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Medigram: June 27, 2013

Top Story

Abrams, Toussaint, Musser visit DC
to seek access to Medicare FFS data

Wisconsin Medical Society CEO Rick Abrams and other health care leaders from Wisconsin and Colorado traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to seek an amendment to the Affordable Care Act that would allow the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) and entities like the Society to use Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) data in the same way other WHIO data is used. Read more.

News Briefs

Attestation required for Medicaid primary care pay increase
Primary care physicians who are eligible for a significant, temporary Medicaid pay increase through the Affordable Care Act first must complete an attestation form on the ForwardHealth web portal. Read more.

Learn about environmental drivers
that impact improvement, earn CME

To help physicians keep pace with the many changes in health care today, the Wisconsin Medical Society is offering the webinar Leaders Making a Commitment to Improvement: What Every Physician Leader Needs to Know on Thursday, July 18. Read more.

Society, NGS offering free webinar
about Medicare Part B transition

The Wisconsin Medical Society and National Government Services (NGS) are hosting a joint webinar Wednesday, July 24 to assist physicians and other health care professionals who participate in Medicare Part B with the transition to the new Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). Read more.

New website offers details about Health Insurance Marketplace
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a new, consumer-focused website and 24-hour call center in preparation for open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read more.

Society continues raw milk opposition
The Wisconsin Medical Society once again joined more than a dozen other advocacy groups in asking state legislators to not support legislation that permits the sale of unpasteurized (raw) milk in Wisconsin. Read more.

Newsmakers

Society member Tashjian named Health IT Fellow
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology has selected Wisconsin Medical Society member Christopher Tashjian, MD, FAAFP, for the inaugural class of Health IT Fellows. Read more.