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2013 Archive

Delivered each Thursday, Medigram is the Wisconsin Medical Society’s electronic newsletter with timely news, upcoming events, answers to frequently asked questions and all the information you need to know to make your practice run more efficiently.

Click on the dates below to access articles in that issue.

December 19, 2013

  • Fees decrease for Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund
  • Register today for Doctor Day
  • Society welcomes Berwick to forum
  • Medicaid delay bill sent to Governor Walker
  • Meaningful Use Stage 2 target date postponed
  • Complimentary webinar focuses on ACA Marketplace
  • WMJ report: Facebook may be opportunity for targeted alcohol-prevention ads
  • Nominees for Society offices due Jan. 3
  • ICD-10 Summit registration open

Medigram Alert:

  • Bill clarifying informed consent signed into law
    (published December 13, 2013)

December 12, 2013

  • SGR repeal moves forward, cost estimate lowered
  • WISMedPAC Board nominations sought
  • MEB moves ahead on changes to licensing requirements
  • Medicaid now covers same-day problem, prevent visits
  • Council on Legislation call is Dec. 20
  • Society council gets update on Medicaid, health insurance marketplace from DHS
  • DHS processing Medicaid pay increases
  • New physician certification requirement for CAH admissions
  • Cancer incidence, mortality rates in state drop
  • Flu vaccination toolkit on Society website
  • Foundation seeks to double WPS donation

December 5, 2013

  • State Assembly approves delay to BadgerCare/HIRSP transition
  • RVUs addressed in Physician Fee Schedule
  • Majority of House seek SGR repeal
  • Worker’s comp fee schedule proposed
  • Society files amicus brief in federal false claims case
  • What happens at the holiday party doesn’t always stay at the holiday party
  • DHS manager to address Medicaid with Society Council next week
  • Opioids, immunizations and obesity top December 12 Council agenda
  • Medicare incarcerated beneficiary claims issue to be resolved soon
  • Physician Citizen of the Year nominations due December 13

November 21, 2013

  • Physicians, students participate in AMA meeting, visit lawmakers
  • Register today for Doctor Day at the Capitol
  • Baldwin’s Medicare data bill follows Society’s DC meetings
  • MEB addresses licensing, code changes
  • Attest by Dec. 31 for Medicaid pay hike
  • Pay adjustments based on EHR program start date
  • Mazza tells Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation history

November 14, 2013

  • Gov. Walker delays Medicaid transition, calls special session
  • Worker’s comp fee schedule proposal expected
  • Raw milk, flu vaccine bills highlight the week’s legislative actions
  • Society submits comments on SGR repeal
  • ACA update: Paper applications sent to BadgerCare beneficiaries
  • Council on Ethics meets November 22
  • Nominating Committee seeks nominees
  • Study addresses physician job satisfaction
  • CPT changes to be discussed next week

November 7, 2013

  • Bill clarifying informed consent law heads to Gov. Walker
  • U.S. Reps. Duffy, Kind join physicians at health forum
  • Society’s Annual Meeting is April 5-6
  • Deadline for submitting resolutions for House of Delegates
    is February 3
  • Undergrad experiences benefit students considering medical school, journal report says
  • 31 hospitals in Wisconsin named to Top Performer list
  • Essays about rural health sought, $2,500 cash prize to be awarded
  • MCW’s Kerschner named founding officer of international otitis media group

October 31, 2013

  • McAvoy urges bipartisanship to fix Medicare
  • List of patients moving off Medicaid may be requested online
  • CME available through WMJ
  • Early registration discount for CPT webinar ends tomorrow
  • Advance care planning initiative highlighted
  • Council to address professional development
  • Society, others voice concerns about APRNs as independent providers
  • Long-term care policies offer protection

October 24, 2013

  • Mental health bills get public hearing
  • 24.7 percent payment cut on agenda for Mastering Medicare in 2014 seminar
  • Society efforts boost attestation
  • Society participates in amicus brief
  • Contract negotiation, HIPAA event is Nov. 12
  • Physician Citizen of the Year nominations due December 13
  • Flu vaccine recommendations online
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement quality forum to be broadcast

