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Medigram: October 22, 2015

Top Story

HOPE Agenda bills amended, headed to Assembly floor
The Assembly Committee on Health continued work on the Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education (HOPE) Agenda bills Thursday, making amendments to some of the bills and holding a hearing and vote on a fifth bill that was added to the Agenda package this week. Read more.

News Briefs

Interstate Medical Licensure Compact takes major step forward
Legislation allowing Wisconsin to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, Senate Bill 196, took a major step forward today (Oct. 22) with a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. Read more.

Fee schedule pulled from worker’s comp bargaining
Seeking to move forward with a proposal that engenders less controversy than last legislative session, the state’s Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council Wednesday distanced itself from a vague set of “medical cost containment” proposals that had been on the wish list for the Management side of the council. Read more.

Society files amicus brief in support of cap on
noneconomic damages

The Wisconsin Medical Society filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief last Thursday in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in Mayo v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund, a case challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s cap on noneconomic damages. Read more.

MEB moves ahead on regulating telemedicine
The state of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) has approved draft language that would create a new telemedicine-related chapter in the MEB’s administrative code. Read more.

Nominees sought for Society offices; deadline is Jan. 4
Nominations are now being accepted for several Wisconsin Medical Society offices. All nomination materials are due to Society’s House of Delegates (HOD) Nominating Committee by Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Read more.

American Cancer Society releases new breast cancer
screening guidelines

The American Cancer Society has released an updated breast cancer screening guideline. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this week, the guideline recommends that women at average risk start regular annual screening using mammography at age 45 and transition to screening every two years starting at age 55. Read more.