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gener8tor, Society partner to host inaugural OnRamp Healthcare Conference

Industry conference sponsored by Wisconsin Medical Society brings together healthcare industry’s leading corporations, investors and startups GREEN BAY, WI (September 27, 2018) – gener8tor, in partnership with the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society), will host the inaugural OnRamp Healthcare Conference on … Continue reading


WMJ: Pilot study explores disparities in breast cancer screening among minority, immigrant and refugee women

MILWAUKEE – Populations with cultural, educational and language barriers often have limited access to care, or other factors, such as lack of awareness, transportation issues, personal beliefs, financial concerns or work schedules, preclude them from seeking preventive care. According to … Continue reading


Physician burnout ‘present and growing’

The statement below is from Wisconsin Medical Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA, following yesterday’s Legislative Council Study Committee on Direct Primary Care meeting, which included a presentation on physician burnout. “There’s no doubt that the trendlines regarding physician burnout … Continue reading


Wisconsin Medical Society commends Court decision restoring cap on noneconomic damages

Madison (June 27, 2018) — The Wisconsin Medical Society today hailed the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision in Mayo v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund, which restores the state’s cap on noneconomic damages in medical liability cases. The cap … Continue reading


Increased PDMP use highlights progress in fight against opioid epidemic

June 6, 2018 — A new report released by the American Medical Association (AMA) demonstrates ways Wisconsin physicians are advancing the fight against the opioid crisis. The report shows a substantial increase in the use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring … Continue reading


Wisconsin Medical Society honors Gloria Halverson, MD, as Physician Citizen of the Year

MADISON (April 18, 2018) — The Wisconsin Medical Society honored Gloria Halverson, MD, of Milwaukee, as its 2018 Physician Citizen of the Year on Saturday, April 14 during its Annual Meeting in Madison. The Physician Citizen of the Year is … Continue reading


Timothy McAvoy, MD, receives Wisconsin Medical Society Directors Award

MADISON (April 19, 2018) —The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) honored Timothy McAvoy, MD, with its highest honor, the Directors Award during its Annual Meeting April 14 in Madison. Established in 1928, the Directors Award recognizes individuals who have served their … Continue reading


Wisconsin Medical Society honors physicians with Presidential Citation Awards

MADISON (April 19, 2018) — The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) honored two physicians with Presidential Citation Awards during its Annual Meeting April 14 in Madison: Kesavan Kutty, MACP, FACP, FCCP, FRCP, of Milwaukee, and Alan Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP, of Madison. … Continue reading


Report shows 25 percent decline in opioid prescribing in Wisconsin

April 19, 2018 – A report released today by the IQVIA™ Institute for Human Data Science shows a continued decrease in opioid prescriptions dispensed nationally, including a 25.7 percent decline in Wisconsin. According to the study, Medicine Use and Spending … Continue reading


Kerry Ahrens, MD, receives young physician leadership award

MADISON (April 17, 2018) — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation recognized Kerry Ahrens, MD, of Menasha, with the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award during its Annual Dinner in Madison on April 13. The Viste Award is … Continue reading


Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD, receives Foundation’s ‘Superhero of Medicine’ Award

MADISON (April 17, 2018) — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD, with the Superhero of Medicine Award during its Annual Dinner in Madison on April 13. The Superhero of Medicine Award is presented annually to a physician … Continue reading


Presidential Scholar Award presented to Kieran McAvoy

MADISON (April 17, 2018) — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation has named Medical College of Wisconsin student Kieran McAvoy its 2018 Presidential Scholar. McAvoy received the prestigious award from Foundation President Claudia Reardon, MD, during the Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Dinner … Continue reading


Medical students honored with Houghton Award

MADISON (April 17, 2018) — Two medical students have been named 2018 recipients of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious Houghton Award. Kaitlyn Mayer McQuistion and Zachary Shaheen received the awards during the Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction … Continue reading


Molli Rolli, MD, inaugurated president of Wisconsin Medical Society

MADISON (April 16, 2018) — Martha “Molli” Rolli, MD, of Madison was inaugurated the 167th president of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting April 13-14 in Madison. Doctor Rolli succeeds Noel Deep, MD, FACP, of Antigo. Doctor … Continue reading