October 17, 2013

  • Informed consent bill heads to Assembly
  • Event showcases advance care planning success
  • PQRS deadline extended to Friday
  • Complimentary webinar outlines Medicaid pay increase
  • HIRSP sunset is Dec. 31; claims due March 31
  • AMPAC offers two political training opportunities
  • Society leaders meet with MCW students
  • Last call for grant applications

October 10, 2013

  • Informed consent bill advances
  • Mental health recommendations highlight busy legislative week
  • Reminder: October 15 is deadline to avoid Value-based Modifier penalty
  • Affordable Care Act presentation in Waukesha on November 7
  • Additional ACA resources for physicians now available online
  • Quality symposium to focus on successful teams
  • $2,500 for top rural health essay
  • Training focuses on safe prescribing of pain medication
  • Award nominations due November 1

October 3, 2013

  • Changes to ACA ‘grace period’ needed, Society says in letter to CMS
  • Society, NGS partner for Medicare seminar
  • Shutdown’s impact varies across HHS
  • Training for ACA Navigators, Application Counselors is next week
  • Medicare fix needed now
  • Senate panel OKs legislation on concussions, drug substitution
  • Volunteers sought for Honduras trip
  • Grant applications due soon

September 26, 2013

  • Society leaders discuss SGR, other critical topics with lawmakers in DC
  • Task force nears completion of proposals to improve state’s mental health system
  • Symposium attendees maximize opportunities for success
  • ACA update: State sends notices to BadgerCare beneficiaries
  • Save the date: Feb 12, 2014 is Doctor Day in the Capitol
  • NPI error delays some Medicare payments
  • WHIO Learning Forum is Oct. 16
  • Day-long conference focuses on Graduate Medical Education
  • CME activities address opioid use, abuse

September 19, 2013

  • New unprofessional conduct rule taking effect Oct. 1 highlights MEB update
  • Council to address dentistry, medical licensing proposals
  • Provider call to focus on QRURs, Value-Based Payment Modifier
  • Still time to register for Symposium
  • Task force chair offers mental health proposals
  • September 29: World Heart Day
  • Medical professional liability insurance basics

September 12, 2013

  • Society submits comments on proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
  • Society, others comment on releasing Medicare physician data
  • Society’s work on Alternative Pathway for CT, MRI highlighted in case study
  • No 2013 Medicaid pay hike without attesting by Dec. 31
  • Society’s Hetsko speaks against bill legalizing sale of raw milk
  • Essays about rural health sought, $2,500 cash prize to be awarded
  • ACA deadlines coming soon

September 5, 2013

  • Medicare Part B moves to NGS Saturday
  • Learn about BadgerCare Plus changes
  • Lawmakers need to hear from physicians about repealing Medicare SGR
  • Public hearing on raw milk set
  • Teen birth rates down, journal article finds
  • Topic briefs help navigate health IT

August 29, 2013

  • Society, others share concerns about ‘incarcerated’ beneficiary data, process
  • Obesity, immunizations on Sept. 12 Council agenda
  • Council on Ethics meets Sept 13; placebos, organ donation at issue
  • AMA fact sheet has ACA essentials
  • New HIPAA rule means big changes
  • State medical students seek to maintain GME funding
  • Medicaid clarifies policies on ordering, referring physicians
  • School garden funding available

August 22, 2013

  • Society, WHA seek change to ACA ‘grace period’
  • Council on Health Care Access meets Sept. 4
  • Honoring Choices Wisconsin expanding with new participants
  • Earn CME for webinar on using data, reporting for improvement
  • ‘Incident-to’ services scrutinized again
  • WHIO Public Reporting webinars begin
  • Nominate a young physician for Viste award by Nov. 1

August 15, 2013

  • MEB approves publication of MED 10
  • Registration open for Regional Enrollment Network kickoff meetings
  • Hartman named WisMedPAC Board chair
  • WHIO chosen for data sharing program
  • Wisconsin Health News highlights Gundersen’s energy independence goal
  • Earn CME for leadership course
  • Foundation grant applications due Oct. 25
  • College students need insurance, too
  • Vasudevan elected to YMCA Board

