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Medigram: July 11, 2013

Top Story

Society extremely disappointed with Act 37 enactment
In a statement released Monday, the Wisconsin Medical Society expressed its extreme disappointment with Gov. Scott Walker’s action late last week to enact 2013 Wisconsin Act 37. Read more.

News Briefs

Physicians urged to review, comment on public reporting website
The Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) recently launched an initiative to assist patients in their health care decision making via a new public reporting website. The Wisconsin Medical Society is urging physicians and health system leaders to review the online tool and share their feedback with WHIO and the Society before it is made available to the general public in October. Read more.

Medicare claims data could improve care,
JAMA article by Toussaint, Berwick says

In an article in the July 3 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Wisconsin Medical Society member John Toussaint, MD, and Donald Berwick, MD, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), called for changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would allow broader access to and use of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) claims. Read more.

Maximum fees for copies of health care records increase
Notice of the adjusted fees providers may charge for providing copies of health care records through June 30, 2014, has been published in the Wisconsin Administrative Register. The maximum fees are adjusted annually pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 146.83 (3f) (c)2. Read more.

Society selects two companies
as preferred providers to county societies

At its recent Board of Directors meeting, the Wisconsin Medical Society embraced Premier Choice Association Management and Badger Bay Management Company, LLC, as preferred providers of fee-based support services to county medical societies and other Society-affiliated entities that desire such services. Read more.

WCHQ begins patient experience reporting
The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) launched the reporting of patient experience measures, which are generated from patient responses to surveys about their care experiences in an outpatient setting. The measures indicate the percentage of patients who reported the best possible experience with their care. Read more.

Earn CME at sport-related concussion seminar
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin along with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is offering a one-day continuing medical education (CME) course for physicians and other health care professionals involved in the care of athletes with sport-related concussion. Read more.