Milwaukee neurologist chosen as Wisconsin Medical Society president-elect

MADISON (April 16, 2018) – Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) members elected George “Chip” Morris, MD, FAAN, of Milwaukee, president-elect during the Society’s Annual Meeting April 14 in Madison. In 2019, Dr. Morris will succeed Molli Rolli, MD, who was sworn … Continue reading


WMJ study explores differences in methods of suicide, self-inflicted injuries between sexes

MADISON (March 5, 2018) – A study in the current issue of WMJ compared the methods of self-inflicted injury between men and women during a 12-year period and found that the rates as well as the methods of both suicide … Continue reading


More than 450 physicians, medical students participate in Doctor Day 2018 at State Capitol

MADISON (Jan. 30, 2018) — Doctor Day 2018 brought more than 450 physicians and medical students from across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs today. Key issues included a proposed Worker’s Compensation fee schedule, a … Continue reading


Wisconsin Medical Society applauds Gov. Walker’s Health Care Stability Plan

The statement below is attributable to Wisconsin Medical Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA “With more than 12,600 members statewide, the Wisconsin Medical Society is pleased that Gov. Walker’s Health Care Stability Plan is part of his 2018 agenda. We … Continue reading


Wisconsin Medical Society President lauds continued collaboration with policymakers

The statement below is attributable to Wisconsin Medical Society President Noel Deep, MD, FACP “Today’s recommendations from the co-chairs of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse represent another important step in fighting the opioid epidemic. This positive progress also … Continue reading


Wisconsin physicians boost the state’s economy

New study demonstrates that physicians support more than 150,000 jobs, generate $25.8 billion in economic activity January 10, 2018 – Physicians add opportunity, growth and prosperity to the Wisconsin economy by creating 151,072 jobs and generating $25.8 billion in economic … Continue reading


WMJ: Falls from tree stands result in high incidence of spinal injuries

MADISON (Jan. 3, 2018)—With a nine-day firearm deer hunting season in November, and a five-month bow and arrow season from September into January, there are many Wisconsin hunters using tree stands and risking injury from falls. The authors of a … Continue reading


WMJ: Report describes population and geographic characteristics of firearm deaths

MADISON (Dec. 21, 2017) – The firearm mortality rate in Wisconsin is lower than the national average, but has continued to rise over the past 15 years. A research report published in the current issue of WMJ, assessed demographic and … Continue reading


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


Heather Schmidt, DO, receives Superhero of Medicine Award

MADISON (April 26, 2017) — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored Heather Schmidt, DO, with the Superhero of Medicine Award during its Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction in Wisconsin Dells on April 21. The Superhero of Medicine Award is … Continue reading


Amy Liepert, MD, recipient of Young Physician Leadership Award

MADISON (April 26, 2017) — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation recognized Amy Liepert, MD, of Madison, with the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award during its Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction in Wisconsin Dells April 21. … Continue reading


Presidential Scholar Award presented to Sydney Hansen

MADISON (April 26, 2017) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation has named Medical College of Wisconsin student Sydney Hansen its 2017 Presidential Scholar. Hansen received the prestigious award from Foundation President Claudia Reardon, MD, during the Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Dinner … Continue reading


Medical students honored with Houghton Award

MADISON (April 26, 2017) — Two fourth-year medical students have been named 2017 recipients of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious Houghton Award. Megan Marie Mohnen and John Scholl received the awards during the Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent … 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


Obesity in Wisconsin: Special issue of WMJ explores prevalence, efforts to effect change

Madison (Dec 1, 2016)—Although the health risks associated with being obese have been well-documented for decades, it’s an issue that continues to affect Wisconsin’s children and adults. In the latest issue of WMJ, researchers report on the causes and prevalence … 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


Four organizations join Honoring Choices Wisconsin

MADISON (October 19, 2016) — Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW), the Wisconsin Medical Society’s advance care planning initiative, is pleased to announce four new participating organizations. Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston, Aurora Health Care, based in … Continue reading


