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  • 06/05/2019 4:08 PM | Deleted user

    Dear WSP members,

    The following alert was recently forwarded by CAP regarding out of network billing legislation.  This is a critical time period and our field needs all pathologists to participate in grass roots efforts to inform our congressional representatives about our concerns. Please take a few minutes to read the alert below and follow the link to CAP's PathNET action center to email your congressional representative. From this link, CAP members should be able to enter their email and zip code that will generate a pre-populated letter that can be customized if desired and subsequently forwarded to your congressional representatives.

    WSP has also partnered directly with CAP drafting a written response to congress about our concerns.  In addition, Wisconsin Medical Society is working on the issue on behalf of Wisconsin hospital based physicians, including pathologists.

    Thank you for your time. Please forward any questions or concerns.

    From CAP:

    You may have seen Congress is quickly advancing surprise medical billing legislative proposals at an alarming rate without properly vetting the potential consequences it could have on your ability to treat patients. Below is a quick recap:

    • There were several bills and drafts introduced to address surprise billing in both the House and Senate that the CAP has significant concerns with. These legislative proposals include the use of an out-of-network payment methodology exclusively tied to median in-network-rates which is unnaceptable to the CAP. It allows health plans to unilaterally determine the value of physician services and will turn the physician component of hospital care over to their financial control. That is a solution that will only benefit the health insurance industry to the detriment of the health care delivery system, and as such, is opposed by the CAP. The CAP cannot support any proposal that supports that provision.
    • Physician members of Congress, led by Reps. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Phil Roe (R-TN), released an outline for legislation that is a positive step in the right direction. As we’re encouraged by the direction of the outline by Reps. Ruiz and Roe, we need you to support them by using the buttons below to contact your member of Congress.

    The solutions as proposed by Dr. Ruiz and Dr. Roe would take necessary steps to accomplish our goals of holding patients financially harmless from surprise medical bills while creating a fair reimbursement system that keeps patients out of the middle of billing disputes. In particular, the CAP is pleased to see inclusion of a baseball-style arbitration process that allows consideration for a range of factors, including the usual and customary rate that reflects the market value of physician services. 

    While we are still hopeful that any final proposal will include network adequacy provisions, this is a far better starting point than other proposals we have seen.

    Make your voice heard on this important issue that may permanently affect your payment and potentially limit patient access to your services. We look forward to advocating for the Ruiz-Roe proposal to be adopted in place of legislation adverse to pathologists. 

    To contact your legislatures, click on the following link:

  • 05/14/2019 10:30 AM | Deleted user

    WSP member Kristina Matkowskyj, MD, PhD recently presented on a video series from UW-Madison called Carbone Classroom. This series features UW-Madison faculty presenting on a variety of cancer topics to try to educate their patients. Dr. Matkowskyj's presentation focuses on how Pathologists diagnose cancer. Make sure to check out the video linked below! 

    Carbon Classroom: How Pathologists Identify Cancer

  • 05/02/2019 3:55 PM | Deleted user

    Doctor Day provides a unique opportunity for physicians to come together to advocate on behalf of patients and the medical profession. It features a wide range of hosts representing state medical and specialty societies, county society, health care organizations and strategic partners.

    Doctor Day was held May 1, 2019 at the Monona Terrace with over 350 physicians. Event attendees started their day listening to issue updates by Governor Tony Evers, DHS Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm and Attorney Guy DuBeau. These issues focused on vaccines and the “personal conviction” exception for vaccinating children. The speakers also presented on Medicaid access and focused on ensuring more access to important Medicaid services by addressing historically low physician reimbursement rates, especially in psychiatry, emergency medicine and family practice.

    Pictured below is WSP's very own secretary, Dr. Shelly Cook and member Dr. Rashmi Agni visiting the legislators at the capitol. If you would like more information about Doctor Day, please email the WSP office at

  • 04/29/2019 10:19 AM | Deleted user
    Congratulations to Kimberly Johnson, MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin for winning the Resident Case Presentation competition at this year's Annual Conference! Four pathology residents presented a case and were judged on the clarity of presentation, significance, and relevance to practice. All four  did a great job and we would like to thank them for their hard work and participation!

  • 07/16/2018 9:18 AM | Deleted user

    July 12, Wisconsin Health News

    Workers’ compensation premiums for businesses are set to decline by 6.03 percent this October, according to a statement from the Department of Workforce Development.

    That could result in an estimated $134 million in annual savings for businesses, the Tuesday statement noted. It’s the third year that workers’ compensation rates have declined, following an 8.46 percent decrease last year and a 3.19 percent decline in 2016.

    “A safe workplace results in a more productive and profitable one for employers,” Ted Nickel, insurance commissioner, said in a statement. "Employers are recognizing the relation between their employees' safety and the savings that ensue as premiums continue to decline."

    Mark Grapentine, senior vice president of government relations for the Wisconsin Medical Society, said the report shows that “good news keeps coming” for the state’s workers’ compensation program.

    “We’re already a national model, with faster return to work, fantastic patient satisfaction and ready access to the highest-quality healthcare in the nation – all at a cost per claim that is below the national average,” he wrote in an email. “Another significant insurance rate reduction is just more evidence that Wisconsin’s system is win-win for both businesses and their employees.”

    Grapentine added that there’s room for improvement, pointing to a need for the state’s on-the-job injury rate drop below the national average. He added that healthcare providers are “always striving to find better ways to improve care.”

    Chris Reader, director of health and human resources policy, also lauded the announcement. He said the reduction follows a national trend as employers and workers have invested in and focused on safety. But he noted that costs for medical treatment for workplace injuries are on the rise.

    “Had Wisconsin enacted a medical fee schedule like almost every other state, medical costs also would have been kept in check and the insurance reduction today would have been even greater," he wrote in an email.

    Reader also argued that the rate reduction doesn’t mean much to fully-insured employers who don’t pay insurance costs and are left footing “incredibly high medical bills.”

    Proposals to establish a fee schedule haven't gained traction with lawmakers.

  • 05/29/2018 9:04 AM | Deleted user

    Physicians who were previously ineligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program may now qualify under a temporary opportunity announced yesterday by Federal Student Aid. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 has made possible limited funding on a first-come, first-serve basis for loan forgiveness of some or all payments of Federal Direct loans.

    To find out if you are eligible, to learn more about the program or to apply, visit Borrowers with questions also may contact FedLoan Servicing at 855.265.4038 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday.

  • 02/08/2018 9:57 AM | Deleted user

    Doctor Day Board and Members at the 2018 Doctor Day event held on January 30, 2018 in Madison, WI. 

  • 01/12/2018 8:50 AM | Deleted user

    News Medical

    To help ensure that patients with these cancers are accurately diagnosed and effectively treated, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) released its newest evidence-based practice guideline, "Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Testing in Head and Neck Carcinomas." The guideline comes at a much-needed time. HPV-positive head and neck cancer is on the rise in the U.S., with the greatest increase among middle-aged Caucasian men.

  • 12/05/2017 3:10 PM | Deleted user

    Click here to view the 2017 WSP Annual Conference photo gallery!

  • 11/27/2017 3:49 PM | Deleted user

    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.

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