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Clyde ‘Bud’ Chumbley, MD, named new Society CEO

Madison—The Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors has named Clyde “Bud” Chumbley, MD, MBA, chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Medical Society. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve as the next CEO of the Wisconsin Medical Society; I … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society praises State’s increased investment in mental health services

MADISON (Oct. 24, 2017)—Department of Health Services Secretary Linda Seemeyer announced this morning an investment of about $17 million, including $7 million in state funding, to raise rates for professionals providing outpatient mental health and substance use disorder services. The … Continue reading

Bertalot named president of Wisconsin Medical Society Insurance and Financial Services

MADISON (October 19, 2017)—The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is pleased to announce that has been promoted to president of the Wisconsin Medical Society Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. She brings 27 years of industry experience to this new role with … Continue reading

Society calls on Congress to extend cost-sharing reduction payments to maintain gains in coverage

MADISON (Oct, 16, 2016)—The Wisconsin Medical Society is asking the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation to act in a timely, bipartisan fashion to extend the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments through 2019. These payments play a critical role in retaining coverage for those … Continue reading

Without government fee schedule, work comp rates drop 8.46%; Major reduction saves business $170 million

MADISON (Oct. 2, 2017)—The four groups serving as health care liaisons to the State’s Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council are praising the largest drop in worker’s compensation insurance premium rates in the last 24 years as yet another indicator of the … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society urges Congress to take bipartisan, transparent approach to health care legislation

MADISON (July 31, 2017) — The Wisconsin Medical Society is urging Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation to consider a new approach to health care reform legislation, and to also act on other critical health care programs set to expire by September 30. … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society praises signing of special session HOPE Agenda bills

The statement below is attributable to Wisconsin Medical Society President Noel Deep, MD, FACP “Today is another important day in the continued fight against opioid addiction and abuse. In signing 11 special session HOPE Agenda bills into law across the … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society disappointed with Court decision invalidating cap on noneconomic damages

MADISON (July 5, 2017) — The Wisconsin Medical Society expressed its extreme disappointment today following the Wisconsin Court of Appeals’ decision in Mayo v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund, which threatens to destabilize Wisconsin’s well-balanced, relatively stable medical … Continue reading

Physicians urge changes to BCRA

MADISON (June 26, 2017) — The Wisconsin Medical Society is urging U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson to prioritize patients as they prepare for a Senate vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) of 2017. “The Society believes … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society statement on House Passage of American Health Care Act

The statement below is attributable to Wisconsin Medical Society President Noel Deep, MD, FACP “Prior to today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Wisconsin Medical Society raised concerns that the American Health Care Act would result in decreased … Continue reading

Susan Turney, MD, awarded Society’s highest honor

MADISON (April 25, 2017) — Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACMPE, FACP, of Marshfield received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s prestigious Director’s Award—the organization’s highest honor—during the Society’s Annual Meeting April 21-22 in Wisconsin Dells. “We are extremely pleased to present … Continue reading

State Attorney General Brad Schimel awarded Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Citation

MADISON (April 25, 2017) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel was awarded the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Citation during the organization’s Annual Meeting April 22 in Wisconsin Dells. In presenting the award, outgoing Society President Barbara Hummel, MD, called Schimel … Continue reading

Noel Deep, MD, inaugurated president of Wisconsin Medical Society

MADISON (April 24, 2017) — Noel Deep, MD, of Antigo was inaugurated the 166th President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting April 21-22 in Wisconsin Dells. Doctor Deep succeeds Barbara A. Hummel, MD, of West Allis. … Continue reading

Madison psychiatrist chosen as Wisconsin Medical Society president-elect

MADISON (April 24, 2017) – Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) members elected Molli Rolli, MD, of Madison president-elect during the Society’s Annual Meeting April 22 in Wisconsin Dells. In 2018, Dr. Rolli will succeed Noel Deep, MD, who was sworn in … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society praises passage of latest HOPE Agenda legislation

