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  • 06/18/2020 2:04 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    June 18, Wisconsin Health News

    The state’s medical malpractice fund is waiving premiums for the next fiscal year for participating healthcare professionals and providers. 

    The Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund’s Board of Governors approved the premium holiday on Wednesday.

    The holiday, originally requested by the Wisconsin Medical Society, will run from July 1 to June 30, 2021. 

    Dr. Bud Chumbley, CEO of the Wisconsin Medical Society and a board member, said the action will “provide some financial relief to many of the Wisconsin medical professionals and providers who have been affected by the pandemic and who face ongoing challenges.”

    The fund covers claims beyond state-mandated insurance limits, which are set at $1 million by occurrence and $3 million by aggregate per year. 

    In April, lawmakers signed off on a plan not to increase participation fees for the fund for the next fiscal year.

  • 06/15/2020 10:12 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    The WNS Virtual Exhibit Hall is now Available!

    Congratulations to Asprius for being our first exhibitor!

    About Aspirus:

    For the 3rd year in a row, Aspirus has been named by IBM Watson Health as one of the Nation’s Top 15 Health Systems, based on analysis of overall organizational performance and quality. We are a system of 10 hospitals and more than 50 clinics that spans over 25,000 square miles throughout Central Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Currently, over 500 providers are located throughout the system and have the opportunity to affect approximately 770,000 lives.


    Check out their booth today! 


  • 06/09/2020 3:43 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WNS Virtual Conference - Vendor Opportunity

    We value your partnership and support during this time. In an effort to help your organization reach Wisconsin Neurologists and other conference attendees during these trying times, we have created a marketing package that includes participation in a Virtual Exhibit Hall and other benefits designed to enhance your exposure.

    Click Here to Learn More! 


  • 05/26/2020 12:55 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    As WNS Leadership has continued to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we have determined that it is in the best interest of our members and attendees to cancel the in-person 2020 Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, October 16-17, 2020. We understand our members and attendees are experiencing a variety of new challenges and restrictions causing it to be difficult to be away from their homes and work during this time.

    Join us Virtually!
    The WNS Conference Planning Committee is confirming plans to offer a 1/2 day Virtual Conference featuring some of the great speakers that were planned to join us at the conference. Plan to join us on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 8:00am-12:00pm for the Virtual Conference and stick around from 12:00pm-1:00pm for the WNS Annual Business Meeting.  More details and registration information to come!  

    WNS will also feature a Virtual Exhibit Hall for our partners who have supported us over the years. Additional information will be available in the upcoming weeks! 

    Save the Date for 2021
    WNS has worked with our partners at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI to confirm dates for the 2021 Annual Conference. Please save the date to join us at the Kalahari Resort - Friday, October 15 - Saturday, October 16, 2021!

    WNS would like to sincerely thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this difficult time.  If you have any urgent concerns or questions, please contact WNS@baderbay.co


  • 05/15/2020 8:26 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Hello! I’m Dr. Joseph Bovi, a radiation oncologist with the Medical College of Wisconsin, and I’m Dr. Jennifer Connelly, a neuro-oncologist with MCW. We both are part of the neuro-oncology team with the Froedtert & MCW Clinical Cancer Network.

    Cancer doesn’t stop for COVID-19 – and COVID-19 doesn’t stop us! Whether it is through video virtual visits or in-person visits in clinic, the neuro-oncology team continues to be available for patients to ensure no interruption to their treatment... Click to Read the full Article! 


  • 05/04/2020 12:35 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    American Neurological Association is Going Virtual!

    CLICK HERE to learn more about the ANA 2020 Virtual Meeting, Complementary Registration for ANA Members, and Highlights of this year's virtual event!


  • 04/20/2020 9:10 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Governor Evers today announced Wisconsin's "Badger Bounce Back" plan which outlines important criteria for Wisconsin to be able to reopen its economy in phases and includes steps to make sure workers and businesses are prepared to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. In coordination with this announcement, at the direction of the governor, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued Emergency Order #31 establishing the process and outlining the phases of the plan. The emergency order is available here.

    The Badger Bounce Back plan is informed in part by the President's Guidelines for Opening Up America Again that was issued by the White House on April 16, 2020. Currently, Wisconsin does not meet the criteria the White House established to start reopening our state. The Badger Bounce Back plan takes important steps to get the state of Wisconsin there. 

    The goal of the Badger Bounce Back plan is to decrease cases and deaths to a low level, and increase capacity in our healthcare system so the phased reopening of businesses is possible. As part of that plan the state will be working to increase access to more testing and expand lab capacity. Under the Badger Bounce Back plan, everyone who needs a test should get a test. The state is setting a goal of 85,000 tests per week, averaging about 12,000 tests per day. More information on the state's testing efforts was released earlier today, and is available for review 
    here.

