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2014 Archive

Delivered each Thursday, Medigram is the Wisconsin Medical Society’s electronic newsletter with timely news, upcoming events, answers to frequently asked questions and all the information you need to know to make your practice run more efficiently.

Click on the dates below to access articles in that issue.

December 18, 2014

  • Fund board votes to decrease fees 34%
  • Wisconsin awarded $2.4 million to improve health care quality, accessibility and affordability
  • More than $1.8 million awarded to UW Hospital and Clinics, Mayo
  • Innovative Leadership: Leading Healthy Work Systems program seeks spring applications; fall session a success
  • Deadline to submit nominations for open Society offices is Jan. 2
  • Reminder: Nominations for Physician Citizen of the Year due Dec. 31
  • Nominations for WISMedPAC Board of Directors due Jan. 9, 2015
  • Prepare for the unexpected with real ‘life’ insurance

December 11, 2014

  • Registration is now open for Doctor Day 2015
  • What happens at the holiday party doesn’t always stay at the holiday party
  • MetaStar seeks letters of intent; deadline extended to Jan. 20
  • CMS proposes new rule to improve Accountable Care Organizations
  • Free CME for National Family History Day (and beyond)!
  • Proposals for breakout sessions, poster presentations being accepted for health literacy summit
  • Statewide network now known as abouthealth

December 4, 2014

  • Nominations sought for WISMedPAC Board of Directors
  • MetaStar seeks support to become Practice Transformation Network
  • Council on Health Care Quality and Population Health to study life course model
  • Hospice care tops the agenda for Council on Health Care Ethics
  • Reminder: Nominations for Society offices due Jan. 2
  • Gundersen Health System gains energy independence

November 20, 2014

  • Foundation programs reach 64 Wisconsin counties in 2014
  • Congress debating SGR repeal during current lame-duck session
  • Society helps physicians and their teams prepare for 2015
  • Council on Legislation meets Dec. 5
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services deputy secretary speaking at Council meeting
  • Ebola resource update: CDC continues to provide new resources
  • Society member presents obesity survey findings at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
  • Systems allowed to have unified, system-wide medical staff; understand the new rule
  • National Rural Health Day is Nov. 20
  • MetaStar to host IHI Forum satellite broadcast in Madison Dec. 9-10

November 13, 2014

  • Wisconsin medical student elected to AMA Board of Trustees, new policies adopted at Interim Meeting
  • Doctor Day 2015 set for March 11
  • Save the date: 2015 Foundation Fundraising Event April 24
  • CME available in latest WMJ
  • Reminder: Physician Citizen of the Year nominations due Dec. 31

November 6, 2014

  • Elections put 2015-2016 biennium into focus
  • Medicare 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule released
  • Members sought for House of Delegates committees
  • Deadline extended for Viste Award nominations
  • 2015 health care rates on the Exchange expected by mid-November
  • Wetterneck awarded $2.5 million AHRQ grant

October 30, 2014

  • Honoring Choices Wisconsin recognized by Wisconsin Cancer Council
  • Department of Health Services designates 4 hospitals for Ebola care
  • Make sure to vote on Tuesday
  • Resolution deadline for 2015 Annual Meeting is Feb. 2
  • Physician Citizen of the Year nominations due Dec. 31
  • Registration deadline for November WCMEW conference is Oct. 31

October 23, 2014

  • Sharing the Experience Conference spotlights successes, screens new video
  • Honoring Choices Wisconsin expands with addition of 6 new groups
  • Nominees sought for Society offices; deadline is Jan. 2
  • Department of Revenue reminds health care entities about sales tax
  • Legislative committee approves 10% reduction in Fund fees
  • Symposium 2014 again draws a crowd, deemed a success
  • From CMS: 2013 PQRS, eRx Incentive Program feedback reports now available

