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Medigram: February 4, 2016

Top Story

Legislative session hits February frenzy
With the final few weeks of the state legislative session underway, many bills of interest are making rapid progress through both the State Assembly and State Senate. Read more.

News Briefs

Society’s efforts to address opioid epidemic continue
The Wisconsin Medical Society hosted the newly formed Wisconsin State Coalition for Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction last week. Read more.

District Caucus meetings being scheduled; details
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Caucus meetings for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s eight districts will begin the second week in March. Read more.

Nominees sought for Resident Fellow Section leadership positions
Nominations are being accepted for a number of leadership positions within the Wisconsin Medical Society Resident Fellow Section (RFS) Governing Council. Read more.

2016-2017 WISMedPAC Board appointed
Three new members—Angela Janis, MD, Don Lee, MD, and Keshni Ramnanan, MD, join 13 returning members on the WISMedPAC Board of Directors for 2016-2017. Read more.

Council on Legislation to discuss end-of-session proposals
The next Wisconsin Medical Society Council on Legislation meeting, Feb. 12 is well-timed to review legislation recently introduced as the State Legislature nears the end of its general legislative session. Read more.

From the AMA: Important guidance on filing Meaningful Use hardship exemption
Prior to adjourning for the holidays, Congress passed the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA), which directed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to make AMA-supported changes to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process that allows physicians to avoid a Meaningful Use (MU) penalty in 2017. Read more.

Society Snapshot

The Society and the Civil War
With the election of Solomon Blood, MD, as the Society’s 12th president, it was business as usual for the Wisconsin State Medical Society during its 1861 Annual Meeting. Read more.