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  • July 07, 2020 11:36 AM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Health News

    The Department of Health Services is asking organizations to apply to pilot a new addiction treatment model of care for Medicaid members, according to a Monday statement. 

    The organizations will pilot a hub-and-spoke model of care. 

    Under the model, the organization will serve as a “hub,” offering more intensive substance use disorder treatment. They’ll then work with a network of “spokes,” which will provide less intensive care and other services.

    “Piloting the hub-and-spoke model is the next step in integrating quality healthcare for individuals with a substance use disorder,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. 

    The state’s current budget directs the agency to pursue the model, which was recommended by former Gov. Scott Walker’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse.

    The task force was co-chaired by Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, and former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. 

    The deadline to apply is Aug. 24. DHS will fund up to three pilots. The agency will announce the successful sites in October.
  • July 06, 2020 11:50 AM | Anonymous

    50% OFF MEMBERSHIP

    2020 is half over, but you are still able to take advantage of an ASAM membership today! Membership is half price of the normal dues rate of each category. All members that join will still receive full member benefits.

    Current ASAM members are not eligible for the 50% offer, only new or re-instated members.

    As you are talking to your colleagues, let them know of the great benefits WISAM is able to offer, and the stellar work we are doing in treating addiction during this COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the ASAM Resources page at www.asam.org/Quality-Science/covid-19-coronavirus.

    Join by going to www.asam.org/join and using code 2020MIDYR at check-out or contact us with any questions WISAM@Badgerbay.co.

  • July 03, 2020 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    It is time to recognize your colleagues for their notable contributions in the addiction medicine field!

    The Nominations & Awards Council is seeking nominations for the following 2021 awards: John P. McGovern Award on Addiction & Society, ASAM Annual, Public Policy, Media and the ASAM Training Directors Award.

    Award recipients will be honored at the 52nd Annual Conference to be held in Dallas Texas, April 22nd – April 25, 2021. For more information on how to nominate an individual, or yourself, please click here.

    The Nominations & Awards Council is dedicated to ASAM’s goal of increasing diversity and inclusion within our Society. As part of this effort, we highly encourage nominations for individuals from historically underrepresented groups in the addiction medicine field.

    Submission Deadline:  August 7, 2020

    If you would like additional information, please contact Valerie Evans at vevans@asam.org

  • June 18, 2020 6:02 PM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Medical Society | Medigram

    Yesterday, the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund (Fund) approved waiving the upcoming fiscal year’s premiums for physicians, CRNAs and hospitals enrolled in the fund.

    The Society has been working hard to find ways to assist its membership during these unprecedented times and approached the Fund with the idea of a premium holiday to provide some financial relief. "COVID-19 has posed unprecedented health and economic challenges to our state, and the health care industry is no exception," said  Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA, a Fund Board member and the CEO of the Wisconsin Medical Society. "The premium holiday approved yesterday by the board will provide some financial relief to many of the Wisconsin medical professionals and providers who have been affected by the pandemic and who face ongoing challenges."

    Full-time physicians will save between $382 and $2,521, depending on their specialty, with Residents saving $229 and part-time or retired physicians saving $95. The premium holiday will be in effect from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Additional details can be found in the Society's update or the Fund’s press release.  

  • June 10, 2020 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Health News

    The percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 who are hospitalized continues to fall, a positive sign for the state’s fight against the pandemic, according to Medical College of Wisconsin CEO Dr. John Raymond. 

    As of Tuesday, the number of total hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the state was 2,904, an increase of 44 from Tuesday. The number of total positive tests was 21,308, an increase of 270 from Tuesday. 

    That put the total percentage of patients testing positive for the disease that were or are hospitalized at 13.6 percent, unchanged from Monday. 

    That’s an improvement from the beginning of the pandemic when the percentage was around 30 percent, Raymond said during a Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce webinar.

    “I think that’s good news, probably emblematic that as our testing has grown, we’ve been able to diagnose people earlier in their illnesses and maybe even some asymptomatic individuals,” Raymond said. “I also believe that we know a whole lot more about how to give high quality supportive care to patients with COVID-19 and to triage them appropriately into the hospital, to home or into intensive care settings.” 

    Raymond said there’s adequate capacity at Wisconsin hospitals, and the number of those in inpatient settings or intensive care units is stable. He said most hospitals have been able to resume “some semblance of normal activity” with stable personal protective equipment supplies. 

    The most critical needs are goggles and gowns. N95 masks may also become a problem in southeast Wisconsin, he said. 

    There were 347,210 total negative test results reported on Tuesday, an increase of 13,957 from Monday. Total deaths were 661, an increase of 15 from Monday, according to the Department of Health Services. 


  • June 08, 2020 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    ASAM offers a Clinical Practice Guideline on Alcohol Withdrawal Management

    Intended to aid clinicians in their clinical decision making and management of patients experiencing alcohol withdrawal syndrome. 

    Visit the ASAM website for more information here!

