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Medigram: January 21, 2016

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Society gives input to MEB on telemedicine rule
The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) heard a wide variety of testimony regarding proposed telemedicine administrative rules at its monthly meeting Wednesday in Madison. Read more.

News Briefs

State Senate approves HOPE bills
Four bills designed to curb heroin and opiate abuse are headed to the Governor’s desk following their approval in the State Senate on Wednesday. Read more.

Task force unveils Alzheimer’s and dementia legislative package
The Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia unveiled 10 bipartisan bills Wednesday that aim to improve the care of living with these conditions by providing community-based resources and education. Read more.

WMJ study looks at varied smoking burden rates across the state
Despite a significant decline in smoking rates among U.S. adults, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Read more.

Members sought for House of Delegates committees
The Wisconsin Medical Society is seeking members for House of Delegates (HOD) committees at the Society’s Annual Meeting, April 2-3, in Madison. Members of HOD committees must be delegates or alternate delegates from their respective county medical society or specialty/special sections. Read more.

Bailet named chair of HHS advisory committee
Wisconsin Medical Society Director Jeffrey Bailet, MD, has been appointed chair of the new Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which will hold its first meeting Feb. 1. Read more.

WPA conference on depression March 3-5
Depression: The State of the Art is the focus of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association’s (WPA) 2016 Annual Conference, being held March 3-5 at The Edgewater in Madison. Read more.

Society Snapshot: The first president
For almost 150 years, Mason Darling, MD, of Fond du Lac, was thought to be the first president of the Wisconsin Medical Society. Buried in time, however, was the real truth: that there were actually two presidents before Dr. Darling. Read more.