The statement below is attributable to Wisconsin Medical Society President Barbara Hummel, MD “Wisconsin physicians applaud the Wisconsin State Assembly for approving another round of HOPE Agenda legislation that will help fight opioid abuse. Today’s action advances important initiatives that … Continue reading

More than 400 physicians, medical students participate in Doctor Day 2017 at State Capitol

  Madison, Wis. (March 29, 2017)—Doctor Day 2017 brought more than 400 physicians and medical students from across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs today. Key issues included the Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education [HOPE] … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society directors endorse health care reform principles

MADISON (Jan. 30, 2017)—With the tremendous focus on health care reform and its subsequent effect on Wisconsin patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors endorsed a set of health care reform principles at its meeting on Saturday in Madison. … Continue reading

Society praises Governor’s call for special session to fight opioid abuse

The statement below is attributable to Wisconsin Medical Society Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter, MD “On behalf of Wisconsin physicians, the Wisconsin Medical Society applauds the Governor’s call for a special legislative session to combat opioid abuse. The recommended package … Continue reading

Report shows positive steps in opioid epidemic fight

The statement below is attributable to Wisconsin Medical Society Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter, MD, regarding today’s Controlled Substances Board Report showing 8.2 million fewer opioids dispensed in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the previous year: “Wisconsin’s collaborative … Continue reading

Society eager to share physician expertise on Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse

Statement attributable to Donn Dexter, MD, Wisconsin Medical Society Chief Medical Officer “One of the strengths of Wisconsin’s strategy in fighting the opioid abuse epidemic is the collaboration among elected officials, law enforcement, physicians and other health care groups. We … Continue reading

Standing order for Naloxone has potential to save countless lives

Statement attributable to Donn Dexter, MD, Wisconsin Medical Society chief medical officer “The Wisconsin Medical Society applauds Governor Walker’s decision to create a statewide standing order for naloxone. “As physicians, far too often we see the devastating impact of heroin … Continue reading

Physicians, medical students elected to Society leadership positions

MADISON (April 7, 2016)—More than two dozen physicians and medical students from across the state were elected to leadership positions with the Wisconsin Medical Society during the organization’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, … Continue reading

George Lange, MD, receives the Society’s highest honor

MADISON (April 7, 2016)—George M. Lange, MD, of River Falls received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s prestigious Director’s Award—the organization’s highest honor—during the Society’s Annual Meeting April 2-3 in Madison. He was presented the award during the Society’s Inaugural Ceremony, April … Continue reading

Clarence Chou, MD, receives Society’s Presidential Citation

MADISON (April 7, 2016)—Clarence Chou, MD, of Mequon is one of two recipients of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Citation. Doctor Chou, a staff psychiatrist with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, received the award during the Society’s Inaugural Ceremony … Continue reading

House Speaker Paul Ryan awarded Society’s Presidential Citation

MADISON (April 7, 2016)—U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R, Janesville) was recognized by the Wisconsin Medical Society as a Presidential Citation recipient during the organization’s Annual Meeting April 2-3 in Madison. Outgoing Society President Jerry L. Halverson, … Continue reading

Barbara Hummel, MD, inaugurated president of Wisconsin Medical Society

MADISON (April 4, 2016)—Barbara A. Hummel, MD, of West Allis was inaugurated the 165th President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, April 2. Doctor Hummel succeeds … Continue reading

Antigo physician chosen Wisconsin Medical Society president-elect

MADISON (April 4, 2016)–Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) members elected Noel Deep, MD, of Antigo president-elect during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, April 2-3. In 2017, Dr. Deep will succeed Barbara A. … Continue reading

WPS medical director named Physician Citizen of the Year

MADISON (March 17, 2016)—Michael Ostrov, MD, MS, has been named the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2016 Physician Citizen of the Year for his extraordinary efforts in furthering the conversation with regard to advance care planning and end-of-life care in Wisconsin. A … Continue reading

More than 300 physicians, medical students participate in Doctor Day 2016 at State Capitol

