look back period to six months after the claim is paid for supposed overpayments and payment errors made by insurers to

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INS-005: Pay and Chase

Pay and Chase: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports requiring that primary insurers pay for medically necessary care in cases where workers compensation coverage is in dispute and primary health care insurance Continue reading

INS-006: Mandated Insurance Benefits

Mandated Insurance Benefits: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes generalized expansion of mandated benefits. The Society does support individual evaluation of mandated benefits based on pertinent criteria, Continue reading

INS-007: Coverage of a Minor Child’s Congenital or Developmental Deformity

Coverage of a Minor Child’s Congenital or Developmental Deformity: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports insurance coverage for treatment of a minor child’s (through age 21) congenital or developmental deformity Continue reading

INS-008: Insurance Coverage for Diabetes Education and Supplies

Insurance Coverage for Diabetes Education and Supplies: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports insurance mandates for diabetes education and supplies, as a lack of insurance coverage would be harmful Continue reading

INS-009: Timely Payment of Health Service Claims

Timely Payment of Health Service Claims: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation to address problems in obtaining payment from third-party payers for health services rendered. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

INS-010: Coverage for Contraceptive Drugs

Coverage for Contraceptive Drugs: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports a mandate that requires insurers, HMOs and employee health benefit plans that offer prescription drug benefits to provide coverage Continue reading

INS-012: Access to Health Care Services

Access to Health Care Services: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports continuing exploration of opportunities to provide more coverage for workers without adequate health insurance coverage in Wisconsin. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

INS-014: Insurance Coverage for Preventive Pediatric Health Care

Insurance Coverage for Preventive Pediatric Health Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that preventive health care helps ensure a healthier population and can reduce future health care costs. Continue reading

INS-017: Portability of Insurance Coverage

Portability of Insurance Coverage: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages and will assist the American Medical Association in working with representatives from the federal government and the insurance industry Continue reading

INS-018: Fair Tax Treatment for All Health Insurance Purchasers

Fair Tax Treatment for All Health Insurance Purchasers: The Wisconsin Medical Society continues to support tax equity for all who purchase health insurance through legislation at both the state and federal levels. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

INS-020: Health Insurance Policy Information

Health Insurance Policy Information: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports

  • Defining several levels of health insurance coverage in order that the

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INS-021: Use of Genetic Tests by Insurers

Use of Genetic Tests by Insurers: The Wisconsin Medical Society endorses legislation that

  • Broadens the definition of a genetic test by deleting

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INS-022: Timely Reimbursement

Timely Reimbursement: The Wisconsin Medical Society seeks legislation to allow physicians a minimum of 90 days to submit a claim to an insurance company. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

INS-023: Understandable Third-Party Payer Printed Materials for Enrollees

Understandable Third-Party Payer Printed Materials for Enrollees: The Wisconsin Medical Society endorses and promotes a legal requirement that each third-party payer provide a brief summary of its benefits, exclusions and limitations Continue reading

INS-024: Professional Physician Components

Professional Physician Components: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the existence of a professional component for every medical, surgical, radiological and pathology code listed in the American Medical Association’s CPT manual Continue reading

INS-025: CPT Coding (modifiers for non-physicians) Unique Identifiers for Non-physician Health Care Professionals

CPT Coding (modifiers for non-physicians) Unique Identifiers for Non-physician Health Care Professionals: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports non-physician professionals to be identified separately. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

INS-027: Medicaid Service Denials

Medicaid Service Denials: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that Medicaid service denials should be based on scientific information and subject to due process. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

INS-028: National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials

National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials: The Wisconsin Medical Society recommends that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other third-party payers not deny coverage and reimbursement for the costs of medical care Continue reading

INS-029: Physician Reimbursement

Physician Reimbursement: The Wisconsin Medical Society reaffirms its position that physician reimbursement for the same service not vary based on specialty or geographic location. Continue reading

INS-031: Physician Payment

Physician Payment: The Wisconsin Medical Society

  • Recognizes the continuing problem of insurance

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INS-032: Reimbursement for Telemedicine

Reimbursement for Telemedicine: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports reimbursement for telemedical consultations, as identified in the current CPT codes for these services. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

INS-033: Unilaterally Imposed Monetary Penalties and Hold Harmless Clauses

Unilaterally Imposed Monetary Penalties and Hold Harmless Clauses: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legal action or assistance, in conjunction with the American Medical Association or other state medical societies Continue reading

INS-034: Insurance Coverage for FDA Investigational and Compassionate Use Drugs

Insurance Coverage for FDA Investigational and Compassionate Use Drugs: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports insurance coverage for FDA “treatment investigational new drugs” and “compassionate use” medications to the extent Continue reading

INS-035: Infertility

Infertility: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  • Insurance coverage of complete fertility diagnosis and therapy in Wisconsin.

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INS-036: Changes to the NAIC Uniform Accident and Sickness Policy Provision Law

Changes to the NAIC Uniform Accident and Sickness Policy Provision Law: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages the Wisconsin Legislature to continue to take action to prohibit insurers from considering as “non-covered benefits” medically Continue reading

INS-037: Catastrophic Insurance

Catastrophic Insurance: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes the need for catastrophic insurance and supports proposals that are self-financing, based on an individual’s ability to pay and not wasteful of medical services. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

INS-039: Power Wheelchairs and Scooters

Power Wheelchairs and Scooters: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports power wheelchair and scooter insurance coverage not only for individuals who are bed- or chair-bound and cannot operate a manual wheelchair and can safely operate Continue reading

INS-040: Legislative Action to Prevent Implementation of Antiquated Provisions of the “Uniform Policy Provision Law”

Legislative Action to Prevent Implementation of Antiquated Provisions of the “Uniform Policy Provision Law”: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes health insurers from selling policies in Wisconsin that include contract language that Continue reading

INS-041: Mastectomies and Breast Reconstruction

Mastectomies and Breast Reconstruction: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports that breast reconstruction incident to a mastectomy should be available regardless of timing relationship to the onset of deformity or absence of their Continue reading

INS-042: Mental Health Parity

Mental Health Parity: The Wisconsin Medical Society, acknowledging the tremendous burden that mental illness places on society

  • fully supports the adequate provision of mental health care services, including psychiatric, addiction care provided by specialists…

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INS-043: Catastrophic Pool Insurance

Catastrophic Pool Insurance: The Wisconsin Medical Society endorses the creation of a pool for insurance of catastrophic care expenses in which all businesses would purchase coverage for their employees Continue reading

INS-044: Insurance Purchasing Pools

Insurance Purchasing Pools: The Wisconsin Medical Society strongly maintains that any health insurance plans based on defined contributions, reduced benefit, or medical savings accounts must be coupled with programs that promote and reward Continue reading

INS-045: “Play or Pay”

“Play or Pay”: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recognizes the high rate at which Wisconsin employers provide insurance coverage for their employees, and the Society intends to build further on this positive record. Continue reading

INS-046: Aligning Incentives

Aligning Incentives: The Wisconsin Medical Society endorses the concept that payers align incentives to recognize higher performance as defined by factors such as

  • Scientifically based clinical outcome measures…

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INS-047: Insurance Payments for GME

Insurance Payments for GME: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation requiring that all third-party payers of health care financially support Graduate Medical Education in Wisconsin. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

INS-048: Administrative Or Other Fees Charged to Physicians By PPO or Repricer Network Corporations

Administrative Or Other Fees Charged to Physicians By PPO or Repricer Network Corporations: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes the assessment of any administrative or other fees charged Continue reading

INS-049: Improving the Formulary Deviation Request Process for Everyone

Improving the Formulary Deviation Request Process for Everyone: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports requiring that all health insurance companies doing business in Wisconsin provide:

  • An easy to navigate, up-to-date online…

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INS-050: Importance of Fair, Reasonable and Transparent Charges

Importance of Fair, Reasonable and Transparent Charges: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes in the importance of fair, reasonable, and transparent health care pricing including making fee schedules available to the public. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

INS-051: Exclusion of Complications from Uncovered Medical Procedures from Health Insurance Policies

Exclusion of Complications from Uncovered Medical Procedures from Health Insurance Policies: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes it is unethical for health insurance policies to exclude coverage of medically… Continue reading

INS-052: Medical Loss Ratio

Medical Loss Ratio: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports working with the OCI (Officer of Commissioner of Insurance) to establish a uniform definition of Medical Loss Ratio and methodology for determining how to calculate it based on the Continue reading

INS-053: Principles for a Health Insurance Exchange

Principles for a Health Insurance Exchange: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports the following principles related to private and public health insurance exchanges.

Private and Public Exchanges
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INS-054: Standardizing State Medicaid and Health Insurance Plans’ Reimbursement Forms and Process

Standardizing State Medicaid and Health Insurance Plans’ Reimbursement Forms and Process: The Wisconsin Medical Society will work to encourage the Department of Health Services to implement a swipe Continue reading

INS-055: Improving Uninsured Access to Care

Improving Uninsured Access to Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports initiatives to improve access to care for the uninsured.

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INS-056: High Deductible, High Coinsurance Policies

High Deductible, High Coinsurance Policies: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages the study of how the high deductible, high maximum out-of-pocket insurance policies affects health care Continue reading

INS-057: Transgender Inclusive Health Insurance

Transgender Inclusive Health Insurance: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes transgender exclusionary health insurance policies as such policies constituting discrimination and Continue reading

INS-058: Network Adequacy and Transparency

Network Adequacy and Transparency: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following statements regarding insurance networks.

  • Narrow networks should not be designed solely on the basis

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MAN-002: Gag Clauses

Gag Clauses: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following American Medical Association policies on gag clauses:

  • Supports legislation to ban gag clauses

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MAN-005: Managed Care Formularies

Managed Care Formularies: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that:

  1. Physicians who participate in managed care plans

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MAN-007: Use of the Term “Gatekeeper”

Use of the Term “Gatekeeper”: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages the American Medical Association and all other components of organized medicine to minimize the use of the term “gatekeeper” when Continue reading

MAN-008: Medicaid Managed Care

Medicaid Managed Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports requiring offering multiple plans to patients being required to enroll in the Medicaid Managed Care. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

MAN-010: Disclosure to Physicians

Disclosure to Physicians: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation requiring all managed care organizations in Wisconsin to make available to physicians, prior to contract signing: Continue reading

MAN-012: Willing Provider Provisions and Laws

Willing Provider Provisions and Laws: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Acknowledges that health care plans or networks may

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MAN-014: Disclosure of Incentives and Restrictions on Care in Managed Health Systems

Disclosure of Incentives and Restrictions on Care in Managed Health Systems: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports full disclosure of incentives and restrictions on care and recognizes Continue reading

MAN-015: Physician Input into HMO Systems

Physician Input into HMO Systems: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports physician input into new health care delivery systems. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

MRC-003: Medicare Hospice Benefits

Medicare Hospice Benefits: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports elimination of the six month prognosis under the Medicare Hospice benefit and supports identification of alternative criterion Continue reading

MRC-004: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): The Wisconsin Medical Society supports working with the American Medical Association as well as state and local officials to assure that Continue reading

MRC-005: Coverage of Pharmaceuticals

Coverage of Pharmaceuticals: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that all insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, should provide coverage of pharmaceuticals for outpatient Continue reading

MRC-007: Residential Care for Addiction Services for Medicaid

Residential Care for Addiction Services for Medicaid: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports Medicaid coverage for residential care for addiction services. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

