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Medigram: April 4, 2013

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Lawmakers introduce bills repairing informed consent statute
Legislation to clarify the state’s informed consent law for physicians is currently circulating in the State Legislature. State Assembly Rep. Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) introduced bills responding to the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision in Jandre v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund. The complex, three-opinion decision by the Court in 2012 prompted significant questions regarding informed consent requirements. Legislative hearings on the legislation could happen as soon as next week. Read more.

News Briefs

Medical Records & the Law features legislative update
The popular day-long seminar Medical Records & the Law is back and better than ever. Scheduled for May 22 in Green Bay and May 23 in Pewaukee, the seminar features morning educational sessions and an afternoon panel discussion, plus a lunch-hour legislative update from Mark Grapentine, JD, the Society’s senior vice president of government relations. Read more.

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day
The Wisconsin Medical Society, State Bar of Wisconsin and numerous other organizations throughout the state are encouraging the process of advance care planning through their participation in National Healthcare Decisions Day on Tuesday, April 16. National Healthcare Decisions Day – now in its sixth year – is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding health care and for physicians and other health care professionals to respect those wishes. Read more.

National Provider Call to focus on ICD-10
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a National Provider Call about the transition to ICD-10 on Thursday, April 18. From 12:30 to 3 p.m., CMS experts will discuss planning strategies in preparation for the ICD-10 implementation date of October 1, 2014. A question-and-answer session will follow. Read more.

WCHQ receives Choosing Wisely grant
The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) received a grant from the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) Foundation to help physicians and patients engage in conversations aimed at reducing unnecessary tests and procedures. The grant extends the reach of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign, which encourages physicians and patients to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm. Read more.

Ministry joins Ascension Health
Ministry Health Care, including the recently acquired Affinity Health System, has joined Ascension Health along with two other regional health systems that comprised the Marian Health System. Ministry has 15 hospitals, 46 clinics and more than 650 physicians and advanced practice clinicians in Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota. Read more.