WPA News, July 2017 

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President's Message, July 2017
Justin Schoen, MD, FAPA

The warm days of summer have arrived.  I want to extend a warm welcome to the new Psychiatry residents that have entered into the residency programs and good luck with all of your training!  I hope to meet with all of you in the upcoming months.

Along with summer comes vacations and the importance of physician health and employee health.  Hopefully, everyone is remembering to take time to manage their own well being.

On the business side of things, we have signed on to a joint letter sent to CMS raising concerns about the Wisconsin 1115 Waiver Amendment Application. It raises concerns about the work requirements and drug testing to receive benefits.  We have been monitoring the Wisconsin disaster preparedness funding, as well as chiropractor scope bills, and the ever dynamic national healthcare care debate.  We are also working to develop a more proactive legislative agenda that will help us to better address the mental health needs of our state. As always, contact me through the WPA office with your input and ideas.

I wish you and your families an enjoyable upcoming month.


WPA Southern Chapter to Host Goldwater Rule Discussion on August 23 in Madison

All WPA members, residents and medical students are welcome to attend this complimentary networking reception and discussion on The Goldwater Rule.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | 6:00-8:00 pm
The Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703

Please sign up and join us for what promises to be a great discussion, led by WPA members Jeff Marcus, MD and Ken Robbins, MD. A light dinner will be provided. Register online.

Sponsored in part by Professional Risk Management Services, Inc. (PRMS).

Legislative Update
Eric Jensen, WPA Lobbyist

Doctor Day 2018

Doctor Day 2018 will be on January 30, 2018 – mark your calendars and register today!  We moved the date earlier to ensure as best we can that the Legislature has not adjourned their session when you come to Madison next year. 

State Budget Update

The Wisconsin Constitution requires that the State Budget be signed into law by July 1 of the odd year – and as of today (June 26) the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) has not completed its work on the budget.  Once JFC is complete, the budget bill must be approved by both the Assembly and Senate before finally going to the Governor for signature.  The upside is that in Wisconsin, there is no government shut-down—absent a budget for the next biennium, all agencies and programs continue forward at the last biennium’s funding and spending levels.

The Governor, Senate and Assembly remain at odds over a small number of key programs, including education and transportation funding.  Leaders have been meeting regularly in an effort to find common ground, but have been unable to do so thus far. 

Chiropractor Scope Expansion Efforts – Again

It seems like every year we discuss a new effort by the chiropractors to expand their scope.  Last session and summer it was an effort to create a “Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine” license that, with little additional training, would have authorized chiropractors to perform undefined “minor procedures,” utilize some anesthesia, prescribe some medications, etc.  That bill was supported by one chiropractor organization (WI Chiropractic Association), but opposed by the other (Chiropractic Society of WI) and never progressed in the Legislature. Read more.

Summer issues of The Wisconsin Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Summary are now available

The Summer issue of WPA's printed newsletter has been mailed to all members. If you haven't seen your copy yet, you may download it hereAmong other articles, the recent issue contains a recap of the spring APA Assembly meeting, and introduces you to the incoming class of psychiatry residents at the UW campus, and all three MCW campuses (Milwaukee, Northeast Wisconsin and Central Wisconsin). 

Don't forget to also read the latest issue of Dr. Langheim's quarterly Psychiatric Summary, which consolidates recent clinical updates, mental health policy news, popular press news that patients may be reading, and changes in the landscape of psychiatry in Wisconsin. 

WPA Fall Conference, Oct. 5-6 in Milwaukee

Ethics, Integrated Care and Complex Patient Interactions will all be topics of discussion at the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association's 2017 Fall Conference, October 5 & 6 at the InterContinental Hotel in Milwaukee.

The event promises to spark discussion and interaction among attendees as national presenters Annette Hanson, MD and Mark Komrad, MD offer their insight on current national movements relating to physician-assisted suicide, as well as providing a history and overview of existing laws and ethics surrounding the practice.

Conference sessions will also cover a range of complex physician-patient interactions, as well as dialogue led by David Katzelnick, MD from Mayo Clinic on the strategic implementation and effects of integrated care models in practice.

The program has been approved by the APA for 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Learn more and register online

Become a Fellow of APA

Becoming a fellow is an honor that reflects your dedication to the profession and comes with the FAPA designation, which is recognized by your peers as a mark of your leadership in the field of psychiatry. If you are not yet a Fellow but wish to apply, learn more online.

WISAM Conference: Advancing the Art and Science of Addiction Prevention & Treatment in Wisconsin
September 14-16, 2017
Pyle Center, Madison, WI

This two day conference on addiction prevention and treatment is open to all providers across disciplines.

A post-conference workshop on Saturday, September 16 will provide training for clinicians in the use of buprenorphine and naltrexone for the office-based management of substance use disorders. Attendees will also have the opportunity on Saturday to participate in an Opioid Prescribing Guidelines session that meets the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board’s mandatory education requirement.

View conference agenda. Learn more and register online.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Cap on Malpractice Awards
July 6, Wisconsin Health News

An appeals court struck down a state law Wednesday capping the amount of money that injured patients can receive for some malpractice claims. 

The 1st District Court of Appeals ruled that a state law capping awards for noneconomic damages at $750,000 was unconstitutional. Noneconomic damages are intended to compensate for pain and suffering. 

Judge Joan Kessler, who penned the majority opinion, wrote that the law imposes "an unfair and illogical burden only on catastrophically injured patients, thus denying them the equal protection of the laws."  Read more.

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