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Society leaders meet with lawmakers in DC

Release Date: February 18, 2013
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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 U.S. Representatives Sean Duffy, Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, Tom Petri, Mark Pocan, Reid Ribble, Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner.

In the Congressional meetings, Society leaders discussed several key issues including adequate funding of graduate medical education, access to Medicare fee-for-service data for the Wisconsin Health Information Organization, payment reform to a value-based system and the SMARTCare proposal, which seeks to reduce costs and improve quality in Medicare by reducing resource use and cost variation in the treatment of ischemic heart disease. The group worked to spread the “Wisconsin Idea” for delivering the right care, at the right time and at the lowest possible cost.

Society staff and member participants were Chief Executive Officer Rick Abrams, Chief Medical Officer Tim Bartholow, MD; President-Elect Tim McAvoy, MD; Board Chair Molli Rolli, MD; Board Vice-Chair Barbara Hummel, MD; Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Miller, MD; AMA Foundation President Clarence Chou, MD; and Board member Jerry Halverson, MD. Also participating were Chris Rasch, the Society’s director of state and federal relations; and Jim Reuter, vice president of membership development and service.

Several other health care leaders from Wisconsin also participated in visits on Capitol Hill this week as part of the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW), including Society members Paul Wertsch, MD, Kenneth Simons, MD, Chuck Shabino, MD, Jake Bidwell, MD and Byron Crouse, MD.

The Advocacy Conference brings together physicians from around the country to hear from political insiders and industry experts. More is available on the AMA website.