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Medigram: May 28, 2015

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Joint Committee on Finance keeps worker’s comp at DWD
The State Legislature’s budget-writing committee voted Wednesday to keep the administrative functions of the state’s Worker’s Compensation (WC) program at the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Read more.

News Briefs

Labor and Management exchange worker’s
compensation proposals

Labor and Management representatives to the state’s Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) began this biennium’s “agreed-to bill” process in earnest Wednesday as they exchanged proposals on potential statutory and administrative code changes to the state’s worker’s compensation system. Read more.

Society asks Joint Committee on Finance to preserve physician workforce and loan assistance funding
The Wisconsin Medical Society and other stakeholders signed on to two letters this week asking the Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) to preserve funding for the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program (WRPRAP), the Physician and Dentist Loan Assistance Program (PDLAP) and the Health Care Provider Loan Assistance Program (HPLAP). Read more.

Lieutenant governor tours UW Health’s trauma center
WISMedPAC Board member Amy Liepert, MD, hosted a tour of UW Health System’s Trauma Program for Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch on Tuesday. Read more.

Foundation seeks physicians to speak with youth
about healthy living

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation is looking for pediatricians or family medicine physicians in the Madison, Hartland and La Crosse areas to help set the stage for exploring healthy living and medical careers during the Foundation’s Prescription for a Healthy You program. Read more.

Society offers ICD-10 training sessions for physicians
To assist with the Oct. 1, 2015 transition to ICD-10, the Wisconsin Medical Society is offering ICD-10 for Physicians, a training session that will focus on the overall impact of diagnosis coding specificity as it relates to quality of care, reimbursement, communication and documentation improvement. Read more.