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Medigram: September 26, 2013

Top Story

Society leaders discuss SGR,
other critical topics with lawmakers in DC

Several Wisconsin Medical Society leaders met with the state’s congressional delegation in Washington, DC, late last week to lobby on behalf of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reform bill. Read more.

News Briefs

Task force nears completion of proposals
to improve state’s mental health system

A special legislative panel is moving closer to making final recommendations on potential improvements to the state’s mental health system. Read more.

Symposium attendees maximize opportunities for success
Hundreds of health care professionals participated in the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2013 Symposium this week–learning about a wide range of topics and networking with colleagues and exhibitors. Read more.

ACA update: State sends notices to BadgerCare beneficiaries
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently began notifying current BadgerCare beneficiaries that they may no longer be eligible for the state’s Medicaid program because of income-limit changes included in the state’s 2013-2015 budget. Read more.

Save the date: Feb 12, 2014 is Doctor Day in the Capitol
Please set aside February 12, 2014, for the annual Doctor Day in Madison with physicians from across Wisconsin gathering at the Capitol for meetings with state legislators. Read more.

NPI error delays some Medicare payments
National Government Services (NGS) has resolved a National Provider Identifier error in payment batch files for September 13 and September 20. Read more.

WHIO Learning Forum is Oct. 16
The Wisconsin Health Information Organization will host a Fall Learning Forum in Wisconsin Dells on October 16. Read more.

Day-long conference focuses on Graduate Medical Education
The Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce is sponsoring a day-long conference for hospital and health system leaders October 24. Read more.

CME activities address opioid use, abuse
The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Medscape Education have developed two interactive, online continuing medical education (CME) activities about proper prescribing and patient management practices for patients on opioid analgesics (painkillers). Read more.