WMS ADVOCACY AGENDA
The Wyoming Medical Society pursues representation, funding and legislation to support the following industry priorities, as identified by its physician-members.
Access to Care for Wyoming Patients:
The shortage of doctors is of highest concern for WMS. We support a broad package of legislation, each of which plays an important part in the effort to maintain and enhance our rural healthcare system.
Medical Liability Reform:
WMS is a strong advocate for measures that will make our system more fair, predictable and timely for all involved, and ensure that patients can get the care they need in their local communities. Reasonable legal reforms supported by WMS include:
- Unlimited compensation for economic damages
- Limits on non-economic damage compensation
- Strong medical review panel
- Expert witness qualifications
- State funding support for liability premiums
- Special health courts
Future Wyoming Physicians:
WMS strongly supports funding to maintain and expand the WWAMI medical education and UW Family Practice Residency programs. Both of these programs provide excellent opportunities to “grow our own” physicians and market the state to future physicians looking for a place to build their homes and practices.
WMS believes that period funding increases for physician Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement are imperative to ensure