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Medigram: October 10, 2013

Top Story

Informed consent bill advances
Legislation updating the state’s informed consent law for physicians took a major step forward Wednesday as the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor amended and approved Assembly Bill (AB) 139/Senate Bill (SB) 137. Read more.

News Briefs

Mental health recommendations highlight busy legislative week
With state legislators returning to Madison for the October floor session, the Capitol is seeing more vigorous Assembly and Senate committee activity. Read more.

Reminder: October 15 is deadline to avoid
Value-based Modifier penalty

Medical groups of 100 or more physicians and other eligible professionals (EPs) that did not engage in group participation in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2013 must register by October 15 to avoid a 1 percent Value-based Modifier penalty on Medicare payments in 2015. Read more.

Affordable Care Act presentation in Waukesha on November 7
All Wisconsin Medical Society members are invited to a special meeting of the Waukesha County Medical Society on Thursday, November 7 in Brookfield. Read more.

Additional ACA resources for physicians now available online
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created several online resources to assist physicians with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) new Health Insurance Marketplace. Read more.

Quality symposium to focus on successful teams
The theme for this year’s Health Care Quality Symposium presented by Metastar is “Creating Teams that Work.” The day-long symposium on November 6 in Wisconsin Dells will feature three keynote speakers and five breakout sessions. Read more.

$2,500 for top rural health essay
The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC) is seeking submissions for the 22nd Annual Monato Rural Essay Prize, a competition highlighting the importance of rural health. Read more.

Training focuses on safe prescribing of pain medication
Continuing medical education is available for the half-day SCOPE of Pain training Friday, November 1 in Madison. Read more.

Foundation Focus

Award nominations due November 1
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is seeking nominations for the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD Young Physician Leadership Award, which honors the recipient’s commitment to patients, community and the profession of medicine. Read more.