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Medigram: March 17, 2016

Top Story

Ostrov named Society’s 2016 Physician Citizen of the Year
Michael Ostrov, MD, has been named the Wisconsin Medical Society’s 2016 Physician Citizen of the Year for his extraordinary efforts in furthering the conversation with regard to advance care planning (ACP) and end-of-life care in Wisconsin. Read more.

News Briefs

State Senate closes book on 2015-2016 biennium
The Wisconsin State Senate’s floor session Tuesday was likely the final time either state legislative house will be active for the 2015-2016 biennium. Read more.

Federal GME rotator cap bill introduced
A bill that would amend Medicare rules so that community hospitals are not penalized for hosting medical resident “rotators” for short durations was introduced this week by U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Neenah). Read more.

YPS and RFS Governing Council members elected
The Young Physician Section (YPS) and the Resident Fellow Section (RFS) elected their respective Governing Council members during the past week. Read more.

American Board of Medical Specialties recognizes new Addiction Medicine subspecialty
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announced this week the recognition of Addiction Medicine as a new subspecialty. Read more.

Tax filing changes affect county medical societies; deadline for most is May 16
As tax-exempt organizations, county medical societies filing their required Form 990 should be aware of changes to the process this year. Read more.

Society Snapshot

The Society takes a stand in expert testimony
Throughout its history, the Wisconsin Medical Society has not shied away from the hot button issues of the day. In the 1880s, one such issue was a physician’s right to adequate compensation for serving as an expert witness in a trial. Read more.