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Medigram: May 23, 2013

Top Story

Society, others oppose anti-flu vaccination proposal
The Wisconsin Medical Society and 23 health care systems and organizations are asking state lawmakers to oppose proposed legislation that would restrict an employer’s ability to require influenza vaccination among health care workers. Read more.

News Briefs

Unprofessional conduct rule sent to Legislature
The state’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) officially completed its work on MED 10 of the state’s administrative code, which defines physician unprofessional conduct. Read more.

NGS offers Medicare transition webinars
National Government Services (NGS) – the new Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Part B Jurisdiction 6 (J6) – is offering complimentary webinars in June about the transition to its electronic data interchange (EDI). The two-hour webinars are scheduled for June 13, June 20 and June 27. Read more.

June 30 is deadline to avoid 2014 eRx penalty
Physicians, other eligible professionals (EPs) and groups participating in the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) for the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program must successfully report as electronic prescribers before June 30 to avoid a 2 percent penalty in 2014 for professional services covered under Medicare Part B’s Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Read more.

National campaign encourages smokers
to talk with their physician about quitting

The University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a new national initiative that encourages smokers to “Talk with Your Doctor About Quitting.” Read more.

Rural Health Conference is June 26-28
The 2013 Wisconsin Rural Health Conference is scheduled for June 26-28 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. This annual educational event examines issues that affect small and rural hospitals, physicians and other health care professionals. Read more.

Summit features lean leaders
The 4th Annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit on June 5 and 6 in Orlando, Fla., will feature a keynote address by Wisconsin Medical Society member John Toussaint, MD. 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.

Foundation Focus

It’s White Coat Campaign time again
A new class of medical students soon will be entering school in Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is seeking sponsors to provide each of them with their first white coat. Read more.

FYI: For Your Insurance

Vacation plans should include checking insurance policies
When planning a vacation, don’t overlook the importance of purchasing insurance when renting an automobile, motorhome or boat. Gaps in insurance coverage can ruin a vacation. Read more.