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Medigram: September 25, 2014

Top Story

Court of Appeals upholds damages cap
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals filed a decision today in Fiez v. Keevil, et al. upholding the constitutionality of the statutory cap on damages recoverable against state employees, including state-employed physicians. Read more.

News Briefs

Society representatives meet with lawmakers in DC
Four Society representatives—WISMedPAC Chair John Hartman, MD, CEO Rick Abrams, Director of State and Federal Relations Chris Rasch and Political Action and Legislative Member Liaison Heidi Green—met with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., last week while attending the American Medical Association Political Action Committee (AMPAC) conference. Read more.

Final Rule to reclassify Hydrocodone Combination Products takes effect Oct. 6
The Final Rule that moves hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more restrictive Schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) takes effect Oct. 6. Read more.

If you aren’t already Running with the PAC, now is the time!
Elections are just six weeks away, and thanks to contributions from these physicians the Society’s Running with the PAC campaign is kicking into high gear. Read more.

Symposium 2014 features sessions for specialists
Although the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Symposium 2014 offers myriad learning opportunities designed to benefit all members of the health care team, the three-day event also features a number of sessions specifically targeted toward physician specialists, specialty coders and billers, and practice managers. Read more.

Sept. 30, Oct. 3 key deadlines to avoid payment penalties
The Society reminds physicians and their health care teams that Sept. 30 and Oct. 3 are important dates in terms of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Value-Based Payment Modifier (Value Modifier) and the Medicare EHR incentive program. Failure to meet these deadlines can have a significant impact on a practice’s bottom line. Read more.

2014 PQRS reporting now available through the Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality
All eligible providers (EPs) are advised to submit clinical quality data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), in order to avoid a two percent Medicare reimbursement penalty in 2016. Read more.

Apply today for a Foundation grant
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is accepting grant applications for 2015 community-based or statewide health education initiatives and research projects that aim to improve health in Wisconsin. The application deadline is Oct. 20, 2014. Read more.

Foundation offering grants for school gardens
The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is offering grants to support Wisconsin’s elementary and middle-level public schools that wish to establish a school garden and incorporate healthy living activities and lessons into their curriculums. The application deadline is Oct. 20, 2014. Read more.

Wisconsin Operation Immersion 2.0 aims to increase understanding of military life, enable better treatment
Wisconsin Operation Immersion (WOI) 2.0 is a three-day event being held Oct. 21-23 at Fort McCoy in Sparta, Wis., that aims to provide health care professionals and community-based programs with a better understanding of military life. Read more.