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2016 Archive

Delivered each Thursday, Medigram is the Wisconsin Medical Society’s electronic newsletter with timely news, upcoming events, answers to frequently asked questions and all the information you need to know to make your practice run more efficiently.

Click on the dates below to access articles in that issue.

December 15, 2016

  • Fund board votes to decrease fees 30%
  • Changes to DEA registration renewal process take effect Jan. 1
  • Action on self-funding delayed until January
  • Society partners on GME legacy cap bill
  • Coalition meets at Capitol to further fight against opioid abuse
  • $25,000 Foundation challenge: Donate by Dec. 31
  • Plans taking shape for 2017 Annual Meeting
  • New on-demand webinar satisfies MEB mandate
  • Society workshop helps physicians help patients establish end-of-life care goals

December 1, 2016

  • Society webinar approved for state-mandated opioid prescribing CME
  • Registration open for Doctor Day 2017
  • Group Insurance Board’s decision on self-insured model coming soon
  • Special issue of WMJ explores prevalence of obesity in Wisconsin, efforts to affect change
  • What happens at the holiday party doesn’t always stay there
  • AMA addresses future of health care reform during interim meeting
  • Deadline for Physician Citizen of the Year nominations nears
  • Society’s 2017 spring leadership series enrolling now

November 10, 2016

  • Report shows positive steps in opioid epidemic fight
  • Physicians should be on alert for demand letters from embattled lab
  • CMS releases Medicare physician fee schedule final rule
  • New directors, vice chair elected to Society’s Board
  • Society adds new webinars to opioid prescribing series
  • AMA launches campaign to increase prescription drug pricing transparency
  • Society member offers tips to avoid financial stress in AMA WIRE

October 27, 2016

  • CMS releases final MACRA rule
  • Medical Examining Board approves CME rule regarding opioids
  • Interstate Medical Licensure Compact prepares early 2017 launch
  • Four new groups join Honoring Choices Wisconsin
  • Resolutions for 2017 Annual Meeting due Feb. 1
  • State Senate elections could impact majority
  • Wisconsin Medical Society Insurance and Financial Services honored for excellent customer service
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Update Conference Nov. 17-18

October 13, 2016

  • New tools available to help prepare for 2017 Medicare changes
  • Society to assist State in PDMP readiness
  • Society introduces opioid prescribing performance improvement activity
  • Next statewide drug take-back day is Oct. 22
  • US Senate up for grabs; Wisconsin viewed as battleground state
  • Nominees sought for Society offices; deadline is Jan. 3
  • Apply today! Foundation grant application deadline is Oct. 24
  • WHIO Learning Forum highlights social media and new EHR technology
  • WCMEW to cohost interprofessional conference Nov. 10-11
  • Schwartzstein re-elected AAFP vice speaker

September 29, 2016

  • Governor names Society to Task Force on Opioid Abuse
  • WMJ study: Minnesota winning border battle for better health
  • Upcoming debates inform undecided; Society conduit helps voters support candidates
  • Nominations open for 2017 Physician Citizen of the Year Award
  • ‘Town Hall Meetings’ will highlight details on new Association Health Plan
  • Workshop helps physicians help patients establish end-of-life care goals
  • Waukesha County Medical Society recognized for Safe Saw Initiative
  • Adult immunization focus of Nov. 10 summit

September 15, 2016

  • Important medical liability case will not go directly to Supreme Court
  • Society submits comments on proposed PFS rule to CMS
  • Assembly GOP rolls out policy package for 2017-2018
  • Honoring Choices Wisconsin recognized for excellence in community engagement
  • Former US Rep. Patrick Kennedy to speak in Milwaukee Sept. 19
  • WPA fall conference to focus on violence

September 9, 2016

  • Medigram Alert: CMS announces more options for MACRA compliance

September 1, 2016

  • Statewide standing order for naloxone signed Friday
  • Report shows progress but warns of looming physician shortage crisis
  • State begins pain clinic certification process
  • Free financial literacy panel and dinner Sept. 13
  • Sept. 3 last chance to save $50 on Symposium registration
  • Primary care clinicians sought for study exploring connection between oral health and diabetes
  • Louisiana State Medical Society creates fund to aid flood relief
  • Registration open for health care threat assessment and management conference

