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Medigram: October 17, 2013

Top Story

Informed consent bill heads to Assembly
The State Senate on Tuesday night passed Assembly Bill 139 (AB 139), which provides vital clarification of the state’s physician informed consent law. Read more.

News Briefs

Event showcases advance care planning success
Nearly 150 participants and stakeholders in Honoring Choices Wisconsin gathered this week for the Sharing the Experience Conference, showcasing the progress made in advance care planning over the program’s first year. Read more.

PQRS deadline extended to Friday
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) registration deadline to Friday, October 18. Read more.

Complimentary webinar outlines Medicaid pay increase
Physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs) may be eligible for a temporary Medicaid pay increase for certain evaluation and management (E/M) and vaccine administration services provided in 2013 and 2014. Read more.

HIRSP sunset is Dec. 31; claims due March 31
Physicians are reminded that Wisconsin’s 2013-2015 biennial budget sunsets the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP) on December 31, and all claims with dates of service on or before that date must be filed by March 31, 2014. Read more.

AMPAC offers two political training opportunities
Physicians and medical students interested in becoming more involved in politics are invited to apply for the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) 2014 AMPAC Campaign School from April 2-6 in Washington, DC. Read more.

Newsmakers

Society leaders meet with MCW students
Wisconsin Medical Society President Tim McAvoy, MD, and Past President George Lange, MD, FACP, shared their expertise with members of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW’s) American Medical Association-Medical Student Section during AMA Week earlier this month. Read more.

Foundation Focus

Last call for grant applications
October 25 is the deadline for the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s two grant programs: for research and health education projects and for school gardens. Read more.