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Medigram: February 6, 2014

Top Story

Society criticizes fee schedule proposal in worker’s comp bill
The Society delivered a blistering criticism during a joint legislative committee public hearing Tuesday on a proposal that would impose an artificial fee schedule for those providing care to injured workers. Read more.

News Briefs

Gov. Walker signs mental health legislation
Governor Scott Walker today signed two Society-supported mental health bills: Assembly Bill 452 (Act 127) and Assembly Bill 454 (Act 128). Both bills were a product of the Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health. Read more.

Society in DC Wednesday, SGR repeal bill introduced today
Legislation that would finally repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR) was introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill (H.R. 4015) addresses the policy provisions related to eliminating the flawed payment formula. Read more.

Doctor Day is next Wednesday; still time to register!
Nearly 200 physicians have registered for Doctor Day, and there’s still time to join them. Read more.

ACA open enrollment and Medicaid things to know
As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period comes to a close March 31 there are several important things for physicians to know. Read more.

Nominees for Society offices selected
The Nominating Committee of the Wisconsin Medical Society House of Delegates prepared a slate of nominees for Society offices during its meeting January 31. Read more.

New WISMedPAC Board appointed; 2014 campaign
season underway

The Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors appointed 16 physicians to the WisMedPAC Board during its meeting this past Saturday in Madison. Read more.

Physician satisfaction main topic at Feb. 14 Council on Ethics
Physician satisfaction and effectiveness will be the main topic at the February 14 meeting of the Council on Health Care Ethics. Read more.

Council to address e-cigarettes, health care literacy
The Council on Health Care Quality and Population Health will consider the safety and health challenges of electronic cigarettes at its February 13 meeting, as well as efforts to help practices better meet the needs of low-literacy patients. Read more.

I-PrACTISE annual meeting March 9-11; abstract
submission deadline Feb. 15

The National Collaborative to Improve PrimAry Care Through Industrial and Systems Engineering (I-PrACTISE) will hold its Second Annual Meeting in Madison March 9–11, 2014. Read more.

March 1 seminar to focus on humanism in medicine
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health chapter of The Gold Humanism Honor Society invites students, residents, faculty and care providers from all spectrums and specialties of health care to participate in a day-long seminar Saturday, March 1 in Madison. Read more.