MRC-011: Medicare Reform

Medicare Reform: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes the Medicare program should offer health insurance options including, but not limited to, traditional Medicare and choice of managed care plan. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

MRC-017: Physician Payments for House Calls

Physician Payments for House Calls: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports fiscal policies to encourage physician house calls and provide better patient care to house bound patients. Continue reading

MRC-019: Equitable Medicare Reimbursement for All Physicians

Equitable Medicare Reimbursement for All Physicians: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes discriminatory Medicare payment practices and supports equitable Medicare payment practices for all physicians. (HOD, 0415) Continue reading

MRC-020: Medicaid Payment

Medicaid Payment: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports a fair Medicaid payment in order to increase access for all patients in Wisconsin, particularly in rural and inner city areas. Continue reading

MRC-024: Impact of Medicare Payment on Access to Care

Impact of Medicare Payment on Access to Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society should provide evidence-supported warnings to the public of probable decreased access to care if Continue reading

MRC-025: Medicare Reimbursement for Physician Visits and Case Management Services in Nursing Homes/Home Health

Medicare Reimbursement for Physician Visits and Case Management Services in Nursing Homes/Home Health: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  • Improving Medicare reimbursement…

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MRC-027: Free Market Health Care System for Medicare

Free Market Health Care System for Medicare: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the study and implementation of free market approaches to health care for Medicare patients and placing the Medicare program on a sound financial Continue reading

MRC-028: Medicaid Reimbursement to Ensure Access

Medicaid Reimbursement to Ensure Access: The Wisconsin Medical Society reaffirms its policy of support for increasing Medicaid reimbursement for all physicians’ services to levels Continue reading

MRC-029: Medicare Reimbursement for Laboratory Tests

Medicare Reimbursement for Laboratory Tests: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports equitable reimbursement for laboratory tests including reimbursement differentials as needed Continue reading

MRC-030: Medicare Coverage

Medicare Coverage: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide coverage for evidence-based screening, testing and specific diagnostic studies under Medicare Continue reading

MRC-031: Autopsy Reimbursable as a Practice of Medicine

Autopsy Reimbursable as a Practice of Medicine: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports returning the autopsy to its rightful place as a Part B reimbursable physician service. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

MRC-032: Medicare Reimbursement Equity

Medicare Reimbursement Equity: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the correction of inequities in physician reimbursement under the present Medicare system through federal Continue reading

MRC-033: Geographic Differentials

Geographic Differentials: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes geographical criteria for reimbursement to health care professionals. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

MRC-035: Proposed Medicaid Program Amendments

Proposed Medicaid Program Amendments: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes proposed amendments to the Medicaid program that would

  • Place the burden of proof on health

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MRC-037: Medicare Diagnostic Categories Payment Schedule

Medicare Diagnostic Categories Payment Schedule: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the idea that the Medicare 75%/25% rule be discontinued and admission to inpatient rehab facilities be based on the functional Continue reading

MRC-039: Taxpayer’s Protection Amendment (TPA)

Taxpayer’s Protection Amendment (TPA): The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the position that the Medicaid program maintain its role as a safety net for the state’s most vulnerable populations, and opposes any legislation Continue reading

MRC-040: Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports erectile dysfunction treatment incident to prostate cancer treatment, and that this treatment should be covered by Medicare and all other third Continue reading

MRC-042: Health Care Provider Taxes

Health Care Provider Taxes: The Wisconsin Medical Society will oppose all taxes levied specifically on physicians and non-physician clinicians. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

MRC-043: Statement of Principles for Allocating MA Program Resources

Statement of Principles for Allocating Medical Assistance Program Resources: A goal of the Wisconsin Medical Society should be to provide Wisconsin legislators and other policy Continue reading

MRC-044: Actions to Support Physicians Rights to Independently Contract with Medicare and Other Insured Patients

Actions to Support Physicians Rights to Independently Contract with Medicare and Other Insured Patients: The Wisconsin State Medical Society promotes the adoption of legislation on the federal and state levels allowing Continue reading

MRC-045: Shared Stewardship of Health Care Costs

Shared Stewardship of Health Care Costs: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports and asks our AMA to work to promote the concept of shared stewardship of health care costs by promoting transparency of prices, true costs Continue reading

MRC-046: Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid Expansion: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports either the full Medicaid expansion up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level or the hybrid Medicaid expansion allowed for under Continue reading

MRC-047: Safeguarding Access to Wisconsin’s Emergency Departments Through Adequate Reimbursement for the Care of Medicaid Patients

Safeguarding Access to Wisconsin’s Emergency Departments Through Adequate Reimbursement for the Care of Medicaid Patients: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports increasing Medicaid reimbursement for EMTALA-related Continue reading

MRC-048: Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act

Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports working with other bodies of organized medicine to educate physicians on Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and to ensure Continue reading

UNS-001: Urban Health

Urban Health: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following recommendations to reduce disparities and improve urban health in Wisconsin.

  1. Reimbursement and Financing

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UNS-002: Accessible Health Care and Health Reform Plans

Accessible Health Care and Health Reform Plans: The Wisconsin Medical Society should advocate for the extension of medical care services to the state’s urban and rural underserved areas by working closely with those organizations Continue reading

UNS-003: Physician Loan Assistance Program

Physician Loan Assistance Program: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the current Physician Assistance Loan Program that repays educational loans for physicians practicing in health care shortage areas. (HOD, 0416) Continue reading

UNS-006: Minority Health Disparities

Minority Health Disparities: The Wisconsin Medical Society will offer active collaboration in the mission of the Cream City Medical Society to eliminate minority health disparities. (HOD, 0415) Continue reading

UNS-007: Workforce Development Recommendations

Workforce Development Recommendations: Ensuring a sufficient physician workforce in Wisconsin will require a comprehensive, multifaceted approach. The following recommendations
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UNS-008: American Indians and Tribal Health

American Indians and Tribal Health: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports improving the health of American Indians by promoting comprehensive and culturally appropriate clinical Continue reading

UNS-009: Increasing Medicare Funding for Rural Hospitals

Increasing Medicare Funding for Rural Hospitals: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Supports the continued

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UNS-010: Rural Health

Rural Health: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports improving the delivery, financing and access of medical care to rural Wisconsin and supports:

  1. Increasing rural physician workforce by:

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Education

EMC-001: Education and Research as a Component of the Health Care System

Education and Research as a Component of the Health Care System: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes that education and research are a critical component of our health care system and must be appropriately funded. As the health care system Continue reading

EMC-004: Procedures for Reconsideration and Appeal of Adverse Accreditation Decisions

Procedures for Reconsideration and Appeal of Adverse Accreditation Decisions: It is the policy of the Wisconsin Medical Society that Continuing Medical Education (CME) adverse accreditation decisions must adhere to specific guidelines. Continue reading

EMC-005: Joint Sponsor Policy Statement

Joint Sponsor Policy Statement: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the position that: The Council on Medical Education will give preference to requests for activity sponsorship with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ approval from Society Continue reading

EMC-006: Support of Commercial Vendors

Support of Commercial Vendors: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) welcomes the support of continuing medical education by commercial vendors. Guidelines for this support are officially adopted from Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Continue reading

EMC-007: Timely Publication of Clinical Studies

Timely Publication of Clinical Studies: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the position that important medical treatment studies should be disseminated in a scientific communication to the medical profession in a timely fashion. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

EMC-010: Examination for Maintenance of Medical License

Examination for Maintenance of Medical License: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes the imposition of any clinical skills examination for maintenance of medical license as other mechanisms exist to ensure physician’s competence. (HOD, 0410)* Continue reading

EMC-011: Prescription Safety Education

Prescription Safety Education: The Wisconsin Medical Society recommends that the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board should require appropriate continuing medical education on the safe and appropriate prescribing of controlled substances as a condition Continue reading

EMC-012: Maintenance of Certification

Maintenance of Certification: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes mandatory maintenance of certification as a condition of medical licensure. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

EME-001: Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive Covenants: The Wisconsin Medical Society will continue to monitor the use and enforceability of restrictive covenants, especially within the health care industry, and will provide information to members regarding restrictive covenants as necessary or Continue reading

EME-003: Due Process for Housestaff

Due Process for Housestaff: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  • The July 2003 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

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EME-005: Domestic Violence Training in Medical School

Domestic Violence Training in Medical School: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports and encourages domestic violence prevention training during medical school and residency training. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

EME-007: ACLS and BLS Training for Residents

ACLS and BLS Training for Residents: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Encourages, as early as feasible in the first year of residency

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EME-012: Role of Medical Schools in the Community

Role of Medical Schools in the Community: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Respectfully recommends that both medical schools be encouraged to work

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EME-014: Medical Education Funding

Medical Education Funding: The Wisconsin Medical Society strongly supports state-funded Graduate Medical Education funding for residency training programs and sufficient yearly tuition assistance and capitation payments to Wisconsin Continue reading

EME-015: Residency Cap

Residency Cap: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports increasing the number of graduate medical education (residency and fellowship) positions to adequately address the developing physician workforce shortage and supports rescinding funding caps Continue reading

EME-017: Education of Medical Students and Residents/Fellows in Quality Improvement

Education of Medical Students and Residents/Fellows in Quality Improvement: The Wisconsin Medical Society respectfully encourages our state’s medical schools and residency/fellowship programs to incorporate quality and performance improvement Continue reading

EME-018: Diversity Competency Training

Diversity Competency Training: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages the requirement of training that ensures competency in working with and caring for diverse populations, including communities that differ in race, ethnicity, culture, age, sex, gender Continue reading

EME-019: Supporting Two-Interval Grading Systems for Medical Education in Wisconsin

Supporting Two-Interval Grading Systems for Medical Education in Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Medical Society acknowledges the benefits of a two-interval grading system in medical colleges and universities in the state of Wisconsin for the first two years of Continue reading

EME-020: Decreasing the Financial Burden of Unsubsidized Federal Loans for Wisconsin Medical Students

Decreasing the Financial Burden of Unsubsidized Federal Loans for Wisconsin Medical Students: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports federal legislation that reinstates Federal Direct Subsidized Loans for medical students and legislation that Continue reading

EME-021: Introducing Small Group Practice Opportunities to Medical Students

Introducing Small Group Practice Opportunities to Medical Students: The Wisconsin Medical Society will advocate for programs and seminars to involve medical students in externships with solo and small group community practices Continue reading

EME-022: Computer Use by Medical Students:

Computer Use by Medical Students: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages the state’s medical schools and residency training programs to teach future practicing physicians effective methods of utilizing electronic devices in the exam Continue reading

EME-023: Practical Use of Advance Directives in Medical Education

Practical Use of Advance Directives in Medical Education: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) asks the American Medical Association (AMA) to recommend that all Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-, and Commission on Osteopathic Continue reading

EME-024: Medical Education Debt Relief

Medical Education Debt Relief: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) will support legislation and other efforts to reduce the burden of medical education debt. The Society recognizes that efforts to avert medical education debt Continue reading

EME-026: Transfer of Jurisdiction of Required Clinical Skills Examinations to LCME-Accredited Medical Schools

Transfer of Jurisdiction of Required Clinical Skills Examinations to LCME-Accredited Medical Schools: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the efforts of the AMA toward elimination of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 Continue reading

EMP-001: Education for Non-medical Leaders

Education for Non-medical Leaders: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports programs that educate legislators, business leaders and others about the complexities and demands of medical practice. (HOD, 0415) Continue reading

