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Medigram: May 22, 2014

Top Story

SMARTCare grant proposal wins CMS approval
The Society is pleased to share that this morning the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center announced that they awarded the SMARTCare (Smarter Management and Resource Use for Today’s Complex Cardiac Care Delivery) project a $15.8 million grant. Read more.

News Briefs

Society submits amicus brief in damages cap case
The Wisconsin Medical Society requested permission Monday to file an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in Fiez v. Keevil, et al., a case involving a challenge to the statutory cap on damages recoverable in a lawsuit against state employees, including state-employed physicians. Read more.

Society signs on to letter urging no further delays
to ICD-10 implementation

The Wisconsin Medical Society was among 18 organizations to sign on to a letter regarding the delay in the International Classification of Disease, 10th edition (ICD-10) implementation, which was sent to Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this week. Read more.

MEB releases proposed informed consent rules
At its monthly meeting in Madison on Wednesday the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board released proposed administrative code language to reflect updated physician informed consent law. Read more.

Second Consider the Conversation film premieres on PBS May 27
Consider the Conversation 2: Stories About Cure, Relief, and Comfort is set to air on Wisconsin Public Television Tuesday, May 27 at 9 p.m. Read more.

Still time to register for June E/M documentation workshops
There is still time to sign up for one of the four Society-sponsored day-long workshops on Evaluation and Management (E/M) documentation, coding and billing. Read more.

Presentation proposals for WCMEW event due June 6
The Wisconsin Council on Medical Education & Workforce (WCMEW) is sponsoring a day-long conference November 12 in Wisconsin Dells and organizers are seeking Wisconsin health care leaders who wish to showcase their successful patient-centered, team-based care teams. Read more.