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Medigram: February 5, 2015

Top Story

Gov. Walker introduces state budget proposal
In a Tuesday evening address before a special joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature, Gov. Scott Walker officially introduced his 2015-2017 biennial budget proposal. Read more.

News Briefs

WISMedPAC Board members appointed for 2015-2016
The Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors appointed 15 physicians to the WISMedPAC Board of Directors on Saturday, Jan. 31. Read more.

District Caucus meetings being scheduled;
details available online

Caucus meetings for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s eight districts begin in mid-March. The meetings offer delegates and other Society members from each district the opportunity to review and discuss resolutions submitted for consideration by the House of Delegates (HOD) prior to the Annual Meeting, April 25-26 in Madison. Read more.

Council on Health Care Access to discuss urban health care
The Wisconsin Medical Society Council on Health Care Access will hear a presentation from Cynthia Haq, MD, on the principles of urban health during its Feb. 11 meeting at Society headquarters in Madison. Read more.

Free webinar for Society members aims to clarify
Medicare Advantage confusion

Wisconsin Medical Society members can get answers to their frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Medicare Advantage (MA) plans Feb. 12 during Fact or Fiction? Rules and Regulations of Medicare Advantage Plans. The webinar, which is free to Society members, is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Read more.

ZDoggMD to speak at Foundation fundraiser April 24; sponsor a table at the event
ZDoggMD in the house! Internet celebrity ZDoggMD is coming to the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s 2015 Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction to entertain guests and shake up health care on April 24 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. Reserve your spot today. Read more.

Being Mortal author featured on Frontline Feb. 10
Atul Gawande, MD, author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, will be featured on Frontline at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, airing on both Wisconsin Public Television and Milwaukee Public Television. Read more.

Still time to register for Society’s physician leadership program; availability limited
There are a few spots remaining for the spring session of the Society’s physician leadership program, Innovative Leadership: Leading Healthy Work Systems, scheduled for March 20, April 17 and May 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Society headquarters in Madison. Enrollment is limited to 20 physicians. Read more.