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Medigram: January 17, 2013


Medical Examining Board considering major
change for medical license qualification

Applicants for a full Wisconsin medical license would need to have three years of post-graduate training rather than the current one year under a policy approved at the State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) monthly meeting on Wednesday. The proposal – which MEB members said requires further review – would also require availability of a Temporary Educational Permit (TEP) at the beginning of training that can last the length of a residency. Read more.


Advance care planning initiative featured on WPR
Honoring Choices Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s advance care planning initiative, was featured during the live call-in show “At Issue with Ben Merens” on Wednesday, January 16. The show, broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) stations across the state and via the WPR website, featured Wisconsin Medical Society staff member John Maycroft and Society member Bruce Agneberg, MD. Read more.

Abrams discusses need for physician health program
A proposal to create a statewide physician health program is high on the Wisconsin Medical Society’s priorities for the 2013-14 legislative session, Society CEO Rick Abrams recently told the Wisconsin Health News. “I can’t think of a more important service for a medical society to provide,” Abrams said, emphasizing that the proposal would create a public foundation rather than being a program of the Wisconsin Medical Society, as it was until 2007. Read more.

Get to know candidates for Society offices
Letters of intent and candidate questionnaires from physicians seeking nominations for the positions of president-elect, speaker of the House of Delegates, American Medical Association (AMA) delegates and AMA alternate delegates are now available online. Read more.

Deadline to request eRx exemption is Jan. 31
Physicians and other eligible professionals (EPs) have until January 31 to request a Medicare e-prescribing (eRx) hardship exemption and avoid a payment adjustment penalty for 2013. Physicians and other EPs who are not successful electronic prescribers under the eRx Incentive Program are subject to a 1.5 percent reduction in reimbursement for all Medicare Part B-covered professional services in 2013. However, some physicians and other EPs may be exempt from the payment adjustment if CMS determines that compliance with the requirement for being a successful electronic prescriber would result in significant hardship. Read more.

HHS begins webinar series with focus on access to care
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting a webinar series to raise awareness about the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) and actions that can be taken to address them. The first webinar, at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 24, will address access to health services. Read more.

Jan. 28 teleconference focuses on Quality and Resource Use Reports
Health care organizations with 25 or more physicians and eligible professionals (EPs) who participate in Medicare Part B are invited to join a teleconference January 28 about the 2011 Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRUR). WPS Insurance is hosting the teleconference, and presenters from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will share information and answer questions. Read more.

Foundation Focus

Scholarship, fellowship applications and
Viste Award nominations due Feb.1

The 2013 deadline for scholarship and fellowship applications, along with nominations for the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award is February 1. Read more.