  • June 05, 2020 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Medical Society | Medigram

    "I can’t breathe.” These were the harrowing last words of an American, George Floyd, spoken as a system deprived him of life. The systemic racist structure failed the promise of life to this American. Racism is a constant threat to health, medical care and longevity in America. The Wisconsin Medical Society, driven by our mission of health to Wisconsinites, declares racism to be a Public Health Crisis and calls for equity in health.

    Racism threatens health. Racism worsens the social determinants of health, including housing, employment, education, community and neighborhood, food and medical care. Poor housing, including homelessness, results in illnesses such as diabetes and asthma. Unemployment increases heart disease risks and overall mortality; poor education increases death from diabetes; physical space loss for exercise increases childhood obesity; and food deserts significantly increase African-American obesity. The greatest health threat faced today in COVID 19 has further revealed these profound disparities demonstrated by the disproportionate mortality in communities of color.

    The human toll is destructive and untenable. To move forward, we must take a stand against racism. In doing so, we stand in solidarity with organizations across the state and our country condemning racism, injustice, and health disparities.

    With the AMA, we know racism is detrimental to health in all its forms.

    With ACOG, we acknowledge that people of color face threats to their health and well-being daily across Wisconsin and the United States.

    With AAMC, we have seen that over the past three months, “the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the racial health inequities harming our black communities, exposing the structures, systems, and policies that create social and economic conditions that lead to health disparities, poor health outcomes, and lower life expectancy.”

    With APA, we stand “with the Black community and all those opposed to racism to protect and improve the lives of those who have experienced discrimination and the associated trauma.”

    With the ANA, the AAFP, and other health care organizations, we consider racism a Public Health Crisis.

    Black lives matter. To remain silent is to be complicit.

    The Wisconsin Medical Society refuses to be complicit or indifferent on this issue. Daily, physicians see the tragedy of lost health from systemic racism in our community. We proclaim the “thoughts and prayers” approach to racism to be complicit with systemic racism. The Rabbi Abraham Joshua Hershel clarified the act of complicity well when he said, “The opposite of good is not evil, the opposite of good is indifference.”

    Change requires action. As such, we are in solidarity with AAMC, and join them in the key actions outlined below:

    • We must acknowledge and speak out against all forms of racism, discrimination, and bias in our environments in our institutions, communities, and society.
    • We must stand in solidarity with the black community and speak out against unjust and inhumane incidents of violence.
    • We must demonstrate empathy and compassion and acknowledge the pain and grief that the families and the communities of these victims are experiencing.
    • We must take the lead in educating ourselves and others to address these issues head on.
    • We must be deliberate and partner with local communities, public health agencies, and municipal governments to dismantle structural racism and end police brutality.
    • We must employ anti-racist and unconscious bias training and engage in interracial dialogues that will dispel the misrepresentations that dehumanize our black community members and other marginalized groups.
    • We must move from rhetoric to action to eliminate the inequities in our care, research, and education of tomorrow’s doctors.

    As the voice of physicians in the state of Wisconsin, we resolve to make health equity a priority. The Wisconsin Medical Society stands with all Wisconsinites for healing and for the elimination of racism in all its forms.

    For a full PDF of this statement, click here.

  • June 03, 2020 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    Wisconsin Health News

    Northern Wisconsin opioid and methamphetamine treatment programs funded by the state served 939 people last year, according to an annual report recently submitted to the Legislature. 

    Last year was the fifth year of operation for programs located at HSHS St. Vincent’s Hospital and Libertas Treatment Center, Family Health Center of Marshfield and NorthLakes Community Clinic. They were in their second year for methamphetamine treatment. 

    Family Health Center of Marshfield also runs a program in Ladysmith and NorthLakes Community Clinic has partnered on a program with Lake Superior Community Health Center. Both of those programs were in their second year of operation.

    The total grant funding was $2.3 million for the initiative.

    The report includes additional data on the number of people served by the programs, their improvement in quality of life and demographics.  
  • May 16, 2020 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    The Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Wisconsin Hospital Association have partnered to spread the message that hospital emergency rooms and urgent care clinics remain safe, clean and ready to help give patients the care they need. We believe it is important to remind the public that hospitals are hard-wired to provide a safe environment and prevent infection spread.  Along with a press release, two versions of an audio Public Service Announcement have been distributed:

    Visit their website here: https://www.wisconsinacep.org/ 

  • May 15, 2020 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    ForwardHealth has published Alert 019, titled "Opioid Treatment Programs Submitting Claims for Phone Calls Under the Five-Minute Threshold," to the COVID-19: ForwardHealth Provider News and Resources Portal page.

    ForwardHealth Alerts are short, targeted publications designed to disseminate the latest COVID-19 information to providers quickly. They may contain news, policy, or resources deemed critical or helpful for providers. Providers will receive messaging letting them know when Alerts have been published that may impact them, and all Alerts relating to COVID-19 will be linked from this page. Register today on their website to receive the alerts. 

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