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  • 10/28/2019 8:35 PM | Jamie Michael (Administrator)

    The WNS was proud to introduce new leaders at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells, October 19th. The new members will begin their 2 year terms January 1, 2020. 

    • President – Dr Donn Dexter
    • President-Elect – Dr Dominic Fee
    • Vice President - Dr Aaron Struck
    • Secretary/Treasurer - Dr Timothy Young

    The CME Chair position will be filled by Dr. Jennifer Connelly and the Past President Position automatically filled by Dr. Douglas Dulli.

    A special thank you to board member Dr. Rodrigo Merino who will finish his term at the end of the year.

  • 10/28/2019 4:26 PM | Jamie Michael (Administrator)

    The Wisconsin Neurological Society honors a long-standing tradition of recognizing resident research by holding an annual competition for the Francis M. Forster Research Award. 

    The featured Resident Presenters this year were:

    Door-in to Door-Out Time in Emergent Large Vessel Occlusion: Retrospective Review Informs Targeted Improvement Strategies
    Marek Cierny, MD, Medical College of WI, Neurology – Post Graduate Year 4

    Surgical Outcomes and Intracranial EEG Findings in Drug-resistant Non-LesionalEpilepsy with Temporal Lobe Features on Scalp Video-EEG
    Pamela Youssef, MD, Medical College of WI, Neurology – Post Graduate Year 4

    A 58 Year Old Male with Rapidly Progressive Quadriparesis and Respiratory Distress

    Heydi Flores-Podadera, MD
    UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health – Dept of Neurology

    The award is named for Francis M. Forster, MD, one of the founders of the American Academy of Neurology. He was considered an internationally-recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and a prominent neurologist. 

    We'd like to congratulate this year's winner Dr. Marek Cierney, as well as Dr. Heydi Flores-Podadera and Dr. Pamela Youssef for their outstanding work in the field of neurology. Each resident received a cash stipend for participating


  • 10/08/2019 2:56 PM | Jamie Michael (Administrator)

    Charles Franklin, PhD, nationally recognized government scholar and pollster, will headline Doctor Day 2020. 

    Doctor Franklin has served as director of the Marquette Law School Poll since its inception in 2012.  During that year’s highly scrutinized election cycle, he established Marquette as the definitive source for information concerning public opinion in Wisconsin. 

    Under Doctor Franklin’s direction as a visiting professor at Marquette, the poll became the largest independent polling project in state history. It accurately captured voter attitudes before every major election in 2012, including the gubernatorial recall, U.S. Senate and presidential races.

    Since joining Marquette as a professor of law and public policy in August 2013, Doctor Franklin has used the poll to continue tracking political races of interest to voters and explore additional public policy issues.

    At Doctor Day on January 29, 2020, Franklin will share his insight and polling data relevant healthcare policy and the 2020 elections.

    For more information and to register, please go to www.widoctorday.org. 

  • 09/20/2019 6:56 AM | Jamie Michael (Administrator)

    The Bennett Hiner Research Award, supported by the Bennett Hiner Memorial Fund at the Wisconsin Neurological Society, is awarded each year to a medical student enrolled and in good standing at a Wisconsin medical school or allied health profession.

    The award commemorates Bennett Carroll Hiner, son of Dr. Bradley Hiner and Susan Carroll. Bennett, who found his place in medicine and took great joy in helping others, died unexpectedly at the age of 26 while enrolled at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.  Award winners are selected based on a combination of their leadership in medical school and research in the neurosciences.

    This year’s recipient is Jennifer Meylor from the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Her abstract is titled:  Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs Characterized by Patch Clamp Electrophysiology: A Systematic Review

    This year’s award will be presented October 19 at the WNS Annual Conference in Wisconsin Dells - be sure to attend and learn more about her abstract presentation!

  • 07/11/2019 8:58 AM | Anonymous

    Evers signs step therapy, dialysis bills

    Gov. Tony Evers signed into law two bipartisan healthcare bills Tuesday, including one that allows patients to bypass policies that require them to try cheaper medications before more expensive ones. 

    Under the proposal, insurers have to allow exceptions to step therapy if patients seeking the more expensive treatment have supporting documentation from providers, have tried the drug before, or if the cheaper treatment is expected to be ineffective or have adverse health effects.

    Evers also approved a bill so distributors that provide patients with in-home dialysis supplies don't have to get a pharmacist license. The proposal was backed by Baxter Corporation, which has to register its Minnesota and Illinois distribution centers as fully licensed pharmacies.

    Evers described the bills as “important steps” in “doing everything we can to make sure that folks in all 72 counties can access the life-saving care they need and deserve without barrier or burden.”

  • 06/19/2019 10:02 PM | Jamie Michael (Administrator)

    *From Wisconsin Health News, June 19

    The Assembly signed off on a bill Tuesday that would allow patients to bypass health plan policies that require them to try cheaper medications before more expensive ones.

    The bipartisan proposal, which passed the Senate earlier month, now heads to Gov. Tony Evers’ desk.

    The approval comes after lawmakers consulted with insurers and other healthcare providers and amended the legislation. Under the proposal, insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and utilization review organizations have to allow patients to apply for exceptions to step therapy protocols.

    The companies would have to grant their requests if providers submit supporting documentation under certain conditions, like if the cheaper drug could cause serious side effects, is expected to be ineffective or the patient has tried the drug before.

    “We arrived at a bill that keeps the spirit, integrity, and patient protections of the original bill, while still ensuring the health plans have the ability to meaningfully utilize step therapy protocols in order to keep costs down,” bill author Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, said in a statement.

