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Colmenares to keynote Annual Meeting research forum

Innovations in Health Care—a new quality improvement and research forum being offered during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting—will feature presentations by Society members on important areas that affect patients, physicians and the community. The forum is Saturday, April 2, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.

Keynote speaker Phil Colmenares, MD, MPH, chief medical officer at Arise Health Plan/WPS Insurance, will address the question, “Is it possible to engage physicians in meaningful measures at a time when physicians have increasingly tuned out to the constant barrage of quality metrics?”

During his presentation—Engaging Physicians in Meaningful Measurement—Dr. Colmenares will share his research suggesting that measures of appropriateness may be more clinically compelling to physicians than traditional quality metrics. He also will discuss the importance of clinicians having the opportunity to improve patient care through productive peer-group discussions centered around physician-defined measures of appropriateness and its potential to enhance professional satisfaction.

In addition, physician members from each of the Society’s strategic task forces will offer insight on three important issues: advance care planning, opioid misuse and abuse and physician satisfaction and wellness. The speakers are:

  • Timothy Jessick, DO, representing the Honoring Choices Wisconsin Steering Committee
  • David Murdy, MD, FACP, representing the Opioid Task Force
  • Peter Sanderson, MD, MBA, representing the Physician Experience Task Force

The forum also will include three selected abstract presentations highlighting research and strategies that optimize health care delivery and ensure accessible, efficient, patient-centered quality care, and the afternoon will conclude with a collegial networking poster session.

This program has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. In addition, application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Learn more about the forum here. For registration details, including speaker bios and the program agenda, visit the Society’s Continuing Education Center.

Special pricing is available for all Society members. Annual Meeting delegates, residents, medical students and Society Board members should contact education@wismed.org prior to registering to receive login information and a coupon code. All participants must register as space is limited.

This program is supported by a grant from the Henry A. and Irene S. Anderson Fund of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation.

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