WMJ Study: Minnesota winning border battle for better health

Madison (Sept. 28, 2016)—When it comes to the health of its residents, the state of Minnesota is faring better than Wisconsin, according to a study in the latest issue of WMJ. “Overall, Minnesota has better health outcomes than Wisconsin, with … 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


Medical, nursing and pharmacy students brave heat to share healthy living tips with youth

Milwaukee (July 22, 2016) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation brought together a coalition of medical, nursing and pharmacy students yesterday to lead healthy living activities at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland. About … Continue reading


Honoring Choices Wisconsin helps coordinate statewide National Healthcare Decisions Day events

MADISON(April 11, 2016)—Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW), an initiative of the Wisconsin Medical Society, is highlighting the importance of advance care planning on National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), Saturday, April 16. Events are planned across the state throughout the month of … Continue reading


Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation to be recognized at statewide Celebration of Literacy event

MADISON (April 8, 2016)—The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) was named co-winner of Wisconsin Literacy’s Outstanding Achievement in Health Literacy and will be honored with other literacy tutors, learners and advocates from around the state at Wisconsin Literacy’s STRONG INSIDE: … 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


Presidential Scholar Award presented to MCW student

MADISON (April 1, 2016)–The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation will honor Anupriya Dayal as its 2016 Presidential Scholar at the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) Annual Meeting April 2-3 in Madison. Dayal, who is completing her third year of medical school at … Continue reading


Medical College of Wisconsin student to receive Houghton Award

MADISON (April 1, 2016)–Kathryn Nix, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), will be honored with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious Houghton Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison, April 2-3. A fourth-year medical … Continue reading


UW School of Medicine and Public Health student to receive Houghton Award

MADISON (April 1, 2016)—Caitlin Regner, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), will receive the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2016 Houghton Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting April … 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


WMJ: Report illustrates potential harm of herbal supplement kratom

MADISON (February 29, 2016)—Kratom is advertised on the Internet as a “nonaddictive” herbal alternative to opioids for pain management. But as more information on kratom becomes available, the herb’s potential for addiction and associated withdrawal syndrome may be linked to … 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


WMJ: Wisconsin’s smoking burden varies widely across the state

MADISON (January 20, 2016)—Despite a significant decline in smoking rates among U.S. adults, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. A study published in the current issue of WMJ, which ranked the relative burden of … Continue reading


Alicia Arnold, MD, to receive Young Physician Leadership Award

MADISON (January 13, 2016)—The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation will honor Alicia Arnold, MD, of Eau Claire, with the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison April 2-3. The Viste … 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


WMJ: Wisconsin’s Hmong at increased risk for diabetes

MADISON (November 16, 2015)—Type 2 diabetes is becoming more prevalent among Wisconsin’s Hmong population, according to a study published in the current issue of . In fact, they are 3.3 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than their … Continue reading


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

MADISON (October 30, 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 Final Rule. “This is a great step for making … Continue reading


Four new organizations join Honoring Choices Wisconsin, fifth begins trial implementation

MADISON (Oct. 22, 2015) — Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW), the Wisconsin Medical Society’s advance care planning initiative, is pleased to announce four new participating organizations. Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville, Southwest Health in Platteville, Richland Medical Center/Richland Center Hospital in … Continue reading


Advance care planning part of ‘major culture shift’; annual Honoring Choices Wisconsin conference spotlights successes

MADISON (Oct. 22, 2015) — Representing 29 health care organizations across the state, Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW) stakeholders are gathering in Madison today for the third annual Sharing the Experience Conference. “In the last year, the landscape of advance care … 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


WMJ: Is there an association with student drinking and alcohol outlets near college campuses?