    Next, the state will be expanding contact tracing and more aggressively tracking the spread with the goal of every Wisconsinite who tests positive being interviewed within 24 hours of receiving their test results and their contacts being interviewed within 48 hours of test results.


    Additionally, the state will continue to pursue every avenue to grow Wisconsin’s supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare and public safety entities to conduct COVID-19 testing, patient care, and public safety work. Finally, the plan works to bolster healthcare system capacity where patients can be treated without crisis care and there are more robust testing programs in place for at-risk healthcare workers. 

    The state will be looking for a downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses and COVID-19 symptoms reported within a 14-day period, and a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period. When the state has seen these efforts be successful, Wisconsin can begin to turn the dial, re-open the state, and get businesses and workers back on their feet.

    The Badger Bounce Back plan is available here. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s portion of the Badger Bounce Back plan aimed at helping to ensure workers and businesses are prepared and ready to bounce back is available here. The Badger Bounce Back plan in brief is also available here.


  • 04/16/2020 9:35 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Governor Evers today directed Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to extend the Safer at Home order from April 24, 2020 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. The order implements some new measures to ensure safety and support the progress we've made in containing COVID-19, but also allows certain activities to start up again.

    The extension of the Safer at Home order includes a few changes. Some changes allow more businesses and activities to open back up, while other changes help make businesses safer for employees and customers.

    The changes in this order go into effect on April 24, 2020. The order will remain in effect until 8 a.m. on May 26, 2020.

    The order is available online (link).  The Governor’s full press release is also available online (link).


  • 04/16/2020 8:53 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    COVID-19 Update

    Wisconsin Legislature Passes COVID-19 Response Legislation

    The State Legislature passed, and the Governor has signed, the state's COVID-19 response package, which includes liability immunity provisions. A late amendment broadens the measure and ensures there is no ambiguity about protections applying to COVID and non-COVID patients alike. 

    The legislation also includes provisions that will help the state draw down additional federal dollars for Medicaid as well as a provision related to out of network billing.  

    Below is the liability immunity language as adopted.

    SECTION 98. 895.4801 of the statutes is created to read:

    895.4801 Immunity for health care providers during COVID-19 emergency.

    (1) DEFINITIONS. In this section:

    (a) “Health care professional” means an individual licensed, registered, or certified by the medical examining board under subch. II of ch. 448 or the board of nursing under ch. 441.

    (b) “Health care provider” has the meaning given in s. 146.38 (1) (b) and includes an adult family home, as defined in s. 50.01 (1).

    (2) IMMUNITY. Subject to sub. (3), any health care professional, health care provider, or employee, agent, or contractor of a health care professional or health care provider is immune from civil liability for the death of or injury to any individual or any damages caused by actions or omissions that satisfy all of the following:

    (a) The action or omission is committed while the professional, provider, employee, agent, or contractor is providing services during the state of emergency declared under s. 323.10 on March 12, 2020, by executive order 72, or the 60 days following the date that the state of emergency terminates.

    (b) The actions or omissions relate to health services provided or not provided in good faith or are substantially consistent with any of the following:

    1. Any direction, guidance, recommendation, or other statement made by a federal, state, or local official to address or in response to the emergency or disaster declared as described under par. (a). 
    2. Any guidance published by the department of health services, the federal department of health and human services, or any divisions or agencies of the federal department of health and human services relied upon in good faith.

    (c) The actions or omissions do not involve reckless or wanton conduct or intentional misconduct.

    (3) APPLICABILITY. This section does not apply if s. 257.03, 257.04, 323.41, or 323.44 applies. 

  • 04/10/2020 9:13 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Governor Evers announced that the state is seeking volunteers to support Wisconsin's healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Active and retired healthcare professionals and those who wish to help in non-clinical support positions are encouraged to sign up to volunteer through the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR)

    The number of patients in Wisconsin who need to be treated for COVID-19 is expected to surge in the coming weeks. Building a network of available volunteers now will greatly reduce the hardships on hospitals and clinics that would not normally have the capacity to care for the increase in patients. 

    Both active and retired healthcare professionals can volunteer for critical clinical roles by entering their information into the WEAVR, a secure, password-protected, web-based volunteer registration system for healthcare and behavioral health professionals. Individuals who are not licensed professionals are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer for non-clinical support positions.

    Volunteers will be assigned to locations across Wisconsin to support ongoing efforts related to the COVID-19 national emergency. Those who are willing to travel should note that when they sign up. All volunteers should also be aware that they will be required to complete a background check.

    The full copy of the Governor’s press release is available online (link).


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