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Medigram: November 12, 2015

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Society supports VA Opioid Safety Act
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors voted to support the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act at its Nov. 7 meeting, approving the recommendation of the Society’s Opioid Task Force. The Act, introduced by U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, is designed to reform and improve opioid prescribing guidelines for veterans to help reduce the risk of overmedication. Read more.

News Briefs

Press conference seeks to draw attention to heroin/opioid epidemic in Milwaukee County
Two hundred fifty-one empty chairs were used during a press conference held today (Thursday) in Milwaukee to symbolize the number of drug overdose deaths in Milwaukee County last year, of which 220 were opiate/heroin related. Read more.

Reminder: Nominations for 2016 Physician Citizen of the Year Award due Dec. 15
The Wisconsin Medical Society is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Physician Citizen of the Year Award. First established by the Society in 1982, the award recognizes and encourages Wisconsin physicians who volunteer their time and talents through civic and cultural activities—helping to improve the health and well-being of their communities. Read more.

CMS comment period on Meaningful Use, Stage 3 final rules ends Dec. 15
Physicians have until Dec. 15 to comment on a series of final rules on the electronic health record (EHR) Meaningful Use program—specifically Stage 3 regulations—which were released recently by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator. Read more.

MetaStar to host satellite broadcast of IHI quality improvement forum
MetaStar is hosting a satellite broadcast of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) 27th annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. The Orlando-based conference will be broadcast live Dec. 8-9 at The Pyle Center in Madison. Read more.

Abstracts being accepted for AMA-hosted international conference
Physicians are invited to submit abstracts for consideration as part of the 2016 International Conference on Physician Health™ (ICPH). Hosted by the American Medical Association (AMA), the Canadian Medical Association and the British Medical Association, ICPH is a research-driven conference, and the agenda is determined by abstract submissions. Read more.