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Medigram: November 20, 2014

Editor’s note: With the Thanksgiving Day holiday, Medigram will not be published Thursday, Nov. 27, unless breaking news occurs. We will resume weekly publication Thursday, Dec.4.

Top Story

Foundation programs reach 64 Wisconsin counties in 2014
Scholarships, fellowships, community grants, school garden grants and other community outreach activities are all ways the Wisconsin Medical Society has made an impact this year—making a difference in 64 Wisconsin counties. Read more.

News Briefs

Congress debating SGR repeal during current lame-duck session
Repeal of Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) is one of the topics being debated by members of Congress, who returned to work last week for a lame-duck session expected to last just a few weeks. Read more.

Society helps physicians and their teams prepare for 2015
To help physicians and their health care teams prepare for 2015, the Wisconsin Medical Society has several upcoming education programs addressing crucial changes that will affect physicians. Read more.

Council on Legislation meets Dec. 5
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Legislation will meet on Friday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. at Society headquarters. Read more.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services deputy secretary speaking at Council meeting
The Council on Health Care Access will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wisconsin Medical Society headquarters. Read more.

Ebola resource update: CDC continues to provide new resources
As news regarding Ebola continues to create headlines, health organizations nationwide are working to keep health care professionals up-to-date on the virus and how to treat patients who become infected. Read more.

Society member presents obesity survey findings at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
George Morris, III, MD, chair of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Health Care Quality and Population Health, presented at the 142nd American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, Nov. 15-19. Read more.

Systems allowed to have unified, system-wide medical staff; understand the new rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule in May regarding the Medicare conditions of participation for hospitals that includes a new option for hospital medical staffs. The rule became effective July 11, 2014. Read more.

National Rural Health Day is Nov. 20
Today marks National Rural Health Day (NRHD) and the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health is hosting an event to celebrate from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Sciences Learning Center, room 1325. Read more.

MetaStar to host IHI Forum satellite broadcast
in Madison Dec. 9-10

MetaStar is hosting a satellite broadcast of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 26th annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. Read more.