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Medigram: March 28, 2013

Top Story

Resolution comments due April 1; make
plans for CME program, Advocacy Day

The Wisconsin Medical Society reminds members that April 1 is the deadline to submit comments online about resolutions and reports that will be considered at the Society’s Annual Meeting April 13-14 in Madison. A conference call also will be held April 1 for Specialty Section leaders who would like to discuss the resolutions. In addition, members are invited to participate in Advocacy Day on April 12 and a continuing medical education (CME) program April 13. Read more.

News Briefs

Wisconsin Supreme Court election is Tuesday
In addition to local races across the state, two candidates vying for a seat on the seven-member Wisconsin Supreme Court face off in Tuesday’s general election. Incumbent Justice Patience “Pat” Roggensack is facing Marquette Law School Professor Ed Fallone. Read more.

Medicare to start denying incomplete claims
for ordering, referring items or services

Physicians and other eligible professionals (EPs) who order or refer items or services for Medicare beneficiaries must be enrolled in the Medicare Program, according to Section 6405 of the Affordable Care Act. Effective May 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will turn on the Phase 2 denial edits – thus denying claims for services or supplies that require an ordering/referring physician or other qualified health care professional but are missing ordering/referring information. Read more.

Reporting of psychotherapy with interactive complexity clarified
The 2013 overhaul of the psychiatry section of the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) changes the way psychotherapy with interactive complexity is reported. A new add-on code, 90785 for Interactive Complexity, represents the difference in intensity of the work and is used in reporting communication factors that complicate the delivery of psychiatric services. Read more.

Newsmakers: Aurora launches Research Institute
Aurora Health Care recently launched a research institute to centralize its existing endeavors and expand its studies, partnerships and collaborations. The Aurora Research Institute will house research that transforms new discoveries into practical ways to improve patient outcomes. Read more.