Madison, Wis. (Feb. 10, 2016) — In spite of the frigid temperatures, Doctor Day 2016 brought over 300 physicians and medical students from across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs today. Key issues included those … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society: HOPE Agenda passage important step in fighting addiction

Statement attributable to Jerry Halverson, MD, Wisconsin Medical Society president “It’s clear that addressing the heroin and opiate addiction public health crisis is going to take all of us working together. That’s why the Wisconsin Medical Society and others have … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society celebrates 175th anniversary

Madison, WI (Jan. 11, 2016)—2016 represents a significant milestone for the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society)—its 175th anniversary. Created by an act of the Territorial Legislature in 1841, the Society today is the largest physician advocacy organization in Wisconsin, representing nearly … Continue reading

Halverson: We need to do more to end addiction crisis

Statement attributable to Jerry Halverson, MD, Wisconsin Medical Society president “As physicians, too often we see firsthand the devastating impact of heroin and misused or abused prescription pain medicines on our patients and their families. Recent efforts, like the passage … Continue reading

Society director appointed to HHS advisory committee on physician payment models

MADISON (Oct. 12, 2015) – Wisconsin Medical Society Director Jeffrey Bailet, MD, has been appointed to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), a new 11-member committee created to provide comments and recommendations the Secretary of Health and Human … Continue reading

Society praises Assembly’s support of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

MADISON (Sept 24, 2015)—The Wisconsin Medical Society today praised the Wisconsin State Assembly for its overwhelming bipartisan support of Assembly Bill 253, which allows Wisconsin to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. “The Society is pleased with the Assembly’s passage … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society praises Attorney General Schimel’s ‘Dose of Reality’ campaign

Statement attributable to Jerry Halverson, MD, Wisconsin Medical Society president “There’s no question that in Wisconsin and the rest of the country we are facing a real crisis in terms of addiction to heroin and other opioids. The Wisconsin Medical … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society applauds continued HOPE agenda efforts

Statement attributable to Jerry Halverson, MD, Wisconsin Medical Society president “Undoubtedly one of the most urgent concerns facing health care right now is opioid misuse and abuse. The Wisconsin Medical Society was an ardent supporter of last session’s successful HOPE … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society praises inclusion of advance care planning in Physician Fee Schedule

MADISON (July 9, 2015) — The Wisconsin Medical Society today praised the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ inclusion of advance care planning for reimbursement in its 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. The provision will significantly improve patient access … Continue reading

Society public service announcement urges caution this Fourth of July

MADISON (June 26, 2015) – The Fourth of July holiday is almost here, and across the country, people will celebrate the nation’s birthday with parties, parades and, of course, fireworks. But what people might not be aware of are the … Continue reading

King v. Burwell Decision

The following is a statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision on King v. Burwell, attributable to Jerry Halverson, MD, Wisconsin Medical Society President: “Now that the United States Supreme Court has ruled in King v. Burwell, it’s time to … Continue reading

John J. Frey, III, MD, awarded Society’s highest honor

MADISON (June 25, 2015) – John J. Frey, III, MD, has received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s prestigious Director’s Award – the organization’s highest honor. He accepted the award during the Society’s Board of Directors meeting June 20. Doctor Frey is … Continue reading

Society adopts new vaccine policy limiting exemptions

The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors voted to adopt new policy regarding vaccine exemptions at its June 20 meeting in Madison. Continue reading

Physicians, medical students elected to leadership positions during Society’s Annual Meeting

MADISON (April 29, 2015) – More than two dozen physicians and medical students from across the state were elected to leadership positions with the Wisconsin Medical Society during the organization’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center … Continue reading

Tom Jackson, MD, honored with Society’s Presidential Citation

MADISON (April 27, 2015) — Thomas C. Jackson, MD, of Nashotah, Wisconsin, is the recipient of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Citation Award. Outgoing Society President Richard A. Dart, MD, recognized Dr. Jackson for his work with the Bread of … Continue reading