MADISON (August 17, 2015)—Excessive alcohol consumption by students on college campuses is a growing concern across the United States, and a study in the current issue of reports that the proximity and/or the density of alcohol outlets to students at … Continue reading


WMJ: New registry identifies more than 300 savants worldwide

MADISON—(August 13, 2015) Savant syndrome is a rare but remarkable condition in which individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injury, or brain disease have some spectacular “islands” of skill or ability that stand in marked contrast to overall handicap, and according … Continue reading


WMJ Report: System-wide approach creates a culture of mindfulness in medicine

MADISON (July 28,2015)—Awareness around physician burnout and its potentially negative impact on patient care has increased, and thanks to a growing body of research, so too has the idea that mindfulness can help increase physicians’ well-being and assist in the … 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


WMJ: Identifying pediatric sex trafficking victims is an issue in Wisconsin

MADISON (May 18, 2015)—Sex trafficking victims in Wisconsin have been identified in more than half of the state’s 72 counties since 2007, with the majority being recruited from rural areas. The state’s medical personnel, however, are at a disadvantage when … 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


Keshni Ramnanan, MD, receives Young Physician Leadership Award

MADISON (April 28, 2015) — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored Keshni Ramnanan, MD, with the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison April 25-26. The Viste Award is … Continue reading


Presidential Scholar Award presented to James Lehman

MADISON (April 28, 2015) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation named James Lehman its 2015 Presidential Scholar. In his fourth year of medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Lehman received an engraved award, … Continue reading


Wisconsin medical students honored with 2015 Houghton Awards

MADISON (April 28) — Fourth-year medical students Mark Kashtan and Trista Stankowski-Drengler were named recipients of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2015 Houghton Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting April 25-26 in Madison. Kashtan, a student at … 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


Kegonsa Elementary awarded a school garden grant

Madison (April 22, 2015)—The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is pleased to announce that Kegonsa Elementary School in Stoughton, Wisconsin, received $1,400 through its school garden grant program and the generous sponsorship of Dean & St. Mary’s. “Dean & St. Mary’s … 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


Events planned throughout Wisconsin for Healthcare Decisions Day April 16

Family engages in end-of-life conversation MADISON (April 14, 2015)—National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) will be observed nationwide April 16, and many organizations throughout Wisconsin are leading events, encouraging people to “have the conversation” about future medical decisions. As part of … Continue reading


WMJ: Can social marketing increase immunizations for urban, low-income children?

MILWAUKEE (March 26, 2015)—A study published in the current issue of WMJ shows that a targeted social marketing campaign in an urban setting can increase awareness of childhood immunizations and motivate parents to get their children immunized. The study used … 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


WMJ: Increased incidence of shoulder repair surgeries significant

MADISON—(December 22, 2014) The incidence of shoulder surgeries performed in Wisconsin is of major concern, as a specific shoulder surgical procedure—superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) repair—increased by 91.4 percent between 2002 and 2010, according to a study published in … Continue reading


Honoring Choices Wisconsin recognized by Wisconsin Cancer Council

MADISON (Oct. 28, 2014) — Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW), an initiative of the Wisconsin Medical Society, was recognized with a Community Service Award during the Wisconsin Cancer Council’s (WCC) Annual Meeting Thursday, Oct. 23, in Madison. HCW staff John Maycroft, … Continue reading


Six new organizations join Honoring Choices Wisconsin

MADISON (Oct. 23, 2014) — Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW), the Wisconsin Medical Society’s advance care planning initiative, is pleased to announce six new participating organizations. Mercy Health System in Janesville, Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Bellin Health in Green Bay, Westfields … Continue reading


Advance care planning continues to grow in Wisconsin

Annual conference spotlights Honoring Choices Wisconsin stakeholders’ successes MADISON (Oct. 23, 2014) — Representing 22 health care organizations across the state, Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW) stakeholders gathered in Madison yesterday for the second annual Sharing the Experience Conference. The event … Continue reading


WMJ: Aspirin use underutilized for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

MARSHFIELD (October 13, 2014)—Aspirin use is on the rise with at least 41 percent of all U.S. adults older than 40 regularly taking it for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, regular aspirin use by adults living in central … Continue reading


A dangerous gap in the emergency care of student-athletes: Wisconsin high school coaches lack CPR certification

MADISON (August 18, 2014) – An on-the-field collapse of a student athlete or an adult bystander at a high school sports event is a heart-stopping scene. And in Wisconsin, it’s the coaches—78 percent of the time—who are the first responders … Continue reading


