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Medigram: September 3, 2015

Top Story

Wisconsin DHS will enforce ICD-10 code specificity for Medicaid beginning Oct. 1
On Oct. 1, 2015, all HIPAA-covered entities will be required to transition to ICD-10. Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated that Medicare will relax its enforcement of specificity on ICD-10 claims for 12 months, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) will enforce the code specificity for Medicaid claims beginning Oct 1. Read more.

News Briefs

Council to address suicide prevention efforts
The Council on Health Care Quality and Population Health will continue to address suicide prevention during its Sept. 10 meeting, beginning at 1 p.m. at Society headquarters in Madison Read more.

Council on Health Care Delivery, Access and Finance
to meet Sept. 9

The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Health Care Delivery, Access and Finance will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at Society headquarters. Read more.

Physicians host fundraiser for Rep. Paul Ryan
Physicians from southern Wisconsin gathered in Janesville Monday for a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis, Janesville). The event raised almost $30,000 for Congressman Ryan. Read more.

Society members to speak at addiction disorders conference
Three Wisconsin Medical Society members are among several presenters for an upcoming conference on the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders in Wisconsin. Hosted by the Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine (WISAM), Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives to Combat Substance Abuse in Wisconsin is Oct. 4 at the Lowell Center in Madison. Read more.

FYI: For Your Insurance

Protect your beneficiaries through estate planning
When given a choice, most people prefer to transfer their entire estate to their loved ones or favorite charities. Many people, however, do not put their wishes in writing through an estate plan, so part of their wealth never reaches the intended beneficiaries. Read more.