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Medigram: November 14, 2013

Top Story

Gov. Walker delays Medicaid transition, calls special session
This afternoon Gov. Scott Walker announced he is calling a special session of the State Legislature to request changes in his administration’s plans to transition more than 70,000 citizens from BadgerCare to the federal health insurance exchanges available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more.

News Briefs

Worker’s comp fee schedule proposal expected
The Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) reportedly is close to proposing a Medicare-based fee schedule as part of its recommendations for potential changes to the state’s worker’s compensation (WC) statutes and administrative code. Read more.

Raw milk, flu vaccine bills highlight the week’s
legislative actions

The state legislature wrapped up full Senate and Assembly activity for 2013 with a variety of activities in various legislative committees as well as full State Assembly action. Read more.

Society submits comments on SGR repeal
As part of two coalitions, the Wisconsin Medical Society submitted comments to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and U.S. House Ways and Means Committee about proposals for Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Read more.

ACA update: Paper applications sent to BadgerCare beneficiaries
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) sent reminder letters this week to current BadgerCare Plus beneficiaries who may no longer be eligible for the state’s Medicaid program because of income-limit changes included in the state’s 2013-2015 budget. Read more.

Council on Ethics meets November 22
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Health Care Ethics will address pain management, surrogate decision making and nontraditional medicine at its November 22 meeting. Read more.

Nominating Committee seeks nominees
The House of Delegates (HOD) Nominating Committee is requesting nominations for the following Society offices: President-elect, Vice Speaker of the House and two AMA Delegate positions. Read more.

Study addresses physician job satisfaction
Being able to provide high quality care is a primary driver of professional satisfaction among physicians, while obstacles to such care are a key source of stress, according to a study released last month by the RAND Corp. Researchers based their findings on information from physician practices in six states, including Wisconsin. Read more.

CPT changes to be discussed next week
Numerous changes to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS) will affect physicians beginning January 1. Read more.