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Medigram: December 15, 2016

Editor’s Note: Unless breaking news occurs, this is the final issue of Medigram for 2016. We will resume biweekly publication Jan. 5, 2017. In addition, Society offices will be closed Dec. 23, 26 and 30, and Jan. 2 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. We thank you for your membership and wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Top Story

Fund board votes to decrease fees 30%
The Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund (Fund) Board approved a 30 percent decrease in Fund fees for the 2017-2018 fiscal year on Wednesday. Read more.

Changes to DEA registration renewal process take effect Jan. 1
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced significant changes to its registration renewal process. Read more.

Action on self-funding delayed until January
The state’s Group Insurance Board (GIB) has delayed any decision related to shifting the state employees’ health plan to a self-funded or regionalization model until its next meeting in January. Read more.

Society partners on GME legacy cap bill
A coalition of representatives from the Wisconsin Medical Society, Prevea Health, Bellin Health Systems, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and the Hospital Sisters Health System traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to ask Congress to fix the Graduate Medical Education (GME) legacy cap issue. Read more.

Coalition meets at Capitol to further fight against opioid abuse
In a continuing effort to fight the opioid abuse crisis in Wisconsin, a major coalition of government policymakers and health care experts met last week at the State Capitol. Read more.

$25,000 Foundation challenge: Donate by Dec. 31
Longtime Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation supporters William Listwan, MD, and his wife, Marlene, have pledged $25,000 to the Foundation as part of a year-end challenge. Read more.

Plans taking shape for 2017 Annual Meeting
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2017 Annual Meeting will take place April 22 at the Wilderness Glacier Canyon Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Read more.

New on-demand webinar satisfies MEB mandate
A webinar created to satisfy a new educational mandate from the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) is now available on demand from the Wisconsin Medical Society. Read more.

Society workshop helps physicians help patients establish end-of-life care goals
The Wisconsin Medical Society is offering a new half-day workshop to prepare clinicians to communicate effectively and respond to the frequent challenges that arise in treating seriously ill and dying patients. Read more.