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  • July 21, 2021 8:22 AM | Anonymous

    Research Forum - Special Edition: COVID
    August 2 - August 6, 2021

    Join ACEP for its FREE inaugural Special Edition Research Forum highlighting COVID research. You'll hear from experts in the field, get the latest on research related to clinical-care, hear from a physician with Long COVID and so much more, including abstract presentations you know and love. Also featured will be an on-demand Virtual Poster Hall.

    A special Theater of War event will also be held in conjunction with the Special Edition Research Forum.

    Learn more and Register!

  • July 15, 2021 8:41 AM | Anonymous

    WACEP Meet-up at ACEP21 | October 26, 2021
    Meet-up with WI Emergency Physicians in Boston!

    Harpoon Brewery
    306 Northern Ave | Boston, MA


    Join your Wisconsin colleagues for beer and pretzels at this annual WACEP reception during ACEP's Annual Meeting.

    This year's event will take place at Harpoon Brewery, less than a mile from the Boston Convention Center. The event is complimentary, but please RSVP if you plan to attend.

  • July 15, 2021 8:40 AM | Anonymous

    WACEP President's Message, July 2021
    Bradley Burmeister, MD, FACEP

    Dear Members!

    The big news this month is that the Wisconsin legislature has completed its work on the state budget and the Governor signed it. What this means is a roughly a $4.4 million permanent increase annually for emergency physicians and other providers. At WACEP we are ecstatic about this increase as it is the first increase in well over 10 years and the first sizeable increase in decades. 

    Having ranked 50th in the country for reimbursement for Emergency care by the Medicaid program this is a giant step forward. From here, Wisconsin DHS will work to implement the budget with increase probably starting January 2022.

    This success would not have happened without YOU, the members of WACEP. There is no other organization in Wisconsin advocating for Emergency physicians. Without grassroot efforts from members across the state, the work of our board and legislative committee, and our advocacy consultants at HWZ this would not have happened. Hopefully this helps you rationalize your membership as this effort alone should cover a significant portion of your dues for years to come.

    Again thanks for your membership! We need you, our members, to continue to have success with these initiatives.


  • July 12, 2021 2:53 PM | Anonymous

    Pandemics and Behavioral Health: What we learned and what we need to know for next time
    Hosted by American College of Emergency Physicians
    7/15/2021 at 2pm CDT
    CME 1 Hours Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Register here

    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of populations and mental health systems has been profound and will likely endure after the pandemic. In order to address the increased need for mental health services during and after the pandemic, it's important to carry lessons learned into the future. Join Dr. Tony Thrasher, current President of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and Dr. Mike Wilson, Chair-elect of the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies on July 15th for a discussion synthesizing what you've seen in all the headlines. This webinar will provide specific insight into how COVID has impacted behavioral health. The webinar will present the mental health situation during the pandemic, as well as its implications for the future, and offer recommendations for improving mental health responses to pandemics.

  • July 12, 2021 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    Concerned about your finances? Has COVID upended your plans? Dr. James Dahle, The White Coat Investor, has tips for emergency physicians in ALL stages of your career during this July 13 webinar.  Free for members, $49 for non-members.

    Sign up today & ask YOUR specific questions!

  • June 18, 2021 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    Greg Hubbard and AJ Wilson of Hubbard, Wilson & Zelenkova
    June 17, 2021

    It has been a busy few months in the State Capitol. The legislature has continued to meet regularly and the Joint Finance Committee wrapped up deliberations on the biennial state budget on June 18. The document now will head to the full legislature for approval and then to the Governor’s desk where he will use his powerful partial veto authority to make numerous changes but, more likely than not, sign the document into law.

    Below is a status summary on budget efforts as well as recently circulated legislation of concern to WACEP.

    We are pleased to report that per the Governor’s recommendation, the Joint Finance Committee adopted an increase to Emergency Physician MA reimbursement rates. The increase, beginning on January 1, 2022 will increase reimbursement by $4.4 million annually, which is the first of its kind in nearly 30 years. Thanks to all of you who contacted your legislators to assist in advocacy efforts. MA increase was the top priority for WACEP this budget cycle.

    Also on WACEP’s behalf, a great deal of work went into goals of the Emergency Psych Taskforce. The Joint Finance Committee approved funding for regional crisis service grants, a concept supported by the Taskforce. There is much more to be done on this front but willingness to address the shortfalls in the current system is improving.

    Finally, the Governor’s proposed budget originally included an out-of-network “surprise billing” prohibition. This proposal was substantially similar to the compromise “No Surprises Act” passed by Congress late last year but would have left more room for state customization. The proposal however was removed from the budget as non-fiscal policy and the State will instead focus on implementing the “No Surprises Act” this summer until its effective date of January 1, 2022.

    HWZ is presently monitoring two proposals of concerns.