August 8, 2013

    • Society offers webinar next week about Health Insurance Marketplace
    • Notice about ACA implementation from state Medicaid director
    • WHIO Public Reporting webinars scheduled
    • Medical Records & the Law sessions online
    • Event addresses safe prescribing of pain medication
    • Milwaukee-area business group endorses Honoring Choices Wisconsin
    • Ostrov, Samitt take new positions

August 1, 2013

  • House committee votes to repeal SGR, allow access to Medicare data
  • Society testifies at worker’s comp hearing
  • Policy about Medicare payments for incarcerated patients under review
  • Raw milk bill introduced
  • Earn PQRS incentive, avoid 2015 penalty
  • Most fishermen in study aware of fish consumption advisories, journal article says
  • Geriatric medicine course is September 8-11; earn CME
  • Wertsch talks about Medicare on AMA video
  • White Coat Campaign goal reached

July 25, 2013

  • Proposed Medicare payment system moves forward
  • Task Force on Mental Health completes public hearings
  • Legislature sets joint hearing on worker’s comp
  • Medicare issues update on payment recoveries
  • Report on geographic variation in spending, quality released
  • Sept. 17 event focuses on behavioral screening and intervention
  • Learn PCMH fundamentals during August 6 webinar
  • Health students team up with young campers to fight obesity
  • Treffert published in Scientific American

July 18, 2013

  • Enrollment plans for new health insurance marketplace coalescing
  • Enforcement of ultrasound law delayed
  • Simons elected chair of Medical Examining Board
  • Early identification of TB critical, journal case report says
  • Comments on Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule sought
  • Society members invited to discussion about Sunshine Act on August 7
  • Care Manager Conference set for Green Bay
  • IT roadmap for accountable care organizations available online
  • Newsmakers: Thompson honored at White House

July 11, 2013

  • Society extremely disappointed with Act 37 enactment
  • Physicians urged to review, comment on public reporting website
  • Medicare claims data could improve care, JAMA article by Toussaint, Berwick says
  • Maximum fees for copies of health care records increase
  • Society selects two companies as preferred providers to county societies
  • WCHQ begins patient experience reporting
  • Earn CME at sport-related concussion seminar

June 27, 2013

  • Abrams, Toussaint, Musser visit DC to seek access to Medicare FFS data
  • Attestation required for Medicaid primary care pay increase
  • Learn about environmental drivers that impact improvement, earn CME
  • Society, NGS offering free webinarabout Medicare Part B transition
  • New website offers details about Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Society continues raw milk opposition
  • Newsmakers: Society member Tashjian named Health IT Fellow

June 20, 2013

  • Society meets with Rep. Schraa on guns gag-order bill
  • Medical Examining Board delays CME compliance discussion
  • Physicians participate in AMA meeting
  • Bill allowing raw milk sales introduced
  • WMJ’s ‘Focus on Community Health’ highlights Honor Flight physicians
  • Advance care planning pilots reach halfway mark
  • Bartholow leads discussion about federal health insurance marketplace
  • FYI: For Your Insurance: Disability insurance policy definitions critical for physicians

June 13, 2013

  • State Senate passes ultrasound bill, Assembly is expected to follow
  • Calling the question: member-only blog gives an inside look at lawmaking
  • Society, others to study potential Worker’s Comp changes
  • Annual Meeting highlights online
  • Medicare transition webinars continue
  • Newsmakers: Simons named to Board of Directors for Resident Matching Program

June 6, 2013

  • Legislative leaders OK Medicaid, physician workforce investments
  • ‘Apology’ bill OK’d, abortion bills get hearings
  • Exemption program for CT, MRI prior authorizations launched
  • Society, others seek support from Baucus, Hatch for Medicare data
  • New certification needed to perform DOT physicals
  • Health information exchange set to begin this summer

May 30, 2013

  • Society testifies for ‘apology’ bill, against contraception limits bill
  • Budget committee OKs more funds for state health information organization
  • NGS selects local coverage determination policies
  • Leveraging comparative effectiveness research
  • CME available through WMJ
  • ACP honors Rieselbach

May 23, 2013

  • Society, others oppose anti-flu vaccination proposal
  • Unprofessional conduct rule sent to Legislature
  • NGS offers Medicare transition webinars
  • June 30 is deadline to avoid 2014 eRx penalty
  • National campaign encourages smokers to talk with their physician about quitting
  • Rural Health Conference is June 26-28
  • Summit features lean leaders
  • It’s White Coat Campaign time again
  • Vacation plans should include checking insurance policies