October 16, 2014

  • Society website adds online clearinghouse for Ebola resources
  • WMJ study examines aspirin use in central Wisconsin
  • Council receives certificate of appreciation from MCW Urban and Community Pathway
  • Walker, Burke tied in race for governor; time to amplify your support
  • Collector car insurance available
  • Family Medicine for America’s Health webinar is Oct. 29
  • Rural health essay contest to award $2,500

October 9, 2014

  • Ebola information clearinghouse now available on Society’s website
  • From the AMA: CMS to reopen meaningful use hardship exemption
  • Still time to register for Symposium 2014
  • Now is the time to participate: Election Day less than four weeks away
  • Applicability of caps in certain situations questioned
  • Deadline to register for Wisconsin Operation Immersion 2.0 is Oct. 13

October 2, 2014

  • First case of Ebola in US prompts state to provide screening and testing criteria
  • Sunshine Act data made public; resources available to aid discussions with patients
  • Save the date: Doctor Day 2015 is March 11
  • Running with the PAC challenge extended
  • ProHealth Care joins statewide network of health care organizations
  • Pre-symposium sessions feature in-depth answers to often confusing topics
  • Nominate a young physician: Deadline is Nov. 1
  • Appropriate use criteria conference well attended

September 25, 2014

  • Court of Appeals upholds damages cap
  • Society representatives meet with lawmakers in DC
  • Final Rule to reclassify Hydrocodone Combination Products takes effect Oct. 6
  • If you aren’t already Running with the PAC, now is the time!
  • Symposium 2014 features sessions for specialists
  • Sept. 30, Oct. 3 key deadlines to avoid payment penalties
  • 2014 PQRS reporting now available through the Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality
  • Apply today for a Foundation grant
  • Foundation offering grants for school gardens
  • Wisconsin Operation Immersion 2.0 aims to increase understanding of military life, enable better treatment

September 18, 2014

  • MEB gives support for interstate licensing compact proposal
  • Income protection available to Society members
  • Abrams joins Government Relations team in ‘Running with the PAC’
  • Lange honored with Wisconsin ACP Laureate Award
  • Applications for neuroscience research award due Oct. 3
  • Last chance to save $100 on Symposium 2014 registration
  • Innovative leadership program for fall has few slots remaining; accepting spring applicants now
  • Registration available for WHIO learning forum
  • Physician to keynote Business Health Care Group’s annual meeting Sept. 30
  • 2014 PQRS reporting available through WCHQ

September 11, 2014

  • MEB takes complaints seriously; physicians should, too
  • Running with the PAC: Time to pick up the pace
  • UW medical students meet with U.S. Rep. Pocan
  • Council on Health Care Ethics to discuss palliative care, blood donation rules
  • Council to continue infant mortality discussion, take on 2014 HOD resolutions
  • ICD-10 testing set for November, March and June
  • One week left to save on Symposium 2014 registration
  • Wisconsin Operation Immersion 2.0 aims to increase understanding of military life, enable better treatment
  • 2014 PQRS reporting now available through the Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality

September 4, 2014

  • Running with the PAC gives contributors a run for their money
  • Society submits comments on proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
  • Council on Health Care Access to address underserved populations
  • Council to explore interstate licensing and statewide Professionals Health Program proposals
  • Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products to Schedule II goes into effect Oct. 6
  • Physician applications for fall leadership program accepted through Sept. 17
  • Physician is keynote for Business Health Care Group’s annual meeting Sept. 30

August 28, 2014

  • Review Sunshine Act data before Sept. 8
  • CME available in latest WMJ
  • Health literacy webinar series starting in October
  • WCMEW conference on team-based care initiatives Nov. 12

August 21, 2014

  • Society members to speak at Symposium 2014
  • WMJ study suggests need for CPR-certified coaches in Wisconsin
  • Foundation now accepting grant proposals
  • Foundation offering grants for school gardens
  • Society accepting physician applications for innovative leadership program
  • Physician is the keynote for Business Health Care Group’s annual meeting Sept. 30

