More than 80 physicians and health care leaders participated in a health care policy forum with U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and U.S. Rep Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) in Eau Claire on Wednesday. The event was sponsored by the Wisconsin Medical Society and Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
Society member Donn Dexter, MD, who helped organize the forum, welcomed everyone; Society CEO Rick Abrams emceed the forum. A neurologist, Dr. Dexter is vice chief medical officer of Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
Attendees at Wednesday’s health care forum included Society CEO Rick Abrams, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, Randy Schubring of Mayo Clinic Health System, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, Colleen Skold of Mayo Clinic Health System and Society member Donn Dexter, MD.Reps. Duffy and Kind shared their vision for the future of health care, focusing on issues and opportunities affecting physicians in Wisconsin and the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. During a thoughtful and cordial conversation, they engaged in a vigorous discussion about some core ways to achieve their goals, including improvements to the Affordable Care Act. Both are hopeful that Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate formula will be repealed this year and are committed to making sure the country doesn’t experience another crisis like the recent government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff.
Emblematic of the good working relationship that physicians and the Society have with both lawmakers, who hail from different districts and different parties, is the fact that Rep. Kind and Rep. Duffy have been supportive of several issues of critical importance to the Society. Both have signed letters of support for the SMARTCare initiative being developed by the Society and the American College of Cardiology and for allowing certain entities to access Medicare fee-for-service data to improve health care. Reps. Duffy and Kind also have supported efforts by the Society and other organizations to ensure equitable Medicare payment in geographic regions throughout the country.
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