La Crosse’s ‘food desert’ brought to light in WMJ

La Crosse (August 14, 2014) – More than 5,000 La Crosse residents are living in a five census-block “food desert,” as identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to research published in the August of WMJ (vol. 113, no. … Continue reading


Medical, nursing and pharmacy students team up to share healthy living tips with youth in Madison

Madison (July 23, 2014)–The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation brought together a coalition of medical, nursing and pharmacy students this afternoon to lead healthy living activities at the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County site on Jenewein Road in Madison. … Continue reading


Medical, nursing and pharmacy students team up to share healthy living tips with youth

Milwaukee (July 16, 2014) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation brought together a coalition of medical, nursing and pharmacy students this afternoon to lead healthy living activities at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee site on West North … Continue reading


Pilot study finds use of herbal medicine prevalent; suggests need for further understanding of interactions with mainstream medicines

Madison (May 7, 2014) – Herbal medicine use is common in the United States, especially among immigrants, with estimates that approximately 20 percent of the US population and 30 percent of Latinos regularly use herbal medicines. However, understanding of plant … Continue reading


Nine medical professionals recognized as superheroes of medicine

Madison (April 30, 2014) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored nine medical professionals as superheroes of medicine at its Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction April 25. Those honored were chosen from nominations received from patients and colleagues. Each recipient … 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


Jake Behrens, MD, receives Young Physician Leadership Award

Madison (April 10, 2014) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation has honored Jake Behrens, MD, with the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award. An assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin … Continue reading


Presidential Scholar Award presented to Lynn Stiff

Madison (April 10, 2014) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation named Lynn Stiff as its 2014 Presidential Scholar. A student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Stiff received an engraved award along with … Continue reading


UW School of Medicine and Public Health student honored with Houghton Award

Madison (April 10, 2014) – Michael Otte, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, was named as a recipient of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2014 Houghton Award during the Wisconsin … Continue reading


Medical College of Wisconsin student honored with Houghton Award

Madison (April 10, 2014) – Michelle Miro Hofmeister, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), received the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious Houghton Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting in Green Bay April 5-6. A fourth-year … 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


Four schools awarded grants for gardens

Madison, Wis. (March 31, 2014) –The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation recently announced four schools that will receive $3,000 in grants earmarked for the development of school garden programs. The grants, supported by Humana, Inc., were awarded to Mineral Point Elementary … Continue reading


Schools awarded grants for gardens

Madison, Wis. (March 26, 2014) –The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation recently announced two schools that will receive $4,000 in grants earmarked for the development of school garden programs. The grants, supported by the WEA Trust, were awarded to Horicon Junior … Continue reading


Honoring Choices Wisconsin expands its reach

MADISON (March 25, 2014) — Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW), the Wisconsin Medical Society’s initiative to promote advance care planning, is rapidly expanding its reach as nine health care organizations launch the program across Wisconsin this month. ADORAY Home Health and … 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


School garden grants awarded to Prentice School District, Colby Elementary

Madison (January 30, 2014) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is pleased to announce grant awards to support school garden programs at Colby Elementary in Colby, Wis. and Prentice School District in Prentice, Wis. Colby Elementary will receive $987 and … Continue reading


School garden grant awarded to Stockbridge Elementary

Madison (January 30, 2014) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation has awarded a $1,500 grant to Stockbridge Elementary in Stockbridge, Wis. to support its school garden program. The grant was made possible through generous support from Molina Healthcare of Wisconsin. … Continue reading


Nominate your doctor as a ‘Medical Superhero’

Madison (January 28, 2014) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is seeking nominations of physicians to recognize as “Superheroes of Medicine.” “We’re interested in hearing stories from patients with life-limiting or life-threatening medical conditions whose physicians took life-changing measures to … Continue reading


Facebook may be opportunity for inexpensive, targeted alcohol-prevention messages, journal report says

MADISON – A high prevalence of Facebook content related to the Mifflin Street Block Party prior to the event warrants concern and represents potential opportunity, according to research published in the current issue of WMJ (). After studying 66 first-year … 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


Clinical, research experiences benefit students considering medical school, journal report says

