Doctor Day 2020
Doctor Day 2020 brought more than 300 physicians and medical students from across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs. Key issues included immunizations and the Clean Indoor Air Act.
Prior to meeting with legislators at the State Capitol, attendees heard from the leaders in both the Senate and the Assembly and the keynote speaker and political pollster, Charles Franklin, PhD, who discussed polling data on Medicaid and Medicare, the upcoming elections and health care policy.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz participated on the legislative leadership panel. Tim Stumm of Wisconsin Health News asked panelists about the impacts of the divided government, e-cigarettes and youth vaping, the personal conviction waiver for vaccinations and prescription drug prices, among other topics.
In addition to hearing from the speakers, attendees participated in breakout sessions lead by physicians and experts. These breakout sessions included Women’s Health, Public Health, Legal Update and the Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin.
Now in its eighth year, Doctor Day is a partnership among medical specialty societies and the Wisconsin Medical Society. The event provides a unique opportunity for physicians from across the state to collaborate and share with policymakers facts, data and personal accounts on timely health care issues.
Doctor Day 2019
Key issues at Doctor Day 2019 included vaccines and the “personal conviction” exception to school vaccination law as well as ensuring access to important Medicaid services by addressing historically low physician reimbursement rates. Nearly 400 physicians and students heard from Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm, and also participated in an issue briefing before heading to the State Capitol to meet with lawmakers.
Gov. Evers, who was introduced by his daughter Erin Schoenecker, MD, praised physicians for the care they provide and asked for their help in ensuring access to care. “We need to have a health care system that works for all of us and we have to ensure that we’re protecting access to that affordable health care,” Gov. Evers said.
Doctor Day is a partnership among the Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) and other key physician groups and physician-led organizations. The day-long event provides a unique opportunity for physicians from across the state to collaborate and share with policy makers facts and data on timely health care issues.
Doctor Day 2018
Doctor Day 2018 brought more than 450 physicians and medical students from across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs on Tuesday. Key issues included a proposed Worker’s Compensation fee schedule, a bill allowing chiropractors to perform comprehensive sports physicals for high school and college athletes, and legislation removing the requirement for certain nurses to work in collaboration with a physician. Now in its fifth year, Doctor Day is a partnership among the Wisconsin Medical Society and other key physician groups and physician-led organizations. The day-long event provides a unique opportunity for physicians from across the state to collaborate and share with policymakers facts and data on timely health care issues.
Prior to meeting with legislators at the State Capitol, attendees heard from speakers including Gov. Scott Walker, who highlighted his Health Care Stability Plan to lower individual health care premium costs, provide seniors with greater health care stability, and protect those with preexisting conditions. He also discussed recent initiatives to combat the opioid crisis in Wisconsin.
Doctor Day 2017
More than 480 physicians and medical students registered for the 4th Annual Doctor Day, which took place in Madison on March 29th. Doctor Day came together in an effort to maximize physician visibility in Wisconsin’s legislative arena, and therefore enhance our collective ability to advocate on healthcare issues. It all began five years ago in a very informal way, drawing 80 physicians to a joint legislative day involving the Wisconsin Medical Society and a handful of specialty societies. Now in its fourth formal iteration, Doctor Day has grown by more than 500%! Unique in the nation, the equal-partnership, multi-specialty nature of Doctor Day has quickly become one of the largest Legislative Day events in Wisconsin—and this year, emergency physicians came out in full force. Stay tuned for information about Doctor Day 2018. Due to the surprising growth, we have been forced to look at different venue options to accommodate all.
Doctor Day 2016
On February 10, 2016, over 300 physicians converged on the Capitol in Madison to let their voices be heard! Physicians and medical students from across the state met with legislators and their staffs during the event. Key issues included those critical to public health (the Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education [HOPE] legislative agenda), patient safety (concerns over a bill allowing physical therapists to independently order X-rays) and the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship. During the event's morning session at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, attendees participated in a legislative briefing and heard from Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Tim Westlake, MD.
Doctor Day 2015
Doctor Day 2015 brought over 250 physicians together to collectively advocate with Wisconsin lawmakers. Governor Scott Walker, Senator Leah Vukmir and Senator Jennifer Shilling addressed the audience (which included more than 20 Psychiatrists) - each speaker in-turn thanking Wisconsin physicians for their work, recognizing the large gathering taking time from a busy profession to come to Madison, and encouraging physicians to continue to build their voices in the political process. The remainder of the morning session included issue briefings by government affairs professionals including WPA lobbyist, Eric Jensen. Issues addressed by Doctor Day attendees during the afternoon's Capitol visits with state legislators included expressing great concern about recent proposals to grant independent practice to Wisconsin's advanced practice nurses, support for legislation to include Wisconsin in the growing number of states joining the Interstate Licensing Compact for physicians, and expressing strong opposition to physician fee-schedule proposals being forwarded in relation to worker's compensation cases.
Doctor Day 2014
In February 2014, the first-ever Doctor Day was held in Madison, marking a cooperative effort that brought together nearly 200 physicians representing a dozen physician organizations to jointly lobby the Wisconsin Legislature. Designed as partnership among specialty medical societies, the Wisconsin Medical Society and other physician organizations, the day exceeded organizers' expectations and demonstrated the impact physicians can have working together.