August 14, 2014

  • WMJ explores food insecurity in Wisconsin
  • Society accepting physician applications for innovative leadership program
  • Maximum fees for copies of health care records increases
  • Nominate a young physician for Viste award

August 7, 2014

  • Six health care organizations partner together for a new statewide network
  • REMINDER: Primary election is next Tuesday
  • Transition to ICD-10 extended again to October 2015
  • College students need insurance, too
  • WHIO learning forum coming up in October
  • Appropriate Use Criteria conference Sept. 29; registration now open

July 31, 2014

  • Society expresses support for e-cigarette regulation
  • MetaStar to support Medicare quality improvement under new CMS contract
  • Nominations sought for Physician Assistant of the Year
  • Free one-day clinic seeking physician volunteers
  • WCMEW presents team based care conference in November
  • Carbone Cancer Center to host annual fall symposium

July 24, 2014

  • Court clarifies physician requirements under Act 217
  • State provides guidance to physicians on referring pediatric patients for special education services
  • 2014 White Coat Campaign goal achieved
  • Inspector General among experts at Society’s Symposium 2014
  • AMA to host free grassroots advocacy webinar July 28

July 17, 2014

  • Medical, nursing and pharmacy students team up to share healthy living tips
  • Free one-day clinic seeking physician volunteers
  • UW to host annual Seminars in Pediatrics conference
  • AMA accepting nominations for Inspirational Physician Award
  • Treffert published in August issue of Scientific American

July 10, 2014

  • Society’s political programs strive to meet ‘ambitious’ 3rd quarter goal
  • 2015 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule released
  • KEPRO to handle Medicare beneficiary complaints and quality of care reviews
  • Waukesha CMS grants help purchase safe table saws for local schools
  • Physician volunteers sought for one-day free clinic in Madison
  • Register now for Symposium 2014
  • Julie Schuller named ‘Woman of Influence’

June 26, 2014

  • July 1 is deadline to apply for hardship exemption
  • $3.3 million awarded for new GME programs in rural and underserved areas
  • CME available in latest WMJ
  • Registration open for Appropriate Use Criteria conference Sept 29

June 19, 2014

  • Society seeks new Chief Medical Officer
  • 2-midnight rule in effect, physician documentation key for payment
  • Insure a great vacation; check coverage before you go
  • White Coat Campaign underway; support needed for 90 more students

June 12, 2014

  • AMA meeting wraps up in Chicago; Society members elected to leadership roles
  • Save the date! Appropriate Use Criteria and the Road to Clinical Value
  • Society member honored with APIC Healthcare Administrator Award
  • Society member honored by Society of Neurological Surgeons
  • AMA co-hosting free, online event to help transform health care
  • Foundation supports expansion of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin program
  • Foundation seeks Development Committee members

June 5, 2014

  • Members encouraged to support Society’s political programs as campaigns gear up
  • Society seeks new Chief Medical Officer
  • AMA Annual Meeting kicks off tomorrow; 4 Society members vie for leadership roles
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage network changes
  • Laurel Rice honored as ‘Woman of Distinction’ by YWCA

May 29, 2014

  • Sponsor a coat and write a note!
  • Search for new WMJ medical editor, editorial board members underway
  • Governor appoints Alan Schwartzstein to Public Health Council
  • Still time to register for Society’s E/M workshop
  • Statewide quality improvement event June 17 in Wisconsin Dells

May 22, 2014

  • SMARTCare grant proposal wins CMS approval
  • Society submits amicus brief in damages cap case
  • Society signs on to letter urging no further delays to ICD-10 implementation
  • MEB releases proposed informed consent rules
  • Second Consider the Conversation film premieres on PBS May 27
  • Still time to register for June E/M documentation workshops
  • Presentation proposals for WCMEW event due June 6

