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Medigram: February 27, 2014

Top Story

Society members urged to call Congress March 5 on SGR repeal
The Society, in partnership with the AMA and more than 100 other organizations, has been working to repeal Medicare’s flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and today, we are closer than ever to reaching this long-sought goal. But it’s critical that members of Congress hear from their physician constituents to push this issue over the top. Read more.

News Briefs

New PA supervision rules take effect March 1
Recent changes to Wisconsin Administrative Code Med 8 (Med 8) related to physician supervision of physician assistants (PAs) take effect March 1, 2014. Read more.

2014 resolutions now available for review and comment on Society’s website
Resolutions to be considered at the 2014 Wisconsin Medical Society Annual Meeting are now available through the Society’s Virtual Reference Committees (VRCs). Read more.

Limited Medicaid enrollment opportunity available for prescribing, ordering physicians
Beginning July 15, 2013, FowardHealth required all physicians and other professionals who prescribe, refer, or order services for ForwardHealth members to be enrolled in Wisconsin Medicaid. Read more.

Young Physician Section nominations sought
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Young Physician Section (YPS) is seeking nominations for a number of leadership positions. Read more.

New PQRS resources available from the Society, CMS
To ensure eligible professionals or group practices participating in Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) are prepared for the many important program changes and milestones in 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new fact sheet and an interactive timeline for the 2014 reporting year. Read more.

Keynote speakers announced for I-PrACTISE annual meeting March 9-11
The National Collaborative to Improve PrimAry Care Through Industrial and Systems Engineering (I-PrACTISE) will hold its second annual meeting March 9–11 in Madison. Read more.

Chronic kidney disease webinars March 5, 12
The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians and the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin have partnered to present a two-part webinar March 5 and 12 at noon on chronic kidney disease (CKD). Read more.