Advocacy for You and Your Patients
The Wisconsin Medical Society is the only organization that represents all physicians in Wisconsin regardless of specialty or practice size. We present a strong, unified physician voice at the Capitol and in the Courtroom to safeguard the patient-physician relationship; to ensure that patients have access to high quality, cost efficient care; and to preserve Wisconsin as one of the best states for physicians to practice medicine.
- At the Capitol—The Society follows hundreds of legislative bills each session, making sure physicians are well represented at both the state and federal levels.
- In the Courtroom—We advocate for physicians in the courtroom by filing amicus briefs in cases that have the potential to broadly impact Wisconsin physicians and patients from a legal and/or public policy perspective.
During fall 2014, we conducted a survey to assess the needs of Wisconsin physicians, and what we found is cause for concern. Dissatisfaction among physicians on the rise. The study findings, as well as the Society’s subsequent recommendations and a review of current and emerging literature, are published in this WMJ report. We have outlined several advocacy and professional development strategies and have created a task force to further develop and implement this work. The Society is committed to addressing this important issue.
The Society works to elevate the physician perspective in key discussions with numerous organizations and government agencies/entities, including the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Medical Examining Board, the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council, the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund Board, the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO), the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) and many more.
Medical Education and Professional Development
In addition to keeping physicians current on issues related to maintenance of licensure and maintenance of certification (MOC), the Society offers a number of learner-centered opportunities for professional development. From traditional continuing medical education to custom education on an array of topics, the Society is prepared to meet the educational needs of physicians and their health care teams. Our Innovative Leadership program is designed for emerging physicians leaders, and through our performance improvement initiatives, physicians are able to use their data to drive personalized quality improvement efforts—and earn a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and fulfill MOC Part IV requirements at a low charge.
Risk Management Services and Education
The Society provides a number of resources to members including
- A Physician’s Guide to Health Law: A Collection of Frequently Asked Questions—From employment contracts to medical records release, to HIPAA compliance and more, this online resource provides members-only access to information on a variety of key legal issues affecting health care. (Member login required.)
- Major case summaries and other health law information—Our staff legal experts prepare educational programs, articles and summaries of key court decisions and other legal and legislative issues that will affect physician practices, in addition to providing an attorney resource list for members seeking the services of a private attorney. (Member login required.)
- Member hotline—If an answer isn’t included in our FAQs and other resources, members can contact our hotline for general answers to their practice-related questions.
Member Insurance Plan Discounts and Enhancements
The Society’s insurance agency is dedicated to the unique needs of Wisconsin physicians, clinics and hospitals. Offering a full line of insurance products, Wisconsin Medical Society Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. provides solutions to minimize insurance exposures and specialized products designed for our members.
Exclusive plans include medical professional liability discounts and policy enhancements, disability plans designed for health professionals, and discounted dental insurance.
In addition, the Society is now offering a new Association Health Plan for organizations seeking unique and affordable group health insurance plans for clinics, practices or offices.
Please call 866.442.3810 for more information or click here.
Health Care Updates
We keep members informed about key health care issues and legislative topics through our website, social media and various publications:
- WMJ—Published six times a year, WMJ is our peer-reviewed, indexed scientific journal. An important resource for staying abreast of medical trends in the Midwest, it’s also an excellent venue for physicians and other health care professionals seeking to publish their work, and each issue features journal CME. By reading the designated article and successfully completing the corresponding quiz, readers may receive up to 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per year.
- Medigram, our electronic newsletter, features timely news and information on key health care issues and practice management topics including government regulations and legislative updates, legal issues and more.
- Practice Vitals—Delivered monthly, this education e-newsletter features news briefs on important practice management topics as well as an overview of the Society’s upcoming learning opportunities for physicians and members of their health care teams.
Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation
In addition to providing scholarships, student loans, grants and summer fellowships, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation brings together medical professionals, students, public health organizations and others to improve community health and address emerging issues like the physician workforce shortage by supporting medical and health education.
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