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Medigram: November 19, 2015

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Legislature sends Interstate Compact bill to Governor
As part of its extraordinary session day on Monday, the Wisconsin State Assembly approved an amendment made by the State Senate to Assembly Bill 253, legislation allowing Wisconsin to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Read more.

News Briefs

WMJ study: Wisconsin’s Hmong at increased risk for diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is becoming more prevalent among Wisconsin’s Hmong population, according to a study published in the current issue of WMJ. Read more.

AMA adopts new policies aimed at improving health of nation during Interim Meeting
A new policy calling for a ban on direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs was among the new policies adopted during the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Interim Meeting Nov. 14-17 in Atlanta. Read more.

Council on Delivery, Access and Finance to talk telemedicine; member participation encouraged
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Health Care Delivery, Access and Finance will discuss a number of issues, including telemedicine and the Medical Examining Board’s (MEB) draft telemedicine language at its Dec. 2 meeting. The meeting is 1 p.m. at Society headquarters. Read more.

Society submits comments to CMS on new payment models
The Wisconsin Medical Society submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday in response to a request for information regarding implementation of the two payment models included under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Read more.

Webinar to address important procedure code changes for 2016
Numerous changes to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS) will affect physicians and other health care professionals beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Read more.

AMA seeking input to help improve Stage 2 of Meaningful Use summary of care
As part of its ongoing efforts to improve electronic health records (EHR) and interoperability of EHRs, the American Medical Association is assisting the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) with gathering information to improve the summary of care document that is produced to meet the Transfer of Care objective in Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. Read more.

Newsmakers

Two Society members elected officers of American Medical Group Association’s Board of Directors
Wisconsin Medical Society members Jeffrey Bailet, MD, and Ashok Rai, MD, recently were elected officers of the 2016 American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Board of Directors. Read more.