The Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors on Saturday approved an updated version of the Society’s health system reform principles. Initially developed and adopted in January 2017, these objectives have been used to guide the Society’s advocacy efforts regarding plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and any reforms to Medicaid and Medicare.
The revised principles continue to address several key issues related to health system improvement and reaffirm the Society’s commitment to improving health insurance coverage and health care access so that patients receive timely, high quality care, preventive services, medications and other necessary treatments.
“In the 2.0 version, which was updated last week by the Society’s new Innovations in Health Care Task Force, our core principles remain,” said Lisa Davidson, vice president of advocacy and membership. “The revisions simply reflect the current health care environment and the Society’s priorities for 2018.”
As in 2017, the objectives will be used to shape Society advocacy efforts involving health system improvement, including the state’s plan to stabilize the insurance marketplace by creating a reinsurance program—something the Society supports.
The plan requires legislative approval to submit a 1332 federal waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Drafted by the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, the waiver was introduced by State Rep. Todd Novak as 2017 AB 885 on Tuesday and referred to the Committee on Insurance.
Also this week, Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA, Davidson and other Society staff met with Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary Linda Seemeyer and Deputy Secretary Tom Engels to discuss both Society and DHS strategic initiatives for 2018 and opportunities to partner together to benefit physicians and patients.
For more information, contact Lisa Davidson.
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