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Medigram: June 6, 2013

Top Story

Legislative leaders OK Medicaid,
physician workforce investments

The state legislature’s powerful Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) on Tuesday voted to preserve much of Gov. Scott Walker’s Medicaid proposal following last week’s support for several physician workforce investments. Read more.

News Briefs

‘Apology’ bill OK’d, abortion bills get hearings
Legislation that would promote better patient-physician communication following negative or unexpected outcomes advanced through the Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday. Read more.

Exemption program for CT, MRI prior authorizations launched
Physicians, clinics and health systems that have implemented advanced imaging decision support tools now may request an exemption from prior authorization (PA) requirements when ordering CT and MRI services for Medicaid beneficiaries. Read more.

Society, others seek support
from Baucus, Hatch for Medicare data

The Wisconsin Medical Society and four other organizations recently sent a letter to U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chair Sen. Max Baucus and ranking member Sen. Orrin Hatch advocating for access to Medicare data. Read more.

New certification needed to perform DOT physicals
Physicians and other health care professionals who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers will be required to complete training and pass a certification test before May 21, 2014. Read more.

Health information exchange set to begin this summer
Almost 100 clinics, hospitals and health systems in Wisconsin will begin making data available through WISHIN Pulse, the state’s health information exchange (HIE), later this summer. Read more.