August 18, 2016

  • Medical Examining Board modifies future opioid CME requirement
  • Wisconsin Medical Society Insurance Services launches Association Health Plan
  • WHIO names Dana Richardson CEO
  • Registration limited for free financial literacy panel, dinner
  • Surgical site infection prevention summit Oct. 28 in Wisconsin Dells
  • Aug. 23 webinar focuses on physician reentry

August 4, 2016

  • Foundation event to feature one of TIME’s ‘100 Most Influential’ people
  • Worker’s Comp premium rates dropping
  • MEB Opioid Prescribing Guidelines now online
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration focus of September WISAM conference
  • Save the Date: Healthy Hospitals and Clinics forum Sept. 30
  • Waukesha CMS hosts legislator town hall

July 21, 2016

  • Medical Examining Board approves opioid prescribing guidelines
  • Supreme Court asked to take case challenging cap on noneconomic damages
  • Medicare 2017 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule published
  • Maximum fees providers may charge for copies of health care records increases
  • Students team up to share healthy living tips with youth
  • Financial literacy panel aims to answer questions for students, residents and young physicians
  • Registration now open for Symposium 2016
  • ACP-Wisconsin program to explore impact of gun violence, climate change

July 7, 2016

  • Court of Appeals overturns decision barring physician expert testimony in malpractice case
  • Society creates online MACRA resource
  • From the AMA: Important reminder about billing requirements for certain dual-eligibles
  • Past Society president also served as first dean of merged Milwaukee medical school

June 30, 2016

  • Supreme Court confirms admitting privileges requirement unconstitutional
  • Society’s opioid webinar series available on demand; five more coming later this summer
  • Society PSA library now online
  • UW medical school’s first dean left a lasting legacy

June 23, 2016

  • Society submits comments on MACRA proposed rule
  • Antimicrobial survey seeking physician feedback ends July 1
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee County to host ‘An Evening with Patrick J. Kennedy’
  • Ostrov named CMO for WPS Health Insurance, Arise Health Plan
  • From 1934: Physician’s historical research reveals existence of a La Crosse medical school

June 16, 2016

  • CMS Acting Administrator Slavitt addresses AMA delegates; HOD adopts several new policies
  • Medical Examining Board nearing final opioid guidelines, CME rules
  • Morris among panelists seeking to address opioid epidemic at Milwaukee summit
  • Hardship exception applications due July 1
  • From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: 2016 PQRS group reporting option registration open through June 30
  • From 1926: Society initiates long-running weekly news service

June 9, 2016

  • Congressional members support geographic measure accuracy
  • White coat campaign seeks sponsors for record-breaking class
  • Earn CME in latest WMJ
  • Limited spots available for fall leadership series
  • Hospitals, clinics should be aware of ransomware
  • Wisconsin pioneered legislation of basic science standards

June 2, 2016

  • IPFCF assessments updated to reflect 30% decrease
  • Medical students combine art and medicine in mnemonics book
  • 3rd Annual Statewide Quality Improvement Event June 14
  • Physician feedback sought for antimicrobial resistance research study
  • Dayal to receive leadership award from AMA Foundation
  • Post WWI Society publishes special ‘lay issues’ of WMJ

May 26, 2016

  • Senate hearing on chiropractor bill spurs concerns
  • Survey shows high patient satisfaction with physicians, concerns over health care costs
  • Meaningful use applications for 2015 being accepted through July
  • Physicians able to review hospital data through WHA Information Center
  • DEA to host Milwaukee opioid summit June 15
  • Neuroscience research award applications due July 31
  • From 1925: Society member reflects on 60 years of medical progress

May 19, 2016

  • AMA president calls on all physicians to help reverse opioid epidemic
  • Wisconsin resident tests positive for Zika virus
  • WMJ Editorial Board adds new members
  • County Medical Society president testifies for e-cigarette ban in Marshfield
  • Schuller tapped to take over as Sixteenth Street CEO
  • Society hires George Crownhart as its first CEO

