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Medigram: November 21, 2013

Editor’s note: Medigram will not be published Thursday, November 28 unless breaking news occurs. We will resume weekly publication Thursday, December 5.

Top Story

Physicians, students participate in AMA meeting, visit lawmakers
More than 20 physician leaders and 30 medical students from Wisconsin participated in the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) Interim Meeting in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, DC. Read more.

News Briefs

Register today for Doctor Day at the Capitol
The Wisconsin Medical Society and physician specialty societies are finalizing plans for Doctor Day at the State Capitol on February 12. Read more.

Baldwin’s Medicare data bill follows Society’s DC meetings
A flurry of activity around access to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) data culminated today with U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John Thune (R-SD) introducing the Quality Data, Quality Healthcare Act. Read more.

MEB addresses licensing, code changes
Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) held its monthly meeting on Wednesday in Madison. Read more.

Attest by Dec. 31 for Medicaid pay hike
Physicians who are eligible for a significant, temporary Medicaid pay increase must complete an online attestation form by December 31 to receive an estimated 78 percent retroactive pay increase for qualifying services provided in 2013. Read more.

Pay adjustments based on EHR program start date
Physicians and other eligible professionals (EPs) participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program may be subject to payment adjustments beginning January 1, 2015. Read more.


Mazza tells Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation history
Wisconsin Medical Society member Joseph Mazza, MD, has written A Fifty Year History of Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, 1959-2009, which highlights the pioneering work of MCRF as well as its expansion, development of new technologies and establishment of the National Farm Medicine Center. Read more.