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Medigram: December 5, 2013

Top Story

State Assembly approves delay to BadgerCare/HIRSP transition
The Wisconsin State Assembly was in Madison this week for a rare December session to act on a bill delaying the planned transition for some BadgerCare recipients to the federal health insurance marketplace as well as a winding-down of the state’s Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP). Read more.

News Briefs

RVUs addressed in Physician Fee Schedule
The 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule published last week includes and updated Part B payment policies. Read more.

Majority of House seek SGR repeal
Six of Wisconsin’s eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently signed a letter to House leaders seeking a permanent repeal of Medicare’s flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula by the end of the year. Read more.

Worker’s comp fee schedule proposed
For the first time in its more than 100-year history, Wisconsin’s worker’s compensation (WC) system will have a medical fee schedule if a proposal from the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) is passed by the State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker. Read more.

Society files amicus brief in federal false claims case
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in United States ex rel. Watson v. King was accepted by the U.S. District Court for consideration on November 27. Read more.

What happens at the holiday party doesn’t always stay at the holiday party
This time of year, many employers host holiday parties to show appreciation for their employees and to provide employees a chance to socialize with their colleagues. Read more.

DHS manager to address Medicaid with Society Council next week
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Health Care Access welcomes Craig Steele, project manager at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), to its meeting December 11. Read more.

Opioids, immunizations and obesity top December 12 Council agenda
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Health Care Quality and Population Health will work to update its policies regarding immunization at its meeting Thursday, December 12. Read more.

Medicare incarcerated beneficiary claims issue
to be resolved soon

Physicians and other health care professionals who received a refund or remittance advice about incarcerated Medicare beneficiaries should receive a letter from National Government Services (NGS) later this month with updated information. Read more.

Physician Citizen of the Year nominations due December 13
The deadline for submitting nominations for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award is Friday, December 13. Read more.