May 12, 2016

  • Society meets with CMS acting administrator on MACRA implementation
  • Russ Feingold meets with Society, state health care leaders
  • Council continues guardianship and surrogate decision-making discussion
  • Medical Society of Milwaukee County to host ‘An Evening with Patrick J. Kennedy’
  • June conference focuses on suicide prevention
  • Dart, Hetsko awarded masterships from American College of Physicians
  • From 1917: Wisconsin military surgeon offers personal hygiene tips for World War I soldiers

May 5, 2016

  • Foundation launches 2016 White Coat Campaign
  • Council to discuss Zika virus at upcoming meeting
  • Society’s fall leadership series nearing capacity
  • AMA offers new online resources to help physicians navigate value-based care models
  • WHA offers free webinar as part of series to address opioid problem
  • Vasudevan named to Fund Board
  • Society physician led the charge against TB; anti-tuberculosis association formed

April 28, 2016

  • CMS releases MACRA proposed final rule
  • CMS launches initiative to improve primary care
  • House of Delegates actions and Annual Meeting highlights now online
  • Assembly health committee chair to address Society Council
  • Council to discuss state employee health care, advance directive registry issues
  • DHS seeks feedback on Wisconsin State Health Assessment draft
  • Chou appointed to AMA council
  • Fighting medical ‘quackery’ at the turn of the 20th Century

April 21, 2016

  • State’s health care leaders meet to discuss opioid crisis
  • Society’s new webinar series focuses on improving opioid prescribing
  • Wisconsin Division of Public Health releases guidance for HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis
  • WisconsinEye to debut new dementia documentary
  • Graduate medical education leaders from Georgia, Idaho headline May 25 summit
  • 1903: Society adopts AMA-recommended constitution

April 14, 2016

  • Events planned throughout April for National Healthcare Decisions Day
  • WMJ article on kratom gains national attention
  • Foundation honored with outstanding achievement award
  • Statewide ‘Drug Take Back Day’ April 30 aims to safely dispose of unused medicines
  • White paper highlights patient-centered medication labels
  • Society’s medical journal created by two physicians

April 7, 2016

  • Hummel inaugurated Society president; Deep voted president-elect
  • Director’s Award, Presidential Citations awarded during Society’s Annual Meeting
  • Annual Meeting highlights include research forum poster session, appearance by Gov. Walker
  • WISMedPAC reaches Annual Meeting goal
  • CMS announces 45-day Open Payments Review and Dispute period
  • Society introduces patient experience performance improvement activity
  • Society member opens the state’s first TB sanitarium in 1903

March 31, 2016

  • Society’s Annual Meeting this weekend
  • Foundation to honor MCW student as 2016 Presidential Scholar
  • Medical students to receive 2016 Houghton Award at Annual Meeting
  • Society offers advance care planning webinars in April, May
  • AMA leadership positions open for interested physicians
  • Society’s name causes confusion in 1879

March 24, 2016

  • Still time to register for Annual Meeting forum April 2
  • DPH, CDC offer updates on Elizabethkingia infection outbreak
  • Physicians Foundation seeks feedback in 4th annual national survey
  • WCMEW to host graduate medical education summit May 25
  • April 7 Winnebago County Medical Society meeting to feature Rep. Michael Schraa
  • The Society lobbies for creation of the state’s MEB

March 17, 2016

  • Ostrov named Society’s 2016 Physician Citizen of the Year
  • State Senate closes book on 2015-2016 biennium
  • Federal GME rotator cap bill introduced
  • YPS and RFS Governing Council members elected
  • American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes new Addiction Medicine subspecialty
  • Tax filing changes affect county medical societies; deadline for most is May 16
  • The Society takes a stand in expert testimony

March 10, 2016

  • Colmenares to keynote Annual Meeting research forum
  • Last chance to register for Foundation event
  • Earn CME through latest WMJ
  • Patient-based autonomic disorder workshop May 21
  • Call for abstracts for 2016 I-PrACTISE meeting April 24-26
  • AG Schimel to participate in Waukesha County Medical Society CME program
  • Correction: Worker’s Comp ‘agreed to’ bill signed into law
  • The Society’s first women members take an active role