EMP-002: Improved Medical Education of County Coroners and Others

Improved Medical Education of County Coroners and Others: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports working with the legislature and the governor to ensure the quality of appropriate medical education of coroners, district attorneys, police and sheriffs’ Continue reading

EMP-003: School Nurses

School Nurses: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes the importance of school nurses to provide a safe environment for our students and supports appropriate nurse-to-student ratios in all schools. (HOD, 0416) Continue reading

RES-001: National Institute of Health Funding After Sequestration Cuts

National Institute of Health Funding After Sequestration Cuts: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports an increase in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for biomedical research and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Continue reading

Ethical/Judicial

ABO-004: Abortion as a Medical Procedure and Providing Abortion-Related Information

Abortion as a Medical Procedure and Providing Abortion-Related Information: The Wisconsin Medical Society: 1) supports enactment of appropriate legislation that would ac­knowledge the right of a physician to perform Continue reading

ALT-001: Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana:

  1. The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recommends

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ALT-003: Non-conventional Medical Care

Non-conventional Medical Care: Authoritative medical practice standards and guidelines are to be respected and followed. Illness is often complex because of variability in and interaction among cultural, psychological, biologic Continue reading

ALT-004: Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplements: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports efforts to educate physicians on:

  1. The facts regarding the mislabeling, contamination

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ETH-001: Declaration of Professional Responsibility

Declaration of Professional Responsibility: Medicine’s Social Contract with Humanity: The Wisconsin Medical Society adopts the American Medical Association’s Declaration of Professional Responsibility: Medicine’s Social Continue reading

ETH-002: Sales of Goods from Physicians’ Offices

Sales of Goods from Physicians’ Offices: The Wisconsin Medical Society adopts current American Medical Association policy E8-063, E-8.062 Sale of Health-Related Products from Physicians’ Offices. (HOD, 0416) Continue reading

ETH-003: Physicians Providing Insurers with Misleading Information

Physicians Providing Insurers with Misleading Information: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes physicians providing health insurers with misleading information, even if the physician’s intentions are to support Continue reading

ETH-004: The Relationship of the Profession to the Health Product Industry

The Relationship of the Profession to the Health Product Industry: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes physicians shall accept no gifts, such as personal items, office supplies, food, travel and time costs, or payment Continue reading

ETH-007: Ethics of Clinical Management Guidelines

Ethics of Clinical Management Guidelines: Clinical management guidelines (CMG) are clinical guidelines created to aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of patients’ health conditions. The Wisconsin Medical Continue reading

ETH-009: Patient-Physician Covenant

Patient-Physician Covenant: The Wisconsin Medical Society endorses the Patient-Physician Covenant:

PATIENT-PHYSICIAN COVENANT

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ETH-014: Death Penalty

Death Penalty: An individual’s opinion on capital punishment is the personal, moral decision of that individual. The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes any legislation or policy that requires a physician to assist in Continue reading

ETH-015: Surrogate Decision Making

Surrogate Decision Making: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation implementing the following concepts for health care decision making by family members in certain situations in an effort to keep this difficult Continue reading

ETH-017: Treatment of a Child Through Prayer

Treatment of a Child Through Prayer: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes legislation that would deny the state the ability to prosecute persons who rely on treatment of a child through prayer alone for criminal Continue reading

ETH-022: Child Support Initiative Relating to Denial of Licenses and Credentials by the Department of Regulation and Licensing

Child Support Initiative Relating to Denial of Licenses and Credentials by the Department of Regulation and
Licensing:
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ETH-023: Comity Amongst States Regarding Advance Directives

Comity Amongst States Regarding Advance Directives: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the concept of comity for advance directive documents (i.e. the living will and power of attorney for health care) to ensure Continue reading

ETH-024: Physician Sensitivity to Patients’ Religious and Cultural Beliefs in Medical Practice

Physician Sensitivity to Patients’ Religious and Cultural Beliefs in Medical Practice: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that physicians should maintain respect for their patients’ Continue reading

ETH-025: Commercialized Medical Screening

Commercialized Medical Screening: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that it is inappropriate for physicians to be involved in promoting commercialized screening procedures to the public, unless supported by evidence-based Continue reading

ETH-026: Medical Neglect and Child Abuse (Baby Doe)

Medical Neglect and Child Abuse (Baby Doe): The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes any change to the Wisconsin Child Abuse Law that would include the federal definition of “withholding medically indicated treatment,” Continue reading

ETH-028: Legitimate Medical Orders or Valid Prescriptions

Legitimate Medical Orders or Valid Prescriptions: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that non-physician clinicians/ pharmacists not be able to ignore legitimate medical orders or valid prescriptions written by physicians. Continue reading

ETH-029: Process for Resolving Disputes About Treatment Decisions

 
Process for Resolving Disputes About Treatment Decisions: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following provisions in regard to disputes about treatment decisions:

  1. If an attending physician and his patient are in disagreement
  2. Continue reading

ETH-030: Criminalization of Medicine

Criminalization of Medicine: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that negligent conduct by health care professionals during the performance of their duties should not be Continue reading

ETH-031: Stem Cell Advances

Stem Cell Advances: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports further research and use of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

ETH-033: Medical Personnel Involvement in Torture

Medical Personnel Involvement in Torture: The Wisconsin Medical Society unequivocally condemns the involvement of medical personnel in monitoring and/or participating in torture of any one, at any time, under any circumstances. (HOD, 0416) Continue reading

ETH-034: End of Life Choices by Patients

End of Life Choices by Patients: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that:

  1. The principle of patient autonomy requires

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ETH-035: Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Choices by Patients

Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Choices by Patients: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the education of physicians in the development and implementation, in conjunction with Continue reading

ETH-036: Statewide Effort to Improve Advance Care Planning

Statewide Effort to Improve Advance Care Planning: Advance care planning is an important part of every patient’s health care and despite the existence of advance directives, there is a continuing need for improved Continue reading

ETH-037: Withdrawal/Withholding of Treatment

Withdrawal/Withholding of Treatment: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that:

  • The withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment

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ETH-038: Decision-Making for High-Risk Newborns

Decision-Making for High-Risk Newborns: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes the extremely difficult circumstances under which decisions must be made regarding care for newborns at the edge of viability. Continue reading

ETH-039: Advance Directive Registry for Wisconsin

Advance Directive Registry for Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) encourages the establishment and maintenance of a no-charge, confidential and secure method for the storage and retrieval of advance Continue reading

ETH-040: Blood Donation Deferral Criteria

Blood Donation Deferral Criteria: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the use of rational, scientifically based blood and tissue donation deferral periods that are fairly and consistently applied to donors Continue reading

ETH-041: Medical Care for the Wards of the State

Medical Care for the Wards of the State: The Wisconsin Medical Society strongly disagrees with the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s holding in Edna M.F. that, for patients who lack Continue reading

ETH-042: Relation of Laws to Ethics Policy

Relation of Laws to Ethics Policy: Ethical values and legal principles typically are closely related, but ethical obligations often exceed legal duties. Adherence to ethical values does not ensure legal compliance Continue reading

Legal/Legislative

ANT-001: Physician Antitrust Relief

Physician Antitrust Relief: The Wisconsin Medical Society continues to support and work toward physician antitrust relief at both the state and federal levels. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

DHC-001: Confidentiality of Prescription Information

Confidentiality of Prescription Information: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes release of patient-specific prescription information (i.e., name, address) to pharmaceutical companies and other commercial interests without patient consent. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

DHC-002: Health Care Data Collection by the State of Wisconsin

Health Care Data Collection by the State of Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports all groups working on data collection that utilize the following principles:

  • Framing the questions that need to be asked

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DHC-004: Wisconsin Health Care Collaborative

Wisconsin Health Care Collaborative: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) endorses the efforts of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality (WCHCQ) and supports the collection and public reporting by medical groups in Wisconsin Continue reading

DHC-005: Data Access – Federal Level

Data Access – Federal Level: The Wisconsin Medical Society will advocate at the American Medical Association (AMA) level for a Unique Healthcare Patient Identifier Number to be available immediately. (HOD, 0410)* Continue reading

DHC-006: Regional Health Information Exchanges

Regional Health Information Exchanges: The Wisconsin Medical Society will work toward supporting the expansion of Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIO) to include a broader collection of health information and to allow Continue reading

DIS-002: Civil Unions

Civil Unions: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes efforts to bar any civil union other than heterosexual marriage because of the negative health care effects it may have on our gay and lesbian patients and their families Continue reading

DIS-005: Bullying

Bullying: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes bullying in all its forms, including bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LBGTQ) individuals, and supports legislation and policies that take responsible Continue reading

DIS-006: Support of the Legal Right of Civil Marriage Between Any Two Consenting Adults

Support of the Legal Right of Civil Marriage Between Any Two Consenting Adults: Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes that denying civil marriage based on sexual orientation is discriminatory and contributes to health care disparities affecting Continue reading

DIS-007: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elder Health

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elder Health: The Wisconsin Medical Society recommends:

  1. That health care providers working with geriatric populations

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DPS-001: Data Collection Law

Data Collection Law: The Wisconsin Medical Society will study and act on all appropriate and reasonable means (legislative, legal and educational) to:

  • Maintain the patient privacy and confidentiality protections

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DPS-004: Release of Licensure Examination Scores

Release of Licensure Examination Scores: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the development of model legislation that would provide for the confidentiality of the results of the medical licensing examination including numerical scores and subtest results. Continue reading

DRU-001: Guiding Principles on Prescription Drugs

Guiding Principles on Prescription Drugs: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following policy on prescription drugs:

The Society supports appropriate legislative or regulatory programs that will ensure Continue reading

DRU-002: Delays in Approving Medication for Patients

Delays in Approving Medication for Patients: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports a policy requiring managed care organizations to provisionally approve at least a 14-day supply of non-formulary medications Continue reading

DRU-003: Physician Leadership on National Drug Policy

Physician Leadership on National Drug Policy: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports that the United States drug policy places a greater emphasis on medical and public health approaches rather than on the criminal justice Continue reading

DRU-010: Increased Standards for Pharmaceutical Approval

Increased Standards for Pharmaceutical Approval: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports increased standards for FDA approval of new pharmaceuticals, requiring clinical trials that demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of these Continue reading

DRU-011: Direct-To-Consumer Advertising

Direct-To-Consumer Advertising: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the physician-patient relationship as the most appropriate venue for determining the use of prescription drugs and devices and supports efforts to control Direct to Consumer Advertising Continue reading

DRU-012: Controlled Substance Testing in Infants

Controlled Substance Testing in Infants: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports allowing any hospital employee who provides health care, social worker or foster care worker to refer an infant to a physician for testing for controlled substances Continue reading

DRU-013: Criteria for the Treatment of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders

Criteria for the Treatment of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the use of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria for utilization management decisions in the treatment Continue reading

DRU-014: Controlled Substances

Controlled Substances: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), and supports the continued existence and funding of this database by the legislature and governor. Continue reading

DRU-015: Direct-To-Consumer Advertising of Pharmaceutical Products

Direct-To-Consumer Advertising of Pharmaceutical Products: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription pharmaceuticals. The Society supports unbiased, independent and publicly funded education Continue reading

DRU-016: Authorization for Field Use of Naloxone to Reduce Overdose

Authorization for Field Use of Naloxone to Reduce Overdose: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports development of enabling regulation and legislation, as necessary, to allow for evidence-based harm reduction strategies, along with physician Continue reading

DRU-017: Pain Management

Pain Management: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recognizes the important benefits of effective pain management and strongly encourages Wisconsin physicians to make pain assessment and management an integral part of the care of all Continue reading

DRU-018: Promote Clinical Research Into the Efficacy of Marijuana by Reclassification as a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance

Promote Clinical Research Into the Efficacy of Marijuana by Reclassification as a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance:

  1. The Wisconsin Medical Society calls for further adequate

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DRU-019: Principles for Proper Opioid Prescribing

Opioid Prescribing Principles: Safe Opioid Prescribing, Safe Home Medication Storage, and Safe Medication Disposal to Minimize Opioid Diversion and Overdose Deaths, While Assuring Proper Prescribing and Access to Care for Patients with Pain. Continue reading

DRU-020: Palliative Opioid Use

Palliative Opioid Use: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs’ Principle of Balance (CND RESOLUTION 53/4) in ensuring the availability of prescription drugs for medical purposes Continue reading

DRU-021: Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse and Addiction by At-Risk Youth

Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse and Addiction by At-Risk Youth: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages parents to consider placing under lock and key all supplies of narcotic analgesic, sedative and psycho-stimulant drugs Continue reading

DRU-022: E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances

E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the option for electronically prescribed controlled substances as aligned with federal and state regulations and expresses the importance of adopting such standards Continue reading

DRU-023: Implementation and Use of Effective Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Implementation and Use of Effective Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Recommends that Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP)

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DRU-024: Research and Access to Abuse-Deterrent and Abuse-Resistant Opioids

Research and Access to Abuse-Deterrent and Abuse-Resistant Opioids: Prescription opioids can be abused by tampering, crushing, dissolving or chemically altering the medication and delivering the drug in ways other than the intended Continue reading

DRU-025: Safe Storage and Disposal of Prescription Drugs

Safe Storage and Disposal of Prescription Drugs: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Supports initiatives designed to promote and facilitate safe

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DRU-026: Good Samaritan Laws for Overdose Victims

Good Samaritan Laws for Overdose Victims: The Wisconsin Medical Society Supports:

  • Legislation that provides legal protection to a witness or victim

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GAM-001: Internet Gambling

Internet Gambling: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that Internet gambling should be prohibited in Wisconsin and supports Wisconsin legislation prohibiting it. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

GAM-002: Oppose Expansion of Casino Gambling in Wisconsin

Oppose Expansion of Casino Gambling in Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes the expansion of casino gaming in Wisconsin and supports a moratorium on additional casinos due to the dangers of gambling addiction and the cost to Continue reading

IMP-002: Reporting Impaired, Incompetent or Unethical Behavior

Reporting Impaired, Incompetent or Unethical Behavior: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes it is imperative that physicians continue their long history of assisting authorities by reporting impaired, incompetent and unethical behavior by a colleague. Continue reading

IMP-003: State Medical Examining Board Funding and Functioning

State Medical Examining Board Funding and Functioning: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports current license fees to help fully fund and staff the State Medical Examining Board so it can effectively perform its duty to oversee physician practice Continue reading

IMP-004: Physicians with Disruptive Behavior

Physicians with Disruptive Behavior: This Opinion is limited to the conduct of individual physicians and does not refer to physicians acting as a collective, which is considered separately in AMA Opinion 9.025, “Collective Action and Patient Advocacy.” Continue reading

IMP-005: Physician Health Program Statement of Principles

Physician Health Program Statement of Principles: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that physician health is essential to quality of care, patient safety, and the health of the medical profession. The Society will work with other organizations to facilitate Continue reading

LIA-001: Reviewer’s Responsibility

Reviewer’s Responsibility: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that whenever a patient’s care or medication is reviewed and denial of payment for treatment or approval of a prescribed medication is made, the reviewer’s name, title Continue reading

LIA-002: Medical Liability Insurance Coverage and Telemedicine

Medical Liability Insurance Coverage and Telemedicine: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes:

  1. An out-of-state physician practicing telemedicine over state lines

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LIA-004: Wrongful Birth

Wrongful Birth: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation that would prohibit action or suits against a physician based on the claim that, but for the act or omission of the physician, a person would not have been born alive Continue reading

LIA-007: Medical Liability in a Managed Care Environment

Medical Liability in a Managed Care Environment: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation to prohibit managed care entities from inserting language in their contracts with physicians that hold the managed care organization harmless if harm Continue reading

LIA-008: Access to Medical Malpractice Database

Access to Medical Malpractice Database: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports omitting specific provider identification from medical malpractice data on closed claims released to designated parties in the appropriate specialty society or regulatory body. Continue reading

LIA-013: Immunity From Medical Malpractice Actions for Charitable and Civic Work

Immunity From Medical Malpractice Actions for Charitable and Civic Work: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports development of legislation that would provide immunity from medical malpractice actions for all physicians who volunteer to help at charitable Continue reading

LIA-014: Changes in Effectiveness of Medical Mediation Panels

Changes in Effectiveness of Medical Mediation Panels: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports an effective mediation panel system. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

LIA-015: Legislative Priorities for Medical Liability Reform

Legislative Priorities for Medical Liability Reform: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes the following priorities for medical liability reform:

  • Alternative approaches to birth-related injuries.

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LIA-019: Application of Liability Limits for State-Employed Physicians to all Physicians

Application of Liability Limits for State-Employed Physicians to all Physicians: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports applying the elements of the state system of liability coverage and statute of limitations presently in effect for Continue reading

LIA-020: Settlement of Frivolous Suits

Settlement of Frivolous Suits: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that medical liability insurance companies should:

  • Not settle malpractice actions against physicians for reasons of fiscal expedience.

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LIA-021: Expert Testimony in Medical Liability Actions

Expert Testimony in Medical Liability Actions: The Wisconsin Medical Society urges all physicians to make themselves available to review medical liability claims and, when appropriate, testify in liability actions. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

LIA-022: Mediation of Medical Liability Claims

Mediation of Medical Liability Claims: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports mandatory pre-trial mediation to reduce the number of frivolous medical liability lawsuits. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

LIA-025: Pap Smear Screening

Pap Smear Screening: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following guidelines for review of pap smears in the context of potential litigation:

The pap smear is the most effective cancer screening test in medical

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LIA-028: Extension of Malpractice Exemption for Charity Care

Extension of Malpractice Exemption for Charity Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports providing malpractice immunity for all prearranged charity care, regardless of where the pro bono services are provided. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

LIA-029: Enactment of Reasonable Contingency Fee Limits in Malpractice Actions

Enactment of Reasonable Contingency Fee Limits in Malpractice Actions: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports reasonable limits on attorney fees in medical liability actions utilizing strict sliding fee scales, as already enacted in some other states Continue reading

LIA-030: Legislative Priority of the Wisconsin Medical Society

Legislative Priority of the Wisconsin Medical Society: The Wisconsin Medical Society affirms that medical liability reform should remain a legislative priority. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

LIA-031: Medically Accurate Informed Consent

Medically Accurate Informed Consent: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes government-mandated language in informed consent documents and discussions. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

SCO-001: Scope of Practice

Scope of Practice: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that health care professionals should work as partners in health care within the limitations of each profession’s legal
scope of practice. Continue reading

SCO-002: Regulation of Telemedicine

Regulation of Telemedicine: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports the following principles governing the regulation of telemedicine:

  1. In order to protect the quality of the health care provided to Wisconsin residents

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SCO-003: Licensing of Hyperbaric Chambers in Wisconsin

Licensing of Hyperbaric Chambers in Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports establishing licensing requirements and minimal regulations for the operation and maintenance of hyperbaric chambers within the state. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

SCO-005: Approach to Specific Clinical Situation

Approach to Specific Clinical Situation: The Wisconsin Medical Society generally opposes any legislation that would either prescribe or proscribe a particular medical or surgical approach to any specific clinical situation. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

SCO-007: Statutory Dependent Prescribing Authority for Physician Assistants

Statutory Dependent Prescribing Authority for Physician Assistants: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislative initiatives that support statutory dependent prescribing authority for physician assistants, but opposes any effort of Physician Continue reading

SCO-010: Scope of Practice for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

Scope of Practice for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners: The report of the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees on physician assistants and nurse practitioners, as amended and adopted at the 1995 Annual Meeting Continue reading

SCO-012: Mandating Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture Treatment

Mandating Insurance Coverage for Acupuncture Treatment: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes mandating insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of a condition by an acupuncturist. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

SCO-014: Laser Surgery

Laser Surgery: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that laser surgery should be performed only by individuals licensed to practice medicine and surgery, or by those categories of practitioners currently licensed by the state to perform surgical services. Continue reading

SCO-015: Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Electrodiagnostic Medicine: The Wisconsin Medical Society affirms that performing needle electromyography is the practice of medicine, and work to discourage other non-physician health care professionals from expanding their scope of practice Continue reading

SCO-016: Health Consultations for Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests

Health Consultations for Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests: The Society supports legislation regulating Direct-to-Consumer genetic testing so that when such testing is conducted at the request of someone other than a physician Continue reading

SCO-017: X-ray technology

X-ray technology: In response to 2009 Act 106, the Wisconsin Medical Society supports a physician-led collaborative effort (including family physicians, internists, orthopaedists, rheumatologists, hand surgeons, radiologists and other specialties Continue reading

SCO-018: Radiologic Safety, Quality, Cost and Access

Radiologic Safety, Quality, Cost and Access: In response to 2009 Act 106, the Wisconsin Medical Society supports a physician-led collaborative effort (including family physicians, internists, orthopaedists, rheumatologists, hand surgeons, radiologists Continue reading

TOR-001: Legislative Action in IPFCF Changes

Legislative Action in IPFCF Changes: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following positions in regard to the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund (IPFCF):

  • Only named fund participants are responsible for the base insurance awards in IPFCF settlements of a case.

