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Governor Evers to address General Session on May 1st

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.

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