March 3, 2016

  • Worker’s comp ‘agreed-to’ bill signed into law
  • WMJ case report illustrates potential harm of kratom
  • Registration open for Innovations in Health Care
  • HOPE Agenda’s impact on practice focus of Waukesha County Medical Society CME program
  • Entries for 24th annual Monato Health Prize due June 1
  • Society partnered with UW to establish premedical course

February 25, 2016

  • Society leaders, staff meet with lawmakers in Washington, DC
  • Court of Appeals resolves confusion regarding Act 217
  • RFS, YPS leadership applications due Feb. 29
  • Annual Meeting 5 weeks away; HOD anchors weekend’s events
  • CMS clarifies hardship exception for meaningful use
  • A new way to stay informed on biotechnology
  • One doctor’s discovery about tuberculosis yields more debate

February 18, 2016

  • Bills of interest gain legislative approval
  • Medical Examining Board to go slow on telemedicine rulemaking
  • State’s Group Insurance Board approves issuing self-insurance RFP
  • 2016 resolutions now online for review and comment; caucus meetings begin March 2
  • Society launches Doc to Doc blog
  • Society’s spring leadership series nearing capacity; registration also open for fall
  • Agnesian HealthCare announces opening of Treffert Center
  • The Society and a pioneering public health initiative

February 11, 2016

  • More than 300 participate in Doctor Day 2016
  • Meet the nominees for Society offices
  • DEA launches pilot program in Milwaukee to address heroin, prescription drug abuse
  • Society creates online resource for Zika virus
  • Council to review food allergy resolution from 2015 House of Delegates
  • MetaStar, AMA partners with Healthy Hearts in the Heartland consortium
  • From the AMA: Nominations for Joint Commission Professional and Technical Advisory Committees
  • Arnold’s Viste award donation featured on WEAU TV
  • The Society’s early advocacy efforts

February 4, 2016

  • Legislative session hits February frenzy
  • Society’s efforts to address opioid epidemic continue
  • District Caucus meetings being scheduled; details available online
  • Nominees sought for Resident Fellow Section leadership positions
  • 2016-2017 WISMedPAC Board appointed
  • Council on Legislation to discuss end-of-session proposals
  • From the AMA: Important guidance on filing Meaningful Use hardship exemption
  • The Society and the Civil War

January 28, 2016

  • Tax season is here; don’t be a victim of tax-related identity theft
  • Society’s Annual Meeting to feature Innovations in Health Care; resolutions due Feb. 1
  • Nominations open for Young Physician Section leadership roles
  • Policy review the focus of 2 upcoming council meetings
  • Limited seats available for Society’s spring leadership series
  • Wisconsin Eye MD symposium coming to Green Bay in February
  • ThedaCare recognized nationally for excellence in community service
  • The Society’s seal

January 21, 2016

  • Society gives input to MEB on telemedicine rule
  • State Senate approves HOPE bills
  • Task force unveils Alzheimer’s and dementia legislative package
  • WMJ study looks at varied smoking burden rates across the state
  • Members sought for House of Delegates committees
  • Bailet named chair of HHS advisory committee
  • WPA conference on depression March 3-5
  • Society Snapshot: The first president

January 14, 2016

  • State Assembly passes HOPE Agenda bills
  • Get to know candidates for Society offices
  • Doctor Day 2016 less than 4 weeks away; register today!
  • Alicia Arnold, MD, to receive 2016 Viste Award
  • Abstracts for AMA-hosted international conference due Feb. 1
  • Society Snapshot: Honoring the Past. Shaping the Future.

January 7, 2016

  • Wisconsin Medical Society celebrates 175th anniversary
  • Society supports bill requiring CPR training in schools
  • Resolutions for 2016 Annual Meeting due Feb. 1
  • Last call: Deadline for abstracts Jan. 11
  • Open period for WHIO provider registry ends Jan. 15; public reporting site to launch in February
  • Society’s spring leadership series almost full
  • Brown County physicians set to take the stage for ‘Doctors in Recital’ Jan. 16