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TOR-005: Malpractice Reform

Malpractice Reform: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following principles in regard to medical malpractice:

  • A reasonable cap on non-economic damages. Educating the public of the added

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TOR-012: IPFCF

IPFCF: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the idea that the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund, including any net worth of the Fund, is held in irrevocable trust for the sole benefit of patients and families Continue reading

Practice, Organization & Interprofessional

HMS-004: Application Form for Use in Determining Hospital Medical Staff Memberships

Application Form for Use in Determining Hospital Medical Staff Memberships: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the concept of a universal credentialing form in order to ease the process of hospital privileging for physicians and hospital staff. Continue reading

HMS-005: Hospital Medical Staffs

Hospital Medical Staffs: The Wisconsin Medical Society reaffirms support for the autonomy of the structure and governance of the independent medical staffs of hospitals including the ability of the independent Continue reading

HSR-002: Medical Savings Accounts

Medical Savings Accounts: The Wisconsin Medical Society continues to support tax-advantaged health care spending accounts in support for a pluralistic system of health care financing designed to preserve consumer choice. Continue reading

HSR-003: Fee-For-Service Plans in Health System Reform

Fee for Service Plans in Health System Reform: The Wisconsin Medical Society will support health system reform plans that:

  1. Provide universal access free from rationing

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HSR-005: Universal Coverage

Universal Coverage: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes the essential principle of universal coverage in health system reform. This needs to be achieved through any or all of the following: employer participation, Continue reading

HSR-008: Discrimination in the Delivery of Health Care

Discrimination in the Delivery of Health Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes any arbitrary, inequitable or discriminatory application of plan benefits or medical care under any state or national health care Continue reading

HSR-009: All-Payer Health Care Fraud

All-Payer Health Care Fraud: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  1. Supports efforts to clearly define health care fraud

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HSR-012: Essential Elements and Guiding Principles for Health System Reform

Essential Elements and Guiding Principles for Health System Reform: The Wisconsin Medical Society endorses and reaffirms four essential goals in reforming the health care system:

  1. Attain universal health insurance coverage.

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HSR-013: Monopolies for Health Care Coverage

Monopolies for Health Care Coverage: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes efforts to grant a single insurer a monopoly for health care insurance. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

HSR-014: Primary Care Inclusion in Access Plan

Primary Care Inclusion in Access Plan: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes in protecting and enhancing primary care and the continuity of care, and also in measures to assure an adequate supply of well-trained Continue reading

HSR-016: Protecting the Right of Group Practices to Refer to Facilities in Which They Have an Investment Interest

Protecting the Right of Group Practices to Refer to Facilities in Which They Have an Investment Interest: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes in protecting

  • The ability of physicians in groups to refer

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HSR-017: Physician Involvement in Health Care Access Advocacy

Physician Involvement in Health Care Access Advocacy: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages, in line with the AMA Declaration of Professional Responsibility and the ethical principles of beneficence and justice Continue reading

INR-003: Physician Involvement in National and State Drug Policy

Physician Involvement in National and State Drug Policy: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages physicians to partner with lawyers and judges in their communities to work collaboratively in their communities to promote Continue reading

MEB-001: Dissemination of Information to the Public

Dissemination of Information to the Public: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the concept of providing the public with information on a physician’s education, practice and disciplinary history. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

MEB-002: Disciplinary Priorities for the Department of Safety and Professional Services

Disciplinary Priorities for the Department of Safety and Professional Services: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes identifying physicians who may warrant evaluation and investigation even though they are not Continue reading

MEB-005: Physician License Renewals and Student Loans

Physician License Renewals and Student Loans: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the Department of Regulation and Licensing’s ability to deny an application to renew a health care credential if the applicant Continue reading

MEB-006: Centralized Credentials Verification Organizations

Centralized Credentials Verification Organizations: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages the use of certified credentials verification organizations (CVOs) by hospitals, managed care Continue reading

MEB-008: Issuance of Administrative Warnings by the Medical Examining Board

Issuance of Administrative Warnings by the Medical Examining Board: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the issuance of Administrative Warnings by the disciplinary boards under the jurisdiction of the Department Continue reading

MEB-010: Adequate Funding for the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board

Adequate Funding for the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board: The Wisconsin Medical Society

  • Supports adequate funding

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MEB-012: Medical Examining Board

Medical Examining Board: The Wisconsin Medical Society strongly supports the mission and activities of the Medical Examining Board (MEB) of Wisconsin’s Department of Regulation and Licensing.

The Society recommends: Continue reading

MEB-013: Maintenance of Licensure

Maintenance of Licensure: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes the public reporting of individual physician performance data for maintenance of licensure and maintenance of certification; and advocates that Continue reading

MEB-014: Medical Licensure Requirements

Medical Licensure Requirements: The Wisconsin Medical Society will advocate for Wisconsin to maintain its current state licensure requirement of one year of post graduate residency training for medical school Continue reading

MEM-001: American Medical Association (AMA) Membership Outreach Program

American Medical Association (AMA) Membership Outreach Program: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports outreach programs that involve personal contact by members of the Society House of Delegates for the purposes Continue reading

MEM-002: Encouragement of House of Delegates Members to Join the American Medical Association (AMA)

Encouragement of House of Delegates Members to Join the American Medical Association (AMA): The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages all members who serve in the Society House of Delegates, who are not members Continue reading

MEM-003: Cost Containment at American Medical Association (AMA) Functions

Cost Containment at American Medical Association (AMA) Functions: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages the AMA to continue to emphasize cost containment at all AMA functions. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

MEM-004: Full Support for Wisconsin Medical Society AMA Delegation

Full Support for Wisconsin Medical Society AMA Delegation: Support for the Full Wisconsin Medical Society AMA Delegation: The Wisconsin Medical Society AMA delegation, including the medical students, residents and young physicians Continue reading

MEM-005: Wisconsin Medical Society AMA Delegation

Wisconsin Medical Society AMA Delegation: The Wisconsin Delegation to the AMA will provide annual summaries including actions on Wisconsin resolutions as well as the more significant national AMA issues Continue reading

MEM-006: Support and Respect for Members

Support and Respect for Members: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) will advance the privileges of all members with an interest in participating in official business of the Society, regardless of age, race, ethnicity Continue reading

MEM-007: Civility in Debate Amongst Physicians

Civility in Debate Amongst Physicians: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports high standards of civility and respect among physicians amidst differing political beliefs, conscience and ethics. Continue reading

MER-001: Electronic Signatures

Electronic Signatures: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports maintaining an active interest in the development of laws and regulations related to the area of electronic medical records and electronic signatures Continue reading

MER-003: Unauthorized Review of Patients’ Medical Records

Unauthorized Review of Patients’ Medical Records: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes in the prevention of unauthorized review of patients’ medical records without the written consent of the individual patient. Continue reading

MER-005: Requiring a Parent to Provide Medical and Family History

Requiring a Parent to Provide Medical and Family History: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports requiring a court to order a parent who is not granted legal custody of a child to provide to the court medical Continue reading

MER-006: Discovery of Medical Records

Discovery of Medical Records: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports giving physicians in medical liability lawsuits the right to inspect and copy any film, image, scan, slide, specimen or other record or report Continue reading

MER-009: Confidentiality

Confidentiality: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports the following statement with regard to confidentiality:

  • The following formulation is intended

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MER-011: Transfer of Medical Records

Transfer of Medical Records: The Wisconsin Medical Society reaffirms its policy of strongly supporting the transfer of records including x-rays, when patients change providers of medical Continue reading

MER-012: Regional Information Sharing of Medical Records

Regional Information Sharing of Medical Records: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the development of the Milwaukee Regional Informatics System through the WHA/MCMS Community Collaboration with the Wisconsin Continue reading

MER-013: Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records: The Wisconsin Medical Society advocates that patients be allowed to opt out from having their records placed on Health Information Exchanges, regardless of how well-intentioned Continue reading

MER-014: Principles of Electronic Health Record Design, Implementation and Policy

Principles of Electronic Health Record Design, Implementation and Policy: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following Electronic Health Record (EHR) principles regarding its design, implementation and policy. Continue reading

NUR-002: Student Loan Forgiveness for Nurses

Student Loan Forgiveness for Nurses: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports state funding for the establishment of a student loan forgiveness program for nurses who continue to practice in Wisconsin. (HOD, 0413) Continue reading

NUR-003: The Nursing Shortage in Wisconsin

The Nursing Shortage in Wisconsin: It is the policy of the Wisconsin Medical Society to work together with the Wisconsin Nurses Association (WNA) to address the nursing shortage in Wisconsin. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

OPH-002: Expansion of the Scope of Optometry

Expansion of the Scope of Optometry: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes legislation that would enable the unwarranted expansion of the scope of practice of optometry. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

ORG-002: Nominating Committee Composition and Deliberations

Nominating Committee Composition and Deliberations: The Wisconsin Medical Society requires that the members of the Nominating Committee be provided a list of persons that have held the open position Continue reading

ORG-003: Public Disclosure of Affiliations

Public Disclosure of Affiliations: The Wisconsin Medical Society requires that the officers, directors, and nominees for elected office of the Society disclose on an annual basis all significant Continue reading

ORG-004: Physician Contribution to WISMedPAC and/or WISMedDIRECT

Physician Contribution to WISMedPAC and/or WISMedDIRECT: The Wisconsin Medical Society will establish a strong expectation that every member will make an annual contribution to WISMedPAC and/or WISMedDIRECT. Continue reading

ORG-006: Transparency

Transparency: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports that agendas of the Society committees, councils and its Board of Directors be available on the members only section of the Society website in advance of and following each meeting to allow members better Continue reading

ORG-007: Prohibiting Society Political Endorsements

Prohibiting Society Political Endorsements: The Wisconsin Medical Society’s role is to provide information regarding the political process. No one acting in his or her official capacity with the Society shall endorse any candidate for public office. Continue reading

ORG-008: Tax-Exempt Status

Tax-Exempt Status: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that the tax exempt status afforded various organizations be limited to what was originally intended and also provides that if tax exempt organizations Continue reading

OUT-002: Helping Parents of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Children

Helping Parents of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Children: The Wisconsin Medical Society should encourage physicians to inform the public of local or a national organizations such as PFLAG Continue reading

OUT-003: Volunteer Medical Services

Volunteer Medical Services: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports volunteer medical service to areas of extreme poverty, unusual catastrophes or any place of acute medical needs,
and encourages members to lend their support Continue reading

PHA-005: Prescription Drug Assistance for Seniors

Prescription Drug Assistance for Seniors: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that any legislative proposals to provide financial assistance to senior citizens for the purchase of prescription drugs should include: Continue reading

PHA-009: Antidepressant Pharmacological Use

Antidepressant Pharmacological Use: The Wisconsin Medical Society does not consider antidepressants to be “chemical restraints.” (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

PHA-012: Therapeutic Substitution by Pharmacists

Therapeutic Substitution by Pharmacists: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes any and all efforts that may be initiated to advance the concept of allowing pharmacists to substitute one medication for another Continue reading

PHA-013: Prescription Management – Changing the Renewal Length to Improve Practice Efficiency and Quality of Care

Prescription Management—Changing the Renewal Length to Improve Practice Efficiency and Quality of Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society will work with the State Board of Pharmacy and the state legislature Continue reading

PHA-014: Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals From International Sources

Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals From International Sources: The Wisconsin Medical Society expresses to Wisconsin’s members of Congress the strong recommendation for increased funding for the Food and Drug Administration Continue reading

PHE-002: Whistleblower Protections

Whistleblower Protections: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports providing all employees, in the health care arena, with whistleblower protection in their place of work. (HOD, 0415) Continue reading

PHE-004: Medical Supervision of Allied Health Care Professionals

Medical Supervision of Allied Health Care Professionals: The Wisconsin Medical Society will vigorously monitor any efforts by allied health care professionals to seek legislation or administrative rule change Continue reading

PHE-006: Nurse Midwife Education Program

Nurse Midwife Education Program: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports a certified nurse midwife educational program in Wisconsin. (HOD, 0410)* Continue reading

PHY-001: Physician Participation in Community

Physician Participation in Community: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages all physicians and members of the Wisconsin Medical Society Alliance to become more actively involved in their communities and will Continue reading

PHY-002: Inter-specialty Cooperation

Inter-specialty Cooperation: The Wisconsin Medical Society affirms, commends and endorses the actions of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians and the Wisconsin Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Wisconsin Continue reading

PHY-003: Use of the Word “Provider”

Use of the Word “Provider”: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) believes in the use of the word physician” when referring to physicians (MDs, DOs) and encourages the use of the term Continue reading

PHY-007: Use of the MD Title

Use of the MD Title: The Wisconsin Medical Society

  • Defends the use of the MD title

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PHY-008: Medicine is Art and Science, not a Public Utility

