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Medigram: March 3, 2016

Top Story

Worker’s comp ‘agreed-to’ bill signed into law
Taking a legislative path that was as non-controversial this session as last session’s effort was rancorous, worker’s compensation (WC) legislation was signed into law on Monday by Gov. Scott Walker as 2015 Act 180. Read more.

News Briefs

WMJ case report illustrates potential harm of kratom
Kratom is advertised on the Internet as a “nonaddictive” herbal alternative to opioids for pain management. But as more information on kratom becomes available, the herb’s potential for addiction and associated withdrawal syndrome may be linked to more harmful health effects, according to a case report published in the current issue of WMJ. Read more.

Registration open for Innovations in Health Care
Registration is now open for the Wisconsin Medical Society’s new quality improvement and research forum—Innovations in Health Care—being offered in conjunction with the Society’s Annual Meeting April 2, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Read more.

HOPE Agenda’s impact on practice focus of Waukesha County Medical Society CME program
Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education (HOPE) legislation and how it impacts the physician’s practice is the focus of an educational program being presented by the Waukesha County Medical Society, Wednesday, March 23, at the Marriott Milwaukee West in Waukesha. Read more.

Entries for 24th annual Monato Health Prize due June 1
All students or recent graduates of the University of Wisconsin (any campus) within the preceding year are eligible to compete for the 24th annual Monato Rural Health Essay Prize. The deadline to submit an essay—for the top award of $2,500—is June 1, 2016. Read more.

Society Snapshot

Society partnered with UW to establish premedical course
A physician’s medical education today is vastly different than it was 175 years ago. “Quackery” was a legitimate concern, and even in its early years, the Wisconsin Medical Society was diligent about requiring prospective members to show proof of their medical acumen. Read more.