Congressman Ron Kind awarded Society’s Presidential Citation

MADISON (April 27, 2015) — U.S. Representative Ron Kind was recognized by the Wisconsin Medical Society with the Presidential Citation Award during the organization’s Annual Meeting April 25-26 in Madison. Outgoing Society President Richard A. Dart, MD, said he chose … Continue reading

La Crosse pediatrician named Physician Citizen of the Year

MADISON (April 26, 2015) — Steven R. Manson, MD, was honored as the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2015 Physician Citizen of the Year during the Society’s Annual Meeting April 25 in Madison. In addition to his pediatric practice with Gundersen Health … Continue reading

Jerry Halverson, MD, inaugurated president of Wisconsin Medical Society

MADISON (April 25, 2015) — Jerry L. Halverson, MD, DFAPA, of Fitchburg was inaugurated the 164th President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, April 25. Doctor … Continue reading

West Allis physician chosen Wisconsin Medical Society president-elect

MADISON (April 25) – Wisconsin Medical Society members elected Barbara A. Hummel, MD, of West Allis, president-elect during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, April 25-26. A board-certified family physician, Dr. Hummel … Continue reading

Society praises Congress for passage of SGR repeal

MADISON (April 15, 2015) – The Wisconsin Medical Society today applauded members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation for their support of H.R. 2, the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act” (MACRA), which repeals Medicare’s flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. The … Continue reading

250 physicians meet with state legislators for Doctor Day 2015

MADISON (March 11, 2015) — Doctor Day 2015 brought 250 physicians from across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs today. Key issues discussed included proposed changes to Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation system, opposition to a proposal … Continue reading

Tomah VA and Prescribing

The following is a statement on recent news articles regarding the Tomah VA and prescribing, attributable to Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Donn Dexter, MD: “The recent Journal Sentinel stories regarding opioid prescriptions at a Wisconsin VA hospital are certainly … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society names Donn Dexter, MD, new chief medical officer

MADISON (Jan. 7, 2015) — Donn Dexter, MD, FAAN, FAASM, will join the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) as chief medical officer beginning January 12, 2015. Doctor Dexter, a board-certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist, currently is vice chief medical officer, … Continue reading

Sen. Tammy Baldwin awarded Society’s Presidential Citation

MADISON (April 11, 2014)—The Honorable U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Citation Award during the organization’s Annual Meeting April 5-6 in Green Bay. Outgoing Society President Timothy McAvoy, MD, presented the award to Sen. Baldwin for … Continue reading

Rep. Reid Ribble receives Society’s Presidential Citation

MADISON (April 11, 2014) The Honorable U.S. Representative Reid Ribble (R-WI 8th District) has received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Citation Award. Outgoing Society President Timothy McAvoy, MD, presented the award to Rep. Ribble for his “commitment to the health … Continue reading

Physicians, medical students elected to Society leadership positions

MADISON – More than a dozen physicians and medical students from across the state were elected to leadership positions with the Wisconsin Medical Society during the organization’s Annual Meeting in Green Bay April 5 and 6. Richard A. Dart, MD, … Continue reading

Green Bay physician honored as Physician Citizen of the Year

MADISON — Gordon Haugan, MD, received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award during its Annual Meeting April 5 in Green Bay. Doctor Haugan is a pediatrician with Prevea St. Mary’s Health Center in Green Bay and … Continue reading

Rep. John Nygren recognized as Legislator of the Year

MADISON (April 9, 2014) – The Wisconsin Medical Society honored State Representative John Nygren (R–Marinette) with the Legislator of the Year Award at its Annual Meeting in Green Bay on April 5. The award is presented to a person in … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society lauds Governor, Legislature for adopting bills to benefit health and health care

MADISON (April 8, 2014)– The Wisconsin Medical Society commends Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature for adoption of a number of bills that will benefit patients in Wisconsin. This afternoon, Gov. Walker signed into law Assembly Bill 120—the “physician … Continue reading

