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Medigram: September 12, 2013

Top Story

Society submits comments on proposed
Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The Wisconsin Medical Society recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about the proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Read more.

News Briefs

Dr. Hetsko speaks against bill legalizing sale of raw milk
Kim Hetsko, MD, an internist from Madison, spoke on the Society’s behalf Wednesday opposing proposed legislation that would allow sales of unpasteurized (raw) milk products to consumers. Read more.

Society, others comment on releasing Medicare physician data
The Wisconsin Medical Society and a coalition of health care organizations recently offered comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to a request for public comments about the potential release of Medicare physician data. Read more.

Society’s work on Alternative Pathway for CT,
MRI highlighted in case study

A case study on the American College of Radiology (ACR) website highlights work by the Wisconsin Medical Society and radiologists in the state to create a prior authorization exemption for certain CT and MRI services. Read more.

No 2013 Medicaid pay hike without attesting by Dec. 31
Primary care physicians who are eligible for a significant, temporary Medicaid pay increase and complete the online attestation form by October 31 can expect to receive their retroactive pay before the end of the year. Read more.

Essays about rural health sought, $2,500 cash prize to be awarded
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.

FYI: For Your Insurance

ACA deadlines coming soon
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has the potential to change the way many people in the United States purchase health insurance. Read more.