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Medigram: September 5, 2013

Top Story

Medicare Part B moves to NGS Saturday
All physicians and health care professionals in Wisconsin who currently submit Medicare Part B claims to Wisconsin Physicians Service will transition to National Government Services (NGS) on September 7, when NGS takes over as the Medicare Administrative Contractor for Jurisdiction 6 (J6). Read more.

News Briefs

Learn about BadgerCare Plus changes
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is hosting three online trainings for health care professionals, community partners, public health departments and other interested stakeholders about the changes to BadgerCare Plus in 2014. Read more.

Lawmakers need to hear from physicians about repealing Medicare SGR
With Congress returning to Washington, DC, physicians are encouraged to contact their senators and representatives regarding bipartisan proposals to repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Read more.

Public hearing on raw milk set
State Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center), chair of the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Rural Issues, has scheduled a public hearing about Senate Bill 236 (SB 236), which would allow sales of unpasteurized (raw) milk products to consumers, for Wednesday, September 11. Read more.

Teen birth rates down, journal article finds
Teen birth rates in Wisconsin have declined by 20 percent over the past decade, however, trends vary by race, according to a report in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 112, no. 4). Read more.

Topic briefs help navigate health IT
The Wisconsin Health Information Technology Extension Center (WHITEC) has helped more than 2,000 physicians and other health care professionals in the state navigate the process of implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system and achieving meaningful use. Read more.