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Medigram: April 18, 2013

Top Story

Eligible physicians must complete attestation
to receive Medicaid primary care pay increase

Primary care physicians in Wisconsin who meet eligibility requirements for the Affordable Care Act provision that boosts Medicaid pay rates must complete an attestation form on the ForwardHealth web portal. Eligible primary care physicians may be eligible to receive a significant, temporary rate increase for certain evaluation and management (E/M) and vaccine administration services with dates of services from January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2014. Read more.

News Briefs

Society, others urge lawmakers to leverage
ACA flexibility for Medicaid

The Wisconsin Medical Society, Wisconsin Hospital Association and dozens of other health care systems and organizations joined together in a letter to urge state legislators to take a deliberate approach to transitioning some of the state’s poorest BadgerCare patients into the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) federal insurance exchange. Read more.

Timothy McAvoy, MD, inaugurated as Society president
Timothy G. McAvoy, MD, of Elm Grove was inaugurated as the 162nd president of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison on April 13. More than a dozen other physicians and medical students also were elected to leadership positions, including Richard A. Dart, MD, of Marshfield as president-elect. Read more.

Physicians, lawmakers discuss four key issues
More than 100 physicians and health care leaders from across the state met with legislators and their staffs Friday, April 12 during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s annual Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. Participants discussed four key issues: the state’s Medicaid budget, medical education funding, legislation that promotes statements of apology or condolence following an unexpected health care event (Apology Bill) and legislation that clarifies the state’s informed consent law for physicians. Read more.

Aspirus physicians, Finger-Warmuth
honored during Annual Meeting

The Wisconsin Medical Society honored two physicians from Aspirus Kronenwetter Clinic with 2013 Physician Citizen of the Year Awards during the organization’s Annual Meeting in Madison on April 13. Outgoing President Tosha B. Wetterneck, MD, MS, FACP, also presented Sara Finger-Warmuth, executive director of the Dane County Medical Society and the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH), with the Presidential Citation. Read more.

Medicare to begin denying claims from physicians not in PECOS
Effective May 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin denying claims from physicians who refer or order services for Medicare patients and are not enrolled in the Medicare database known as PECOS (the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System). To assist physicians with implementation of this policy, the American Medical Association (AMA) and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) have prepared a fact sheet with answers to frequently asked questions. Read more.

Share feedback on ICD-10 testing during NGS listening sessions
National Government Services (NGS), under contract to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is hosting listening sessions to gather insights and feedback on end-to-end testing of ICD-10 and other HIPAA administrative simplification requirements. The one-hour session for large physician groups is Thursday, April 25 and for small physician groups is Tuesday, April 30. Both sessions begin at 1 p.m. Read more.

Foundation Focus

Three medical students receive awards
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored three medical students during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting April 13 in Madison. Stephanie Ziebarth, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), received the 2013 Presidential Scholar Award, while Sean M. Duffy and Madeline Streitz Pokorney received the 2013 Houghton Awards. Read more.