Medicine is Art and Science, not a Public Utility: The Wisconsin Medical Society reaffirms its unshakable belief in the medical profession being both an art and a science and will take necessary steps to educate Continue reading

PHY-010: Advocacy During Clinical Encounters

Advocacy During Clinical Encounters: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following principles related to physicians, patients and advocacy:

  1. It is laudable for physicians to run for political office, to lobby for

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PHY-011: Medical Examiner Qualifications

Medical Examiner Qualifications: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that a Medical Examiner should be a physician—preferably a pathologist with special expertise in the investigation of medico-legal-forensic cases. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

PHY-012: Medicine and Culture

Medicine and Culture: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages physicians to undertake reasonable efforts to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services as needed in their practices. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

PHY-013: Economic Credentialing

Economic Credentialing: The Wisconsin Medical Society (1) adopts the following definition of economic credentialing: economic credentialing is defined as the use of economic criteria unrelated to quality of care Continue reading

PHY-014: Government Interference in the Patient-Physician Relationship

Government Interference in the Patient-Physician Relationship: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes any government regulation or legislative action on the content of the individual clinical encounter Continue reading

PHY-015: Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports legislation that clarifies physician and healthcare practitioner qualifications and does not support the use of the term “doctor” without qualification. Continue reading

PRP-005: Outcomes Research in Wisconsin

Outcomes Research in Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the development of a medical quality research foundation or research committee within the current Society Foundation for the purpose of developing Continue reading

REP-001: Metastar

Metastar: The Wisconsin Medical Society should disseminate information on the structure and workings of Metastar including

REP-002: Peer Review Code of Conduct

Peer Review Code of Conduct: The Wisconsin Medical Society approved the following code of conduct for all organizations undertaking peer review activities affecting Wisconsin physicians:

  • Peer review activities shall be carried

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REP-004: Release of Commission on Mediation and Peer Review Records to the Department of Regulation and Licensing

Release of Commission on Mediation and Peer Review Records to the Department of Regulation and Licensing: The Wisconsin Medical Society recommends that peer review records not be released to the Division of Enforcement Continue reading

REQ-001: Protection of Quality of Care for Psychiatric Patients

Protection of Quality of Care for Psychiatric Patients: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports high quality services for psychiatric patients and believes that physicians who collaborate with Continue reading

REQ-004: Third Party Medical Review

Third Party Medical Review: The Wisconsin Medical Society reaffirms its policy of continuing to seek uniform procedural standards and requirements for all organizations utilizing medical review to approve or deny health insurance benefits for medical care. Continue reading

REQ-005: Performance Measures

Performance Measures: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement convened and operating under the auspices of the American Medical Association, and the performance Continue reading

REQ-006: Support for Performance Measures Developed By The Physician Consortium For Performance Improvement

Support for Performance Measures Developed By The Physician Consortium For Performance Improvement: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports that any allocation of resources toward physician performance measures Continue reading

REQ-007: Patient-Centered Medical Home

Patient-Centered Medical Home: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Continue reading

REQ-008: Comparative Effectiveness Research

Comparative Effectiveness Research: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that Physicians must play an active part in the governing Comparative Effectiveness Research entity to ensure that the effect does not disrupt Continue reading

REQ-009: Comparative Effectiveness Research

Comparative Effectiveness Research: The following Principles for Creating a Centralized Comparative Effectiveness Research Entity are the official policy of our AMA:

PRINCIPLES FOR CREATING A CENTRALIZED COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH ENTITY: Continue reading

REQ-010: Costs of Assessing Clinical Competence:

Costs of Assessing Clinical Competence: The Wisconsin Medical Society asks our AMA to support the concept that any method used to determine clinical competence be supported by evidence of effectiveness in determining Continue reading

TEC-001: Information Technology Standardization and Costs

Information Technology Standardization and Costs: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports concepts of information technology (IT) standards for interchangeability of data from different IT systems. (HOD, 0416) Continue reading

TEC-002: Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the adoption of meaningful use health information technology that will provide information where it is needed, when it is needed Continue reading

TEC-003: A National Toolbox on Access to and Distribution of Physician Services

A National Toolbox on Access to and Distribution of Physician Services: The Wisconsin Medical Society will direct its representatives to the American Medical Association to request the creation of a national Continue reading

TEC-004: Advocacy for Medicare/Medicaid Coverage of Multi-use Technology

Advocacy for Medicare/Medicaid Coverage of Multi-use Technology: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports promoting the medical applications of consumer technologies through new strategies for reimbursing the functionality Continue reading

TEC-005: ICD-10

ICD-10: The Wisconsin Medical Society will petition the AMA to work toward the goal of having insurance companies and governmental entities pay physicians for the extra cost of increasingly complex and mandatory Continue reading

Public Health

ACC-002: Boating Safety and Intoxicated Boating Laws

Boating Safety and Intoxicated Boating Laws: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes:

  • In an absolute sobriety requirement on persons under age 21 who are operating

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ACC-003: Fireworks Regulation

Fireworks Regulation: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes eliminating the authority of local governments (cities, villages and towns) to adopt ordinances that regulate the possession of fireworks, or that define fireworks to include devices excluded Continue reading

ACC-005: Universal E-Codes in Hospitals

Universal E-Codes in Hospitals: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the universal utilization of E-coding by all Wisconsin hospitals. (HOD, 0417) Continue reading

ACC-009: Helmet Use for Cycling and Other Recreational Activities:

Helmet Use for Cycling and Other Recreational Activities: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Supports legislation that requires helmet use for bicycles and other recreational activities (e.g. scooters, in-line or roller skates, skate

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ACC-010: Firearm Possession and Safety

Firearm Possession and Safety: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes that uncontrolled ownership and use of firearms, especially handguns, is a serious threat to the public’s health inasmuch as the weapons are one of the main causes of intentional Continue reading

ACC-012: Graduated Drivers License

Graduated Drivers License: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the essential features that should be mandated in GDL systems as outlined in the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (WIAAP) position paper titled Continue reading

ACC-013: Restriction of Cell Phone Usage and Text Messaging While Driving

Restriction of Cell Phone Use and Text Messaging While Driving: The Wisconsin Medical Society will seek legislation to prohibit all non-emergency use of any type of cell phone (hands on or hands off or built in), electronic personal data assistant Continue reading

ACC-015: Restrictions on Discussions Between Physicians and Patients Regarding Gun Ownership

Restrictions on Discussions Between Physicians and Patients Regarding Gun Ownership: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the right of physicians to ask if their patients keep guns in the home in order to provide adequate anticipatory guidance Continue reading

ACC-016: Firearm Safety

Firearm Safety: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Supports legislation that would remove Congressional prohibitions against the collection, analysis and reporting of data by the Centers

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ACC-017: Hand and Table Saw Safety

Hand and Table Saw Safety: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages the use of fingersensing technology in table saws and encourages schools and colleges in Wisconsin to equip shop classes with finger-sensing technology table saws. (HOD, 0413) Continue reading

ALC-001: Working to Eliminate Underage Alcohol Consumption

Working to Eliminate Underage Alcohol Consumption: The Wisconsin Medical Society is opposed to persons under the age of 21obtaining alcoholic beverages in violation of state law. The Society:

  • Supports prohibiting the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of 21.

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ALC-003: Reduction of Alcohol-Related Traffic Crashes

Reduction of Alcohol-Related Traffic Crashes: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports current and future legislative proposals seeking to strengthen penalties for DUI offenders. (HOD 0417) Continue reading

ALC-004: Mandatory Reporting of Unborn Child Abuse

Mandatory Reporting of Unborn Child Abuse: The Wisconsin Medical Society does not support extending the jurisdiction of the juvenile court to unborn fetuses and their expectant mothers, when substance abuse Continue reading

ALC-006: Alcohol Warning Signs

Alcohol Warning Signs: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports requiring retailers to prominently display a sign on the retailer’s premises warning pregnant women that they should not drink alcohol beverages Continue reading

ALC-007: Screening for Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Trauma Patients

Screening for Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Trauma Patients: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages

  • Hospital medical staffs to promote the performance of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) tests and urine drug screens on in-patient

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ALC-009: Reporting of Alcoholism as a Cause of Death

Reporting of Alcoholism as a Cause of Death: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that alcoholism should be reportable as a cause of death. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

ALC-011: Drug Testing – Employee

Drug Testing – Employee: The Wisconsin Medical Society condemns indiscriminate, not for cause testing, for drug use by employers of current employees. There are limited for cause situations or safety sensitive occupations in which urine testing may provide Continue reading

ALC-012: Improving Prevention and Treatment of Excessive Alcohol Consumption

Improving Prevention and Treatment of Excessive Alcohol Consumption: The Wisconsin Medical Society will advocate for programs aimed at reducing binge drinking, including, but not Continue reading

ALC-014: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Services

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Services: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  • The provision of alcohol and drug screening, brief intervention, referral

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ALC-015: Alcohol and the Driver

Alcohol and the Driver: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Services: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  • The provision of alcohol and drug screening, brief intervention, referral, and treatment (SBIRT)

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ALC-016: Dram Shop Liability Laws

Dram Shop Liability Laws: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports strengthened dram shop liability laws in the State of Wisconsin. (HOD, 0413) Continue reading

COM-001: Testing of Foster Children for Communicable Disease

Testing of Foster Children for Communicable Disease: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation that would allow physicians or legal guardians of foster children under 14 years of age to be able to consent them for communicable disease testing Continue reading

COM-002: Testing for Communicable Diseases in Prison Populations

Testing for Communicable Diseases in Prison Populations: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports testing—with due process—of prison inmates for communicable diseases, on a case-by-case basis, which should be performed on the order of the facility’s Continue reading

COM-004: Wisconsin Statute for HIV Testing

Wisconsin Statute for HIV Testing: The Society supports changing the state statutes to make the criminal and monetary penalties for HIV test disclosure without patient permission or in violation of consent requirements commensurate to those for disclosure Continue reading

COM-007: HIV-Infected Health Care Workers

HIV-Infected Health Care Workers: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes it is the overall common goal of health care professionals to serve and protect their patients. The Society also believes that:

  • The potential transmission of HIV infection in the health care setting to patients or health care workers is best prevented by infection control

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COM-010: HIV Screening, Testing and Partner Notification

HIV Screening, Testing and Partner Notification: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Supports Partner Services programs that include the notification and education of individuals at risk of HIV infection regarding HIV risk

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COM-011: HIV and Special Populations

HIV and Special Populations: Certain populations are at an increased risk for HIV infection and/or would benefit from increased outreach on HIV risk factors, prevention strategies and HIV screening Continue reading

EMM-007: A Comprehensive Plan for the Emergency Medical System (EMS) in Wisconsin

A Comprehensive Plan for the Emergency Medical System (EMS) in Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Supports the continued development and government funding of a comprehensive plan for an emergency medical system (EMS)

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EMM-009: Automatic External Defibrillators

 
Automatic External Defibrillators: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recognizes the lifesaving benefits of automated external defibrillators (AED) and supports laws and legislation Continue reading

EMM-010: Resolving the Current Lack of a Universal Connector on Defibrillator Pads

Virtual Medical ID Bracelet Identification Alert System: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the concept of a virtual medical ID bracelet identification alert system, which can be used in emergencies to assure that emergency responders Continue reading

EMM-011: Virtual Medical ID Bracelet Identification Alert System

Virtual Medical ID Bracelet Identification Alert System: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the concept of a virtual medical ID bracelet identification alert system which can be used in emergencies Continue reading

