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The Wisconsin Surgical Society welcomes you to our web site. Please take your time and peruse the site. It is designed for our members to partake in interesting discussions, share exciting news, keep abreast of developing legislation, and promote better overall networking amongst colleagues in similar fields.



In the News

Our thanks to John Hedstrom, JD, who presented Partners in Advocacy: The ACS Washington Office and ACS Fellows. John is the Deputy Director, Division of Advocacy and Health Policy for the American College of Surgeons. He has provided his Power Point presentation for those who are interested.

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President's Message

Happy Holidays!

The November conference was a tremendous success. The new two-day format provided more time for member sessions and important interaction and discussion among colleagues.

Our thanks to John Hedstrom, JD, who presented Partners in Advocacy: The ACS Washington Office and ACS Fellows. John is the Deputy Director, Division of Advocacy and Health Policy for the American College of Surgeons. He has provided his Power Point presentation for those who are interested.

The posting is here on the website. Look for the "In the News" tab about the middle of the home page and then click to download the presentation.

For those of you looking ahead, here are the dates for future conferences. All of the conferences are scheduled to be held at The American Club in Kohler, WI.

November 14-15, 2014
November 13-14, 2015
November 11-12, 2016
November 10-11, 2017

Additionally, I'd like to welcome the following new members to the association. They were voted into full membership at the annual meeting.

Suresh Agarwal, Madison
Marshall Beckman, Milwaukee
Guilherme Campos, Madison
David Paul Foley, Middleton
Matthew Guzzo, La Crosse
John Haeberlin, West Bend
Jeremy Juern, Milwaukee
Nicholas Kitowski, Black River Falls
Charles Leys, Madison
David Milia, Milwaukee
Todd A. Neideen, Milwaukee
Heather Neuman, Madison
Jasmeet Paul, Milwaukee
Kelli Kreul Pettit, Waukesha
Carla Marie Pugh, Madison
Anna Seydel, Marshfield
John George Touzios, Waukesha
Nathaniel Uecker, Onalaska
Alexander Wade, Viroqua
Victor Weiss, Middleton
Jessica Wernberg, Marshfield
Emily R. Winslow, Madison

And speaking of members, you will find the dues renewal form to the right on this page. I ask you to download it and to renew your membership as soon as possible. We have one of the strongest and active ACS Chapters. I thank you for being part of our success and ask you continue to support the good work we do!

In closing, I hope your Holidays are filled with good times, good friends and good memories.

Sincerely,


Shanu Kothari, MD, FACS
President
Department of Surgery
Gundersen Health System



Dr. Shanu Kothari, President of The Wisconsin Surgical Society, shares this important correspondence from the Anerican College of Surgeons regarding an Important Update on Medicare Physician Payment Legislation:

Dear Dr. Kothari,

On February 6, Congress reached a bipartisan, bicameral deal for the repeal of Medicare's sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and to fix the Medicare physician payment system. The SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 is the product of a yearlong collaborative effort between Congress and key stakeholders, including the American College of Surgeons (ACS). ACS issued a letter in strong support of the legislation and will push for its immediate passage.

The ACS played an instrumental role in the makeup of the final bill by taking strong stances in opposition to bad policy and intensely lobbying for changes to the legislation. We should all take heart in the fact that Congress took our concerns seriously and made appropriate changes. Some of the highlights of our advocacy efforts include:
  • the inclusion of an annual positive update from 2014-2018 when the alternative offered was a 10-year freeze;
  • the removal of a proposed tiered/tournament model of redistributing payments by a competition in which positive bonus payments to higher-performing physicians would have to be equally offset by cuts to lower-performing physicians. In its place is an incentive-based program based on physicians achieving a threshold, or benchmark, allowing positive incentives to be attainable by all providers;
  • the removal of a provision (and its accompanying 10% penalty for non-compliance) that directly targeted surgical service codes under the perception that the global payment for surgical procedures is overvalued and pays surgeons too much;
  • the inclusion of appropriate pathways for surgeons to develop, test and participate in alternative payment models (APM), such as the Clinical Affinity Groups (CAGs) proposed in our Value-Based Update (VBU) proposal, and take advantage of the positive, incentive-based program.
The significant changes addressed those issues most concerning to the ACS and provided more stability for surgeons and the surgical patient. No legislation is perfect, but our future advocacy efforts will be from a position of strength and not from one of financial weakness.

Our work is not yet done; there will be significant opposition regarding how to pay for this legislation. We will need your help in the near future to get this done before the 23.7% cut goes into effect on April 1, 2014. If we succeed, we will be able to remove SGR from our vernacular and concentrate on providing quality care to our patients.

The ACS is committing its resources to repeal the SGR and pass the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014.

Thank you,

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS
President, ACS

Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS
Chair, ACS Board of Regents

Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS

Fall Conference - November 2013. The final conference agenda is available.

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Officers
President:
Shanu Kothari, MD, FACS
President Elect:
Michael Garren, MD, FACS
Secretary/Treasurer:
David Schultz, MD, FACS
Past President:
Dean E. Klinger, MD, FACS

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