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Medigram: April 28, 2016

Top Story

CMS releases MACRA proposed final rule
The Wisconsin Medical Society has begun to review the 962-page MACRA proposed final rule, which was released yesterday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Read more.

News Briefs

CMS launches initiative to improve primary care
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced its largest-ever initiative to transform and improve the way primary care is delivered and paid for in America. Read more.

House of Delegates actions and Annual Meeting highlights now online
A summary of the actions taken by the House of Delegates (HOD) during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting earlier this month is now available online, along with photo and video highlights, including the inaugural speech of Society President Barbara Hummel, MD. Read more

Assembly health committee chair to address Society Council
Medicaid and MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) are the focus of the May 4 meeting of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Health Care Delivery, Access and Financing. Read more.

Council to discuss state employee health care, advance directive registry issues
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Council on Legislation will discuss potential risks and benefits of the state of Wisconsin “self-funding” health insurance for 250,000 state and local workers and their families during its May 6 meeting. Read more

DHS seeks feedback on Wisconsin State Health Assessment draft
A community health assessment provides an opportunity to identify and address the population’s health needs, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is seeking input on the Wisconsin State Health Assessment. Read more.

Chou appointed to AMA council
Longtime Wisconsin Medical Society member and leader Clarence Chou, MD, of Mequon, has been appointed to a four-year term on the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Council on Long Range Planning and Development (CLRPD). Read more.

Society Snapshot

Fighting medical ‘quackery’ at the turn of the 20th Century
The Wisconsin Medical Society and its medical journal, WMJ, have been a reflection of modern medicine throughout their shared history. Read more.