May 15, 2014

  • Society to participate in National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices Policy Academy
  • Council to focus on ‘professionals health program’ for Wisconsin
  • Council to focus on access to care for Native Americans, urban areas
  • Society’s 15th annual Symposium is October 19-21 in Wisconsin Dells
  • CME available through WMJ

May 8, 2014

  • CMS sets new ICD-10 implementation date
  • Council to take up infant mortality, e-cigarettes
  • Consider the Conversation 2 screening Friday
  • WCMEW seeks presenters for conference on team-based care; applications due May 30
  • County Medical Society tax form reminder

May 1, 2014

  • Foundation event honors 9 superheroes of medicine
  • Herbal medicine use common among Madison Latinos, WMJ study says
  • Filmmaker to present Consider the Conversation sequel at May 9 Council meeting
  • CME video focuses on perinatal smoking cessation
  • ‘Meaningful Use and Beyond’ focus of May 28 Health IT conference

April 24, 2014

  • Five Society members run for AMA leadership positions
  • Transformational leadership CME sessions available for physicians
  • Online CME course available on medical certification of commercial drivers
  • CMS adoption of updated Life Safety Code could mean changes, financial investment for some facilities
  • Limited seats still available for MCW symposium for senior physicians

April 17, 2014

  • Search underway for new WMJ editor as Frey announces retirement
  • MEB receives discipline data analysis
  • Save the date: Doctor Day 2015
  • Society workshop will help erase gray areas of E/M documentation
  • Superheroes of medicine to be unmasked next week; limited seats still available
  • From CMS: New Security Risk Assessment Tool Helps Ensure HIPAA Compliance
  • Statewide quality improvement event to focus on diabetes, hypertension, cancer screening
  • Whole life insurance – a lifetime gift for your child

April 10, 2014

  • Dart inaugurated as Society president; Halverson elected president-elect
  • Awards one of many Annual Meeting highlights
  • Physician apology, other bills signed into law
  • Society hails passage of heroin bills, author
  • Physicians step up political contributions, new PAC Exec Committee appointed
  • 3 students, Madison physician receive Foundation awards
  • Medicare data on 880,000 providers released Wednesday
  • Get involved in National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16

April 3, 2014

  • Physician apology bill awaits Governor’s signature
  • Senate votes to extend SGR with 17th patch
  • CMS announces plan to release Medicare payment data next week
  • Society’s Annual Meeting this weekend in Green Bay
  • April showers bring thoughts of flood insurance; we can help
  • From CMS: Group practice reporting option available for 2014 PQRS participation

March 27, 2014

  • One-year SGR patch passes House despite fierce opposition
  • Follow the Annual Meeting on Twitter; Virtual Reference Committees close Monday
  • New video encourages physicians to get involved in political process
  • Incarcerated beneficiary refund checks to be issued by National Government Services
  • Foundation event just a month away; ticket deadline April 4

March 20, 2014

  • Honoring Choices Wisconsin expands reach with launch of second round of pilots
  • Speakers named for Annual Meeting CME sessions, forum
  • New AMA resources provide step-by-step guide for minimizing ACA grace period risk
  • Additional specialty-specific ICD-10 webinars now available
  • Veterans Affairs offers webinar on disability benefits questionnaires
  • From CMS: Updates on EHR use to report PQRS quality measures

March 13, 2014

  • Virtual Reference Committees available online for member comments
  • Medicare EPs must attest by March 31 to receive 2013 incentive
  • Last call for billboard contest entries
  • CME available through WMJ
  • Save the date: Wisconsin Health IT Conference is May 28
  • Disability insurance an important protection for physicians

March 6, 2014

  • Society leaders meet with lawmakers in DC
  • Society weighs in on physician apology, e-cigarette bills
  • Annual Meeting 4 weeks away; HOD anchors event-filled weekend
  • House of Delegates orientation now available online
  • Specialty-specific ICD-10 webinars for physicians now available
  • Still time to spot the billboards and win
  • Society member honored by Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care
  • Primary care research study recruiting clinics

