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Medigram: April 10, 2014

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Dart inaugurated as Society president; Halverson elected president-elect
Richard A. Dart, MD, of Marshfield was inaugurated as the 163rd President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the KI Center in Green Bay on April 5. Doctor Dart succeeds Timothy A. McAvoy, MD, of Elm Grove. Read more.

News Briefs

Awards one of many Annual Meeting highlights
Among the many activities that occurred during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting last weekend in Green Bay, was the recognition of Green Bay pediatrician Gordon Haugan, MD, as Physician Citizen of the Year; U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Representative Reid Ribble as Presidential Citation honorees; and State Representative John Nygren, as the Legislator of the Year. Read more.

Physician apology, other bills signed into law
Governor Scott Walker signed the physician apology bill, Assembly Bill 120, into law Monday as 2013 Act 242. Read more.

Society hails passage of heroin bills, author
The Society has recognized State Assembly Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) as its Legislator of the Year following successful passage of his Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education (HOPE) legislative package. Read more.

Physicians step up political contributions, new PAC Exec Committee appointed
It’s an election year and physician involvement with the WISMedPAC / WISMedDIRECT is on the rise. Read more.

3 students, Madison physician receive Foundation awards
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored a Madison physician and three medical students during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting April 5 in Green Bay. Read more.

Medicare data on 880,000 providers released Wednesday
The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday publicly released privacy-protected data on the number and type of health care services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in 2012 by physicians and other health care professionals, as well as payment information. Read more.

Get involved in National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16
National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), a national effort to highlight the importance of advance care planning, is Wednesday, April 16. Read more.