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Medigram: February 18, 2016

Top Story

Bills of interest gain legislative approval
The Wisconsin State Legislature continued its push this week toward the end of its regular business for the 2015-2016 biennium with both the State Assembly and State Senate meeting Tuesday on more than 150 bills. Read more

News Briefs

Medical Examining Board to go slow on telemedicine rulemaking
The State of Wisconsin’s Medical Examining Board (MEB) has created a special committee to make recommendations on how to proceed with potential telemedicine administrative rules. Creation of the committee—an action the MEB took at its monthly meeting in Madison on Wednesday—allows for additional review of the wide array of public comments on the proposed rule. Read more

State’s Group Insurance Board approves issuing self-insurance RFP
The state’s Group Insurance Board (GIB) on Wednesday unanimously approved issuing a request for proposal (RFP) to evaluate the impact of self-insuring the group health plan for state employees starting in 2018. Read more

2016 resolutions now online for review and comment; caucus meetings begin March 2
Resolutions to be considered at the 2016 Wisconsin Medical Society Annual Meeting are now available through the Society’s Virtual Reference Committees (VRCs). These VRCs allow members to view and submit comments on resolutions through the Society website prior to the Annual Meeting in order to foster greater and earlier discussion and to allow members who cannot attend the Annual Meeting to submit their views. Read more

Society launches Doc to Doc blog
The Wisconsin Medical Society has launched a new blog, Doc to Doc, by Society Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter, MD. Read more

Society’s spring leadership series nearing capacity; registration also open for fall
Just a few open spots remain for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2016 spring session of Leading Healthy Work Systems. The three-part leadership program is March 25, April 22 and May 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Society headquarters in Madison. Read more

Newsmakers

Agnesian HealthCare announces opening of Treffert Center
Society Past President Darold Treffert, MD, a psychiatrist and world-renowned expert on autism and savant syndrome, has teamed up with Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac to open the Treffert Center. Tentatively set to open this spring, the center will feature the Treffert Library, Treffert Academy and the Agnesian Autism, Behavior and Communication Center. Read more

Society Snapshot

The Society and a pioneering public health initiative
Public health was as important to Wisconsin Medical Society members in the latter half of the 19th Century as it is in the 21st Century. But what might not be well-known is the Society’s role in a specific public health initiative that still exists today: the creation of the State Board of Health. Read more.