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Medigram: October 3, 2013

Top Story

Changes to ACA ‘grace period’ needed,
Society says in letter to CMS

The Wisconsin Medical Society on Tuesday asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reconsider the “grace period” provision for enrollees in the Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as health insurance exchanges) through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more.

News Briefs

Society, NGS partner for Medicare seminar
Registrations for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s annual fall Medicare seminar Mastering Medicare in 2014 now are being accepted. Read more.

Shutdown’s impact varies across HHS
In a memorandum released last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlined its staffing and operating plans related to the federal government’s shutdown October 1. Read more.

Training for ACA Navigators, Application Counselors is next week
Two-day trainings for Navigators and Certified Application Counselors (CACs) with the Health Insurance Marketplace in Wisconsin will be held in Green Bay, La Crosse, Rice Lake, Racine and Menasha next week. Read more.

Medicare fix needed now
In an opinion piece published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sunday, September 29, the Wisconsin Medical Society and American Medical Association (AMA) called on Congress to permanently repeal the broken Medicare physician payment formula. Read more.

Senate panel OKs legislation on concussions, drug substitution
The Wisconsin Senate’s Health Committee met early Thursday morning in the Capitol in executive session to vote on a variety of bills and executive appointments. Read more.

Volunteers sought for Honduras trip
The University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter of Global Medical Brigades is seeking physicians and other health care professionals to participate in a medical relief trip to Honduras in January 2014. Read more.

Foundation Focus

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