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Medigram: June 16, 2016

Top Story

CMS Acting Administrator Slavitt addresses AMA delegates; HOD adopts several new policies
The American Medical Association’s (AMA) annual meeting concluded Wednesday following the adoption of several new policies and election of new officers and other leaders. Read more.

News Briefs

Medical Examining Board nearing final opioid guidelines,
CME rules

The State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board (MEB) moved closer to completing months-long work on two items aimed at combating the state’s opioid abuse epidemic: creating opioid prescribing guidelines that will be posted on the MEB’s website, and requiring a portion of physicians’ continuing medical education (CME) requirements to focus on those guidelines and other prescribing issues. Read more.

Morris among panelists seeking to address opioid epidemic at Milwaukee summit
Nearly 250 community leaders from various organizations gathered in Milwaukee Wednesday at a summit to address Milwaukee’s opioid epidemic. Read more.

Hardship exception applications due July 1
The hardship exception applications for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program are due July 1. Read more.

From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: 2016 PQRS group reporting option registration open through June 30
Groups of two or more eligible professionals (EPs) can avoid the -2 percent calendar year 2018 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) payment adjustment by meeting the satisfactory reporting criteria through the 2016 PQRS Group Reporting Option (GPRO). Read more.

Society Snapshot

From 1926: Society initiates long-running weekly news service
Although the Wisconsin Medical Society moved away from publishing a special “lay issue” of WMJ after 1926, the Society continued to promote public health education through other avenues—including a weekly press service. Read more.