February 27, 2014

  • Society members urged to call Congress March 5 on SGR repeal
  • New PA supervision rules take effect March 1
  • 2014 resolutions now available for review and comment on Society’s website
  • Limited Medicaid enrollment opportunity available for prescribing, ordering physicians
  • Young Physician Section nominations sought
  • New PQRS resources available from the Society, CMS
  • Keynote speakers announced for I-PrACTISE annual meeting March 9-11
  • Chronic kidney disease webinars March 5, 12

February 20, 2014

  • State legislature takes action on overdose prevention, doctor condolence bills
  • Medical licensing bill headed to Governor
  • Annual Meeting April 4-6 in Green Bay; Caucus meetings start March 2
  • Resident Fellow Section nominations sought
  • Answering patients’ ACA questions made simple
  • Meaningful use attestation date extended
  • ICD-10 specialty-specific webinars now available on demand
  • Save the date: Foundation fundraising event April 25

February 13, 2014

  • White coats flood the Capitol during Doctor Day 2014
  • Physician condolence bill on proposed Assembly floor calendar
  • State legislature’s health committees unanimously approve MEB licensing bills
  • Council on Legislation meets next week
  • Society member recognized as Advocate of the Year
  • CME available through WMJ
  • Symposium 2014 Advisory Committee chosen
  • From CMS: Learn what’s new in 2014 for PQRS participation

February 6, 2014

  • Society criticizes fee schedule proposal in worker’s comp bill
  • Gov. Walker signs mental health legislation
  • Society in DC Wednesday, SGR repeal bill introduced today
  • Doctor Day is next Wednesday; still time to register!
  • ACA open enrollment and Medicaid things to know
  • Nominees for Society offices selected
  • New WISMedPAC Board appointed; 2014 campaign season underway
  • Physician satisfaction main topic at Feb. 14 Council on Ethics
  • Council to address e-cigarettes, health care literacy
  • I-PrACTISE annual meeting March 9-11; abstract submission deadline Feb. 15
  • March 1 seminar to focus on humanism in medicine

January 30, 2014

  • Resolution deadline Feb. 3; resolution-writing webinar online
  • District Caucus meetings scheduled; details online
  • More calls needed to oppose worker’s compensation bill
  • Access to care in urban and rural Wisconsin on Council agenda
  • Have you spotted a Society billboard? Still time to win a gift card
  • From CMS: 2014 Last Year Eligible Professionals Can Earn a PQRS Incentive Payment
  • Foundation seeks nominations for ‘Superheroes of Medicine’

January 23, 2014

  • Calls needed on worker’s comp fee schedule proposal
  • WHIO public reporting website scheduled to launch in February
  • Senate passes mental health legislation
  • Get to know candidates for Society offices
  • Medicare EPs must attest by Feb. 28 for 2013 incentive
  • Attention students! Scholarship application deadline is Feb. 1

January 16, 2014

  • Legislature moves ahead on heroin, mental health legislation
  • Simons reelected MEB Board chair
  • Spot the Society billboard and win
  • Worker’s comp fee schedule bill introduction imminent
  • Report shows decline in Wisconsin cancer incidence and mortality rates
  • Still time to report 2013 PQRS, 2014 measures now available

January 9, 2014

  • Society testifies on addiction-related legislation
  • Senate Health Committee advancing mental health package; Society supports
  • Doctor Day at the State Capitol Feb. 12; join us!
  • New law averts Medicare physician payment cut through March
  • Resolution-writing video online; deadline is Feb. 3
  • Seventh Circuit affirms temporary stay of admitting privileges requirement
  • Applications for Cardiovascular Prevention Enhancement Program due Feb. 28
  • From CMS: Review Your 2013 PQRS Interim Claims Feedback Data
  • Society member to chair ACCME Board