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Medigram: August 29, 2013

Top Story

Society, others share concerns about
‘incarcerated’ beneficiary data, process

The Wisconsin Medical Society joined with the American Medical Association (AMA) and more than 50 other health care organizations in voicing their concerns about efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to recoup Medicare payments for services rendered to potentially incarcerated beneficiaries. Read more.

News Briefs

Obesity, immunizations on Sept. 12 Council agenda
The Society’s Council on Health Care Quality and Population Health will continue its comprehensive efforts to address obesity in Wisconsin at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 12. Read more.

Council on Ethics meets Sept 13;
placebos, organ donation at issue

The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Health Care Ethics will consider policy affecting placebo use and nontraditional medicine at its September 13 meeting. Read more.

AMA fact sheet has ACA essentials
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently published a two-page fact sheet with key information about implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more.

New HIPAA rule means big changes
Major changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules take effect September 23. As of this date, physicians and their health care teams must comply with new standards in the final rule implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Read more.

State medical students seek to maintain GME funding
Medical students in Wisconsin are working with leaders at the American Medical Association (AMA) on a grassroots campaign to maintain graduate medical education (GME) funding. Read more.

Medicaid clarifies policies on ordering, referring physicians
ForwardHealth requires all physicians and other professionals who prescribe, refer or order services for ForwardHealth members on and after July 15 to be enrolled in Wisconsin Medicaid. Read more.

Foundation Focus

School garden funding available
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is offering another round of grants to encourage elementary and middle level public schools in the state to establish a garden and incorporate healthy living activities and lessons in their curriculum. Read more.