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Medigram: April 3, 2014

Top Story

Physician apology bill awaits Governor’s signature
One of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s top legislative priorities for the 2013-2014 biennium is a step closer to becoming law. On Tuesday, the State Senate approved Assembly Bill 120, the physician apology bill, on a bipartisan 19-14 vote. Read more.

News Briefs

Senate votes to extend SGR with 17th patch
The US Senate voted Monday to enact a 17th patch for the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Read more.

CMS announces plan to release Medicare payment
data next week

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is set to publicly release a detailed accounting of government payments to 880,000 doctors in the Medicare program next week. Read more.

Society’s Annual Meeting this weekend in Green Bay
The 2014 Wisconsin Medical Society Annual Meeting and House of Delegates (HOD) is this weekend at the KI Center in Green Bay, and although voting during the House of Delegates is limited to delegates, there are many other reasons for physicians, residents, and medical students to be there. Read more.

April showers bring thoughts of flood insurance; we can help
As Wisconsin finally thaws out from the long winter, it’s a good time to consider flood insurance. Read more.

From CMS: Group practice reporting option available for 2014 PQRS participation
Eligible professionals (EPs) who wish to participate in the 2014 PQRS program as a group practice can now register for the group practice reporting option (GPRO). Read more.