Doctor Day

Save The Date for Doctor Day June 15, 2023

Join your physician colleagues from across the state on Thursday. June 15, 2023 to learn about the latest policy issues facing Wisconsin’s medical community and meet with legislators. This annual event is important in showing Wisconsin regulators how much the physician community cares about protecting their patients and their profession. The agenda will feature a keynote presentation, priority issue briefing, policy breakouts and of course legislative visits!

Doctor Day gives family physicians the opportunity to meet personally with their legislators and discuss issues within their field.

Doctor Day 2021 Recap

Another year brought another Doctor Day, although under a slightly different format. Given the constraints of the pandemic, the May 5th event took place in an entirely virtual format. While Doctor Day organizers had some concern the success of the day would be hampered by its virtual presentation, post-event surveys showed attendees drew genuine value from the day’s programming. Family physicians again showed up in force with over 60 attendees, more than any other specialty.

The event began with a keynote address from American Medical Association President Susan R. Bailey MD, who discussed the importance of advocacy as well as the work done by the AMA at the federal level and through its member chapters in the states.

Members from the legislature’s budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance then joined for a panel discussion moderated by Tim Stumm of Wisconsin Health News. The panel focused on health proposals in the 2021-23 biennial budget, which the committee is currently constructing. Issues primarily focused on Medicaid Expansion, telehealth, and Medicaid rates.

After that, the event broke into three breakout sessions generally equally attended. The first provided an update on legal issues facing physicians. This session was presented by attorneys Guy DuBeau and Aneet Kaur of the Axley law firm. Both attorneys focus their practice on legal issues within the medical industry and have helped write amicus briefs on behalf of physician organizations.

The second was a presentation from Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson, who provided an overview of the actions local health departments took during the last thirteen months and how they can be better prepared for major public health crises in the future.

The third breakout session was about addressing health disparities in communities across the state, which was presented by Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes and Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. All three breakouts received high marks from survey respondents with a large majority of attendees considering them good or excellent.

The programming ended with an issue briefing from lobbyists for WAFP, the Wisconsin Medical Society, and the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to prepare attendees for their afternoon legislative meetings. The issues included policy changes to encourage expanded use of telehealth and advocating for closer parity between Medicaid and Medicare rates.

In the afternoon, attendees met with the state senators and representatives virtually. Surveys indicate there were no bad legislative meetings, which is important in illustrating just how eager legislators are to hear from their constituents even if they have a difference of opinion.

While it was certainly a different format, Doctor Day 2021 was still a success with 100% of survey respondents indicating they would recommend the event to their colleagues in the future.

Organizers have already secured Tuesday, February 8 for Doctor Day 2022. Given the current forecast for the pandemic, the plan is to hold the event in person in Madison. So, mark your calendars and we’ll see you in February!

Contributed by Hoven Consulting.

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