May 16, 2013

  • Lawmakers support more equitable geographic measures
  • Plan to transition HIRSP patients to exchanges moves forward
  • Medical Examining Board finishes MED 10 work – again
  • Increased Medicaid payments should begin in fourth quarter, DHS says
  • Quality data posted at clinic level
  • Future unclear on worker’s comp developments
  • Still time to register for Medical Records & the Law
  • June conference addresses federal health insurance marketplace
  • Datapalooza, BuildHealth3 encourage innovation
  • Reminder: Lean summit is June 5-6

May 9, 2013

  • Assembly overwhelmingly OKs informed consent bill
  • ‘The Insider’ offers Society members latest legislative news
  • Society urges lawmakers to support Tuition Assistance Program
  • Summit highlights lean transformations
  • May 15 webinar focuses on risk-adjusted payment models
  • Council on Medical Education meets May 15
  • County Medical Society tax form reminder
  • Addiction specialist Miller honored

May 2, 2013

  • Physician informed consent bill scheduled for full Assembly vote
  • Join Society Councils next week
  • Society, others set goal of 95% flu vaccination rate for health care personnel
  • Why it’s important to review payer correspondence
  • Seminar to feature health law experts, hot topics
  • Journal article outlines benefits of professional doula labor support
  • Aurora BayCare leader honored
  • Annual fundraising event a huge success

April 25, 2013

  • Informed consent legislation passes committee hurdle
  • Unprofessional conduct rule finalized by MEB
  • Society launches new option for political contributions
  • Council updating policy on care for people with mental illness
  • OIG releases update to Self-Disclosure Protocol
  • Immigration reform legislation includes physician-related provisions
  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Day offers venues for safe disposal of unused meds
  • Strict guidelines govern benefit plans

April 18, 2013

  • Eligible physicians must complete attestation to receive Medicaid primary care pay increase
  • Society, others urge lawmakers to leverage ACA flexibility for Medicaid
  • Timothy McAvoy, MD, inaugurated as Society president
  • Physicians, lawmakers discuss four key issues
  • Aspirus physicians, Finger-Warmuth honored during Annual Meeting
  • Medicare to begin denying claims from physicians not in PECOS
  • Share feedback on ICD-10 testing during NGS listening sessions
  • Three medical students receive awards

April 11, 2013

  • Society testifies in support of bills clarifying informed consent law
  • Health professionals provide perspective on worker’s comp proposals
  • Advocacy Day kicks off Annual Meeting weekend
  • Deadline for accessing quality, resource-use reports is April 30
  • Free health IT event May 29 in Madison

April 4, 2013

  • Lawmakers introduce bills repairing informed consent statute
  • Medical Records & the Law features legislative update
  • April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day
  • National Provider Call to focus on ICD-10
  • WCHQ receives Choosing Wisely grant
  • Ministry joins Ascension Health

Medigram Alert:

  • 2% Medicare cut begins Monday, FAQs online
    (published March 29, 2013)

March 28, 2013

  • Resolution comments due April 1; make plans for CME program, Advocacy Day
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court election is Tuesday
  • Medicare to start denying incomplete claims for ordering, referring items or services
  • Reporting of psychotherapy with interactive complexity clarified
  • Aurora launches Research Institute

March 21, 2013

  • Apology Bill co-sponsors sought
  • Society testifies at MEB hearing on unprofessional conduct definitions
  • Lazarus outlines AMA initiatives during Society Health Policy Forum
  • Webinar focuses on learning organizations
  • Revised place of service guidelines effective April 1
  • Ozaukee tops County Health Rankings
  • New Medicare contractor for Part B claims begins Sept. 7
  • State has 13 of the top critical access hospitals
  • Still time to register for April 12 event exploring the science of emotions
  • Take a new look at permanent life insurance

March 14, 2013

  • Worker’s Compensation puts health care costs in the crosshairs
  • Raw milk bill expected again
  • DHS sending fee assessments to physicians next week
  • Medicare payment cuts begin April 1
  • Annual Meeting CME focuses on advance care planning, Million Hearts™
  • IPFCF Audit Shows Renewed Stability
  • WMJ report shows difference in ADHD diagnosis rates for children
  • Quality measures for physician groups in WCHQ show improvement, study shows
  • Health literacy summit April 9 and 10 in Madison
  • Journal article links QIO efforts to reduced hospitalizations

