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Medigram: April 11, 2013

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Society testifies in support of bills clarifying informed consent law
The Wisconsin Medical Society voiced its support for Assembly Bill 139 (AB139) and Senate Bill 137 (SB137) today during public hearings of the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor. The bills clarify the state’s informed consent statute (Wis. Stats. 448.30) in response to the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s recent decision in Jandre v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund. Read more.

News Briefs

Health professionals provide
perspective on worker’s comp proposals

A state policy-making committee heard vigorous opposition Tuesday to a proposal that would create a Medicare-based fee schedule for physicians and others providing Worker’s Compensation (WC) care. The Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) received testimony in Madison from four health care professionals who described how this and other controversial proposals could greatly harm patient access to care. WCAC is made up of labor and management representatives who bargain over potential changes to existing WC law and rules. Read more.

Advocacy Day kicks off Annual Meeting weekend
Physicians from across Wisconsin are gathering in Madison this weekend for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting. Members of the Society’s House of Delegates will discuss resolutions and reports covering a wide range of topics and will elect members to fill open seats on the Board of Directors. Read more.

Deadline for accessing quality, resource-use reports is April 30
The last day for physicians to access their individual 2011 Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) and provide comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is April 30. QRURs provide comparative quality and cost of care performance measures pertaining to Medicare fee-for-service patients. Read more.

Free health IT event May 29 in Madison
The Wisconsin Health Information Technology Extension Center (WHITEC) is hosting a free health information technology event Wednesday, May 29 in Madison. Forward! Transforming Health IT in Wisconsin will focus on meaningful use of electronic health records. Read more.