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As physicians face more frequent and intense challenges, it’s more important than ever that physicians be politically and legislatively engaged. Advocating on behalf of physicians and patients at the State Capitol is critical to the medical profession, and we urge you to join us for our annual advocacy event in Madison on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Click here to register today for Doctor Day 2015!
Last year’s Doctor Day helped get the physician apology bill through the state Assembly and ultimately passed. To build off last year’s tremendous success and participation, several physician organizations and specialty societies are once again partnering. We have an ambitious goal and hope to bring at least 250 physicians to the State Capitol on March 11. The day is timed well for physicians to be able to see their legislators, as well as having input on the budget and other important health care issues.
Doctor Day 2015 participants will hear from confirmed speaker Gov. Scott Walker, as well as state Senators Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) during the event’s morning session at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Sen. Shilling is the Senate Minority Leader and Sen. Vukmir is chair of the Senate Health Committee and sits on the Joint Finance Committee. In the afternoon, attendees will once again head to the Capitol for meetings with state legislators and/or their staffs. The all-day event will conclude with a reception in downtown Madison. Details, including a tentative schedule and sponsor list, are on the Wisconsin Medical Society's website.
Doctor Day is a unique opportunity for physicians to advocate on behalf of patients and the medical profession at the Capitol. While health care did relatively well in the Governor’s proposed budget, there are still thorny issues like Worker’s Compensation and Medicaid funding to work through, amongst a number of other issues important to the WSA. Organized medicine needs to make sure the legislature, the powerful Joint Finance Committee and leadership hear from organized medicine as they take up this very difficult budget.
We sincerely hope you’ll be able to make it to Doctor Day on March 11. Please CLICK HERE to register and/or e-mail Chris Rasch, the Society’s director of state and federal relations, with any questions.
We look forward to seeing you at the Capitol!
Thank you to all who attended Doctor Day 2014 - Pictures Below!
The Doctors Day at the Capital on February 12th, 2014 was a great success. Around 200 physicians, residents and medical students attended, representing 15 professional organizations, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. 23 Anesthesiologists and Anesthesia Residents were among the attendees. A special thank you goes to:
Brent Boettcher, MD (resident)
Mike Bottcher, MD
John Burelbach, MD
Rose Campise-Luther, MD
Craig Cummings, MD (resident)
Christina Diaz, MD
Daniel Farber, MD (resident)
Julie Freed, MD (resident)
Molly Groose, MD (resident)
John Jochman, MD (resident)
Robert Koebert, MD
Joshua Lacey, MD (resident)
Robert Matthews, MD
Bridget Muldowney, MD
Jim Nicholson, MD
Kari Obma, MD (resident)
John Olson, MD
Matthias Riess, MD
Deb Rusy, MD
Joe Strosin, MD
Elizabeth Wilson, MD (resident)
Elizabeth Yun, MD
After a photo opportunity with Robin J. Voss, Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly, we visited our respective Senators and Assembly members.
The topics addressed with our legislators were the Workers Compensation Fee Schedule, the former Apology now Physician Condolence Bill, Impalla reimbursement and the by some of us the Physician Preferred Medical Risk Retention Group legislation. Incidentally (or not..) the Physician Condolence Bill (AB 120) got scheduled for a full Assembly vote shortly after our visit. It passed the Assembly on February 19th, and is awaiting a Senate Vote.
The Doctors Day at the Capital gave us a wonderful opportunity to make our presence known, establish a relationship with our legislators and will help us to address issues affecting our patients and our profession in the future.
Encouraged by the impressive showing of physicians this year, we are hopeful to visit the Capital next year in even larger numbers. As soon as the date for the next Doctors Day is determined, it will be posted on our website. I am looking forward to seeing you in Madison next year.
Rose Campise Luther, MD, FAAP
President, Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists