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Medigram: January 16, 2014

Top Story

Legislature moves ahead on heroin, mental health legislation
While questions remain over how much legislation will be passed in the few months remaining in the 2013-2014 state legislative biennium, two sets of legislative packages will almost certainly progress to Governor Scott Walker’s desk. Read more.

News Briefs

Simons reelected MEB Board chair
Ken Simons, MD, was unanimously reelected chair of the State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) at its monthly meeting in Madison on Wednesday. Read more.

Spot the Society billboard and win
“Supporting physicians. Improving care.” That’s the message on a series of Wisconsin Medical Society billboards launched this week throughout the state. Read more.

Worker’s comp fee schedule bill introduction imminent
The Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council met in Madison on Tuesday to review a preliminary draft of this biennium’s “agreed-to” bill, which makes changes to the state’s worker’s compensation-related statutes and rules. The draft includes language that establishes a fee schedule for those providing worker’s compensation health care and lowers the range of charges that can be made for providing services. Read more.

Report shows decline in Wisconsin cancer incidence
and mortality rates

Overall cancer incidence and mortality rates in Wisconsin have continued to decline for both men and women over the past 15 years, according to 2013 Wisconsin Cancer Facts & Figures, a new report released by the American Cancer Society and the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System. Read more.

Still time to report 2013 PQRS, 2014 measures now available
2014 is the last year eligible professionals can earn an incentive for satisfactorily reporting PQRS quality data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Read more.