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Medigram: January 10, 2013

Top Story

No holds on Medicare claims expected
WPS Medicare does not expect any holds on claims processing despite the late passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which contains several Medicare payment provisions for 2013. The law prevents the scheduled 26.5 percent sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula cut for 2013 and provides an extension of the 1.0 floor on the physician work geographic practice cost index. Read more.

News Briefs

Program reduces health risk factors
among Hispanics, WMJ article says

A community-based program in Waukesha County reduced cardiac and diabetes risk factors in Hispanic adults by increasing knowledge and positive attitudes about healthy behaviors, according to a research report in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 111, no. 6). The collaborative effort of the Waukesha County Division of Public Health and Waukesha Memorial Hospital promoted awareness of healthy food choices and the importance of physical activity among Hispanic families. Read more.

Society using WHIO data to evaluate PCMHs
The Wisconsin Medical Society released its most recent Enhancing Value report using Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) data to assess differences in health care quality and utilization. The report compares practices designated as patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to non-designated practices. Read more.

Deadline for submitting resolutions
for House of Delegates is February 1

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Medical Society will convene Saturday, April 13 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. To help shape Society policy on important medical issues, members may submit resolutions for consideration during the Annual Meeting. Read more.

Society calls on Congress to reduce gun violence
The Wisconsin Medical Society joined the American Medical Association (AMA) and more than 50 other state and specialty medical organizations in urging Congress and President Barack Obama to renew and strengthen the assault weapons ban. “We also urge the nation to strengthen its commitment and resources to comprehensive access to mental health services,” the organizations said in a letter sent to Congressional leaders and the President. Read more.

Marshfield, UW Health selected as ACOs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today selected two Wisconsin-based accountable care organizations (ACOs) – Marshfield Clinic and UW Health ACO – to participate in the Medicare shared savings program. Created through the Affordable Care Act, ACOs offer financial incentives to physicians and hospitals that improve quality and reduce spending. Read more.

Foundation Focus

Explore the science of emotions during annual fundraiser
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is excited to welcome Richard J. Davidson, PhD, as the guest speaker for its Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction on Friday, April 12. Attendees will learn about discovering their emotional styles during “Change Your Mind: Exploring the Science of Emotions” at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. Read more.