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Medigram: October 31, 2013

Top Story

McAvoy urges bipartisanship to fix Medicare
In an opinion piece in the Appleton Post-Crescent last week, Wisconsin Medical Society President Tim McAvoy, MD, encouraged Congress to again show bipartisanship and fix Medicare’s flawed payment system. Read more.

News Briefs

List of patients moving off Medicaid may be requested online
Physicians can visit the ForwardHealth Provider Portal to request of list of their patients who are transitioning from Medicaid to the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read more.

CME available through WMJ
Wisconsin Medical Society members are reminded they can earn continuing medical education (CME) credit through WMJ, the Society’s peer-reviewed, indexed scientific journal. Read more.

Early registration discount for CPT webinar ends tomorrow
Friday is the early registration deadline for participants to save $50 on the webinar CPT Update 2014 – A Comprehensive Overview. Read more.

Advance care planning initiative highlighted
Honoring Choices Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s advance care planning initiative, was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, October 27. Read more.

Council to address professional development
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Medical Education and Professional Development will meet November 5 in Madison to discuss policies and initiatives related to professional development and several other issues pertaining to accreditation and recognition. Read more.

Society, others voice concerns about APRNs
as independent providers

The Wisconsin Medical Society, the American Medical Association (AMA) and other organizations expressed concerns this week about the draft Veterans Health Affairs (VHA) Nursing Handbook which mandates that all advanced practice nurses (APRNs) within the VHA be designated as independent providers, without regard to state practice acts. Read more.

FYI: For Your Insurance

Long term care policies offer protection
People take many steps to protect those they love – setting aside money for a child’s education, making sure health insurance coverage is adequate and basing other decisions on how their choices may impact family members. Read more.