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Medigram: December 18, 2014

Editor’s note: Unless breaking news occurs, Medigram will not be published Dec. 25 or Jan. 1, 2015. We will resume weekly publication Jan. 8, 2015. In addition, Society offices will be closed Dec. 24-26 for the Christmas holiday and Dec. 31-Jan. 2 for the New Year holiday.

Top Story

Fund board votes to decrease fees 34%
The Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund (Fund) Board approved a 34 percent decrease in Fund fees for the 2015-2016 fiscal year on Wednesday. Read more.

News Briefs

Wisconsin awarded $2.4 million to improve health care quality, accessibility and affordability
Wisconsin is one of 17 states selected to receive a Model Design Award from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read more.

More than $1.8 million awarded to UW Hospital and Clinics, Mayo
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has awarded two grants—totaling more than $1.8 million—to University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospital and Clinics and Mayo Health System-Eau Claire Read more.

Innovative Leadership: Leading Healthy Work Systems program seeks spring applications; fall session a success
The Wisconsin Medical Society is accepting applications for its next Innovative Leadership: Leading Healthy Work Systems program this spring. The program sessions will be March 20, April 17 and May 15 at the Society headquarters in Madison. Read more.

Deadline to submit nominations for open Society offices is Jan. 2
Members interested in running for open Wisconsin Medical Society offices are reminded that the deadline to submit their nomination materials to the House of Delegates (HOD) Nominating Committee is Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. Read more.

Reminder: Nominations for Physician Citizen of the Year
due Dec. 31

There is still time to nominate a friend, colleague or personal physician for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2015 Physician Citizen of the Year Award. Read more.

Nominations for WISMedPAC Board of Directors due Jan. 9, 2015
The Wisconsin Medical Society is currently accepting nominations to the WISMedPAC Board of Directors. Read more.

Prepare for the unexpected with real ‘life’ insurance
Learn how a life insurance policy offering “living” benefits can offer security if an unexpected critical, chronic or terminal illness occurs. Read more.