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Society councils addressing major issues in February

February is a busy month for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Strategic Councils, with discussion focusing on obesity, mental health, neonatal care, legislative and other major policies. The Councils draft, research and review resolutions that become Society policy, inform Society staff on direction in the State Capitol and advocate for physicians in government, hospitals, clinics and communities.

For more information about joining one of the Councils or participating on a topic-by-topic basis, please e-mail Nikita Sessler in the Society’s Government Relations Department.

The following Council meetings are scheduled in February.

The Council on Health Care Ethics (February 8) will continue its discussion about neonatal ethics and decision making. Kellie Lang, JD, RN, will discuss the following court cases and the implications for shared decision making: Montalvo v. Borkovec, 2002 WI App 147; Edna M.F. v. Eisenberg, 210 Wis. 2d 557 (1997); and In re Guardianship of L.W., 167 Wis. 2d 53 (1992). Council members also will seek ways to better disseminate the latest medical science and information regarding neonatal care.

The Council on Legislation (February 15) will preview Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget, discuss recently introduced legislation and provide guidance regarding the Society’s strategy for representing physicians at the Capitol. The Council also will review a Medical Examining Board proposal to increase the amount of postgraduate education required to qualify for a Wisconsin medical license.

The Council on Health Care Access (February 20) will discuss options for improving patient access to mental health care, including gaps in early intervention. Members also will discuss the problems of stigma in mental health care.

The Council on Health Care Quality and Population Health (February 21) will continue its efforts to address obesity at many levels. After passing a comprehensive new policy in November, Council members will learn about current efforts to address obesity in Wisconsin and how Society members can get involved.

Agendas and other materials will be posted on the council webpages at least two days prior to each meeting.

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