MADISON – (October 31, 2013) – Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career as a physician face several obstacles to gaining quality clinical and research experience needed to make an informed decision, according to research published in the current issue … Continue reading


Conference showcases success in advance care planning

MADISON — Nearly 150 participants and stakeholders in Honoring Choices Wisconsin gathered this week for the Sharing the Experience Conference, showcasing the progress made in advance care planning over the program’s first year. Since March, more than 500 patients have … Continue reading


Honoring Choices Wisconsin expanding across state

MADISON — Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW) is extending its reach across Wisconsin with five health care organizations building improved advance care planning systems this fall. Aspirus, ThedaCare, Mayo Clinic Health System, UW Health Partners Watertown Regional Medical Center and Agrace … Continue reading


Medical, nursing and pharmacy students team up with Boys & Girls Clubs to fight obesity

Milwaukee – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is bringing together a coalition of medical, nursing and pharmacy students on Thursday, July 18 to lead a variety of activities with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. The program – … Continue reading


Most fishermen in study aware of fish consumption advisories, journal article says

MADISON – Almost all of the men 50 and older who responded to a survey about fish consumption knew about mercury-based advisories while 67 percent were aware of advisories related to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in fish, according to a … 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


Journal article outlines benefits of professional doula labor support

MADISON – Professional doula labor support in a hospital setting would improve birth outcomes and decrease medical expenses in Wisconsin and the country, according to a report in the current issue of WMJ (). Doulas who provide labor support offer … 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


UW School of Medicine and Public Health student honored with Houghton Award

MADISON – Sean M. Duffy, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), was honored with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2013 Houghton Award on April 13 during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual … Continue reading


Medical College of Wisconsin student honored with Houghton Award

MADISON – Madeline Streitz Pokorney, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was honored with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2013 Houghton Award on April 13 during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting. A fourth-year medical student, … Continue reading


Presidential Scholar awarded to Ziebarth

MADISON – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation has selected Stephanie Ziebarth, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, as the recipient of the 2013 Presidential Scholar Award. She will receive a $3,000 scholarship to … 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


Program reduces health risk factors among Hispanics in Waukesha County, journal article says

Madison, Wis. – A community-based program in Waukesha County reduced cardiac and diabetes risk factors in Hispanic adults by increasing knowledge and positive attitudes about healthy behaviors, according to a research report in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 111, … 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


Congress postpones Medicare physician payment cuts to 2014

A cut in Medicare physician payments of almost 26.5 percent scheduled to take effect Tuesday was averted when President Barack Obama signed HR 8 the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on Wednesday. Earlier this week, the Senate voted 89-8 … 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


Physician Citizen of the Year nominations due December 14

MADISON – Nominations for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award are due Friday, December 14, 2012. The Physician Citizen of the Year Award recognizes physicians in Wisconsin who volunteer their time and talents through civic and … Continue reading


Physician health programs focus on individual well-being, quality of patient care, journal article says

Madison, Wis. – The majority of physicians with potentially impairing illnesses who participate in a physician health program (PHP) return to a productive career and a satisfying personal and family life, according to a review article in the current issue … Continue reading


Wisconsin Medical Society Launches Honoring Choices Wisconsin

Madison – The Wisconsin Medical Society today announced the launch of Honoring Choices Wisconsin, a major initiative to build system change, advocacy and education around advance care planning. Through Honoring Choices Wisconsin, the Society will serve as convener, coordinator and … Continue reading


Smoke exposure drops, no-smoking policies in households increase after smoke-free law, journal article says

Madison — Secondhand smoke exposure has decreased and no-smoking policies in households have increased since Wisconsin’s smoke-free legislation was enacted in July 2010, according to a report in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 111, no. 4). Using data from … 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


Journal articles show potential for technology to change medicine

Madison — The current issue of WMJ (vol. 111, no. 3) highlights how new technology might affect clinical decisions, placement of clinical resources and creative approaches to improving quality and linking health care to the environment. Four papers in this … Continue reading


Health care professionals, students team up with Boys & Girls Club to fight obesity

Madison — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is bringing together medical, nursing and pharmacy students to empower youth at two Boys & Girls Club of Dane County locations to make healthy choices. During two afternoon events, the student volunteers will … 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


