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Medigram: May 16, 2013

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Lawmakers support more equitable geographic measures
The Wisconsin Medical Society worked with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to encourage development of a more equitable way to determine the geographic measures used to calculate the Medicare reimbursement rate for physicians. Read more.

News Briefs

Plan to transition HIRSP patients to exchanges moves forward
The Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) voted Wednesday to adopt a plan that would transition participants in the state’s high-risk insurance pool to the federal health insurance exchanges by January 1, 2014. Created by the Affordable Care Act, the federal exchanges are due to provide health insurance coverage on that date. Read more.

Medical Examining Board finishes MED 10 work – again
The state’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) surprised most outside observers at its monthly meeting Wednesday when it brought MED 10 – the MEB’s administrative code section on physician unprofessional conduct – back for more deliberation. Read more.

Increased Medicaid payments should
begin in fourth quarter, DHS says

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently notified the Wisconsin Medical Society that it does not expect to begin making increased Medicaid payments to primary care physicians until the fourth quarter of this year. Physicians who have completed the online attestation form by October can expect to receive payments no later than December 31, 2013, DHS said. Read more.

Quality data posted at clinic level
Clinic-level quality data for five preventive measures and four measures related to ischemic vascular disease now are posted on the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) website. Read more.

Future unclear on worker’s comp developments
The biennial worker’s compensation update process already is unusual. The Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) is organized specifically outside the typical legislative process, yet approval from the State Legislature is required to make any changes or updates. That made last week’s circulation of legislation affecting worker’s compensation so surprising. Read more.

Still time to register for Medical Records & the Law
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s popular seminar Medical Records & the Law features morning educational sessions and an afternoon panel discussion, plus a lunch-hour legislative update from Mark Grapentine, JD, the Society’s senior vice president of government relations. The day-long seminar is May 22 in Green Bay and May 23 in Pewaukee. Read more.

June conference addresses federal health insurance marketplace
The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) is presenting a public forum and professional conference about the federal health insurance marketplace June 13-14 in Wausau. Read more.

Datapalooza, BuildHealth3 encourage innovation
The fourth annual Health Datapalooza on June 3 and 4 in Washington, DC, will focus on using data to help patients engage in their own health. Read more.

Reminder: Lean summit is June 5-6
Wisconsin Medical Society member John Toussaint, MD, will provide the keynote address June 5 at the 4th Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit in Orlando, Fla. Other speakers include Paul O’Neill, James Womack, Francois de Brantes and Alan Gleghorn – all leaders in the health care and lean communities. Read more.