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Medigram: January 31, 2013

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Symposium speakers sought
Physicians and other health care professionals are encouraged to share their expertise as a speaker at the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2013 Symposium from September 22 to 24 in Wisconsin Dells. Created and hosted by the Society, the Symposium brings together more than 400 medical group managers, compliance officers, coding and billing professionals, physicians and other health care professionals from several states. Read more.

News Briefs

Introducing the Society’s new website
To better meet the needs of its members and strengthen its communications, the Wisconsin Medical Society has redesigned its website. New features include streamlined navigation, improved search capabilities, expanded resources and information exclusively for Society members and detailed calendar listings. Read more.

Renew Society membership today to avoid lapse in benefits
Wisconsin Medical Society members who have not renewed their memberships for 2013 will have their benefits discontinued February 1. To ensure continued access to the Society’s members-only online resources and other valuable benefits, renew today. Read more.

Deadline for resolutions is Friday
The deadline for submitting resolutions for consideration during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Wisconsin Medical Society is Friday, February 1. To assist Society members with writing a resolution, Society staff members John Maycroft and Chris Rasch have created a brief online webinar. Read more.

CAH II physicians now eligible for EHR program
Physicians who assign their reimbursement and billing to a critical access hospital (CAH) under Method II (CAH IIs) now are eligible to participate in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. Electronic Meaningful Use program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced. Read more.

New initiative offers tips, tools for protecting
health information on mobile devices

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently launched a new educational initiative, Mobile Devices: Know the RISKS. Take the STEPS. PROTECT and SECURE Health Information. The initiative offers covered entities (e.g., physicians, other health care professionals and organizations) practical tips on ways to protect their patients’ health information when using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Read more.

Second Consider the Conversation film planned
Terry Kaldhusdal and Michael Bernhagen, co-producers of Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject, have begun work on a second film. Bernhagen is a member of the Statewide Steering Committee for Honoring Choices Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s advance care planning initiative. Read more.