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Medigram: October 29, 2015


October 29, 2015

Top Story

Annual Honoring Choices Wisconsin conference highlights successes in advance care planning
Representatives from 29 health care organizations across the state gathered in Madison last week for Honoring Choices Wisconsin’s third annual Sharing the Experience Conference. The event not only spotlighted the Wisconsin Medical Society’s progress in improving advance care planning, but also set the stage for an important announcement from WPS. Read more.

News Briefs

Honoring Choices Wisconsin announces new participants
Honoring Choices Wisconsin (HCW) announced four new participating organizations at its third annual Sharing the Experience Conference last week. Read more.

Society invites abstracts for new Annual Meeting forum
Abstracts are now being accepted for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Innovations in Health Care, a quality improvement and research forum being held April 2 in conjunction with the 2016 Annual Meeting. Read more.

Resolutions for 2016 Annual Meeting due Feb. 1
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s House of Delegates (HOD) will convene Saturday, April 2, 2016, as part of the Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. All Society members may submit resolutions for consideration by the HOD to help shape Society policy on important medical issues. Read more.

From the AMA: Got something to say about Meaningful Use? Now’s the time!
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recently released a series of final rules on the electronic health record (EHR) Meaningful Use program, and specifically Stage 3 regulations. Read more.

Society offers advance care planning coding webinar Nov. 11
In response to the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule that recommends separate payment and a payment rate for advance care planning services, the Wisconsin Medical Society is offering Advance Care Planning: Coding the Conversation. The webinar, being held Nov. 11 from noon to 1 p.m., aims to prepare physicians and other health care professionals for the documentation considerations necessary for reimbursement. Read more.

Patient tracking and follow up: What you don’t know can hurt you
Lapses in patient care, including follow up, can lead to dire consequences beyond those to patient well-being. Substantial malpractice settlements and verdicts have been paid as a result of “lost” diagnostic reports and physicians’ failure to review and follow up. Read more.