Legislative Policy Agenda
2017-18 WAFP Legislative Policy Agenda
- Improve the Delivery of Patient Care
- Preserve the strength of the physician-patient relationship and prevent changes to current state law that would interfere in that all-important relationship.
- Maintain the integrity of Wisconsin's physician scope of practice laws and prevent the expansion of non-physician scope of practice laws at the expense of patient health and safety.
- Preserve the current structure of Wisconsin's successful workers' compensation program and prevent the implementation of artificial price controls on health care services provided under the program.
- Support legislation and policies to improve care and increase access to services for Wisconsin residents with mental health needs.
- Promote legislation and policy decisions that take advantage of the benefits and cost-savings of the Patient Centered Medical Home model.
- Support policies that continue to provide critical, yet cost-effective health care benefits to the state's most vulnerable citizens.
- Strengthen the Physician Workforce
- Support the Rural Physician Educator Grant Program, which incentivizes and encourages practicing physicians to volunteer as preceptors in rural and underserved areas. These physicians will provide invaluable, one-on-one mentorship to medical students in local communities, ensuring the education of future medical providers.
- Increase state funding for primary care medicine and family practice residency programs, especially in medically underserved areas.
- Support legislative and policies efforts to encourage more primary care physicians to practice in Wisconsin.
- Improve the Medical Liability Climate
- Preserve Wisconsin's current medical liability climate and support legislation to further improve the environment - which would benefit both patients and the physician workforce.