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Medigram: October 24, 2013

Top Story

Mental health bills get public hearing
A dozen bills, many of which originated from the Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health, received a public hearing Wednesday before the Assembly Committee on Health. Read more.

News Briefs

24.7 percent payment cut on agenda for Mastering Medicare
in 2014
seminar

Participants at next week’s fall Medicare seminar will learn about potential payment reductions, penalties and incentives applicable to physicians in 2014 and beyond. Read more.

Society efforts boost attestation
The Wisconsin Medical Society has been working with the Department of Health Services (DHS), physicians and providers during the past several months to ensure that eligible physicians self-attest to receive a significant, temporary Medicaid primary care pay increase. Read more.

Society participates in amicus brief
The Wisconsin Medical Society requested permission Wednesday to file an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Inc. v. Van Hollen, et al., arguing that a requirement that physicians who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion is performed is an unjustified infringement on the patient-physician relationship. Read more.

Contract negotiation, HIPAA event is Nov. 12
The Wisconsin Medical Society and American Medical Association (AMA) invite all physicians to a complimentary networking event highlighting employment contract negotiations and recent HIPAA updates. Read more.

Physician Citizen of the Year nominations due December 13
Nominations for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award are due Friday, December 13, 2013. Read more.

Flu vaccine recommendations online
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently shared with physicians and other health care professionals the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) 2013-2014 recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza with vaccines. Read more.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement quality
forum to be broadcast

Madison-based MetaStar again is hosting a satellite broadcast of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI’s) annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. Read more.