Richard Dart, MD, inaugurated as Wisconsin Medical Society president

MADISON (April 8, 2014)— Richard A. Dart, MD, of Marshfield was inaugurated as the 163rd President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the KI Center in Green Bay on April 5. Doctor Dart succeeds Timothy … Continue reading

Fitchburg physician elected Society president-elect

MADISON (April 7) – Wisconsin Medical Society members elected Jerry Halverson, MD, of Fitchburg, president-elect during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the KI Center in Green Bay April 5-6. A board-certified psychiatrist with added certification in Psychosomatic Medicine, Dr. Halverson … Continue reading

Society praises Legislature’s actions on overdose prevention, doctor condolence bills

MADISON (Feb. 18, 2014) – The Wisconsin Medical Society praised both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature for their actions today, as both the Assembly and Senate advanced important bills through their chambers. Heroin & Opiate Prevention and Education (HOPE) … Continue reading

Over 200 physicians meet with legislators at Doctor Day

Madison (Feb. 12, 2014) – Doctor Day 2014 brought over 200 physicians across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs today. Key issues discussed included opposition to the worker’s compensation fee schedule bill, which seeks to … Continue reading

Society applauds signing of informed consent law

MADISON (Dec. 13, 2013) — Physicians and their patients across Wisconsin will benefit from Gov. Scott Walker’s signing today of Assembly Bill 139 (AB 139), which provides vital clarification of the state’s informed consent law. The bill was introduced earlier … Continue reading

Society praises Gov. Walker’s action to ease health insurance transition

Statement by: Martha Rolli, MD, Chair of the Board Timothy McAvoy, MD, President Rick Abrams, Chief Executive Officer (November 14, 2014) “Today, Governor Walker took decisive action to ease the transition for current BadgerCare recipients and HIRSP policyholders into the … Continue reading

Bill clarifies state’s informed consent law

MADISON (November 5, 2013) — The Wisconsin Medical Society thanks the State Legislature for its support of Assembly Bill 139 (AB 139), which provides vital clarification of the state’s physician informed consent law. The bill was introduced after the Society … Continue reading

Society ‘extremely disappointed’ by enactment of 2013 Wis Act 37

Statement attributable to: Molli Rolli, MD, Chair, Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors Timothy McAvoy, MD, President, Wisconsin Medical Society “The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) is extremely disappointed with Gov. Scott Walker’s action Friday afternoon to enact 2013 Wisconsin Act … Continue reading

Finger-Warmuth receives Society’s Presidential Citation

MADISON – Sara Finger-Warmuth, executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH), received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Citation during the organization’s Annual Meeting April 13 in Madison. Outgoing Society President Tosha B. Wetterneck, MD, MS, FACP, presented … Continue reading

Physicians, medical students elected to leadership positions

MADISON – More than a dozen physicians and medical students from across the state were elected to leadership positions with the Wisconsin Medical Society during the organization’s Annual Meeting in Madison April 13 and 14. Timothy G. McAvoy, MD, of … Continue reading

Marshfield physician chosen
as Society president-elect

MADISON – Wisconsin Medical Society members elected Richard A. Dart, MD, of Marshfield president-elect during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center on April 13-14. A nephrologist at Marshfield Clinic from 1973 to 2007, Dr. … Continue reading

Timothy McAvoy, MD, inaugurated as Wisconsin Medical Society president

MADISON — Timothy G. McAvoy, MD, of Elm Grove was inaugurated as the 162nd President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center on April 13. Doctor McAvoy succeeds Tosha … Continue reading

Physicians meet with lawmakers during Advocacy Day

MADISON — More than 100 physicians and health care leaders from across the state met with legislators and their staffs today during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s annual Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Participants discussed four key issues: the state’s … Continue reading

Society testifies in support of bills clarifying informed consent law

MADISON – The Wisconsin Medical Society voiced its support for Assembly Bill 139 (AB139) and Senate Bill 137 (SB137) today during public hearings of the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor. The bills clarify … Continue reading