EMM-012: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes the benefits and life-saving successes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and encourages medical professionals and members Continue reading

EMM-013: Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  • A central civilian/medical command structure at the state level to coordinate

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EOH-003: MMT in the U.S. Gasoline Supply

MMT in the U.S. Gasoline Supply: The Wisconsin Medical Society will express its concerns for public health over the addition of Methylcyclopentadienyl Manganese Carbonyl (MMT) into the gasoline supply until the safety of the substance is clearly Continue reading

EOH-004: Health Priorities in Mining

Health Priorities in Mining: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports requiring input from the Department of Health prior to the issuance of a mining permit. The Department’s input

  • Must be based on evidence provided by public health experts

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EOH-007: Herbicide and Pesticide Use

Herbicide and Pesticide Use: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  1. The appropriate use of landscape herbicides and pesticides in

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EOH-008: Clean Air

Clean Air:

  1. The Wisconsin Medical Society supports setting the national primary and secondary ambient air quality standards at the level

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EOH-013: Physician Access to Information on Clinical Management of Hazardous Materials Exposures

Physician Access to Information on Clinical Management of Hazardous Materials Exposures: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  • Educational programs that enhance physician

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EOH-014: Guidelines for the Evaluation and Treatment of Work-Related Illnesses and Injuries

Guidelines for the Evaluation and Treatment of Work-Related Illnesses and Injuries: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports treatment guidelines for Worker’s Compensation cases that balance the highest quality of patient care with cost containment Continue reading

EOH-015: Labeling and Inventory of Coal Ash

Labeling and Inventory of Coal Ash: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports labeling coal ash as hazardous by any and all relevant regulatory bodies, and supports the creation of a publicly available, up-to-date, inventory of all coal ash sites Continue reading

EOH-016: Coal-Fired Power Plants

Coal-Fired Power Plants: The Wisconsin Medical Society favors research and development to decrease problems relating to emissions of coal ash. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

EOH-017: Health Impacts of Climate Change

Health Impacts of Climate Change: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports policies that improve public health by mitigating the adverse effects of climate change, and by encouraging physician awareness of these adverse effects. The Society therefore: Continue reading

EOH-018: Improving Physician Awareness of Radon in Wisconsin

Improving Physician Awareness of Radon in Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports education of physicians and patients through journal articles and public service announcements, etc. about the necessity Continue reading

EOH-019: Harmful Effects of Chemicals and Antibiotics in the Environment

Harmful Effects of Chemicals and Antibiotics in the Environment: The Wisconsin Medical Society (shall) develop an educational campaign for physicians and their patients on the possible harmful effects of atrazine Continue reading

EOH-020: Worker’s Compensation Medical Reform Legislation

Worker’s Compensation Medical Reform Legislation: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports policies that help maintain stability in our worker’s compensation system and opposes legislation or regulation that would create Continue reading

MCH-001: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Training

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Training: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports ensuring that licensed childcare providers receive training in the most current medically accepted methods of preventing sudden infant death syndrome Continue reading

MCH-002: Blood Lead Level Guidelines for Children

Blood Lead Level Guidelines for Children: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the 1998 “A Physician’s Guide to Blood Lead Screening and Treatment of Lead Poisoning in Children,” which recommends the following: Continue reading

MCH-003: Possession and Use of Metered Dose Inhalers by School Students

Possession and Use of Metered Dose Inhalers by School Students: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports allowing an asthmatic student, while in school, to possess and use a metered dose inhaler or dry powder inhaler if the student uses the inhaler before exercise Continue reading

MCH-005: Childhood and Adolescent Sleep Needs

Childhood and Adolescent Sleep Needs: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports greater attention to sleep hygiene in educational programs established by the Department of Public Instruction for teachers, counselors, parents and children. Continue reading

MCH-007: Continuity of Prenatal Care

Continuity of Prenatal Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that pregnant women should be able to maintain a continuous relationship with a single physician throughout their entire pregnancy and supports working with the state of Wisconsin Continue reading

MCH-008: Access to Health Care for Children

Access to Health Care for Children: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports a goal that all children in Wisconsin have access to health care. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

MCH-009: Statewide Perinatal Database

Statewide Perinatal Database: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports a comprehensive system for collecting and analyzing clinical perinatal data. Continue reading

MCH-010: Medicaid Prenatal Care Coordination Program

Medicaid Prenatal Care Coordination Program: The Wisconsin Medical Society endorses the Medicaid Prenatal Care Coordination Program. (BOD, 1114) Continue reading

MCH-013: Surrogate Parenting

Surrogate Parenting: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that physicians who participate in surrogate motherhood arrangements or provide fertility, obstetric or counseling services for a surrogate, should carefully examine all relevant issues Continue reading

MCH-014: Home Visitation to New Parents

Home Visitation to New Parents: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports programs that provide universal access to home visitation for all new parents in Wisconsin. (BOD, 1114) Continue reading

MCH-015: Fetal Research

Fetal Research: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports fetal research under the following guidelines:

  1. Physicians may participate in fetal research when

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MCH-019: DNR Bracelets for Children

DNR Bracelets for Children: The Society supports legislation that allows a DNR bracelet to be worn by a patient less than 18 years of age who is terminally ill under the definitions in the current legislation. (HOD, 0415) Continue reading

MCH-022: Dental Access

Dental Access: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recognizes the importance of good oral health to overall health and the need for improving access to dental services for children and underserved populations in our state. Continue reading

MCH-023: Maternity Length of Stay

Maternity Length of Stay: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  • Federal law and perinatal discharge of mothers

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MCH-024: Newborn Hearing Issues

Newborn Hearing Issues: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Encourages all physicians caring for newborn infants

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MCH-026: Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Abuse and Pregnancy

Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Abuse and Pregnancy: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recognizes the severe impact that perinatal use of alcohol, tobacco, prescription opioids and illegal drugs may have upon the health of both mothers and infants. Continue reading

MCH-027: Prenatal Documentation

Prenatal Documentation: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports appropriate, safe and well-documented documentation in regard to prenatal care, but opposes legislative mandates on the content or format of physician documentation in the medical record. Continue reading

MCH-029: Regulating Dextromethorphan

Regulating Dextromethorphan: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislative action to restrict purchases of over-the-counter medicines containing dextromethorphan to individuals of age 18 or greater. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

MCH-030: Appropriate Testing of Medicaid Children For Lead

Appropriate Testing of Medicaid Children for Lead: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports coordinating efforts of the Society’s councils and committees with agencies working on lead poisoning issues to educate health care professionals Continue reading

MCH-031: Vaccination Coverage of Uninsured Children By Private Physicians

Vaccination Coverage of Uninsured Children By Private Physicians: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports that Wisconsin children medically eligible to receive vaccinations but underinsured and uninsured receive Continue reading

MCH-033: Repeal of Religious Exemptions in Child Abuse and Medical Practice Statutes

Repeal of Religious Exemptions in Child Abuse and Medical Practice Statutes: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports repeal of religious exemption provisions in the state’s child abuse statues, and recognizes that constitutional barriers may exist with Continue reading

MCH-034: Pregnancy “Counseling” Centers

Pregnancy “Counseling” Centers: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports that any entity offering crisis pregnancy services disclose information on site, in its advertising, and before any services are provided concerning the medical services Continue reading

MCH-036: Pulse Oximetry Screening for Newborns

Pulse Oximetry Screening for Newborns: The Wisconsin Medical Society recommends the routine use of pulse oximetry screening in newborns to detect critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) and other diseases associated with hypoxia in the newborn Continue reading

MCH-037: Adverse Child Experiences

Adverse Child Experiences: The Wisconsin Medical Society acknowledges the health risks and developmental consequences associated with toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The Society supports Continue reading

MCH-038: Infant Health and Wellness in Wisconsin

Infant Health and Wellness in Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes the severity and significance of high infant mortality rates in the state and is concerned by the racial and socioeconomic disparities Continue reading

MEC-002: Society Guiding Principles on Patient Safety

Society Guiding Principles on Patient Safety: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports the following policy on patient safety:

  • Leadership Role. The Society will continue to take a leadership role in improving patient safety.

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MEC-003: Correctional Health Care

Correctional Health Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages Wisconsin to seek accreditation from the National Commission for Correctional Health Care and jails and prisons to be included in any reforms to be implemented Continue reading

MEC-006: Veterans Administration

Veterans Administration: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports national legislation that would give rural veterans receiving Veterans Administration supported medical care the choice to receive care locally, and having such care funded through the Veterans Continue reading

MEC-007: Primary Care Research

Primary Care Research: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Supports increasing the level of support for developing the infrastructure for practice-based and primary care research.

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MEC-009: Focus on Men’s Health

Focus on Men’s Health: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes the health care of men differs in many ways from the health care of women and encourages research and medical education to address the reasons Continue reading

MEC-010: Disease Management

Disease Management: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports disease management protocols that allow for appropriate flexibility and physician discretion when measuring adherence to and variations from practice guidelines as long as these protocols Continue reading

MEC-012: Diabetes Prevention and Control

Diabetes Prevention and Control: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports and promotes the objectives of the Department of Health and Family Services Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. (HOD, 0413) Continue reading

MEC-013: Do Not Resuscitate Bracelets

Do Not Resuscitate Bracelets: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the use of a national or statewide color standard when using wristbands to designate a patient’s Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) status. (HOD, 0413) Continue reading

MEC-014: Patient Safety

Patient Safety: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes any legislation that would mandate specific methods or techniques in the performance of medical or surgical procedures. (HOD, 0415) Continue reading

MEC-016: Palliative Care

Palliative Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes palliative care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with Continue reading

MEN-003: Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists

Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists: The Wisconsin Medical Society will take all necessary steps in defeating prescriptive authority for psychologists. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

MEN-005: Mental Health Care and Treatment of Homeless People

Mental Health Care and Treatment of Homeless People: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes in improving the provision of adequate housing, appropriate care and treatment, and legal remedies to ensure that homeless people receive needed Continue reading

MEN-006: Improving Access to Mental Health Care

Improving Access to Mental Health Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recognizes the importance of quality care for people with mental illness, and that our health care system must do more to detect and care for those with mental illness. The Society Continue reading

MEN-007: Equal Health Care Access for Eating Disorders

Equal Health Care Access for Eating Disorders: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports advocacy for mental health parity explicitly as it relates to eating disorders. (HOD, 0416) Continue reading

OBE-002: Obesity Prevention

 
Obesity Prevention: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes obesity in children and adults as a major public health epidemic. The Society supports incorporating obesity prevention and treatment across multiple institutional environments as follows: Continue reading

PHI-001: Accessible Parking for People with Disabilities

Accessible Parking for People with Disabilities: The Wisconsin Medical Society will assist with the ongoing development of administrative guidelines to assist physicians in determining whether or not a patient’s condition is a qualifying Continue reading

PHI-002: Reimbursement for Providing Interpretive Services

Reimbursement for Providing Interpretive Services: The Wisconsin Medical Society will seek legislation, regulations or other action that would require third-party payers, including governmental agencies and private insurers, to fully reimburse Continue reading

PHI-004: Issuance of Disabled Parking Permits

Issuance of Disabled Parking Permits: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports timely issuance of disabled parking permits. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

PHI-005: Enhancing Physician Interest in the Medical Care of People With Profound Developmental Disabilities

Enhancing Physician Interest in the Medical Care of People with Profound Developmental Disabilities: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  • Advocating for the highest quality medical care for persons with profound developmental disabilities in Wisconsin.

