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Medigram: July 25, 2013

Top Story

Proposed Medicare payment system moves forward
Federal lawmakers on the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee continued to make progress on a bill to replace Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula with a quality-based payment system that would recognize successful health outcomes with increased payments. Read more.

News Briefs

Task Force on Mental Health completes public hearings
The State Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health – chaired by Rep. Erik Severson, MD, of Star Prairie – concluded months of public hearings this week. The Task Force met several times across the state, asking local experts to testify and make recommendations to the bipartisan committee. Read more.

Legislature sets joint hearing on worker’s comp
The State Legislature has scheduled a rare July hearing to take informational testimony on the state’s Worker’s Compensation program. The hearing in front of the Senate and Assembly Labor committees is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 31 in the State Capitol. Read more.

Medicare issues update on payment recoveries
Through its Medicare Administrative Contracts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently initiated recoveries from physicians and other health care professionals for services provided to patients who were incarcerated when the services were provided. Read more.

Report on geographic variation in spending, quality released
The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) final report on variation in health care spending was released this week. The report is the second of two IOM studies focused on geographic payments under Medicare. Read more.

Sept. 17 event focuses on behavioral screening and intervention
The Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL) and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) are hosting a day-long conference on behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) on September 17. Read more.

Learn PCMH fundamentals during August 6 webinar
Society member Christopher Tashjian, MD, FAAFP, and Lanette Hesse of the Wisconsin Health Information Technology Extension Center (WHITEC) will discuss the fundamentals of the patient-centered home (PCMH) during a noon-hour webinar Tuesday, August 6. Read more.

Foundation Focus

Health students team up with young campers to fight obesity
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation brought together a dozen medical, nursing and pharmacy students Thursday, July 18 to share their passion about the importance of healthy living through exercise and eating right. Read more.


Treffert published in Scientific American
An article by Past Society President Darold Treffert, MD, was published on the website for Scientific American earlier this month. In the article “Oops! When ‘Autism’ Isn’t Autistic Disorder: Hyperlexia and Einstein Syndrome,” Dr. Treffert provides brief descriptions of hyperlexia and Einstein Syndrome and explains why the presence of these conditions does not necessarily indicate a symptom of autism. Read more.