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Medigram: July 18, 2013

Top story

Enrollment plans for new health insurance marketplace coalescing
The Wisconsin Health Insurance Outreach & Enrollment Summit on Tuesday brought together more than 250 health care leaders to engage stakeholders across sectors and announce a unified plan for Wisconsin’s planned changes to Medicaid and BadgerCare and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Read more.

News Briefs

Enforcement of ultrasound law delayed
U.S. District Judge William Conley on Wednesday extended a temporary restraining order barring enforcement of Wisconsin Act 37, which requires hospital admitting privileges for physicians who perform abortions at clinics. Read more.

Simons elected chair of Medical Examining Board
The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) unanimously elected Ken Simons, MD, as chair of the MEB during its monthly meeting in Madison on Wednesday. Read more.

Early identification of TB critical, journal case report says
A case report in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 112, no. 3) highlights the importance of early identification of tuberculosis (TB), which recently was in the news following an outbreak in Sheboygan County. Read more.

Comments on Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule sought
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) proposed rule for the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) includes updates in payment policies related to chronic care management, telehealth, geography-based cost adjustments and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Read more.

Society members invited to discussion about Sunshine Act on August 7
Wisconsin Medical Society member Cindy Stafford, MD, will moderate a panel discussion about the Physician Payments Sunshine Act from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 7. Read more.

Care Manager Conference set for Green Bay
Prevea Health is hosting a Care Manager Conference on Wednesday, August 28 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Read more.

IT roadmap for accountable care organizations available online
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has published the first IT roadmap for accountable care organizations (ACOs). Read more.


Thompson honored at White House
Wisconsin Medical Society member Jeff Thompson, MD, received a “Champion of Change” award at the White House on July 9 for his leadership efforts aimed at protecting public health in today’s changing climate. Read more.