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PHI-006: Advancements in Advocacy and Medical Care of Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Advancements in Advocacy and Medical Care of Persons with Developmental Disabilities: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Encourages clinicians to learn and appreciate variable presentations of complex

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PUB-003: Full Funding for Core Public Health Services

Full Funding for Core Public Health Services: The Wisconsin Medical supports full state funding for core public health service functions that are delegated to local public health departments. Continue reading

PUB-017: Organ Sharing

Organ Sharing: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports:

  • The concept of regional organ sharing.

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PUB-018: Organ Donation

Organ Donation: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports the concept of a centralized, statewide organ donor registry that encompasses the following ideals:

  • Donor information in the registry

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PUB-020: Fitness and Nutrition

Fitness and Nutrition: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports additional public health and legislative intervention to improve fitness and decrease obesity. Continue reading

PUB-021: Vaccination Supply

Vaccination Supply: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports American Medical Association efforts to advocate for federal action, including legislation, to assure adequate vaccine supply and vaccination rates. (HOD, 0411)* Continue reading

PUB-022: City of Milwaukee Well City Initiative

City of Milwaukee Well City Initiative: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the City of Milwaukee Well City initiative and encourages other cities and the State of Wisconsin to pursue WELCOA “Well” designation. (BOD, 0613) Continue reading

PUB-026: Recommendations for Government Health Departments

Recommendations for Government Health Departments: The Wisconsin Medical Society

  • Encourages Wisconsin to create a separate and distinct Department

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PUB-027: Raw Milk

Raw Milk: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes any legislation to allow sale of any dairy products made of unpasteurized milk to the public in Wisconsin. (HOD, 0410)* Continue reading

PUB-028: Public Health Funding

Public Health Funding: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports policy that provides additional resources for evidence-based prevention activities and programs provided by health departments in Wisconsin; Continue reading

PUB-030: Farm-To-School Policies and Programs

Farm-To-School Policies and Programs: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports programs and policies that ensure school students have access to fresh, local produce. (HOD, 0410)* Continue reading

PUB-031: Promoting Celiac Disease Screening Usage and Standards

Promoting Celiac Disease Screening Usage and Standards: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes undiagnosed celiac disease as a public health problem and supports the formal establishment of evidence-based Continue reading

PUB-032: Health Literacy in Health Care Institutions

Health Literacy in Health Care Institutions: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recognizes the importance of improving health literacy and supports efforts to meet the Healthy People 2020 goal of using health Continue reading

PUB-033: Responsible Registration of Immunizations

Responsible Registration of Immunizations: The Wisconsin Medical Society and its constituent County Societies will work with involved parties, including providers of immunizations, municipalities, and legislative Continue reading

PUB-035: Improving Immunization Rates

Improving Immunization Rates: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recognizes the enormous benefits immunizations have brought to public health. Therefore the Society will work to improve immunization rates Continue reading

PUB-036: Prescription Labeling

Prescription Labeling: Recognizing that poor health literacy impacts prescription drug use, the Wisconsin Medical Society supports efforts to improve understandability of prescription labels and Continue reading

PUB-037: Healthiest Wisconsin 2020

Healthiest Wisconsin 2020: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports continued collaboration between the Society and the Department of Health Services to promote the state health plan Healthiest Wisconsin 2020. (HOD, 0415) Continue reading

PUB-038: Society Partnership with the Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) to Promote Healthiest Wisconsin 2020

Society Partnership with the Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) to Promote Healthiest Wisconsin 2020: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports continued collaboration between the Society Continue reading

PUB-039: Social Determinants of Health

Social Determinants of Health: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes social determinants of health (SDOH) to be the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, learn, work and age, and the systems put in place to deal with health and illness. Continue reading

PUB-040: Vaccine Exemptions

Vaccine Exemptions: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes philosophic, moral and personal belief exemptions from state vaccine requirements. The Society supports vaccination exemptions for medical reasons only after a patient or their Continue reading

PUB-041: Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Resistance: In order to stem the rise of and prevent further antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance, the Wisconsin Medical Society calls for:

  • Improving the surveillance and reporting, including a statewide

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PUB-042: Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes the high and increasing suicide rates nationally and in the State of Wisconsin and strongly supports efforts to prevent suicide and attempted suicide. Continue reading

PUB-043: Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals

Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals: Due to the potential serious public health risks of increasing antibiotic resistance, the Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  1. Legislative efforts to ban the use of antibiotics in food-producing

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PUB-044: Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products

Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  1. Educational campaigns for physicians, medical students and patients

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PUB-045: Lyme Disease Detection, Testing and Treatment

Lyme Disease Detection, Testing and Treatment: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Acknowledges the high and increasing incidence of Lyme disease

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PUB-046: Comprehensive Organ Donation Strategy

Comprehensive Organ Donation Strategy: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  1. The removal of barriers to living organ donation at the time

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SAT-006: Motorcycle Helmet Use

Motorcycle Helmet Use: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Supports legislation that requires helmet use for all users

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SAT-007: Repeat Drunk Drivers

Repeat Drunk Drivers: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports a review of the reasons for repeat drunk driving offenses and any additional system modifications that would help stem repeat drunken driving occurrences. The Society encourages courts to Continue reading

SAT-009: Use of Child Safety Restraints in Aircraft

Use of Child Safety Restraints in Aircraft: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the use of appropriate restraint systems for all children on all commercial flights. (HOD, 0412) Continue reading

SAT-011: Medical Standards for School Bus Drivers

Medical Standards for School Bus Drivers: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that medical standards for school bus drivers need to be the highest medical standards required for commercial drivers as defined in Wisconsin Administrative Code Trans 112 Continue reading

SAT-014: Seat Belts

Seat Belts: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) supports legislation to implement primary enforcement of the safety belt law and the mandatory use of age-appropriate restraint devices in all seating positions Continue reading

SAT-015: Disclosure of Health Care Information About a Patient’s Ability to Operate a Motor Vehicle

Disclosure of Health Care Information About a Patient’s Ability to Operate a Motor Vehicle: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that no physician shall be liable for any civil damages for reporting in good faith to the Department of Transportation (DOT) Continue reading

SAT-016: Driver’s License Renewal

Driver’s License Renewal: The Wisconsin Medical Society, recognizing that the safety of older drivers is a growing health concern, believes that because physicians play an essential role in helping patients slow their rate of functional decline Continue reading

SAT-017: Driver BAC Testing in Fatal Accidents

Driver BAC Testing in Fatal Accidents: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the following updated guidelines for withdrawing blood for chemical testing in order to assist law enforcement personnel:

  • Physicians are urged to cooperate with law enforcement personnel

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SAT-018: Cell Phone Usage and Texting While Driving

Cell Phone Usage and Texting While Driving: The Wisconsin Medical Society shall work to ban all non-emergency use of cell phones when operating a motor vehicle by seeking legislation to: 1) prohibit the use of any type of cell phone Continue reading

SAT-019: Alcohol and On- and Off-Road Vehicles

Alcohol and On- and Off-Road Vehicles: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports that:

  • All state laws applicable to the operation of on-road motor vehicles

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SAT-020: Sobriety Checkpoints

Sobriety Checkpoints: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation to overturn the statutory ban on the use of sobriety checkpoints in Wisconsin. (HOD, 0414) Continue reading

SCH-005: School-Based Clinics

School-Based Clinics: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the development of programs, including those located in schools, to provide comprehensive health care services where the health care needs of the population are not being met. Continue reading

SCH-006: School Wellness Programs

School Wellness Programs: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages schools to embrace and fully implement policies that strive to create and foster healthier school environments. These policies should promote increased physical activity, Continue reading

SCH-007: Childhood Anaphylactic Reactions

Childhood Anaphylactic Reactions: The Wisconsin Medical Society will:

  1. Urge all schools, from preschool through 12th grade, to:

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SCH-008: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Schools and Childhood Obesity

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Schools and Childhood Obesity: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation banning the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in schools and supports educating parents, schools, and students about Continue reading

SMK-002: Smoking and Tobacco

Smoking and Tobacco: The Wisconsin Medical Society, recognizing the evidence of adverse effects that tobacco use, addiction and smoking have on the health of Wisconsin residents,
tobacco users and non-users alike Continue reading

SMK-005: Electronic Cigarettes and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices

Electronic Cigarettes and Other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the classification of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other electronic nicotine delivery devices (ENDDs) Continue reading

SPO-002: Use of Anabolic Steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs for Athletic Enhancement

Use of Anabolic Steroids and Performance Enhancing Drugs for Athletic Enhancement: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) believes that it is unethical for anyone to prescribe, supply, administer, use or condone the use of anabolic Continue reading

SPO-004: Abolishment of Amateur and Professional Boxing in Wisconsin

Abolishment of Amateur and Professional Boxing in Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports:

  • Education of the public concerning the dangerous aspects of boxing.

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SPO-005: Concussions in Youth Sports

Concussions in Youth Sports: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports state legislation that would require that children and adolescents participating in any and all organized sports activities who have symptoms consistent with concussion Continue reading

VIO-001: Support for Legislative Action and Improved Research on the Health Response to Violence and Abuse

Support for Legislative Action and Improved Research on the Health Response to Violence and Abuse: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports the AMA’s efforts, in conjunction with other members of the Federation and the National Continue reading

VIO-008: Domestic Violence of Adults

Domestic Violence of Adults: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes it is the obligation of physicians and their teams to:

  1. Privately identify and screen patients for domestic violence

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VIO-009: Prevention of Domestic Violence

Prevention of Domestic Violence: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports continued efforts to address domestic violence including prevention and such areas as effective communication, positive parenting, disciplining children, Continue reading

VIO-010: Domestic Violence Education for Physicians

Domestic Violence Education for Physicians: The Wisconsin Medical Society encourages physicians to be actively involved with domestic violence detection and prevention programs and supports and encourages education for health care Continue reading

VIO-011: Development of a Strategic, Coordinated Response of Health Care Professionals to Sex Trafficking Victims

Development of a Strategic, Coordinated Response of Health Care Professionals to Sex Trafficking Victims: The Wisconsin Medical Society believes that health care professionals should be trained Continue reading

WOM-001: Age-Appropriate Reproductive Health Education

Age-Appropriate Reproductive Health Education: To better foster good reproductive health practices among the state’s citizens, the Wisconsin Medical Society believes:

  • While local school boards may select

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WOM-002: Support of Legislation for Medically Accurate, Age-Appropriate Sexual Health Education in Wisconsin Public Schools

Support of Legislation for Medically Accurate, Age-Appropriate Sexual Health Education in Wisconsin Public Schools: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation requiring Wisconsin schools to provide students Continue reading

WOM-003: Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception: A victim of sexual assault should be offered prophylaxis for pregnancy, subject to informed consent and consistent with current treatment guidelines. Physicians or hospitals should not be legally mandated Continue reading

WOM-004: Parental Consent for Contraceptive Drugs and Devices

Parental Consent for Contraceptive Drugs and Devices: The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes requiring parental consent before an organization providing family planning services or pregnancy counseling Continue reading

WOM-005: Routine Vaccination Against Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Routine Vaccination Against Human Papillomavirus (HPV): The Wisconsin Medical Society recommends HPV vaccination for all groups for whom the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends Continue reading