Aspirus physicians chosen for Physician Citizen of the Year Award

MADISON – The Wisconsin Medical Society has selected two physicians from Aspirus Kronenwetter Clinic as recipients of the 2013 Physician Citizen of the Year Award. Ryan Gossett, MD, and William Nietert, MD, will be honored Saturday during the Society’s Annual … Continue reading

Society joins public health, other stakeholders to oppose raw milk sales

The Wisconsin Medical Society joined with 15 other advocacy groups and organizations to oppose any introduction of a bill in the State Legislature to legalize the sale of unpasteurized (raw) milk. Under the umbrella of the Safe Milk Coalition, the … Continue reading

Family physicians can earn MOC-IV credit by improving breast cancer screening skills

The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Breast Cancer Screening Improvement Initiative has made great strides toward achieving one of its goals – to increase awareness about current screening process. Now, the American Board of Family Medicine has approved the practical, team-based performance … Continue reading

Society leaders meet with lawmakers in DC

Several Wisconsin Medical Society leaders met with the state’s congressional delegation in Washington, DC, last week as part of the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) annual National Advocacy Conference. The group met with U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson and … Continue reading

MEB considering major change for medical license qualification

Applicants for a full Wisconsin medical license would need to have three years of post-graduate training rather than the current one year under a policy approved at the State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) monthly meeting on Wednesday. The … Continue reading

No holds on Medicare claims expected

WPS Medicare does not expect any holds on claims processing despite the late passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which contains several Medicare payment provisions for 2013. The law prevents the scheduled 26.5 percent sustainable growth rate … Continue reading

Urgent action needed: 26.5% Medicare payment cut looms, contact your lawmakers now

Congress recessed for the Christmas holiday last evening without addressing either the fiscal cliff or acting to avert a 26.5 percent reduction in Medicare payments to physicians scheduled to take effect in just 11 days – on January 1. While … Continue reading

Society earns top CME accreditation status

Madison — The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has awarded Accreditation with Commendation status to the Wisconsin Medical Society as a CME provider for physicians. The Accreditation with Commendation status places the Society in the top tier of … Continue reading

Society supports Medical College of Wisconsin plans

The following statement may be attributed to Rick Abrams, JD, Wisconsin Medical Society CEO. Madison — Today’s announcement by the Medical College of Wisconsin is a welcome sign that our state’s citizens will continue to have access to the high … Continue reading

Green Bay physicians re-elected to Society leadership positions

Madison — John W. Hartman, MD, was re-elected treasurer of the Wisconsin Medical Society and Bruce M. Neal, MD, FACS, was re-elected to a three-year term on the Society’s Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Meeting April 20-21. A … Continue reading

Gerald Clarke, MD, elected to Society Board of Directors

Madison — Gerald Clarke, MD, of Menasha was elected to a three-year term on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Meeting April 20-21. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Clarke cares for patients at Optivision Eye Care … Continue reading

Jean C. Montgomery, MD, re-elected to Society Board of Directors

Madison — Jean C. Montgomery, MD, of Stevens Point was re-elected to a three-year term on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Meeting April 20-21. An internal medicine physician, Dr. Montgomery cares for patients at … Continue reading

Madison area physicians elected to Society leadership positions

Madison — The Wisconsin Medical Society’s House of Delegates confirmed the elections of the following Madison area physicians and medical student to leadership positions at its Annual Meeting April 20-21. Molli Rolli, MD, of Madison was elected to a one-year … Continue reading

Milwaukee area physicians elected to Society leadership positions

Madison — The Wisconsin Medical Society’s House of Delegates confirmed the elections of the following physicians and medical student to leadership positions at the Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison April 20-21. Michael W. Lischak, MD, of Brookfield was re-elected to … Continue reading

Society honors Grantsburg physician

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — Blaise Vitale, MD, a primary care physician at the Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg, was honored April 20 with the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award. He received the award during … Continue reading

Society honors New Berlin physician

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — New Berlin pediatrician Robert Rohloff, MD, was honored April 20 with the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award.  He received the award during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace … Continue reading

