University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

UWMF Professional Business Expense Allowance

UWMF provides a business allowance to faculty physicians and NPP's to support clinical work. These expenses are grouped into three categories.

      UW Health Professional Funds

      1. Departmental Expenses to Support Clinical Work

      The expenses in this category will be covered by the department to support the clinical work of the employee.  They will not be prorated by FTE.

      • Board Certification(s): The department will cover fees for initial written/oral certification examination(s) and maintenance of certification fees.  If a faculty physician is maintaining more than one certification as required for their role, these fees will be covered under this guideline.
      • License Fees: State license fees will be covered, along with DEA license fees, as needed to perform the assigned work.
      • Hospital Staff Dues: Madison-area hospital staff dues and credentialing fees are covered.  Regional hospital dues and fees are covered by Regional Services.
      • Specialty-specific Safety Equipment: Departments may identify special safety equipment (e.g., lead shields) that are required to support the clinical work of the employees in the department.  Items in this category will be reviewed on a regular basis by the Professional Business Expense Workgroup.
      • Lab Coats and Cleaning Fees: The purchase of three lab coats every three years, along with cleaning expenses will be covered.
      • Other Support: The department will also support the cost of other expenses that support the professional work of the employee.  Items in this category (e.g., pagers, business cards, H-1B Visa expenses, etc.) will be determined by the department.

      2. Individual Business Allowance

      The expenses in this category are designed to support the professional development of the faculty and NPPs.  The standard allocation for physicians, prorated by start date, will be provided for all faculty with at least 0.2 FTE.  The individual professional allowance allocation for NPPs is identified in the UW Health Non-Physician Provider Professional Expense Allowance and Continuing Professional Education Policy.

      Included Expenses

      • Conferences (registration fees, travel expenses, meals)
      • Dues/memberships for medical organizations related to your specialty
      • Educational materials such as medical/professional books, journals, subscriptions
      • Personal medical equipment such as stethoscopes
      • Secondary computer equipment (e.g., laptop or tablet [subject to DOM policies on frequency, type, and ownership], standard accessories)
      • Travel expenses related to board certification/recertification
      • Podcasts related to clinical activity
      • Headsets (Ear buds are being reviewed and should not be submitted for reimbursement)
      • Repairs to laptop or ipad

      Excluded Expenses

      • Cell phones, cell phone accessories, cell phone plan costs
      • Furniture, including frames
      • Artwork
      • Stereo systems including a sound bar
      • Meals not associated with conferences/travel (may be reimbursable under Staff Relations expenses)
      • Non-medical magazine subscriptions
      • Office supplies
      • Personal clothing items such as scrubs, shoes, etc
      • Computer carrying bag

      Important Policy notes:

      A faculty member may not give their professional development funds to another employee to pay for parking spaces, airfare for conference attendance not funded by their department, etc., since this would be considered a gift to that employee and taxable. UW Health Policy 1.64

      3. Department Discretionary Academic Funds

      Beginning July 1, 2021, UW Health will provide additional funds to academic departments, the intended use is to support the academic mission of the department.

      To obtain approval to use these funds, please complete and submit the Academic Discretionary Funds Form.

      Examples of what these funds can be used for:

      • Publication fees when you are the first or senior author: Publications fees should be paid for by use of a UW purchasing card or a direct payment.  Do not use personal funds to pay for these items.
      • Presenting at meetings: travel reimbursement may be provided for faculty serving as a first/senior author or an oral or poster presentation at a scientific meeting, or when the faculty is giving an invited talk or is serving in an official role within the organization.
      • Professional development: attending an educational training/seminar. 

      For more detailed information please visit the Internal Funding Opportunities page.

      Professional Business Expense Guidelines

      Faculty Physicians

      Physician Individual Business Allowance rate for Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022) is $4,000.

      Allowable carry over into FY23 (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023) will be up to 50% of the annual allocation, (i.e. maximum is $4,000, up to $2,000 can be carried over for 1 year) Central Finance will coordinate with divisions to verify balances at fiscal year-end. The carry over amount reflected in your available balance at the beginning of each new fiscal year. 

      Non-Physician Providers (NPP)

      Individual Business Allowance rate for Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 - June 30,2022) is $2,000 per fiscal year, not pro-rated for FTE.

      Allowance of carryover from one fiscal year to the next is 50% of the annual allocation, (i.e. maximum is $2,000, up to $1,000 can be carried over for 1 year). Central Finance will coordinate with divisions to verify balances at fiscal year-end. The carry over amount reflected in your available balance at the beginning of each new fiscal year. 

      Additional Information

      Physician Professional Business Expense Guidelines

      Non-Physician Provider Professional Expense Allowance and Continuing Professional Education

      DOM Town Hall slides (PDF), Dr. Caponi's presentation 1/20/2021

      Travel Guidance

      UW Health is asking everyone in our organization – leaders, physicians, nurses and staff – to avoid work-related participation in large in-person events or conferences, regardless of COVID-19 protocols that may be in place. We should also avoid any work-related events that do not require proof of vaccination and mask wearing regardless of the number of attendees. 

      Be aware that travel guidelines issued by your department and UW Madison are also applicable to faculty members. Please review those guidelines prior to booking any travel. For questions and concerns, please talk with your next level of leadership (manager, supervisor or chair). 

      Updated Travel Guidelines 

      • If you are booking travel to be paid for using professional funds you must use the UW Health booking system. Therefore, at the time of each booking, physicians will need to confirm the funding source for their travel. For more details please visit our travel page: Travel Planning and Policies
      • For Non-Physician Providers travel must be booked per UW Health (Legacy UWMF) policy.

      Expense Types with Special Instructions

      • Technology purchases - In order to be considered an allowable business expense all technology MUST be purchased and supported by DOM IT Services. Any Information technology equipment purchased via this policy must be returned to the department upon departure of any individual. (This includes, but is not limited to: ipads, laptops, desktops, etc.)
      • DEA License renewals - The DEA grants fee exemptions to employees of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This includes physicians who have a dual appointment with UW Medical Foundation. This is because UW-Madison employed physicians and other practitioners are State of Wisconsin employees for purposes of their clinical, teaching and research activities. Individuals who are 100% employees of UW Medical Foundation (e.g., UWMF NPs and PAs) are NOT fee exempt.

        For further information, please visit the Office of Legal Affairs website, or speak with the attorney on call at 263-7400.

      • Relocation - All Dept of Medicine Relocation Stipend approvals and processing are handled by Maggie Miller. Please see our Relocation page for more details, or contact Maggie with further questions.


      If you have any questions or comments, please contact Mickie Dickrell, (608) 265-2120,