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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 create a fee schedule for worker’s compensation care (Assembly Bill 711/Senate Bill 550) and support of a physician condolence bill that protects statements of apology or condolence after an unexpected health care event (Assembly Bill 120/Senate Bill 129).
In addition to visits with legislators, participants had the opportunity to hear from Representative Peter Barca, Assembly Democratic Leader, Eric Schutt, chief of staff to Governor Walker, and Ken Simons, MD, chair of the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board. Representative Erik Severson, MD, also addressed the attendees and commended them for their participation.
“In the next couple of years, we could very possibly start to see legislation that tells us how practice medicine by people who are working in the Capitol. That’s why it’s really good you are here,” he said. “We have to be involved; otherwise others are going to make decisions for us.”
Doctor Day provides a unique opportunity for physicians to come together to advocate on behalf of patients and the medical profession. Today’s participants represented 17 different physician organizations: Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology, Wisconsin Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, Wisconsin Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Wisconsin Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians, Wisconsin Medical Society, Wisconsin Neurological Society, Wisconsin Psychiatric Association, Wisconsin Radiological Society, Wisconsin Section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists, Wisconsin Society of Pathologists, Wisconsin Medical Group Management Association, Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers, Medical College of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.