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Medigram: November 5, 2015

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Assembly passes first HOPE Agenda bill of 2015-2016 session
The Wisconsin State Assembly approved the first of five bills Tuesday that are a part of this session’s Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education (HOPE) Agenda—legislation aimed at combating opioid abuse. Read more.

News Briefs

Senate Health Committee unanimously approves Physician Licensure Compact bill
The State Senate’s Committee on Health and Human Services unanimously approved legislation this afternoon (Thursday) authorizing Wisconsin to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which provides physicians another option for gaining medical licensure in Wisconsin and other Compact states. Read more.

CMS Final Rule includes advance care planning reimbursement
The Wisconsin Medical Society last Friday praised the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its inclusion of advance care planning reimbursement in its 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. CMS released the final rule Oct. 30. Read more.

Final Rule details new Physician Services’ policies and reimbursement rates for 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its Final Rule (CMS-1631-FC) that addresses changes to the physician fee schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies to ensure that payment systems are updated to reflect changes in the medical practice and the relative value of services, as well as changes in the statute. Read more.

Members sought for House of Delegates committees
The Wisconsin Medical Society is seeking members for House of Delegates (HOD) committees at the Society’s Annual Meeting, April 2-3, 2016, in Madison. Members of HOD committees must be delegates or alternate delegates from their respective county medical society or specialty/special sections. Read more

American Cancer Society’s Wender records webinar at the Society
The Wisconsin Medical Society welcomed the American Cancer Society’s Chief Cancer Control Officer, Richard C. Wender, MD, to Society headquarters last week to record Updates in Breast Cancer Screening, a webinar now available on demand through the Society’s Education Center. Read more

Medical Society of Milwaukee County holds historic past president’s dinner
Medical Society of Milwaukee County (MSMC) past board presidents—dating back to 1970—and current board members gathered Oct. 28 for the inaugural Past President’s Dinner Celebration at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. Read more

FYI: Newsmakers

Society member named Habitat for Humanity Southwest Region Volunteer of the Year
Wisconsin Medical Society member Justin Gerstner, MD, was honored as the Volunteer of the Year, Southwest Region, by Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin at its annual statewide conference in October. Read more