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Medigram: April 25, 2013

Top Story

Informed consent legislation passes committee hurdle
Legislation clarifying physicians’ informed consent requirements took a significant step earlier today, gaining approval from the Assembly Committee on Judiciary on a party-line 6-2 vote. Read more.

News Briefs

Unprofessional conduct rule finalized by MEB
The Medical Examining Board on Wednesday put the final touches on changes to MED 10 – the state’s administrative code defining physician unprofessional conduct. Read more.

Society launches new option for political contributions
The Wisconsin Medical Society kicked off a stronger and more focused plan for building its political action committee (WISMedPAC) and conduit (WISMedDIRECT) efforts during the Society’s Annual Meeting on April 13 and 14. Specifically, contributors now may send funds from their WISMedDIRECT accounts to federal candidates. Read more.

Council updating policy on care for people with mental Illness
The Council on Health Care Access will begin work on updating Society policy on care for patients with mental illness at its May 1 meeting. All Society members are welcome to attend or participate via telephone. Read more.

OIG releases update to Self-Disclosure Protocol
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), a division of the Department of Health & Human Services, last week issued the first major revision to its Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol. Read more.

Immigration reform legislation
includes physician-related provisions

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently reached out to the Wisconsin Medical Society with information about several physician-related provisions in legislation introduced to reform U.S. immigration. Read more.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day offers
venues for safe disposal of unused meds

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), this event is intended to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal for unused prescription medications, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these drugs. Read more.

FYI: For Your Insurance

Strict guidelines govern benefit plans
With all the attention being given to health care reform, there is one area of compliance physicians should not overlook –the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Read more.