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Legislature fall session wrap-up

Earlier this week the Senate and Assembly wrapped up their fall session. The Wisconsin Medical Society has been working hard to ensure the physician voice is heard at the Capitol by holding more than 100 meetings with legislators, while physicians across the state sent more than 600 messages to legislators through WisMed Voice.

The Society supports the following bills:

  • Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC) (AB 70/SB 74): Repeals the sunset provision on the state‚Äôs participation in the IMLC.
  • Telehealth for Medicaid (AB 410/SB 380): Requires Medicaid to reimburse telehealth services equivalent to as if those services had been provided in an office setting.
  • Loan assistance for physicians and dentists (AB 178/SB 380): Makes physicians and dentists who agree to practice in free or charitable clinics eligible to participate in an educational loan assistance program.
  • OCI Technical Bill (SB 482): Makes some technical changes to the patient compensation fund regarding payment classifications and the peer review council.
  • Pharmacist prescribing for contraceptives (AB 304): Allows pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives to those over the age of 18. The Society is supportive of expanding contraceptive access, however the Society has issues with the bill regarding the lack of access for minors and the prescribing recommendations for pharmacists.

The Society opposes the following bills:

  • Suicide CME (AB526): Mandates a two-hour patient suicide prevention CME for all physicians as a condition of their licensure renewal.
    • With the help of WisMed Voice, Wisconsin physicians sent 242 emails to Speaker Vos and their respective assembly members opposing the bill.
    • Society member Tim Westlake, MD, testified in opposition.
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney Changes (AB 287): Allows physician assistants (PA) or nurse practitioners (NP) to make determinations of incapacity; allows PAs and advance practice registered nurses (APRN) to issue do-not-resuscitate orders; and changes the threshold for determinations of persistent vegetative state (PVS) or terminal condition from two physicians to one physician and a physician, PA or APRN.
    • Society President Chip Morris, MD, FAAN, provided testimony against AB 287.
  • The CARES Act: Changes the relationship of Physicians and PAs from supervision to collaboration.
    • 163 physicians contacted their legislators expressing their concerns with the bill.
    • AB 575
    • SB 515

None of this work would be possible without the support of WisMed members. To get involved, simply enroll in WisMed Voice and contribute to WisMed PAC. Your involvement matters!

Please contact HJ Waukau with any questions.

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