March 7, 2013

  • HOD handbook available online
  • Register for Advocacy Day today
  • Society urges prudence in Medicaid decision
  • Sequestration includes 2% cut to Medicare payments
  • March 15 Health Policy Forum features AMA President Lazarus
  • State’s drug-monitoring program to begin accepting data April 1
  • California lawmakers learn about Honoring Choices Wisconsin

February 28, 2013

  • Society leader Halverson testifies at Task Force on Mental Health hearing
  • Society joins public health, other stakeholders to oppose raw milk sales
  • Seminar to address Medicare changes
  • WHITEC expands services to specialists
  • Fundraising event April 12 features Richard Davidson, PhD

February 21, 2013

  • State’s biennial budget introduced; analysis begins
  • Medical Examining Board moderates post-graduate requirement proposal
  • Members offer comments on resolutions through Virtual Reference Committees
  • Register today for Caucus meetings
  • CME offered for Wednesday’s webinar about EHRs in primary care
  • Family physicians can earn MOC-IV credit by improving breast cancer screening skills
  • Treffert part of Popular Science article exploring acquired savant

February 14, 2013

  • Society introduces virtual reference committees for 2013 HOD
  • State budget proposals address Medicaid, physician workforce
  • Society leaders meet with lawmakers in DC
  • Employer group pushes for worker’s comp fee schedule
  • Reminder: Wisconsin Supreme Court primary election is next Tuesday
  • Members invited to join Council’s mental health policy discussion
  • Council to brainstorm obesity prevention, intervention Feb. 21
  • ‘The Wisconsin Story’ now online

February 7, 2013

  • Nominees for Society offices selected
  • Medicaid primary care pay increase estimated at 78%, will be retroactive to Jan. 1
  • Council on Ethics meets Friday
  • New partnership streamlines continuing education process
  • CMS releases Sunshine Act final rule
  • Consider the Conversation on statewide public television next week
  • Essays about rural health sought, $2,500 cash prize to be awarded

January 31, 2013

  • Symposium speakers sought
  • Introducing the Society’s new website
  • Renew Society membership today to avoid lapse in benefits
  • Deadline for resolutions is Friday
  • CAH II physicians now eligible for EHR program
  • New initiative offers tips, tools for protecting health information on mobile devices
  • Second Consider the Conversation film planned

January 24, 2013

  • Resolution-writing video online; deadline is Feb. 1
  • Final rule brings major changes to HIPAA
  • Medicare contract protests denied
  • District Caucus schedule, details online
  • Society councils addressing major issues in February
  • Wisconsin chosen for practice satisfaction initiative
  • IRA charitable rollover provision retroactive for 2012

January 17, 2013

  • Medical Examining Board considering major change for medical license qualification
  • Advance care planning initiative featured on WPR
  • Abrams discusses need for physician health program
  • Get to know candidates for Society offices
  • Deadline to request eRx exemption is Jan. 31
  • HHS begins webinar series with focus on access to care
  • Jan. 28 teleconference focuses on Quality and Resource Use Reports
  • Scholarship, fellowship applications and Viste Award nominations due Feb.1

January 10, 2013

  • No holds on Medicare claims expected
  • Program reduces health risk factors among Hispanics, WMJ
    article says
  • Society using WHIO data to evaluate PCMHs
  • Deadline for submitting resolutions for House of Delegates is Feb. 1
  • Society calls on Congress to reduce gun violence
  • Marshfield, UW Health selected as ACOs
  • Explore the science
    of emotions during annual fundraiser

January 3, 2013

  • Congress postpones Medicare physician payment cuts to 2014
  • All 19 groups in Consumer Reports’ ratings rank above national average
  • Drug monitoring exemptions no longer necessary
  • WMJ articles focus on obesity, healthy food
  • Jan. 31 is deadline for filing electronic medical records credit requests
  • Honoring Choices Wisconsin on WCHQ Assembly agenda
  • Brown County Medical Society sponsoring Doctors in Recital