    The chamber also signed off on a bill that would change state law so distributors of products necessary for home dialysis don’t need to be licensed as pharmacies. That bill also heads to Evers.

    And it passed legislation allowing properly trained pharmacists to administer vaccines prescribed to children under the age of 6. The Senate has yet to take up the measure.

  • 05/08/2019 11:44 AM | Jamie Michael (Administrator)

    The Senate Health and Human Services Committee signed off on a bill Tuesday that would allow patients to bypass insurance policies requiring them to try cheaper drugs before moving on to more expensive ones. 

    The committee unanimously approved the legislation requiring insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and utilization review organizations to have exceptions for step therapy protocols.

    Lawmakers also approved bills that would:

    ·     allow properly trained pharmacists to immunize patients younger than six who have a prescription for a vaccine.

    ·     allow Wisconsin to continue to participate in a an interstate licensure compact that lets doctors more easily practice in other states.

    ·     eliminate a law requiring distributors that provide patients with in-home dialysis supplies to obtain pharmacist licenses. 

    The proposals now head to the Senate. An Assembly committee is also set to consider the step therapy, dialysis and pharmacy bills Thursday. 

  • 03/27/2019 3:05 PM | Jamie Michael (Administrator)

    Doctor Day 2019 is fast approaching and it’s important that physicians like YOU participate in our unique-to-Wisconsin, annual multi-specialty advocacy event in Madison on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  As always, Doctor Day is a jointly-sponsored event that includes more than a dozen Wisconsin specialty societies and WMS.

    As in past years, we strive to invite leading Wisconsin politicians or health policy experts to speak before Doctor Day to keep our attendees attuned to the latest in Wisconsin politics, and healthcare law and policy. 

    • We have confirmed that Wisconsin’s new Governor, Tony Evers, will speak to our General Session on May 1st. 

    Attorney Guy DuBeau (Axley, Brynelson, SC), who serves as counsel to several special societies, will provide a legal update including discussion of the 2018 Mayo v. IPFCF decision (medical malpractice damage caps), current Wisconsin marijuana law and proposals, and physician non-compete agreements.

    Each participating organization is invited to provide an “issue paper” to be left with lawmakers during the afternoon’s Legislative Visits, describing the particular organization and the organization’s key policy or legislative issues.  Due to the unique nature of Doctor Day’s multi-specialty approach, and the limited time for each meeting with lawmakers, as always our attendees will be asked to jointly advocate for some key and politically timely health issues.  During the morning General Session, lobbyists representing the participating organizations will lead briefings on these key Advocacy Issues, including:

    • Strengthening vaccination requirements for primary school age children
    • Ensuring the greatest possible access to care for Medicaid patients by prioritizing improved physician reimbursement vis-à-vis recent reimbursement increases targeted only toward institutional payments.

    Doctor Day will again conclude with the ever-popular Doctor Day Reception. This year, the reception will be held at a new and larger venue:  Madison’s, a popular restaurant and bar located one block off the Square at 119 King Street, providing our attendees a casual opportunity to mingle and debrief with colleagues from a variety of medical specialties.

    The tentative schedule and online registration are available at www.WIDoctorDay.org

    In just six years, Doctor Day has grown from just over 100 to nearly 500 attendees – but we need you to maintain that growth.  As a Wisconsin physician, Doctor Day is the best way for you to let Wisconsin lawmakers know their physician-constituents are aware and care about what they are doing in Madison.  There is no cost to attend Doctor Day, so please register today.

  • 03/26/2019 10:16 AM | Jamie Michael (Administrator)

    About 30 percent of graduating medical students will remain in Wisconsin for their residencies, according to the state’s two medical schools.

    More than 400 Wisconsin Medical students found out where they’re heading for residencies earlier this month when the National Resident Matching Program released its results.

    At the Medical College of Wisconsin, 33 percent of the 224 students who obtained positions are remaining in state. The top picks for specialties were internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine.

    At the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 26 percent of the 185 students who obtained positions are remaining in state. The top picks for specialties were family medicine, internal medicine and emergency medicine. 

  • 02/05/2019 10:42 AM | Jamie Michael (Administrator)

    The Wisconsin Medical Society plans to create a center focused on fighting physician burnout this year as well as pursue legislation to create a physician health program, according to a recent report showing more than half of Wisconsin physicians reporting burnout.

    The report, based on a survey of 1,165 Wisconsin doctors, showed that nearly 53.5 percent are experiencing one symptom of burnout. And 47.1 percent plan to decrease clinical hours or retire early in the next five years.

    “We continue to see higher percentages of physicians identifying one or more of the symptoms of burnout,” said society CEO Dr. Bud Chumbley. “That’s troublesome.”

    The survey found that electronic health records were a top stressor for doctors, as well as government and insurance regulations and an unsupportive work environment.

    To address burnout, Chumbley said that the society is planning to launch the Center for Physician Empowerment this year, which will seek to convene health systems in the state to share what they’re doing to address burnout efforts.

    They’re also working on additional physician leadership and mentorship programs. Chumbley also said he's spoken with Verona-based Epic about the problem as well. He’s hoping to talk with insurers about their policies too.

    “Our job is to identify these problems, try to get those individuals who can help solve them,” Chumbley said. “Hopefully, if we get all those people in a room, talking about how to solve it, that’s the best way to reverse this trend.” 

    The medical society is also working with the Medical Examining Board to develop legislation that would create a physician health program run by the state.

    Chumbley said Wisconsin is one of the few states that doesn't have a physician health program. The society previously ran such a program, but it ended in 2007 due to "legal concerns and difficulties coordinating funding for the program," the report noted.

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