Society honors Chippewa Falls psychiatrist

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — Chippewa Falls psychiatrist Bruce Rhoades, MD, was honored April 20 with the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award. He received the award during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace … Continue reading

Society honors Wausau physicians

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — William J. Jarvis, MD, Kris Lahren, MD, and Mark Mirick, MD, all of Wausau, were honored April 20 with the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award. The awards were presented during … Continue reading

Society honors Eau Claire physician

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — Richard T. Crane, MD, FACS, of Eau Claire was honored April 20 with the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award. He received the award during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the … Continue reading

Society honors Prairie du Sac physician

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — Haakon P. Carlson, MD, of Prairie du Sac was honored April 20 with the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award. He received the award during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the … Continue reading

Society honors Kenosha physician

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — A. John Capelli, MD, an internal medicine physician with Aurora Medical Group in Kenosha was honored April 20 with the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award.  He received the award during … Continue reading

Drs. Lewandowski, DeFranco receive Society’s Presidential Citation

Madison — Thomas Lewandowski, MD, of Appleton Cardiology ThedaCare and Anthony DeFranco, MD, of Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Citation Award on April 20 during the Society’s Annual Meeting. Outgoing President George M. Lange, … Continue reading

Tosha B. Wetterneck, MD, MS, FACP, inaugurated as Society president

Madison — Tosha B. Wetterneck, MD, MS, FACP, of Madison was inaugurated as the 161st President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center on April 20. The president of … Continue reading

Elm Grove physician chosen as Society president-elect

MADISON – Timothy G. McAvoy, MD, of Elm Grove was elected president-elect of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center April 20-21. Doctor McAvoy is an internal medicine physician in … Continue reading

Statement concerning the Supreme Court decision on Jandre v Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) and the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (WACEP) expressed their disappointment that the Court’s decision today fails to clarify the scope of a … Continue reading

New law infringes on patient-physician relationship

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Medical Society is extremely disappointed that Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 306 (SB 306) into law. By legislatively mandating medical protocols, SB 306 directly infringes on the special and private relationship between the patient … Continue reading

Legislation infringes on patient-physician relationship

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Medical Society warns that legislation scheduled for a vote in the State Senate on Tuesday would infringe on the patient-physician relationship while enacting requirements for providing medical care that do not match with currently accepted … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society names Abrams new CEO

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) has named William “Rick” Abrams as its new chief executive officer and executive vice president. Abrams, who will join the organization in early April, has served as executive vice president/executive director of … Continue reading

Physician Citizen of the Year nominations due Dec. 14

Nominations for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award are due Wednesday, December 14, 2011. The Physician Citizen of the Year Award recognizes and encourages Wisconsin physicians who volunteer their time and talents through civic and cultural … Continue reading

Society thanks Governor for prompt Fund repayment

Madison, Wis. – Less than a month after Dane County Circuit Court Judge Julie Genovese ordered the state of Wisconsin to pay $233,747,081.35 to the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund (Fund), Gov. Scott Walker announced today at Orthopedic & … Continue reading

Judge orders state to repay $233,747,081 to Fund

Madison, Wis. (July 21, 2011) – Dane County Circuit Court Judge Julie Genovese today entered an order requiring the state of Wisconsin to pay $233,747,081.35 to the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund (Fund). Judge Genovese’s order is the final … Continue reading

Society encouraged by state’s support of federal grants

Madison, Wis. (July 11, 2011) – The state of Wisconsin’s decision to allow the city of Milwaukee, University Health Services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and others to apply for federal grants supporting important public health initiatives will provide state … Continue reading

Society CEO Turney takes national position

Madison, Wis. (July 11, 2011) – Susan L. Turney, MD, announced today that she has accepted the position of chief executive officer (CEO) of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), which is based in Englewood, Colo. Doctor Turney, who has … Continue reading

Kenosha physician elected to Society Board of Directors

Madison, Wis. (April 22, 2011) – Raymond Knight, MD, of Kenosha was elected to the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Meeting on April 8. A hematology/oncology physician at Kenosha Medical Center, Dr. Knight is medical … Continue reading

