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Medigram: March 7, 2013

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House of Delegates handbook available online Friday
The 2013 House of Delegates (HOD) handbook for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting will be available on the Society’s website by the end of the day Friday. The handbook includes resolutions and reports that will be considered during the Society’s Annual Meeting April 13-14 in Madison. Read more.

News Briefs

Register for Advocacy Day today
The Wisconsin Medical Society is finalizing plans for Advocacy Day 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at the State Capitol. Advocacy Day is an excellent opportunity for physicians, residents, medical students and Alliance members to discuss health care policy issues with legislators and/or their staffs. This year’s event will occur during the biennial budget session hearings, which makes it even more important that elected officials hear from their constituents. Read more.

Society urges prudence in Medicaid decision
The Wisconsin Medical Society today asked state lawmakers to consider all options before making a final budget decision on how to provide health insurance coverage to Wisconsin residents in the Medicaid/BadgerCare program and health insurance exchanges. Read more.

Sequestration includes 2% cut to
Medicare payments beginning April 1

Physicians and other health care professionals who care for Medicare beneficiaries will receive a 2 percent cut in payments under the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011’s budget sequestration, which took effect March 1. The reductions in Medicare reimbursement will begin with services provided on or after April 1, according to an article on the American Medical Association (AMA) website. Read more.

March 15 Health Policy Forum features AMA President Lazarus
The Wisconsin Medical Society welcomes Jeremy Lazarus, MD, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), for a Health Policy Forum on Friday, March 15 in Madison. Society members are invited to participate in the 90-minute discussion, which begins at 8 a.m. at the Society’s headquarters, 330 E. Lakeside Street. Read more.

State’s drug-monitoring program to begin accepting data April 1
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) recently signed a contract with a vendor to administer the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The contract requires the vendor to begin accepting data submitted by physicians and other health care professionals who dispense a monitored prescription drug by April 1. Read more.

California lawmakers learn about Honoring Choices Wisconsin
John Maycroft, the Society’s director of policy development and initiatives, shared information about Honoring Choices Wisconsin at an informational hearing of the California State Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee in February. Maycroft and others involved with end-of-life planning and care testified about the Society’s advance care planning initiative during the 2½-hour hearing. Read more.