WPA News, November 2017 

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President's Message, November 2017


Deer season is in full swing and many of us are preparing for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season.  I wanted to take a moment and say thank you to all of you for the tremendous work that you do each and every day. 

On the business side of things, I did want to share an update.  The amicus brief that we have been discussing has moved to the next level as the state Supreme Court decided to hear the case.  More paperwork will be completed in the upcoming weeks and I will share more as we move forward.

I also wanted to take a moment to recognize the real issue of burnout, and how we are all scrambling to provide access to care and sacrificing so many of the wellness opportunities that exist.  During this time of the year, significant emotional components both good and bad affect not only to our patients, but us as well.  Spending time with friends and family is an excellent way to give yourself a little reprieve from the work-based stress.

I want to wish you and your families a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! 


Justin Schoen, MD, FAPA, President
Wisconsin Psychiatric Association

Mental Health Committee Green Lights Emergency Detention Bill
November 8, Wisconsin Health News

The Assembly’s mental health reform committee has unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from transporting an individual to emergency detention from an emergency room unless a hospital or medical staff member gives the OK.

The bill, a result of about three years of negotiation with the Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin Hospital Association, also extends immunity under the emergency detention statute to healthcare providers.

Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison, called the bill an “important piece of legislation” but asked for clarification from Legislative Council in response to a memo from Mental Health America of Wisconsin. Read more.

Doctor Day 2018 is January 30 - Sign Up Today!

Wisconsin’s Doctor Day, developed in partnership with WMS and many specialty societies, and has quickly become one of the largest state advocacy events for physicians in the country. 

Sign up today and represent Psychiatry at Doctor Day 2018!

Over 500 physicians and medical students representing nearly every medical specialty are expected to attend this year's event. Whether you’re well-versed in legislative and policy issues, or a beginner at advocacy, Doctor Day is for you. The experience will provide an invaluable opportunity to learn the issues that impact physicians across disciplines, hear from key elected officials, and meet in groups with your legislators and/or their staff. 

Join your colleagues for Doctor Day 2018 on Tuesday, January 30 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison. Learn more and register online at www.WIDoctorDay.org.

WPA 2018 Annual Conference to Address Emerging and Controversial Treatments

Registration is open! Join WPA at The Edgewater in Madison, March 8-10, 2018. Conference sessions will focus on emerging (and some controversial) psychiatric treatments, including pharmacotherapy (ketamine, psilocybin, MDMA), TMS, and Kevin Hill, MD from Harvard will present two sessions related to medical marijuana. As a counter point, we will have the perspective on addiction and these substances from addiction medicine specialist, David Galbis Reig, MD.

Rebecca Brendel, MD, JD from Harvard will address the timely and ongoing controversy around the Goldwater rule. Other clinical speakers will update us on treatment in autistic spectrum disorders, and updates on pain treatment in psychiatric patients. Last but not least we will have the annual resident vignette competition. Will this be the year that UW retakes the “Siggie” from MCW?

Register today.

Don't forget to book your hotel stay early to get the discounted rate. Contact The Edgewater at 866-238-4218 and request the WI Psychiatric Association room block.

Renew Your APA & WPA Memberships for 2018

Memberships with the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association are up for renewal! Please don't delay... renew your membership by January 1st.

More News

Wisconsin Supreme Court Will Have Final Say on Cap Damages

The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed last week to review a decision by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals striking down the cap on noneconomic damages in medical liability cases. Read more.

Wisconsin Medical Society Names New CEO

The Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors has named Clyde “Bud” Chumbley, MD, MBA, chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Medical Society. Read more.

Grant Increases Mental Healthcare Access

Based on a comparison between psychiatrists available and the overall population, Wisconsin meets just 20 percent of need for mental health care, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. But a Foundation grant given to Aspirus aims to address this issue by expanding access to mental and behavioral health care for patients in 14 counties in northern and central Wisconsin.Read more.

WPA January 8 Milwaukee Chapter Event Addresses Burnout

Register today and join the WPA Milwaukee Chapter for a complimentary dinner & discussion on Psychiatrist Burnout. Presenters H. Steven Moffic, MD and Randall Levin, MD, FACEP, will share their expertise and engage participants in meaningful discussion. Doctor Moffic serves on the American Psychiatric Association's ad-hoc Workgroup on Psychiatrist Well-being and Burnout.

Deputy Insurance Commission to Headline Dec. 13 WHN Event

Deputy Insurance Commissioner J.P. Wieske will outline what a Wisconsin version of the Affordable Care Act could look like at Wisconsin Health News Newsmaker Event on December 13. Wieske announced this fall the state is considering applying for a 1332 waiver from the law, which allows states to develop unique solutions for providing affordable healthcare coverage. Wieske will discuss the state’s next steps, as well as provide an update on open enrollment and the current insurance market. Register here.

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