Racine physician re-elected to Society Board of Directors

Madison, Wis. (April 22, 2011) – Mark E. DeCheck, MD, of Racine was re-elected to the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Meeting on April 8. A family medicine physician, Dr. DeCheck cares for patients at … Continue reading

Madison area physicians elected to Society leadership positions

Madison, Wis. (April 22, 2011) – The Wisconsin Medical Society’s House of Delegates confirmed the elections of the following Madison area physicians and medical student to leadership positions at the Society’s Annual Meeting on April 8. Molli Rolli, MD, of … Continue reading

Mary Jo Freeman, MD, re-elected to Society Board of Directors

Madison, Wis. (April 22, 2011) – Mary Jo Freeman, MD, FACP, of Wausau was re-elected to a three-year term on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Meeting on April 8. An internal medicine physician, Dr. … Continue reading

Valerie Zapolsky, MD, elected to Society Board of Directors

Madison, Wis. (April 22, 2011) – Valerie Zapolsky, MD, of Oshkosh was elected to a three-year term on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Meeting on April 8. A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Zapolsky cares for … Continue reading

Arne Lagus, MD, elected to Society Board of Directors

Madison, Wis. (April 22, 2011) – Arne T. Lagus, MD, of St. Croix Falls was re-elected to a three-year term on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Meeting on April 8. A family medicine physician, … Continue reading

David Saarinen, MD, elected to Society Board of Directors

Madison, Wis. (April 22, 2011) – David Saarinen, MD, of Ashland was re-elected to a three-year term on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors at the Society’s Annual Meeting on April 8. A family medicine physician, Dr. Saarinen cares … Continue reading

Cyril ‘Kim’ Hetsko, MD, receives Medical Society’s Presidential Citation

Madison, Wis. (April 22, 2011) – Cyril “Kim” Hetsko, MD, received the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Presidential Citation Award during the Society’s Annual Meeting on April 8. Outgoing President Thomas Luetzow, MD, presented the award to Dr. Hetsko, an internal medicine, … Continue reading

Society honors two Luther Midelfort physicians

Madison, Wis. (April 21, 2011) – Donn Dexter, MD, and Paul Loomis, MD, of Luther Midelfort Mayo Health System in Eau Claire were honored Friday, April 8 with the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award. The physicians … Continue reading

Society honors three Madison physicians

Madison, Wis. (April 21, 2011) – Douglas Dulli, MD, MS; Catherine (Cate) Ranheim, MD; and Erik Ranheim, MD, PhD, were honored Friday, April 8 with the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award. The physicians received the awards … Continue reading

Society honors Jon Englund, MD

Madison, Wis. (April 21, 2011) – Jon Englund, MD, of Orthopedic Associates of Wisconsin in Waukesha was honored Friday, April 8 with the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award. Doctor Englund received the award along with five … Continue reading

Wisconsin Medical Society introduces Principles for a Health Insurance Exchange

Madison, Wis. (April 15, 2011) –The Wisconsin Medical Society approved its Statement of Principles for Development of a Health Insurance Exchange during its Annual Meeting on Saturday. The Statement calls for a user-friendly Exchange that promotes robust competition and encourages … Continue reading

Madison physician chosen as Society president-elect

Madison, Wis. (April 13, 2011) – Tosha B. Wetterneck, MD, MS, FACP, of Madison was elected president-elect of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Convention Center on April 8. Doctor Wetterneck is a … Continue reading

George M. Lange, MD, FACP, inaugurated as Wisconsin Medical Society president

Madison, Wis. (April 9, 2011) – George M. Lange, MD, FACP, of River Hills was inaugurated as the 158th President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Convention Center on April 8. The … Continue reading

Society: Physician actions as reported unacceptable

Statement attributable to Timothy Bartholow, MD, Senior Vice President of Member Services, Policy Planning and Physician Professional Development The Wisconsin Medical Society was notified during the weekend that physicians may have been writing work excuses for people attending rallies at … Continue reading