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Medigram: December 12, 2013

Top Story

SGR repeal moves forward, cost estimate lowered
The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Committee on Finance today passed similar proposals for a permanent repeal of Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Read more.

News Briefs

WISMedPAC Board nominations sought
The Wisconsin Medical Society is accepting nominations to the Board of Directors for WISMedPAC, the Society’s political action committee. Read more.

MEB moves ahead on changes to licensing requirements
The Medical Examining Board (MEB) would require a medical school graduate to have 24 months of postgraduate training before becoming eligible for a full Wisconsin medical license, according to draft legislation the MEB plans to propose. Read more.

Medicaid now covers same-day problem, prevent visits
After several meetings with the Wisconsin Medical Society and clinics across the state, the Department of Health Services (DHS) has updated its Medicaid reimbursement policy to allow separate payment of a problem-oriented visit when performed on the same date of service as a preventive visit. Read more.

Council on Legislation call is Dec. 20
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Legislation will have a conference call at noon Friday, December 20 in lieu of an in-person meeting. Read more.

Society council gets update on Medicaid, health insurance marketplace from DHS
Craig Steele, a project manager for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Wednesday gave the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Health Care Access a status report on Medicaid and health reform changes and implementation in the state. Read more.

DHS processing Medicaid pay increases
Physicians who are eligible for a significant, temporary Medicaid pay increase and completed the online attestation by October 31 should receive the retroactive pay in the next few weeks. Read more.

New physician certification requirement for CAH admissions
The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule for 2014 requires physicians to certify upon patient admission to a critical access hospital (CAH) “that the individual may reasonably be expected to be discharged or transferred to a hospital within 96 hours after admission to the CAH.” Read more.

Cancer incidence, mortality rates in state drop
Overall cancer incidence and mortality rates in Wisconsin continue to decline over the past 15 years, according to the 2013 Wisconsin Cancer Facts & Figures publication from the American Cancer Society and the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System (WCRS). Read more.

Flu vaccination toolkit on Society website
It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, and the Wisconsin Medical Society encourages its members to implement an evidence-based initiative to achieve a vaccination rate of greater than 95 percent as part of their comprehensive approach to prevent health care-associated infections. Read more.

Foundation Focus

Foundation seeks to double WPS donation
WPS Health Insurance has challenged the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation to raise $25,000 before December 31. Read more.