WMJ article outlines health system’s mandatory influenza vaccine policy for employees

Madison — A large integrated health care system in eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois increased its influenza vaccination rate to 97.7 percent after adopting a condition-of-employment policy in 2011, according to an article in the current issue of WMJ (vol. … 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


Medical College of Wisconsin student honored with Houghton Award

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — Erin Preloger, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was named as a recipient of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2012 Houghton Award on April 20 during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual … Continue reading


UW School of Medicine and Public Health student honored with Houghton Award

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — Joseph Hippensteel, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, was named as a recipient of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2012 Houghton Award on April 20 during … Continue reading


Presidential Scholar awarded to Rathinavelu

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation presented Senthil Rathinavelu, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, with the 2012 Presidential Scholar Award. He will receive a $3,000 scholarship to assist with his educational expenses. … Continue reading


Claudia Reardon, MD, receives Young Physician Leadership Award

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored Claudia Reardon, MD, with the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award on April 20. An associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School … 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


Journal article outlines current state of concussion medicine

Madison, Wis. – High profile cases involving athletes, battlefield injuries and new research have brought concussion to the forefront for medical professionals and the general public, according to a review article in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 111, no. … 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


Elder abuse statistics provide guidance for clinical practice

Madison, Wis. – Physicians and other health care professionals need to make every possible attempt to recognize elder abuse because failure to do so can have devastating consequences, according to a study in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 110, … 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


Interactive education model helps create vision-friendly hospital

Madison, Wis. (November 7, 2011) – Health care workers who participate in an interactive learning experience are more likely to be sensitive to the needs of patients with low vision, according to a report in the current issue of WMJ … Continue reading


Students with more than 1 job more likely to be injured, study finds

Madison, Wis. (September 12, 2011) – High school students who were enrolled in School-Sponsored Work Programs and were working multiple jobs were 1.6 times more likely to be injured on the job compared to those working one job, according to … 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


Medical professionals, students team up with Boys & Girls Club to fight obesity

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is bringing together medical, nursing, pharmacy and oral hygiene students to help fight childhood obesity during a “Healthy Kids” Volunteer Day at the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County on Wednesday, … 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


Partnership identifies challenges in promoting healthier lifestyles

Madison, Wis. (June 27, 2011) –  A partnership to improve the health of people in six rural communities reported several positive outcomes, including the success of workplace wellness programs, according to an article in the current issue of WMJ (vol. … 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


Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, receives Young Physician Leadership Award

Madison, Wis. (April 21, 2011) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS, with the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award on April 8. An assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at … Continue reading


Presidential Scholar awarded to Hippensteel

Madison, Wis. (April 21, 2011) – The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation named Joseph Hippensteel as its 2011 Presidential Scholar. A student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Hippensteel will receive a $3,000 scholarship to assist … Continue reading


Medical College of Wisconsin student honored with Houghton Award

Madison, Wis. (April 21, 2011) – Nicholas Kuehnel, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), received the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious Houghton Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting on April 8. A fourth-year medical student, … Continue reading


UW School of Medicine and Public Health student honored with Houghton Award

Madison, Wis. (April 21, 2011) – Ben Durkee, PhD, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, was named as a recipient of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious 2011 Houghton Award during the Wisconsin … 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, Foundation volunteers dig in at Growing Power

Madison, Wis. (March 18, 2011) – Staff members from the Wisconsin Medical Society and the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, along with several medical students, had a truly green experience Thursday, March 17 at Growing Power’s urban farm in Milwaukee. About … Continue reading


Diversity and disparities in health and health care

Madison, Wis. (March 8, 2011) – Two studies in the current issue of WMJ (Vol. 110, No. 1) examine diversity issues in health care. Maternity care and cancer prevention are addressed. “Culturally Specific Maternity Care in Wisconsin” stresses the need … 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


Art project weaves humanities into medical education

A unique art project at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) emphasized the importance of the humanities in medical students’ education, according to a study in the Wisconsin Medical Journal (Vol. 109, No. 6). The Memory Art Project brought together … Continue reading