    • SB 394/AB 396 authored by Senator Testin, Rep. Cabral Guerra, and Rep. Magnafici is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse designation/licensure and scope expansion bill that was recently introduced. SB 394/AB396 is similar to a bill introduced last session but goes further in terms of scope. The bill proposes to designate and license nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists as APRN. It proposes to eliminate requirements for these APRNs to collaborate with physicians; codifies in state statute, the ability for an APRN to assess, diagnose and treat patients, including prescribing most drugs independently from a physician; mandates that the state "opt out" of federal certified registered nurse anesthetist supervision requirements; and eliminates current law requiring certified nurse midwives to have a collaborative arrangement with a physician who has experience with obstetrics.
    • AB 407 authored by Senator Darling and Rep. Zimmerman removes the exemption under current law that allows physicians to prescribe opioids without checking the ePDMP. As a result, providers will need to consult the ePDMP even when prescribing opioids in quantities of three days or less. The WMS Council on Legislation voted to oppose the bill.

  • June 18, 2021 9:54 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you for being a valued member of the WACEP. It is important to the WACEP Leadership to collect feedback from our members to evaluate and improve WACEP membership and continue to offer benefits to our members.

    Please take 2-3 minutes to provide feedback in the Annual Membership Survey.

    Your feedback is important!


  • June 18, 2021 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    Happy Summer Everyone! Up here in NE Wisconsin at least we could use a rain dance!

    We are having an exciting summer at WACEP. We had our first in person board meeting in over a year and met at Lambeau Field — home of America’s Favorite football team. We had a great day and have a lot of ongoing advocacy work on behalf of you.

    Our most exciting news is that the Joint Finance Committee met on Tuesday and decided to include in their budget a raise for emergency services. This is our first MA rate increase in nearly 30 years (the last increase was a 1% increase). Though the final numbers are not yet complete this should be a significant, double digit increase accounting for at least $4m dollars per year from Medicaid to Emergency department professional fees. We anticipate the provision will be approved when the full legislature takes up the bill. Considering the Governor proposed the rate increase in his executive budget proposal, we expect a favorable result when it arrives at his desk. In the event that the Governor vetoes the entire legislative budget for other reasons, we will continue our advocacy armed with bipartisan support.

    As always our team continues to work on many other issues: psychiatric care, violation of the prudent layperson standard by denying claims for emergency care, balanced billing issues, and many more items.

    Thanks for being a member! Please know our next meeting is Tuesday, September 14th. Board meetings are open to anyone who may like to join. Also please save the date for the 2022 Spring Symposium, April 21-22, 2022 in Milwaukee, WI.

    As always, if you have any issues you would like us to take a look at please reach out!


  • May 11, 2021 12:47 PM | Deleted user

    Bradley Burmeister, MD, FACEP

    Happy May!

    Advocacy for Medicaid reimbursement for Emergency services continues to be our hot button issue. We held “Doctor Day” virtually last week, which brought together over 300 physicians across the state. We had three issues to discuss:

    • Telehealth
    • Medicaid coverage for women 12-months post-partum instead of just 60 days
    • Medicaid reimbursement with a specific ask for legislatures to support reimbursement increases for Emergency physicians.

     We've received favorable feedback from multiple meetings and continue to be optimistic that we will see this $15.66 million increase per biennium to support emergency practices.

    WACEP has been working on this issue for years and we are excited to see this progress. As you likely know, this provision has been included in the Governor’s budget. We are awaiting to see what the Joint Finance Committee from the legislature will do as they reconcile the Governor’s budget and create their own.

    We have individually met with multiple key leaders to discuss the issue and, if you haven’t already, we encourage you to reach out to your own legislators as now is the time to provide your input to your local legislators.  Here's how:

    • Visit and under “Who Are My Legislators” enter your home address.
    • Your legislators will pop up complete with phone number and email address.
    • Call and/or email your legislators to convey this message.

    Also, check out this interview Wisconsin Health News conducted with our WACEP Legislative Chair Dr. Lisa Maurer. 

    Moving forward I have some important dates to remind you of:

    • June Board Meeting, Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in Green Bay. Board meetings are open to all members so if you want to join us let us know!
    • ACEP's Leadership & Advocacy Conference (LAC), July 25-27, 2021 in Washington DC.  Let us know if you want to attend or need more info.
    • WACEP Fall Rural Outreach Program, date and location TBD, watch for updates! 
    • ACEP 2021, October 25-28, 2021 in Boston, MA. Watch for info on the WACEP meet-up!

    As always, if you have any issues you would like us to take a look at please reach out!


  • May 11, 2021 12:02 PM | Deleted user

    Sally Winkelman, Outgoing Executive Director

    June will bring some changes to WACEP staff as the organization welcomes Maggie Gruennert, CMP as the Chapter’s new Executive Director. Maggie has worked in association management for over six years including work with medical specialty societies and has expertise in regional and community outreach and event management. Maggie graduated from UW-Stevens Point with BS in Communications and Public Relations, is certified in meeting and event planning, and holds her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.  In her free time, Maggie enjoys baking, sewing and spending time with her husband Kenny, daughter Peyton (3), son Ryder (18 months), and their yellow lab Henley. 

    As we transition, I’d like to offer my thanks for the opportunity and privilege to work alongside some of the most amazing volunteer leaders and members that I’ve come across in my 25 years in association management. Emergency physicians clearly have a unique energy and passion. You truly want to make a difference, and you ARE making a difference. One only needs to look at this past year to see the level of engagement, support for one another, and dedication to your profession that allows you to make a profound difference in the lives of so many. I look forward to following along in the years to come to see the continued progress of WACEP and emergency medicine.