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  • 11/27/2017 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    November 27, 2017 - Wisconsin Health News

    The state’s Supreme Court agreed last week to review a lower court’s decision striking down a cap on how much patients can receive for some malpractice claims.

    An appeals court ruled in July that a state law capping awards for noneconomic damages at $750,000 was unconstitutional. Noneconomic damages seek to compensate patients for pain and suffering.  The Wisconsin Hospital Association and the Wisconsin Medical Society have raised concerns about the court’s decision and its potential ramifications for providers and accessibility to healthcare.  In her opinion striking down the decision, Judge Joan Kessler said the law placed an “unfair and illogical burden only on catastrophically injured patients, thus denying them the equal protection of the laws.”

    The case involves Ascaris Mayo, who lost her limbs after providers at a Milwaukee-area emergency room failed to notify her she had an infection. A jury awarded Mayo and her husband $16.5 million for noneconomic damages, which the state sought to reduce.

  • 11/27/2017 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    November 27, 2017

    Numerous state and national organizations across the country are asking the Senate to join the House in voting to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) before the end of the year.

    There is a broad and growing bipartisan consensus, in Congress and across states that IPAB should be repealed. Senate bills introduced by Senators Cornyn (R-TX) and Wyden (D-OR) have proposed repeal of IPAB.  These bills have over 51 co-sponsors from both parties.  The FY2017 omnibus spending bill agreed on in May eliminated funding for IPAB.  And both the House and Senate FY2018 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations proposals eliminate this funding as well.

    Concerns over IPAB include both its purpose and the board’s composition.  The board is charged with developing proposals to reduce Medicare spending, but its membership is comprised of individuals appointed by the President with no Senate confirmation. This combination creates the very real possibility that the future of Medicare may be determined by a small number of unelected bureaucrats.

    Contact your Senator today and urge them to repeal IPAB: Senator Ron Johnson (email) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (email).

  • 11/27/2017 3:08 PM | Anonymous

    November 27, 2017

    The legislature is considering legislation based on proposals from the Workers Compensation Advisory Council.  The proposals were developed Labor and Management representatives on the Council.  But not all of the proposals share the support of the Council’s health care representatives, including a recommended fee schedule.  Health care organizations will need to be even more active this session than last to again defeat the fee schedule proposal.

    It is important to note that works compensation premiums have dropped – without a government mandated fee schedule.  This year alone, employers received an 8.46 percent reduction in their worker’s compensation insurance premiums, saving employers an estimated $170 million.  At the same time, Wisconsin’s health care system continues to lead the nation in outcomes with injured employees returning to work a full three weeks earlier than the national average.  And health care costs per worker’s comp claim lower than the national average.

    Your calls are needed to both the State Assembly and State Senate to explain why the proposed health care fee schedule could harm Wisconsin’s model worker’s compensation system.  You can find your legislators contact information on the state legislature’s website.

    Let your State Representative and State Senator know you are a physician in their district, serving patients who are also constituents and that you are opposed to an artificial fee schedule for a worker’s compensation system that provides the nation’s best care at a below-average worker’s compensation cost.  Thank you for your time and action on this important issue.

  • 03/11/2015 9:33 AM | Anonymous

    June 8, 2017

    Doctors in Recital, an annual charitable event organized by the Brown County Medical Society, has announced the recipients of its 2018 concert proceeds. The 2018 Community Partner is the Positive Parenting Program offered by ASPIRO; the Music Education Co-Recipients are the Creative Skills class at Green Bay Area Public Schools’ Washington Middle School, and Music for the Sake Of Music. Ordinarily, the proceeds are split 80-20 between an area nonprofit serving the community, and an area music education program. This year, however, its Board decided to benefit one community partner and two music education recipients, using the same 80-20 split. 

    One of eight programs, ASPIRO's Positive Parenting Program (PPP) is an in-home visitation program serving families headed by parents with intellectual disabilities. PPP was the first of its kind in the state when it began in 1985, and remains the only program of its kind in Brown County.

    The Creative Skills class at Washington Middle School is one of the music education recipients. The grant will be used to purchase Orff instruments for the unique needs of students with intellectual, emotional and/or physical disabilities.

    MFSOM is a not-for-profit music organization whose mission is to provide northeast Wisconsin with diverse opportunities for the creation and enjoyment of music at a high level. Their growing summer music program provides daily instrumental lessons for area youth and community members free of charge. This program also offers a variety of group classes and chamber ensemble opportunities as well as large ensemble experiences for talented high school, community and professional musicians.

    The 2018 performance will be at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Tickets will go on sale this autumn.

    For more information, contact Kim Shefchik at 920-660-1521 or kmdalebroux@yahoo.com
    Making a Difference by Making Music!

    https://www.facebook.com/DoctorsInRecital/

    https://twitter.com/@DIR_GreenBay

    http://doctorsinrecital.org

     

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