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Medigram: June 20, 2013

Top Story

Society meets with Rep. Schraa on guns gag-order bill
Wisconsin Medical Society representatives met with Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) this morning to discuss concerns over a provision in Rep. Schraa’s proposed “Firearms Freedom Act” that would bar physicians (other than psychiatrists) from asking patients about firearms. Read more.

News Briefs

Medical Examining Board delays CME compliance discussion
Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) members on Wednesday clarified to staff from the Department of Safety and Professional Services their interpretation of statutory language regarding physicians’ continuing medical education (CME) requirements. Read more.

Physicians participate in AMA meeting
Wisconsin physicians were well-represented at the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Annual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting this week in Chicago. Read more.

Bill allowing raw milk sales introduced
In a rare show of bipartisanship, legislation aimed at allowing the sale of unpasteurized (raw) milk is circulating for co-sponsors. Read more.

WMJ’s ‘Focus on Community Health’
highlights Honor Flight physicians

Society members Bill Nietert, MD, and Ryan Gossett, MD, have accompanied more than 1,100 military veterans from northern Wisconsin to Washington, DC, as medics for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Read more.

Advance care planning pilots reach halfway mark
Through clinical pilot projects coordinated by Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW), more than 300 patients at six health care organizations have discussed their future medical decisions, including end-of-life preferences, with trained facilitators. Read more.

Bartholow leads discussion about
federal health insurance marketplace

Tim Bartholow, MD, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s chief medical officer, moderated a forum in Wausau on June 13 about the federal health insurance marketplace. Read more.

FYI: For Your Insurance

Disability insurance policy definitions critical for physicians
For many physicians, especially surgeons and sub-specialists, it’s important to have an “own specialty” definition in their disability insurance policy. Read more.